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.
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.