Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl Tales of Goldstone Wood

Veiled Rose, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, 978-0-7642-0782-2
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0782-2
Price: $14.99
Format: Paperback
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. (From the Publisher)
As a child, one of my favorite things to do was to curl up with a good fairytale. I grew up reading all of the OZ books, and Andrew Lang's fairytale books, among others. So, it was with great delight that I read this particular novel. It was more than I expected~  all things fairytale, nicely wrapped in a more mature package~ somewhat more intense but not incredibly graphic~  Mysterious girl, nasty monster and a mischievous boy who is developing character throughout. The book references the first book in the series, which makes me want to pick it up, perhaps in time to coincide with the release of the 3rd book in the series in April. If you enjoy a little "Oldworld fantasy" this might be something just up your alley~ it was mine! :) (Oh, and I'm always intrigued by those whose names are spelled the same as mine ~ Elisabeth with an "s"~ how lovely!)
Blessings~
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