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Moonblood (Tales of Goldstone Wood #3)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  691 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
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
Paperback, 373 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Bethany House
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Bluerose's  Heart
Don't you love it when you find that book(or series) that you absolutely feel the need to gush about?! I definitely feel the need to gush about The Tales of Goldstone Wood series. My first instinct is to say that Moonblood has been my favorite book so far. In actuality, all the books are sort of one long story, though. (There's never been a huge cliffhanger, which I greatly appreciate). As much as I've loved the series after reading the first two books, it's with the addition of Moonblood that m ...more
Stargazer R.L.
Beautiful. That's Moonblood in one word. Beautiful. So fantastic and merry and full of vibrant, rich color, while at the same time, mysterious, mythical and solemn. It truly holds the meaning of Fantasy.

Stengl has a hilarious way of writing that just kept me smiling, and sometimes laughing. But at the same time the story is perfectly serious and more believable and real than the pages I kept turning so quickly.

It is also epic. Moonblood is a sweeping epic adventure, filled with mystery, magic a
Anne Elisabeth Stengl combines Christian allegories and spiritual truths with fantasy, adventure, a touch of romance, and mystical tales to create an enchanting series you won't want to miss!
I get wrapped up in her stories of Una, Lionheart, Rose Red, the Prince, and all the others time and time again as I read her books!
Moonblood was no exception, and I long for yet another one of the TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOOD.
Mar 25, 2017 Mary rated it it was ok
Well, that may have been the most painful book I've read in a while.

It took me nearly two weeks--two weeks--to read this book. Normally, I finish a book in about 2 to 4 days soooo...yeah. That says a lot about how interested I was in this. :P

I still can't quite figure out what it is about the series that isn't clicking with me. Because with every successive book in the series, my interest wanes and my desire to read the book diminishes. The writing is gorgeous, the allegory exquisitely done, and
Joy C.
Jul 14, 2013 Joy C. rated it it was amazing
Where Heartless was not exactly my cup-a-tea, and Veiled Rose good but a little confusing, Moonblood was utterly breathtakingly beautiful and heart-wrenching. This book has so much more faith-filled themes and Christian allegories that were just so beautiful and inspiring. Lionheart who grated my nerves to no end in the last book won me over completely. I loved his redemption story! The story of the unicorn was so good too, and there was this theme of 'still in pain, I will bless your name' that ...more
May 13, 2012 Rina rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I enjoyed it so much I made myself savor it and not rush through it in one sitting. It is a wonderful continuation of the adventure of Lionheart and Rose Red and Felix. This is book three in the series and they must be read in order. The first is Heartless and the second is Veiled Rose. If you haven't read Veiled Rose then there are a couple spoilers in this review.

The people and land of Southlands is slowly recovering from the dragon’s prolonged stay. Prince Lionheart was the
Ashley Abbott
Jan 04, 2014 Ashley Abbott rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, what can I say about this book? I guess we will start off with this:

Anne Elisabeth Stengl is a phenomenal author. Her books have such an extremely intricate plot, and it's amazing how she weaves everything together.
There were so many times that I felt like throwing the book at the wall. This is because of how masterfully imperfect the characters are- seriously they defy all stereotypes. As vexing as it was, all the flaws and mistakes made by the characters are so refreshing and r
Wow!!! Wow, wow, wow!!! I can't even began to explain how wonderful this book is. Lionheart is faced with many trials. A visit to Ragnipravas realm, a race through the wood between, and many more dangerous adventures! I don't think there is anything I don't like about this, except I was a little disappointed with the end. I am hoping that Anne Elisabeth will conclude the story of Lionheart. All in all it was amazing and I recommend it to all 11 and up, depending on what they can handle. Write ma ...more
Michael Jones
This is my 3rd book in the series which I have enjoyed immensely. My children have definitely fallen in love with Lionheart: he is an awesome and genuinely brave character.

Also, I'm coming to trust the author. She leads you into deep and dark evil, but her characters maintain their integrity. She wrestles with the themes of inward beauty and outward beauty: the Princess is also a goblin, depending on which world she finds herself in.

Lionheart has betrayed his goblin Princess, sees what an awful
Sarah Elizabeth
Sep 11, 2013 Sarah Elizabeth rated it really liked it
A great story. An intriguing, one-of-a-kind tale. And one I would definitely recommend, especially if you've already read the other two books. This one kind of ties them all together. You learn more of the characters' backgrounds, homes, why this happened and how that came about...

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Jan 03, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy, 3013
This book pulls you in. there are so many cliffhangers you don't want to pull it down. The poetry add strength to the story and depth. I wish Miss Stengl would publish a book with all the poetry she has written for these books. One thing that I really like is the slight overlap with Heartless and seeing the story from a different perspective. This book can make you laugh and cry.
Jun 16, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better!
Athelas Hale
Sep 24, 2014 Athelas Hale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Every time I reread this book, I recall how what a fabulous person Eanrin is.
Annie Hawthorne
Jan 08, 2014 Annie Hawthorne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantastical
Emotions. So many emotions right now. O.O *whimper/squealing*

Also, the last sentence is perfection.
Amber Stokes
Jan 18, 2012 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
Anne is a fantastic storyteller - I'm enthralled with these "Tales of Goldstone Wood"! I loved Heartless, but Moonblood might just be my favorite so far! Deep, moving fantasy at its finest!
When I first heard of "Heartless," I was intrigued by the front cover, and semi-interested by the summary. Eventually, I obtained a copy from a library and read it in one day. I was amazed by the complexity and beauty of the book, which had nearly moved me to tears. I was ecstatic when I discovered that more books were coming out and soon received the next two, "Veiled Rose" and "Moonblood."

"Veiled Rose," though good, did not pull me in as much as the first, but nevertheless I was thrilled to me
Moonblood is the third book in the series "The Tales of Goldstone Wood" by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. It flows directly from the ending of Veiled Rose, so I highly suggest you read that one first. While I enjoyed Veiled Rose, I absolutely adored Moonblood. And here's why:

1.) The characters: Having read Heartless and Veiled Rose, I already had the background knowledge necessary to truly appreciate how Stengl wove the character interaction. Everyone stayed consistent while still growing. Some characte
Josh Olds
Nov 09, 2014 Josh Olds rated it really liked it
In the conclusion of the first Tales of Goldstone Wood cycle, Stengl continues where Veiled Rose left off and places her characters in imminent danger. A highly entertaining read, but you better read closely to follow along!


Veiled Rose ends with Prince Lionheart—or Leo the Jester—returning to his kingdom having bargained with, rather than fought, the dragon. He returns to Southlands as the Crown Prince, but the inhabitants of Southlands distrust the judgment of one who a
Panda Incognito
May 17, 2012 Panda Incognito rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Panda by: Rosie and Lyddi
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Having already read "Heartless" and "Veiled Rose", I had high expectations for this book, but it still blew me away. With each new release, the author only improves.

I got to meet Anne Elisabeth at a book signing, where I bought my copy of this book. Now, a week later, I've finished the story. Usually, I speed through books that I enjoy, but this time I found myself reading it slowly, savoring the story and beautiful prose.

Remarkably well-crafted, this fantasy ser
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Moonblood is the third book in Tales of Goldstone Wood series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. I deeply enjoyed the first two books called Heartless and Veiled Rose where the two main characters are a veiled girl named Rose Red and the Prince of Southlands, Leo or Lionheart as referred to in the book. This story takes place after the dragon that has scorched all of Southlands and several other capitals and countryside's. Leo has come back to sort out many of the problems that have plagued his country f ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Jenelle rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure how to summarize this one without giving away everything, so I’m just going to use the text from the back cover:

In a desperate bid to earn back the trust of his kingdom, Prince Lionheart banishes his only friend, Rose Red, to certain death. Now, his last hope for regaining his honor is to descend into the treacherous Wilderlands and find her.

But many perils stand in Lionheart’s path. A mysterious Hunter is on his trail, a dangerous unicorn prowls the darker shadows, and Rose Red her
Jan 29, 2016 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, allegory
Enchanting-in more ways than one

This book was wonderful. I must admit, after reading the second book in the series, Veiled Rose, I was a little disappointed. Especially following such a book as Heartless. But Moonblood helped me fall in love with the series all over again.
If you haven't read the first two, you need to go do that. Like, RIGHT NOW. The first one is the best, but you also need to read the second one to really get an understanding of what's going on in this one.
My favorite parts of
J.L. Mbewe
Feb 15, 2013 J.L. Mbewe rated it it was amazing
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
Valerie Comer
Jun 11, 2012 Valerie Comer rated it really liked it
Prince Lionheart is not living up to his name. Times have been difficult in his kingdom, and he’s had to do some unpleasant things to secure his right to the throne. Such as become betrothed to Daylily when his heart is conflicted. Daylily says his servant, Rose Red, has bewitched him and that he needs to send her away, but Rose Red is Lionheart’s only true friend. Still, with all the pressure of his kingdom pushing against Lionheart, he caves in, escorting Rose Red to the edge of Goldstone Wood ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
Mar 18, 2014 Dena (Batch of Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-books, fantasy

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 wan
Apr 06, 2013 Tara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-devour
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 s ...more
Brittney Tyler
Jun 04, 2016 Brittney Tyler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
This series is one of the best I have ever read, and has become one of my favorites. It is like a complex but beautiful tapestry that you can't really appreciate until you read all of the books, but as you read each consecutive book, it gets more and more dazzling.

With that overarching praise, let's move on to my review of this particular volume. With its beautiful writing, captivating story, and memorable characters, this has been an absolute 5 star read. Stengl's writing is poetic, capivati
Jul 09, 2012 Tima rated it it was ok
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
Janalyn Voigt
Mar 18, 2012 Janalyn Voigt rated it it was amazing
Anne Elisabeth Stengl continues her Tales of Goldstone Wood series with Moonblood, a stunning novel that explores the nature of true beauty. The central theme of unmerited grace plays out as Princess Varvare learns what it means to forgive a heartbreaking offense. Prince Lionheart seeks his own redemption in the face of great danger, but first he must find the woman he banished. The night of Moonblood fast approaches–a time, if Varvare’s father has his way, when sleeping dragons will awake. Only ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Woods series. I have to say, I loved this one! I think it's a good example of how a book series can flow seamlessly to the next, while holding the interest of the reader with more story weaving and intrigue to come.

I do warn that reading the previous books will probably be best to fully understand the entire story. Heartless, which is the first book, was not the best book I've ever read, but it does begin to open the door to the storyline of the Goldstone Wood s
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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 (8 books)
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