Moonblood (Tales of Goldstone Wood Series #3)

Moonblood (Tales of Goldstone Wood Series #3)

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by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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A New Novel for Fantasy Readers Young and Old

Desperate to regain the trust of his kingdom, Prince Lionheart reluctantly banishes his faithful servant and only friend, Rose Red. Now she is lost in the hidden realm of Arpiar, held captive by her evil goblin father, King Vahe.

Vowing to redeem himself, Lionheart plunges into the mysterious Goldstone Wood,…  See more details below


A New Novel for Fantasy Readers Young and Old

Desperate to regain the trust of his kingdom, Prince Lionheart reluctantly banishes his faithful servant and only friend, Rose Red. Now she is lost in the hidden realm of Arpiar, held captive by her evil goblin father, King Vahe.

Vowing to redeem himself, Lionheart plunges into the mysterious Goldstone Wood, seeking Rose Red. In strange other worlds, Lionheart must face a lyrical yet lethal tiger, a fallen unicorn, and a goblin horde on his quest to rescue the girl he betrayed.

With the Night of Moonblood fast approaching, when King Vahe seeks to wake the Dragon's sleeping children, Lionheart must discover whether or not his heart contains courage before it's too late for Rose Red...and all those he loves.

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The final book of the trilogy continues the richly imagined although sometimes confusing world of Heartless and Veiled Rose (both 2011). Rose Red, princess of a long-hidden kingdom, was stolen as an infant by her mother to keep her safe from her royal father, who has evil plans that spell her future doom. Rose Red has lived, hidden by veils, in the world of mortals, working in the household of beloved childhood playmate Prince Lionheart. Lionheart is a flawed hero, terrified when he should be brave, then wracked by guilt for his many shortcomings. Faced with the potential loss of his crown for championing Rose Red, he casts her into the dangerous Wilderlands. This final self-justified act of betrayal has a far-reaching unanticipated impact. Eventually he embarks on a quest to find her, but it may be too late. Rose Red and Lionheart are carefully drawn, but the myriad other characters are less well developed. Between complex back stories and multiple plot lines, readers may wish for a scorecard to help keep track. A theme of Christian allegory runs through the tale, mostly subtle, but notably heavy-handed at the climax. A multilayered, labyrinthine fantasy that will engage fans of the genre, even those not looking for a tale with a moral message. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Moonblood 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
RaiderLadd1 More than 1 year ago
Anne Elizabeth Stengel is a brilliant writer who's stories seem to flow so exceptionally well that sometimes I forget that I'm reading a work of fiction. You can tell that she lives and breathes her characters and environments and so much thought goes into her stories that sometimes I wonder how she manages to keep it all together! Her books are not predicable, I can say that for certain, but I do know that I'm a fan of good ol' Prince Aethebald and Eanrin the poet. I perk up anytime I see them show up in the story. All in all, I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants an intriguing read. :)
nutsforgoodbooks More than 1 year ago
I love these books! Moonblood is third in this award-winning series, and while it *can* be enjoyed alone, readers are advised to read the books in order. (Who would fully enjoy Return of the King without first reading the first two books in LOTR?) The author's beautiful writing, keen insight into human motivation, and allegorical touches add depth to an action-filled, unpredictable plot. Dragons, goblins, a unicorn, a poetry-loving tiger, faerie beasts, and the looming presence of Goldstone Wood may all be found within these pages, as well as memorable characters like Prince Lionheart the cowardly hero, Rose Red the captive princess, Vahe the evil goblin king, Dame Imraldera of the mysterious past, and Sir Oeric the goblin knight. Best of all is Sir Eanrin, Knight of Farthestshore, Chief Poet of Iubdan Rudiobus. . .and fluffy orange cat with an enormous ego and sarcastic mouth. Readers will long for further books about these characters! These books are clean enough for children to enjoy, although some of the action is intense and might be frightening. Touches of humor lighten the mood, and the overall message is one of hope and grace. A great book and series for the whole family to enjoy!
j2starshine More than 1 year ago
Moonblood is a continuation of Veiled Rose. Prince Lionheart bows to the demands of fearful people and banishes his only friend, Rose Red to certain doom, nevertheless, he has lost the throne, his father removing him. Now he must face the consequences of his actions as he sets out to redeem himself and rescue you Rose Red. Most of the books I read or movies  I watch tend to focus on a story that contain this huge climatic battle and a grand ending of sorts, but we really never revisit the world to see the aftermath, the rebuilding of lives, fields, homes, etc. In Moonblood, we see the aftermath of the Dragon's destruction to Southlands and Parumvir, and how the kingdoms must find a way to rebuild their lives and homes, to figure out how they are going to feed themselves, and replant their fields poisoned by the Dragon's fumes. This struck me as beautiful and deepens, enriches the story.  Many of our favorite characters return: Sir Eanrin (Teamed up with Lionheart, for those of you who have read Heartless & Veiled Rose will understand the irony!) Rose Red, Beana, Oeric the goblin knight, Prince of Farthestshore, Felix, King Fidel (But no Una), and Dame Imraldera (Which I am so glad to have read Starflower before).  I love the creativity of this series, the way the author writes, and how everything is woven together. Such beautiful, poignant stories filled with real characters and fantastical creatures, objects and landscapes. It's a world I want to get lost in over and over, and here's hoping for many books to come! Obviously, I can't wait until the next book comes out. 
Slider252 More than 1 year ago
Moonblood reunites some of the fantastic characters from the other books and introduces us to some new ones. This book is action packed and will keep you turning the page to find out what happens next. Moonblood is a great book for young adults, boys, girls and those of us that enjoy a well crafted story, no matter what age we are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first two books and cannot wait to read this one!! I am only 11 and I actually uunderstand them!!! I love them a lot!! (especially since I love Christian allegories)
book4children More than 1 year ago
Wow. With each book in the Goldstone Wood series, Anne Elisabeth Stengl pulls the reader further and deeper into the magical world and the lives of her characters. This is the third book in the series, and it pushed past everything we've seen so far. The books all overlap a bit, to give us the tale from another character's viewpoint. As with the previous book, Moonblood focused largely on Lionheart and his life. He is a complex character that is hard to hate, yet hard to love. As the reader, I wanted to love him. I kept hoping that he would cast aside his cowardice and become the man his name suggests he is. He let me down time and time again, but the beauty of Stengl's world is that her characters are so believably human. They are selfish, cowardly, shallow, stubborn, and fickle. Yet they each have the opportunity to change and find forgiveness. I loved Rose Red in this book. She was so strong, yet so obstinate. She refused to call for help when she needed it. I've always loved her character, though, and I was very happy with how things turned out for her. I sobbed my way through the last 20% of the book. Not all of my tears were sad. Some of them were, but a lot of them were happy, too. To say that I liked this book would be a gross understatement. I loved it. I loved the message. I loved the characters. I loved the writing. I can't wait to start the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love every one of these books & can't wait for the 6th to come out. The characters are so unique & the books are well written. Each book deals with a character from one of the previous books, but in their own very complete story! I love the parallels between the bible & this world. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved "Heartless" and "Veiled Rose," but "Moonblood" just blew me away! This is the first book of the series to take place mostly in the "Far World," and Stengl's creativity really shines in her descriptions of all the different kingdoms that comprise it. This is the conclusion (for now) of Leo and Rose's story, and while it is a little bittersweet, I found it satisfying. Also...Eanrin/Monster is one of the main characters in this book!!!! Being a cat lover, I just have to grin at everything he says and does! All of the characters have found their way into my heart by now, and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better! In Moonblood, the third book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood, Rose Red is held captive in her father’s realm, Arpiar, and Lionheart is searching for her, hoping to redeem himself after banishing her from the near world. Prince Felix, Una’s little brother re-enters the story and we catch up on how he is faring after leaving the Haven still contaminated with dragon poison. Side stories start to weave together as the author spins her tale in this entertaining story and we learn more about the legends of Goldstone Woods. New characters are introduced in a way that adds depth to the original storyline.  Anne Elisabeth Stengyl is a master of allegory. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, her use of the Prince of Farthestshore as an allegory of Christ and the dragon as a symbol of evil are one of my favorites! Prince Lionheart demonstrates the power of redemption as he seeks to right the mistakes of his past. With so many young adult books out there filled with death and violence, this story provides an alternative without losing any of the adventure and mystery of a good fantasy story. Moonblood is Christian fantasy at its finest. Creative and engaging, I had a hard time putting this book down, and am looking forward to the next installment in the series. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Prince Lionheart has made a bargain with a dragon to ensure his country’s prosperity. Once he’s made the terrible choice between love and duty he can’t seem to find his courage and finds himself banishing his best friend. When he realizes she is in danger he must make the decision to rescue her, even if it means losing his throne. This book is a Christian allegory. The imagery is amazing. The author has a wonderful imagination (which is key to writing a good fantasy) and uses it well in this book. I’m not a huge fan of fantasy or allegories (although I enjoyed the Narnia series). This may have factored into my opinions about the book. I was confused for much of the book. While it was easy to identify who the Princes and the dragons were, I had a hard time figuring out how each character played a part in the story. I was lost several times as the story changed characters and scenes. This might be typical of this genre. My guess is that a fan of fantasy would absolutely love this book. For me it was just okay. (Update: I found out after writing this review that this is book three in a series. This would explain my confusion for most of the book.) I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
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The_Cynical_Idealist More than 1 year ago
The best of the series to date. 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!
birdyard More than 1 year ago
As much as I enjoyed the books Heartless and Veiled Rose: Moonblood is superb! It completes the two books and makes me want to read more by Ms. Stengl. I am looking forward to the prequel series she has begun in Goldstone Wood. She is a gifted writer. Her words create worlds that I long to visit and I have her books on my shelf with Tolkein and C. S. Lewis. Her dragons are not pets:-) Thank you AE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of MOONBLOOD by Anne Elisabeth Strengl, from Bethany House. It is the third book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood. I read the second book, VEILED ROSE, a while ago and really enjoyed it. This one, not so much. My favorite character from the second book, Rose Red, returned, but I felt that this book was more about Prince Lionheart. He was also in the second book, and I hadn’t cared too much for him. This time, he downright annoyed me. Not only is he self-absorbed and weak, but I felt as if I should like him. He had no real endearing qualities until the end, but by then, my loathing was solid. I’m sure some people will like him, but I was completely turned off and dreading reading large sections about him – and kept catching myself before I would begin to skip. MOONBLOOD is a Christian fantasy, including witches and talking goats. I really love the fantasy world. Anna Elisabeth Stengl creates a vivid realm that kept me awake many a night dreaming about its places and people. The action never ceased. There is plenty of emotion and imagery. Overall, the book is complex, with plenty of twists and endearing moments. I’m curious to see where book four leads, and I will keep my eyes open for book one in this exciting series.