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Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood #2)

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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. Leo, a lonely lad, befriends Rose Red, and together they begin hunting for the Mountain Monster which, rum
ebook, 348 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers
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Sierra Faith
Did Ms. Stengl just write a book better than Heartless? Why yes, yes she did!!
Rose Red is now forever in my heart <3
Veiled Rose is an intricately woven book, full of fresh fantasy with a classic feel. The story follows two complex main characters, Rose Red, a mysterious girl who covers her secret with veils, and Leo, a young prince who is always ready for adventure.

Veiled Rose reads like a timeless classic, a bit slow going at times but well worth reading. Ms. Stengl weaves an ethereal spell throughout the book, with complicated plotlines laid down ever so subtly. It is a rich, engaging and all together enjoy
In "Heartless" we learned the story of Una. Now in "Veiled Rose" we learn of a girl named Rose Red. She has to be one of the sweetest characters in literature.

Rosie wears veils to hide her appearance. She's spunky and stubborn. But perhaps she learned that from her Nanny goat.

As far as Rosie is concerned, all her friends are imaginary. So she's only too happy to make acquaintance with a young impetuous boy called Leo. He's looking for a mountain monster, and thus a friendship begins...
Most of "V
I've seen many great reviews of this series, but I have to be honest and say that I just didn't "get it." I think it hindered my reading that I didn't read the first book, but the story was just way too cryptic for my tastes. I felt like I wandered through the book in a fog that made no sense. I wanted at least one straight answer to my many questions.

I liked Leo's character and his growth. I especially liked that the author started to call him by his full name, "Lionheart", when he really becam
Stargazer R.L.
I just read this book for the second time. What can I say? There's so much to this story, I'm not sure how I'm supposed to review it.

It's a Tale of Goldstone Wood. That's about all that needs to be said. It's funny. It's dark. It's colorful. It's smoke-covered. It's frightening. It makes me happy. It inspires me.

Lionheat was an adorable little kid! It was cool to watch him grow up and become who he was in Heartless. And it was awesome to see some of the scenes from Heartless from Lionheart's poi
Bluerose's  Heart
It took me a little while to get into this book. It moves quite slowly, but once it did grab my attention, it kept it. It's under 400 pages, but it seemed long. It felt like I had to read forever to get to the end. That's not necessarily bad, though. I was just so incredibly curious what was hidden under Rose Red's veil that I couldn't get to the end quick enough.

I felt like I was missing details. At times I was really confused, and didn't know who characters were suppose to be. I had to go bac
Ashlee Willis
Although I still like Heartless best (so far!), Veiled Rose was very beautiful as well. Anne Elisabeth has a gentle style, memorable characters, and stories with hearts of gold! Can't wait to read more of this lovely series.
Josh Olds
QUICK HIT – Drawing on themes of identity, beauty, and love, Veiled Rose follows the story of an enigmatic mountain girl, the prince she befriends, and the dragons they must face.

Veiled Rose is best described as a companion novel to Stengl’s 2010 debut, Heartless. The novel follows a few of the same characters and expands upon a storyline given a brief reference in Heartless. Near the end, the storylines intertwine in a surprising but powerful way, providing depth and background to the fantasy w
The most delightful fantasy I've read in a while, every bit as good as its predecessor. It balances the ethereal, magical elements - the dreams, the Netherworld, the Paths - with the real world - Hill House, the mountain woods, the streets of the Eastern empires - perfectly. I never felt lose as I have with some similar books. I also love the way the themes are unclear until near the end. I wasn't sure what to expect when the climax got over and what I had thought was the main plot didn't really ...more
Rose Red trusts no one with her secret. She hides in the forest, her face veiled with rags, shunning the company of all to 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 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
Margaret Metz
Okay, I'll admit it. I didn't like Prince Lionheart when I read Heartless, the first book in this series. I thought he was selfish and a coward. I only knew that he lied about who he was and felt that he used Princess Una in a horrible way. I grew to think of him just as Leo in this book and I loved him. I guess that shows you how important knowing a person's back story can be. lol I think I liked this book overall even better than the first. Maybe it's the series effect (growing to love the cha ...more
Abigail Hartman
I don't frequently read books by contemporary writers, and even less frequently do I enjoy them. "Veiled Rose," however, was more than a pleasant surprise; it is a fantastic (no pun intended) story, weaving so many threads together and creating so much tension that the book is impossible to abandon. One thing in particular I admire about the writing is the humor, which in many books is stale or absurd, but which in this one is hilariously dry. I have not yet read the first book in the series, He ...more
Merenwen Inglorion
An amazing story that includes all of my favorite elements:
Suspense, intrigue, hope, danger, and...dragons! :D

This is the story of Rose Red, a girl who has always lived in the mountains, veiled.
A little boy named Leo meets her, and instead of running away screaming, "Demon!" like everyone else, he invites her on a monster hunt.
From there, a friendship is started. Through trials of fire, darkness, and the heart, it is secured.

While the story highlight Rose Red's journey, it also gives more insig
I am always a fan of fairy re-tellings, even if it is for a fairy tale I am not actually familiar with, as that of Rose Red. It took me awhile, but I also gathered that the book is a kind of Christian allegory, and parts remind me of Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.
Rose Red is by far the most intriguing character, as her birth is shrouded in mystery, her friends are animals with voices, and she cloaks herself in veils and layers to hide even the smallest scrap of skin from any prying eyes - in
Nikole Hahn
If you loved Grimm's Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Anderson, this book will win your heart immediately. The moment I opened the book, it was like I strayed into a dream. A strange dream with so many details that a second reading would bring more information to light.

You don't know who the bad guy or good guy is in this book. You are lost in the confusion in a good way. I loved the details and the descriptions. I could see this land, that mountain, and the cave. I can follow Rose Red's movement
Cheryl Olson
Ah, escaping to a different land, a different time and a different everything- isn’t that a major reason to read a book? In the words of C.S Lewis “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again”. Well I guess I am there with Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s newest book in her Tales of Goldstone Wood series Veiled Rose. (Or rather in my case, I don’t think I ever stopped reading them). If you are a fantasy fan that loves to read of princes and princesses, dragons and the netherworld t ...more
Last year I had the privilege of reviewing the first book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. I fell in-love with the fantasy world Stengl created. When the second book in the series, Veiled Rose, was released I knew right away that I wanted to read it.
Veiled Rose is an epic fantasy where dragons are feared, beauty is praised and things are not what they appear to be. This story is centered around two main characters. Leo made an appearance in Heartless. In
I loved this book. It’s fantastic! So much adventure and mystery, a myriad of strange and powerful creatures, happenings in the seen and unseen world, and plenty of love, hate, loyalty and betrayal. The plot is intricate, the characters interesting and the author has an amazing imagination!

This is book two in the series and I’d encourage you to read the first book, Heartless, before reading Veiled Rose as the stories overlap and share a few characters. It’s not essential but helps fill in the st
Leo is a boy who dreams of a life beyond the weight of the responsibility that is destined for his shoulders. Rose Red is a mysterious mountain girl who dreams of nothing save escaping her nightmares. When they meet and become friends, little do they realize the havoc that will be wreaked on their lives as a result, or the power of their friendship to bring them through it.

I really enjoyed this book. When I began to read it it seemed fairly cut and dried, and I thought that I would have endure a
Veiled Rose is the second book in the series "Tales of Goldstone Wood" by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Having read Heartless, I came into this novel with a predetermined dislike of Lionheart, one of the principle characters. By the end, my view of him had changed and I even started to like him.

Meanwhile, Rose Red is a very loyal, easily likeable protagonist. Her goat, Beana, is simply delightful, and I found her a very fun addition to an otherwise very serious, thought-provoking novel. This is not the
Amber Stokes
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 Heart
Madison H.
This was a very nice sequel to 'Heartless'. 'Heartless' is still the best but this was really great and very well written. At first I had a really hard time getting into the story, the epilouge is just a tad confusing but then again epilouges tend to be like that. I felt sorta rushed whenever I was reading it, I wasn't giving my full attention to the story but then at part four I really started paying more attention!

The plot is very intersting, the whole time I just wanted to know what was under
Meagan Myhren-bennett

Veiled Rose
Tales of Goldstone Wood 2
By Anne Elisabeth Stengl

This the second book in the series. Book 1 Heartless had a few scenes with Leonard - Prince Lionheart of the Southlands. Veiled Rose is Leo's story and it is the story of Red Rose.

Leo and Red Rose develop a friendship when Leo spends a summer with his cousin in a remote area. Rosie is a young girl whose true appearance is hidden from view by the layers of veils she forever wears. Her only companions are her old father, Beana - nanny go
Veiled Rose takes place before/during/and slightly after Heartless, but it follows the story of Leo (or Leonard the Jester) from the time he is about 9 years old until after he meets Una as a grown man.

It also follows a character named Rose Red, who lives high up on the mountain with her nanny goat and "the man she calls Father." For some reason, unknown to the reader, she keeps herself covered up under many veils.

When Rose Red and Leo meet up in the woods on the mountainside, an unlikely friend
Michael Jones
Wow, Elizabeth, this is typologically deep! Some of the fantastical pictures she draws are absolutely exquisite. I think she is especially worth reading for Christian young people who are dealing with issues of the heart.

She demonstrates, using her fantasy in a way that is very winsome, how well-meaning young people can be derailed by Satan's wiles.

If you want to follow my thought further, you should read the book! And you should also read the 1st book, "Heartless" before you read this book.

Veiled Rose, book two in the series "Tales of Goldstone Wood, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, is a wonderful and daring read that will carry you on as you continue your journey through Goldstone Wood. The daring side of this book is that not everything you see in your mind is all that you think it is at first, and not everything that you imagine coming around each corner, or turn of the page, ends up coming around the way you think it would. In the end you can't decide if you are satisfied, excited, d ...more

The cover is...pretty but I'm not sure that that is a good representation of Rose Red. Maybe in the Dragon's mind?

On the one hand, this book felt too long. Too many unimportant things going on making me bored.

On the other hand.....I liked having the information that we got from Leo and Rose Red's childhood. Seeing them grow up. And then, obviously, Leo's running off when we would have met him in Heartless.

50/50, I guess.

Again, I feel that the Christian themes are nice but are very clumsily tie
Fantasy was my first love as a reader, so I always end up coming back to that for comfort and for the love of the genre. Veiled Rose definitely hit all of the marks that I love about fantasy. The allegory wasn't as clear to me in this story as it was in the first book, Heartless, but it was still present.

I enjoyed Heartless, but I enjoyed Veiled Rose even more. The main characters were more likable to me. Rose Red, though she had her secrets, was endearing, and her struggles felt genuine. Prince
Rose Red hides her face and body behind veils. She hasn't revealed herself to but a few trusted individuals: the gardener she calls father and her over-protective Nanny Goat, Beana. The only other friends she has on her solitary mountain is her "imaginary" friend the wood thrush and the nightmare friend who invades and tortures her dreams. Her seclusion comes to an end as a young boy named Leo, who hikes up the mountains during his summer stay with his aunt searching for the town's legendary mon ...more
Fascinating, complex. What is real? What is a dream? Who is the monster if it exists at all? and most of all, who is Rose Red? I would have been less confused if I had read the first book (Heartless), and parts of the climax would have been more meaningful. With its beautiful prose about dragons, monsters, and exiled princes the material is classic fairy tale, but without the traditional ending. I had mixed feelings about the ending, but then, this is a series, so the ending of one book is not r ...more
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Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of the TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOO ...more
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Tales of Goldstone Wood (9 books)
  • Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #1)
  • Moonblood (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #3)
  • Starflower (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #4)
  • Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #5)
  • Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #6)
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