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Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,068 ratings  ·  295 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes a captivating original novel set between Disney's Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which newly-queened Aurora struggles to be the best leader to both the humans and Fair Folk under her reign; her beau, Prince Phillip, longs to get to know Aurora and her kingdom better; and Maleficent has trouble lettin ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Disney Press
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StarFruit Ayse Dalmarta - Well yeah, appreciate a story for a story, but a ten year old shouldn't be finding graphic sex scenes or other inappropriate content i…moreAyse Dalmarta - Well yeah, appreciate a story for a story, but a ten year old shouldn't be finding graphic sex scenes or other inappropriate content in a fantasy book they thought would be interesting. So, I think age-based categories are quite important.

To answer Teresa's question, I have seen reviews saying it's middle grade, but a teenager would probably enjoy it too :)(less)
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me at 6: why does nobody talk about Maleficent?? she's like the coolest??

me at 21: people still disrespect our queen Maleficent like some ungrateful peasants they are sth

Holly Black: *feels like she has to step up and decides to write this*

me: thank you mistress I owe you my life
May 09, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cannot-wait, wishlist
Oh, I'm EXCITED about this one!

C.G. Drews
Thus I continue in my life's journey to read every Holly Black book ever. And I am doing well thank you. I really really love how she writes faeries! This didn't feel like her other faerie works, granted, because it had a lot of source material to shape around. But I love the little barbs from Maleficent, and the wholesome goodness from Aurora, and the plot of trying to make enemies into friends. It was more of a throwback to Spiderwick!

Look Aurora could've been sickly sweet and insu
Charlotte May
Yes to a new Holly Black book
Yes to Maleficent
I walk in Moors by my house every day.
Maleficent is my idol.

I too, have been addressed as the Mistress of Evil.

...and, oh yeah, Holly FREAKING Black...

It's like this book was written just for me!

♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
Holly Black: *writes book about spoiled milk curdling in the hot sun*

Me. “So like when you publishing it?”
My review

I feel like this book was written purely for the sake of easing my bitter disappointment after watching the second Maleficent movie because that heart-wrenching experience of butchering my favorite movie for the sake of a sequel was demeaning. Someone tell Disney, if they were going to make a sequel, they should have used Black’s book as a script. I think I’m just going to pretend the movie never happened, and this marvelous piece of work is the only story of life in the Moors.

I usuall

Holly Black waving to the competition as they struggle to keep up with her

But in all seriousness, I cannot wait for October!
Hafsah (on hiatus)
aaaaaahhh omggg!
A new book by HOLLY BLACK!!!
And as iff that wasn't enough- it's about MALEFICENT (my 2nd fav Disney character, believe it or not! She is such a queeeeeeen)

(Also how did I not know about this till now?!)
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t read middle grade often, but Maleficent written by Holly Black was not something I was going to pass up.

I loved getting POVs from everyone. Of course I expected to be in Aurora’s head, so seeing things from Maleficent’s view was fantastic. There were also mini chapters from a few other people and I like how it rounded things out.

Plot wise it was good. Things moved quickly as there are a few plot threads and several moving pieces. It was a bit more detailed and layered than I was expect
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Prereview May 2019
Person: are you adding this because you're a Holly Black fan or because you're a Maleficient fan?
Me: yes
Me at Holly Black:

Cindy ✩☽♔
Cover reveal is gorgeous! Also excerpt has been shared on Entertainment Weekly =D
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
May 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*kicks door open*


also if this doesn't have plenty of Diaval in here I'm gonna riot
Lea (drumsofautumn)
May 04, 2019 marked it as owned-tbr

gif of ru paul's shocked face
Tasha  Ní Mhiacháin
“Love was as unpredictable and powerful as any magic. But maybe it was also as marvelous.”

I absolutely loved this telling of Aurora's journey to bring peace between Perceforest and the Moors.

One of my favourite things about this story is how it’s told – this story is told from various perspectives, despite it not stating who the chapter is about it was always immediately clear and never confusing.

I got lost while reading this. The descriptions were incredible, I think Holly captured the spiri
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holly Black + Maleficent = awesomeness!!!

Do I really need to say more? Just go read it before you see the movie, okay?
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
br w/ my favorite human, alana <3

After attempting to read this for such a long time, I'm giving up. It just wasn't holding my interest and I don't know but Holly Black just keeps disappointing me :(


Maleficent is my Queen as well as Holly Black so this is going to be Great.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading Maleficent and diving straight into Heart of the Moors, I found myself a little disappointed. I know that the books were obviously written by two different author’s, with different point of views but I felt as though Heart of the Moors feel short for me.
Looking at the characters, they were pretty similar to what you find in the movie as well as other books but at points of the book I think the personalities of Aurora and Maleficent in this were too similar. There were certain part
Yarp Group
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Heart of the Moors by Holly Black pulled you into the story so hard that you had to finish it. The story is full of action and drama with a little bit of romance on the side. There are parts of the original story with a new and extended twist. I loved the Aunts, which do not get enough attention or credit that they think they deserve. If you are in need of a great story, pick this one. Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read a book that I enjoyed very much.
Mellie Antoinette
Maleficent!!! ♥️

Another tale as old as time told in cookie-cutter form. I couldn’t help but miss Black’s trademark creative force. Her imagination of Perceforest was delightful, but she could’ve added so much to the creatures living within! I devoured every word about Maleficent and sped-read through the Aurora’s bits as I found her too transparent to have real personality. I came for the Moors and found that’s where the heart of this novel lived. Beautiful cover!
rachael ♡
Aug 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, disney


Holly Black is blessing us.
Brooklyn Tayla
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore Holly Black so I was completely excited to dive into her Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil novel! Heart of the Moors follows Aurora as she grapples with having to rule two kingdoms and trying to maintain peace between the Faerie Kingdom and the Human Kingdom. However, when a young human boy vanishes from the kingdom, mortals are quick to point fingers towards the fair folk and tensions start to run all the more high between both kingdoms!
This was such an immersive read! Holly Black
Paige Green
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All options are my own.

Author: Holly Black

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

Recommended Age: 13+ (the past comes back to haunt and I don't think some of it is appropriate for younger kids especially since in the first movie Maleficent losing her wings was an analogy for rape. Nothing is really that bad in this one but I worry about the context younger kids might get from watching the movies then readi
Nicole Alycia
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars!
This was such a fun book about the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora after the curse was broken. Prince Philip couldn’t end the curse but it was broken and Aurora is queen, attempting to rule both of her kingdoms peacefully. However there has been conflict between the humans and fairies for so long Aurora is uncertain how to peaked everyone.
Again, this was a fun cute story about Aurora trying to bring both of her kingdoms together to live peacefully while bad guys plot in t
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book it will lead well into the movie when I finally get to see it. I really liked the characters especially Aurora and Maleficent they are so wonderfully written with Aurora being a young Queen trying to get two sides to get along and make peace and I really liked how true to the character Maleficent was being wicked in her own ways and loving Aurora with a fierce bit of protectiveness. I really liked the slow romance between Aurora and Phillip it was gradual as it should be ...more
Alex Johnson
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect to like Maleficent, but here we are. This book wasn't a top notch read, but it had an interesting take on Maleficent, her motivations, her relationship with Aurora, and the power of love. I enjoyed it just fine. ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
First we get spoilt with the wonderful news Queen of Nothing is coming out earlier and then this. My Holly Blackened heart can't take it. Roll on Autumn. ...more
Shireen Hakim
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It is foolish of the wicked not to be afraid of the good."
I enjoyed 'Heart of the Moors" more than I thought I would. I did not think it could rival the 2014 Disney blockbuster, but I was as entertained with this book as the film.
While the film focused on deliciously malicious Angelina Jolie's Maleficent, (who's face is as beautiful as the cover of this book), Heart of the Moors centers around kind but strong Aurora. We're able to gain insight in her thought process as she takes on huge change
3.5 stars

Confession: I have never seen the Disney Maleficent films, so I am reviewing this purely from a fairytale book lover's standpoint. Maybe I will watch them some day, but until then my idea of Disney's Maleficent will remain from the classic princess film Sleeping Beauty.

I absolutely adored the concept surrounding Heart of the Moors. It was fun and whimsical; a middle grade fairytale told from the unique perspective of the "wicked" fairy Maleficent, who is completely in love with her godd
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Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house ...more

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