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.

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.

 

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