Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Review of Veiled Rose

Here's a description of the book from the author's blog:

"A Monster Prowls the Mountains of Southlands

Rose Red trusts no one with her secret. She hides in the forest, her face veiled in rags, shunning the company of all save her old father and her nanny goat. Her life is bleak and lonely.

Until she meets a privileged young man sent to spend his summer in the mountains. Headstrong young Leo startles everyone by befriending Rose Red, and together they begin searching for the monster rumored to be stalking these lands.

But the hunt, which began as a game, holds greater risk than either imagines. Soon both are forced to test their trust in each other as a far more terrifying scourge puts their entire land at risk."

My Rating: Spring/Summer

My Review:

In Veiled Rose, Stengl brings a vivid and haunting world to life in a powerful way, giving new perspective and new dimensions to the story begun in Heartless (Book One of the "Tales of Goldstone Wood"). Full of adventure and meaning, this book is creative, unique, and epic in its scope. It is also challenging in its depth and insights - a well-rounded and well-written tale!

In order to fully appreciate the fantasy world and the characters that Stengl has depicted, I highly recommend reading Heartless before Veiled Rose. If anything, it's utterly intriguing to discover Lionheart's past (from childhood to his early 20s) and see the background elements of Heartless become the main ingredients in this new, and yet eventually familiar story that takes place before and during the events of Heartless.

This is a meaty sequel that spans years and concludes on the brink of another story. The book is engrossing, albeit rather dark for the most part. Full of caution, danger, and yet undying hope and love found in the Prince of Farthestshore, Veiled Rose is a wonderful sequel that begs the reading of Moonblood (releasing April 2012)!

*With thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

4 comments:

Bluerose said...

I'm in this one right now. I really hate now that I haven't read the 1st one!!

Amber S. said...

Bluerose,

I think you can still appreciate the book without having read the first one. :) I hope you're enjoying it! But if you get a chance after you're done, you should go back to Heartless - I think you'll appreciate it even more after having read Veiled Rose. I feel like reading them together, whichever order you read them in, provides a winning combination. And it would be interesting to approach Heartless with the background knowledge from Veiled Rose!

~Amber

Bluerose said...

I am really enjoying it, so I'll definitely plan to go back to Heartless when I'm finished!

Amber S. said...

Bluerose,

Glad to hear it!! :)

~Amber