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Posted May 16, 2013
Each book in the series gets better and better! I can't wait for
Each book in the series gets better and better! I can't wait for the next one to come out. I love that these books aren't predictable. As the series progresses she doesn't always tell the stories chronologically. I Love trying to fit all the missing pieces of the puzzle together. Its an exciting adventure. It's also a beautiful allegory.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2012
The best of the series to date. I enjoyed Heartless, the first i
The best of the series to date.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I enjoyed Heartless, the first in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. The second book, Veiled Rose, was good, but I didn't like it as much as I had liked Heartless. These things being said, the third entry in the series, Moonblood, blows them both out of the water. It resolves several unfinished plotlines that had been left dangling in Heartless and especially in Veiled Rose. The reader also gains more insight into many heretofore minor characters--I particularly enjoyed learning about Monster. Perhaps the best aspect of the book, however, is its theme of undeserved grace. Lionheart proved himself a coward in Veiled Rose, and his flaws only continue to shine through in Moonblood. This could make him a thoroughly unlikable character, and undoubtedly it does for many readers. However, those readers would do well to remember their own flaws before passing judgment on Lionheart. He is very flawed indeed; so are we all. That's what brings a high dose of reality to this fairy tale. And yet he receives not punishment from the Prince of Farthestshore, but grace--grace that he assuredly does not deserve. But after all, what is grace? Michael Spencer once said that "Real grace is simply inexplicable, inappropriate, out of the box, out of bounds, offensive, excessive, too much, given to the wrong people and all those things.” That's the point of Lionheart and of Moonblood. Stengl does an excellent job conveying this throughout the Tales, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!