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The Queen of Gold and Straw

(Fairy Tale Kingdoms #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  491 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Greta knows two things to be true. The first: trolls don't venture into the forest, especially during the day. The second: kings don't save peddler's daughters from those trolls, and they certainly don't deposit them atop royal horses and personally escort them home.

But sometimes, they do. And sometimes afterward, life gets very complicated...

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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published November 19th 2018 by Shari L. Tapscott (first published November 13th 2018)
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
My daughter and I both read this book. She got done first and I had to wait a bit to finally get to my turn. I loved this story but I think Jaalah sums it up best so I'll leave you to her review and just add in my amen. :)

Queen of Gold and Straw by Shari L. Tapscott was one of the best books I’ve read in a while. The author created a wonderful spin off the classic Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale with love, fear, and a sense of wonder that is only found in books with the best storytelling. I constantl
Nov 20, 2018 rated it did not like it

This book broke my heart. I went in fully expecting to love it, to enjoy watching a beautiful love story unfold and instead...Instead I nearly threw my Kindle at the wall and had to watch about 3 Hallmark movies to cheer myself up afterwards. I suppose the story was ok, but it was just un-fairytale-like... It almost felt like it was supposed to be love conquers all, but someone said, "make it edgy" so the ending was changed and all the beautiful build up was wasted
Merie Shen
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my first novel by Shari L. Tapscott and the most unique retelling of Rumpelstiltskin I have ever read.
QUEEN OF GOLD AND STRAW is told in the eyes of three people: Greta, the girl; Conrad, the king; and Rune, the elf. There is a virtual love triangle among these three characters, which immediately had me dismayed from the very start, because I hate love triangles. Well, I did easily predict the outcome of the romance (if you're familiar with the fairytale, you should be able to tell wha
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
This book surprised me. Fairy tale retellings have a tendency to fall into a trap where they simply change the setting of the story, not any plot details which makes the story completely boring. Thankfully this book avoided that trap and was one of the more unique retellings that I've read (another great one is My Unfair Godmother). I think this is technically the second book in the series but I haven't read the first and everything made sense to me. I don't think that the first book (The Marqui ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the best retelling of Rumpelstiltskin I've ever read! This book pulled me in from the very beginning and kept me enthralled to the end. I love Shari Tapscott's writing style and I can't wait to read everything she has written. :) ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok, what I love about this author, is that no matter the storyline, whether it be a fantasy, modern day story, or a fairytale retelling, I’m instantly hooked and stay that way the entire time. This book was no exception.
I’m not typically a fan of the Rumplestiltskin story because I find it kind of creepy, however, this retelling was soo good and I wasn’t quite sure how it would all turn fact, I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it. ;-) There’s a bit of a love triangle and I found
J.M. Stengl
A very romantic retelling of this old fairy tale with some clever twists and a love triangle.
Since I don't want to give away important plot points, suffice to say there are frightening trolls, a magical golden stag who grants wishes, two kingdoms of elves, some intense romantic drama, a beautiful story world, and interesting set-up for future stories.
Recommended for readers who enjoy dramatic romance, lovely description, and clever plot twists in their fairy-tale retellings!
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Such a great spin on the fairy tale “Rumpkstiltskin”. I loved the way the author made a relationship between the daughter and the elf before she was ever asked to spin straw into gold. I almost put the book down as it reached it’s climax because the happenings did not make sense with the characters and what they wished to avoid could have been avoided. I’m glad I continued though. The story was immersive and beautiful.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! It was such a wonderful and creative twist on the story of Rumplestiltskin with lovable characters and adorable romance.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those "read long into the night" books! The story kept my attention and I found myself thinking about it even when I wasn't reading it. I loved the depth of the characters, they were realistic, with weaknesses and strengths. I wish the story would've continued longer and tied up more loose ends, but hopefully that will be coming in a future book (and soon!). ...more
Summer Naylor
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good fairy tale retelling. I loved the different character perspectives and romance.
4.5 Stars
A unique retelling of the classic Rumpelstiltskin story and my favorite so far! It is told from several different perspectives and had no trouble keeping my attention, with me eager to see how everything would work out. I chuckled, I teared up a bit and I thoroughly enjoyed the story! Really looking forward to the next book in the series!

I will add that in the end there are a few loose strings concerning some of the characters but I imagine those will be tied up in the next book. This
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A pleasing spin on a familiar tale

It’s likely that you’ve read the story: girl forced to spin straw into gold. Death if she does it. Becoming queen if she succeeds. This tale takes those bones and gives them satisfying flesh.

In most stories, the damsel is a victim, powerless to stop events. Rumple, or Rune as she calls him, is a villain, heartless and eagerly conniving for her first born child. The king is a villain, too but not so much, consumed with greed but he falls in love with the girl so
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairy-tales, borrowed
Of all of Shari's books, I liked this one the least. Please don't think the writing or characters were bad in any way. It was just not to my liking.
Gretta and Rune are the best of friends. Grief bringing them together; worlds keeping them apart. She's a peddlers daughter and he an elf prince. But there was a love and devotion that was beautiful.
Enter the king, Conrad. He meets Gretta after saving her from a troll and it was like at first sight.
First, I HATE love triangles. So, that didn't help t
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
That love triangle was annoying. The ending was worse. (BEFORE reading this have book 3 The Sorceress in Training you're going to need it).

I found myself annoyed with Greta a lot during this novel. Maybe because she has a elf prince (Rune) and a human king (Conrad) head over heels for her and declaring how special she is every 2.5 pages. Maybe it's because there's a love triangle and each point gets a chapter in their POV. Maybe it was the shocker of an ending. Maybe it was because Rune was the
Ahh! All the feels! I didn’t begin this story feeling like I was going to have my heart stomped on by the end, but there you go. I’ve always been fascinated by the story of Rumplestiltskin, and this took the tale in a whole new, unexpected direction. Every time I’ve read the original, I always wonder what Rumpel wanted the baby for. Nothing good it would seem, but this version offers a new take. I also wondered why the peasant girl would ever want to marry the king, when he threatened to kill he ...more
This young adult book is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin that is surprising and engaging. Although primarily a fantasy novel, it also works well as a romance with just enough longing for the target audience. I almost gave this novel five stars as a read for teens, but did find the behaviors of the characters a bit off at the end, and the reference to another story too pat. This is listed as the second in a series, but it is a complete stand-alone story.

I listened to the audiobook edition which ha
The Queen of Gold and Straw: 3.25 Stars
[5.24 - good]

This could've been so good - but it lost me somewhere along the way. I enjoy the way that it played with the original story of Rumplestilskin and also the way it introduced Rapunzel (which... has me intrigued. Who is gonna be Gothel exactly?).
But I was just not down for the romance that "won" the Love Triangle. I also whilst loving Eva - did not need her to turn into another love interest. I just don't think the potential of the story and the w
Kim  Gregory
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Shari Tapscott's stories! Queen of Gold and Straw was quite emotional. I really like that her Rumplestiltskin was a good guy and a major part of the whole story. Prince Conrad isn't the rogue that everyone thinks he is but rather a man playing a role to stay alive. Greta is a peasant's daughter who is in love with a man she shouldn't be in love with, but they don't really care until events are taken out of their hands by Greta's father.

She hit on the major points of the original story. T
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I had already read the short story version of this book so I was excited to get my hands on this full length novel version and was quite interested to see what changes were made. I liked the original short story but I definitely prefer the full length novel. There is so much more depth given to all the characters and so much more emotion infused into the story and romance. I am excited to keep reading fairy tales in this universe. As always, Tapscot ...more
Kristal Harmon
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A satisfactory retelling of Rumpelstiltskin

Content: clean, minor kissing, no foul language. I'd give this a young reader, while an adult reader (like myself) would also find it enjoyable.

I like how the author kept major ties to the fairytale true (straw to gold, name is the key, firstborn etc) but still carved out and created a new world and a story that could stand on it's own two feet.
It's different than KM Shea's Rumplesiltskin. Both are worth reading for the differences.
I truly liked Rune, G
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was such a fun and sweet reading! I don't usually read fantasy or retelling fairytales but this novel caught my eye and I decided to give it a try.
When I started to read the book I was a bit blank because I didn't read the description too cautiously. However, it was a delightful surprise!
I loved the smooth and lovely way Tapscott develops the story and how the love grew in the hearts of the character, which are heart-warming and honest.
This book is not just a retelling, it has a deep
Amber  Christiansen
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I think I read a shorter version of this in an anthology a while back. Not too far in and I was having a sense of deja vu. But this story had so much more to it than the previous version. This was an amazing version of the story of Rumplestiltskin. Somehow this story manages to be simultaneously heartbreaking and beautifully sweet. I really hope to see some additional stories for some of the other characters, especially the ones whose fate was ambiguous at the end of this book.
Lisa Rector
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do love this story! While I thought this story had a slow start, the moment Conrad’s voice entered the mix, I was thoroughly intrigued. The reader is following three points of view. Greta’s, Conrad’s, and Rune’s. There’s a love triangle going on and several storylines. I do like the promise of another fairytale retelling from the unfinished bits of this one. There was just so much going on in the story, so much intrigue and plots being entwined that I read this straight without stopping. I ima ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, so, so good! I absolutely love how this author writes. Her style is always mature and the writing flows so smoothly. She’s absolutely enchanting with her stories. This one gave me all the feels. I received a complimentary copy from the author and I was under no obligation to leave a review. These are entirely my own thoughts and opinions. I highly recommend this book. It is a clean romantic fairy tale based on Rumplestiltskin. Most definitely worth the read!
christi anne
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the author. Love the series. Recommend this book 100%

I read the short story in that other anthology (whose name I have forgotten), and I was SO excited to read the novel!!

It was as good as I hoped. In fact, I’m begging for more.

I love the author. I love her books. I recommend this one while-heartedly.

(And I totally noticed the chocolate shop and staring cat. [read the first book]).
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fairytale retelling with an emotional twist

Queen of Gold and Straw is an interesting fairytale retelling, especially because of the relationship twists. I felt the author was a little too wordy at times, but I liked the characters and their overall growth throughout the story. Plotting was a little slow at times, but the character development was good. I think this would be a good read for teen girls
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Timeless fairytale!

I love fairytales and their HEA (happily ever after). There’s magic and lots of enchantment that comes along in the story that for a short period of time you get lost and journey with the characters. I love Rune and his undying love for Greta and of course Conrad who became the wise king after all. I wonder what really happened to Rune and Eva, I want a happy ending for Rune.
Billie Flaming
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
The writing was uninteresting, and one of the big hooks is the idea that Conrad feels empty, except when he’s with Greta. I appreciate the sentiment, but it isn’t the job of people to fix or fill others. Very unhealthy, he needs a therapist. Rune’s story was the most interesting, but there wasn’t much of it, and I wasn’t interested in continuing after the Greta Makes Conrad Full thing showed up in force.
Louise Nordling
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I love a heart skipping love story, and this one did indeed make my heart feel some way but it just wasn't enough. The story wasn't deep enough, didn't have enough layers. The retelling felt more like plot points that required to be met instead of happening naturally? I both liked and didn't like this one, mostly because the characters didn't have enough dimensions to them, I liked the king tho I didn't like the "justification" for his action. Communication people!! Use it ...more
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Shari L. Tapscott writes young adult fantasy and humorous contemporary fiction. When she's not writing or reading, she enjoys gardening, making soap, and pretending she can sing.

She loves white chocolate mochas, furry animals, spending time with her family, and characters who refuse to behave.

Tapscott lives in western Colorado with her husband, son, daughter, and two very spoiled Saint Bernards.


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