Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Age Range: Adult (appropriate for teens)
Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood #2
Paperback: 394 pages
Publisher: Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Rose Red trusts no one with her secret. She hides in the forest, her
face veiled in rags, shunning the company of all save her old father and
her nanny goat. Her life is bleak and lonely.
Until she meets a
privileged young man sent to spend his summer in the mountains. Leo, a
lonely lad, befriends Rose Red, and together they begin hunting for the
Mountain Monster which, rumor says, stalks these lands.
hunt which began as a game holds greater risk than Leo supposes. Rose
Red can scarcely guess at the consequences should he insist on
continuing his search. Dare she trust him with her secret? Or tell him
what dwells at the top of the mountain in the cave only she can find?
all, when Leo asks Rose Red to leave the mountain and follow him to the
low country, dare she agree and risk the wrath of a Monster that is all
Lionheart, or Leonard the jester, was an interesting character from the
first book. He disappointed me then, and he continued to disappoint me
in this book. I don’t mean this in a negative way. All of the characters
in this series have their faults, their imperfections. It’s what makes
them human and relatable. He was a believable human being, victim to the
follies of youth and the chains of duty. He desperately wanted to be
free, but freedom wasn’t what he thought it would be. I couldn’t help
but love him, cheer for him, and hope for him. He disappointed me so
many times, yet I continued to wish him success and happiness.
Rose Red was a beautiful character. She also had her faults. Most of
which had to do with her fears and her lack of trust in others. But she
was brave and selfless. She gave everything to the prince she adored and
the woman he was supposed to marry. I wanted her to find happiness, and in a way, I think she did.
The ending was different. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so I’ll
just say that it surprised me, yet it didn’t. It’s not typical, yet it
was a perfect fit for this story. I’m interested to see where this
series leads next.
The only downside to this book was the length. There were times I got
impatient (just like in the first book), but for the most part, I loved
it. Anne Elisabeth Stengl captured an adventurous boy’s spirit
perfectly. I adored the friendship that developed between Lionheart and
Rose Red as children and continued through adulthood.
Content: some fantasy violence, but still very clean.