Moonblood is book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood Series. This fantasy novel is a story of man's unfaithfulness and God's mercy and His unrelenting gracious pursuit to bring mankind into His redemptive care. Although I have not read the first 2 books of this fantasy series, I did not feel lost as the plot unfolded, however, I did not find that the story flowed smoothly either. I was about a third of the way through the book before the allegoric nuisances became evident. To compare this story to the Narnia Chronicles is a stretch, the story drags at times and the characters fail to captivate one's imagination. I received this book as a review copy from Bethany House with no expectations attached; the opinions expressed are my own. Moonblood was disappointing and I would give this book a rating of 2 out of 5.
Not an experienced fantasy reader, I was intrigued by the description of Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. However, in the publisher's description of the book, there was no mention of the fact that Moonblood is book three in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. Had I known this, I would not have requested it for review.
I thought this would be a good way to delve more deeply into the fantasy genre. I was wrong. The plot and characters were difficult to follow and understand. I felt like I had been dropped into a story where I was in a constant state of confusion. The author made little effort to explain any of the backstory for one who had not read the first two books and I always had the feeling that I was missing too much for the story to ever make sense.
The writing was choppy, the main character was a whiner who never fully developed and the ending was a disappointment. I think I'll stick to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
I give this book 2 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I loved this book! I enjoyed it so much I made myself savor it and not rush through it in one sitting. It is a wonderful continuation of the adventure of Lionheart and Rose Red and Felix. This is book three in the series and they must be read in order. The first is Heartless and the second is Veiled Rose.
I loved learning more about the history of Goldstone Wood (and surrounding - connected? areas). It still amazes me how Anne Elisabeth has woven such a complex tale. This book really ties the first two books together and shows just how epic of a series The Tales of Goldstone Wood can become.
It was so cool to discover who Monster (Felix and Una's cat from Heartless) actually is. After all, a blind cat who talks can't just be a cat; he's got to be Somebody! And what a history he has! After Aslan, I think Monster is my favorite literary cat_who isn't just a cat.
Lionheart's struggle is an all too human struggle. Admitting our mistakes and bowing our knee to God. I absolutely loved the many forgiveness and redemption stories found in this novel.
If you enjoy fantasy, adventure, grand tales, or stories about finding oneself then you should definitely read this book.
This third book in AE Stengl's adept handling of the worlds surrounding Goldstone Wood does not disappoint. I was already impressed by the beautifully woven allegory in Heartless, charmed by the strength of Veiled Rose (such a delight to read a Book Two that did not read like so much filler) - I had high hopes/expectations for Moonblood.
Well done. Highly recommended for teens and adults everywhere.
Moonblood is the third book in Tales of Goldstone Wood series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. I deeply enjoyed the first two books called Heartless and Veiled Rose where the two main characters are a veiled girl named Rose Red and the Prince of Southlands, Leo or Lionheart as referred to in the book. This story takes place after the dragon that has scorched all of Southlands and several other capitals and countryside's. Leo has come back to sort out many of the problems that have plagued his country for the 5 long years of imprisonment. The castle and land have been ravaged by the legendary dragon poison where nothing grows and poison seeps into the land and it's people. Rose Red has promised to stay by Leo's side, but will that be enough when another dragon is sighted and Rose Red is seen bringing back the limp and unconscious Prince. How will the story end and will this dragon be slayed, or is there some other plot that is unknown!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end and loved this series. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars for although the content was great, there were times when the chapters would drag out a little and I would find myself falling asleep at night. As for the characters, I simply loved the storyline between Leo, Rose Red, the Price of Farthestshore, Una, Felix the Prince of Parumvir as well as many others. Please pick up the book and read the series from first to last.
I received Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to say this has been an incredible series to have the opportunity to read from beginning to end. It's a definite must read for fans of Christian Medieval Fantasy books and the characters, creatures and lands are well-thought out. The best part about Anne's books in this series, is that they are unpredictable in that she doesn't give too much away to the readers at the beginning that they can sense the direction the story is headed. LOVE that in a writer!
Now the sad part, I am finished with this book and can only hope that Anne continues to write many more books in the future. Her talent as an author is assured by this reader!