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No longer only a warrior. Not just a queen. Persinette Basile has a new purpose. The chains she’s carried since the curse began are gone, replaced by a crown. But freedom can’t exist while enemies surround Bela on all sides. La Dame lurks on the border in Dracon, waiting for her revenge. In Gaule, magic folk are hunted and punished for their Belaen heritage. A journey into No longer only a warrior. Not just a queen. Persinette Basile has a new purpose. The chains she’s carried since the curse began are gone, replaced by a crown. But freedom can’t exist while enemies surround Bela on all sides. La Dame lurks on the border in Dracon, waiting for her revenge. In Gaule, magic folk are hunted and punished for their Belaen heritage. A journey into Gaule brings her face to face with the one person who can destroy her with one simple act: dying. No longer tied to Alex by magic, his death should mean nothing to her. As she learns more about who she truly is and the legacy of her family, she’s forced to answer three questions. Can she save the king of Gaule? Can he be trusted if she does? And what will it mean for her people if she finds herself unable to let go of him again? A rebellion. A dying king. And a magical war that could end everything.


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No longer only a warrior. Not just a queen. Persinette Basile has a new purpose. The chains she’s carried since the curse began are gone, replaced by a crown. But freedom can’t exist while enemies surround Bela on all sides. La Dame lurks on the border in Dracon, waiting for her revenge. In Gaule, magic folk are hunted and punished for their Belaen heritage. A journey into No longer only a warrior. Not just a queen. Persinette Basile has a new purpose. The chains she’s carried since the curse began are gone, replaced by a crown. But freedom can’t exist while enemies surround Bela on all sides. La Dame lurks on the border in Dracon, waiting for her revenge. In Gaule, magic folk are hunted and punished for their Belaen heritage. A journey into Gaule brings her face to face with the one person who can destroy her with one simple act: dying. No longer tied to Alex by magic, his death should mean nothing to her. As she learns more about who she truly is and the legacy of her family, she’s forced to answer three questions. Can she save the king of Gaule? Can he be trusted if she does? And what will it mean for her people if she finds herself unable to let go of him again? A rebellion. A dying king. And a magical war that could end everything.

30 review for Golden Crown

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    I really enjoyed this series and all of the characters. This was a very different retelling of Rapunzel and I think one of the best. No beauty and love in this one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    G.K. DeRosa

    What a perfect ending to a fantastic series! As always the author creates such real and memorable characters that you find yourself so completely immersed in the story and their struggles that hours go by before you know it. Poor Etta and Alex had to face so many obstacles and had me cringing at every turn. Just let them get together already!! I won’t ruin the ending but I promise you won’t be sorry. If you love fairy tale retellings, don’t miss this amazing new series!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Okay, I have a lot of feelings regarding this series. Honestly, I haven’t binged a fantasy trilogy in a very long time. Schoolwork is the absolute center of my heads focus right now, but I had a weekend and the interest to read this series. First of all, it’s supported by a super generic premise and a super generic fantasy world and a super generic framing device. A fight to the death? Cliche. Or course it’s a pro feminist, only the woman in the fight to the death will win amongst men- sort of Okay, I have a lot of feelings regarding this series. Honestly, I haven’t binged a fantasy trilogy in a very long time. Schoolwork is the absolute center of my heads focus right now, but I had a weekend and the interest to read this series. First of all, it’s supported by a super generic premise and a super generic fantasy world and a super generic framing device. A fight to the death? Cliche. Or course it’s a pro feminist, only the woman in the fight to the death will win amongst men- sort of story. But by book two, I was hooked. I enjoyed the fairytale aspects of it, which combine Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel in creative, unexpected ways. I also interpreted some real King Arthur vibes from it, too. My real gripe with the series is it’s characters, particularly the villains. Gosh, they were bad. La Dame was a cool, Maleficent type villain, but her character elicited no sympathy or real character development beyond the last half of the third book. Also, the so called plot twists, particularly in the first book and the last, make little to no sense and just serve as devices to move the plot along. I have a love and hate relationship with our main couple. Etta is a great heroine, but unfortunately, she is given a queen storyline that undermines the point. Why is she a queen beyond the fact that the author shoved into the plot that she is ? It is important especially to the third book, but why, with such a feminist angle, is she elevated to a queen when the entire book is trying to say she doesn’t need to be that to be equal to alexandre? Alexandre is the king, and as readers, we’re supposed to root for her, but why make her a queen? To prove only as a queen she can match Alexandre? What’s the point? Also, should we totally ignore the borderline abusive behavior going on between them both? And we are going to ignore the stereotyped masses in Gaule that never bother to delve any deeper into the masses anger at the Belas besides that they just are angry? My biggest gripe is at the end, when I was reading it at night. Mild spoilers. Okay, was anyone bothered that Alexandres mother and his council essentially stole his throne, and he was just chill about it? After going on for an entire novel just how important his people are to him, he lets his mother usurp him, and in the epilogue, they act like it’s all hunky dory? Excuse me, he was just usurped, and he barely bats an eye before he moves on? And what’s the whole speel he gives about how he was meant to serve a queen (Etta), it was romantic, but gosh, dude, have a spine!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lissa Hawley

    This book gave me "all the feels" as they say. I cried twice, was enraged a couple of times, on edge for half the book and then finally content. There was also a handful of amusement thrown into this action packed finale. Quite the ride and a Rapunzel reimagining as you've never seen her. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adie

    This whole series and this last book particularly were so jumpy, choppy and poorly transition between scenes. Aside from the fact this feels like a rush job the story had only the bare bones of a concept. Tortured by evil queen whose color scheme is black hair: Evil villian who lives forever because no one knows but they're bad cause of it: The good character has blonde hair : Have the story claim magic isn't evil but end with too much magic is evil: despite the story claiming what you do with This whole series and this last book particularly were so jumpy, choppy and poorly transition between scenes. Aside from the fact this feels like a rush job the story had only the bare bones of a concept. Tortured by evil queen whose color scheme is black hair: ✔️ Evil villian who lives forever because no one knows but they're bad cause of it:✔️ The good character has blonde hair : ✔️ Have the story claim magic isn't evil but end with too much magic is evil: ✔️ despite the story claiming what you do with magic determines how good or bad it is the story ends with certain magic is evil. Which goes against the major message the people with magic claim. There's just so many counterdictions in the motivations and decisions. I can't even express how confusing this story was. I had to sit down and flip back through certain paragraphs just to make sure that I had the right characters were the ones speaking. And gee surprise. The girl who betrayed her was actually forced too and her mom was doing the betraying when the daughter wasn't there and so when the mother was no longer in the story then the daughter is back and all if forgiven?? Also why did the evil queen live so long. It literally never explains it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Miranda

    Well, this was a bit of a bummer. I really liked the first two books on this series, but this one felt... underwhelming, at best. Choppy, rushed, cliched, which were things that almost made it through in the first two novels but the author managed to just escape it. Not on this one. Etta and Alexandre act so out of character throughout the last book it is like they're two different characters altogether. Sure, Persinette was under the curse and we can blame that for her uncanny behaviour, but Well, this was a bit of a bummer. I really liked the first two books on this series, but this one felt... underwhelming, at best. Choppy, rushed, cliched, which were things that almost made it through in the first two novels but the author managed to just escape it. Not on this one. Etta and Alexandre act so out of character throughout the last book it is like they're two different characters altogether. Sure, Persinette was under the curse and we can blame that for her uncanny behaviour, but Alex was under no curse, was he? Nothing about him in the final book makes sense. The final battle was really confusing and predictable, as was everything about La Dame, sadly. I was hoping to get more about her, to learn more of her, but alas! she ended up being just the mean ole' villain because the book needed a villain. This was the most one dimensional character of all. A disappointment. Then there's the chapter after chapter of endless repition, that could have been used to... I don't know, maybe explore the characters more? I was underwhelmed by this final instalment, but had a great time reading the first two books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Who are you? If everything you thought your life was supposed to be crumbled away before your eyes who are you now? What is the difference between good and evil? Is there a difference or is it just about perspective? This review may contain a few suggestive spoilers but will not give away the entirety of the story line! Our main characters must ask themselves these questions. As the future they had spent their lives planning for disappears before their eyes, they must figure out who they are now Who are you? If everything you thought your life was supposed to be crumbled away before your eyes who are you now? What is the difference between good and evil? Is there a difference or is it just about perspective? This review may contain a few suggestive spoilers but will not give away the entirety of the story line! Our main characters must ask themselves these questions. As the future they had spent their lives planning for disappears before their eyes, they must figure out who they are now and what their new future holds. Life finally comes back to Bela but with La Dame just over the border in Dracon, how long do they have? Will the kingdom parish before it is able to really start again? Change is happening in Gaule, whether the people are ready for it or not. But in trying to right the wrongs of his father, could Alex just be doing more harm than good? By trying to help the Belaens within his kingdoms borders, is he just causing more hurt? Meanwhile, Etta struggles to gain control of her new Basile powers and rediscover her lost sense of self. Progress is slow and her anger and frustration is fanned by the living magic coursing through her but she can't give up if she's to save her friends, family, and her people. Things finally come to a head when La Dame and Persinette go head to head. It is then that Etta must question what is good, what is evil and whether she can pay the price required to save her people? What must Etta give up? What must Etta become to win? Can she survive the changes and the sacrifices? This portion of the review contains end of story ruminations. If you haven't finished the book yet and don't want the ending even hinted at, don't read any further! Gaaahhh!!! So good, so many questions!!! Is La Dame really defeated? Who will rise in her stead? Is all of the ancient Basile and Dracon power really gone? It's mentioned that Etta still gets bursts of anger and frustration that isn't hers. What will happen in Gaule? How will the people react to their new ruler? Will Matteo ever get his powers? (I personally think he's got healing powers and that's why he hasn't manifested. Etta had them and since her mother was non-magic folk, the Draconian powers had to come from further back in her lineage which means Matteo should also had Draconian magic running through his blood!) What comes next for all our favorite sporting characters?! Simply cannot wait to continue the series and the future story arcs. I'm looking forward to new stories while still getting updates on our favorite characters from Rapunzel's story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    LooseBoots

    I am sad to have finished this book. It’s impossible to describe how much I have enjoyed this magical story. I fell in love with all the wonderful characters. Shared their pain and reveled in their joy. A story with so much passion you can’t help but be drawn into it. I’ll not give any spoilers but suffice to say I couldn’t have hoped for a better ending. Awesome book and another book that I wished I hadn’t finished because I loved it so much. Thanks for creating this Michelle.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Terry Juell

    This book!! This series!! It is now one of my all time favorites!! I just love the characters which will now will always have a special place in my heart. It was an incredible journey from Golden Curse though Golden Crown. I'm really not good at reviews so you just get my opinion, I'm sorry. Just know I highly recommend this series!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Pack

    Loved it at first, but a little let down (Warning, spoilers) Books two and three were great. I felt this book had all the makings of an excellent finale, but I think the author really let down Alex’s character. He could have been so much stronger and such a better counterpart for Etta, but I felt like he was purposely pushed to the side in this book. He couldn’t seem to do anything right, was tossed out of his own kingdom as if he never mattered, and was basically useless in the final battle. His Loved it at first, but a little let down (Warning, spoilers) Books two and three were great. I felt this book had all the makings of an excellent finale, but I think the author really let down Alex’s character. He could have been so much stronger and such a better counterpart for Etta, but I felt like he was purposely pushed to the side in this book. He couldn’t seem to do anything right, was tossed out of his own kingdom as if he never mattered, and was basically useless in the final battle. His role was reduced from kind, loyal, and brave king to a piece of arm candy. I didn’t mind that he wasn’t a great warrior, but he should have played a major role in pulling Etta back from her magic taking her over. Instead, it just played out and there were no real consequences for her letting it spiral out of control. He showed up just in time to see how unnecessary he was. By the end, I felt the horse had a more important role than him. I’m all for powerful female protagonists, but I think her love interest should be her counterpart. He doesn’t have to be weak to make her seem strong. I really wanted to love this book, but just felt bothered by the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Just Jese

    Too nearly wrapped up Honestly, I’m disappointed. The book itself was a page turner and I eagerly soaked up every chapter and twist and turn. However, I just feel that the big reveal and ending just fell flat and didn’t do any of the characters real justice. There was no more character building, we saw a few new characters introduced and old favorites all but be ignored. I wanted so much for the series and it all just wrapped up to neatly, Etta is technically a descendant of La Dame and in the Too nearly wrapped up Honestly, I’m disappointed. The book itself was a page turner and I eagerly soaked up every chapter and twist and turn. However, I just feel that the big reveal and ending just fell flat and didn’t do any of the characters real justice. There was no more character building, we saw a few new characters introduced and old favorites all but be ignored. I wanted so much for the series and it all just wrapped up to neatly, Etta is technically a descendant of La Dame and in the end sacrificed her family’s magic to “win” the big battle. Meanwhile Tyson, Edmund, Matteo, and everyone else that isn’t Alex and Etta get pushed to the side and aren’t given an opportunity to have a conclusion of their own. Yes, I’m aware the epilogue ultimately shows where everyone ends up, but what about Anders and Edmund? How come Matteo never got any powers? That’s it as far as Maiya is concerned? All is forgiven because she saved a crown?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    [This is a review for the whole trilogy, not the individual book] I came across this series at a good price, and decided to give it a shot after seeing it was rated rather highly on Goodreads. First, let me give credit where it is due – I found the overarching plot to be compelling enough that I read this series to the end. After reading the first book, and struggling with some of the flaws, I seriously questioned whether it was worth reading the whole series. But I did. And it was because I was [This is a review for the whole trilogy, not the individual book] I came across this series at a good price, and decided to give it a shot after seeing it was rated rather highly on Goodreads. First, let me give credit where it is due – I found the overarching plot to be compelling enough that I read this series to the end. After reading the first book, and struggling with some of the flaws, I seriously questioned whether it was worth reading the whole series. But I did. And it was because I was invested enough in the characters and the story to keep going for the sake of closure. And it was worth reading to the end, because the author finished the story well and had a satisfying ending. So kudos there. That being said, I had three major complaints with the book (hidden for spoilers): (view spoiler)[These are not going to be problems for everyone, but these were problems for me: 1. I’m afraid that I found the sexual relationship between Etta and Alex to be questionable at best, especially at the beginning. Their relationship is portrayed as a romantic one, and as such presumably something the author thinks young people should desire and/or emulate. But when they first have sex Etta is very conflicted in her feelings towards Alex. She isn’t sure if she likes him, loves him, or downright hates him. Is this something we really want to model to young people? If you’re in a relationship, and haven’t yet worked through your feelings, then the right thing to do is to jump straight into a sexual relationship? I’m afraid I think that’s not a helpful suggestion, nor do I think it was necessary for the purposes of the book. 2. Related to the first point, there were some hot scenes between the main characters. Nothing explicit, I should point out, but more than I would expect in a young adult novel. Perhaps I’m getting stuffy in my old age? It didn’t seem necessary to me. 3. It felt like Edmund was a token gay character, thrown in for the purposes of “diversity” without any plot-related reason. For that matter there were some characters who were people of colour, but I only know this because they had a one word description when they were first encountered. The diversity was there, but without being invested with anything that made their diversity truly meaningful. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    Ah, I know why I like fairytales so much. No matter what, you know that everything is going to end in happily ever after. I must admit though that I lost hope about three quarters into the story with Etta being more and more controlled by the Basile magic, Alex facing hatred, rebellion and betrayal in his own kingdom and La Dame being the allmighty threat looming over them all. How could it not all end in complete and utter desaster? I honestly could not see a solution which was both preventing Ah, I know why I like fairytales so much. No matter what, you know that everything is going to end in happily ever after. I must admit though that I lost hope about three quarters into the story with Etta being more and more controlled by the Basile magic, Alex facing hatred, rebellion and betrayal in his own kingdom and La Dame being the allmighty threat looming over them all. How could it not all end in complete and utter desaster? I honestly could not see a solution which was both preventing doom and being believable. Somehow, the author found one. I am so glad because I was suffering with all the characters I grew so fond of and wished them to make it out of this precarious situation alive and well. We get to know another new character, Ara, daughter of Duke Caron. I think she could do well as a star of her own story, she certainly has the strength for it. I liked her a lot and would not mind reading more about her. In this last part of the trilogy, I became aware of the development of Alex and Camille’s relationship. It really changed quite a lot over the three books. The two siblings were not too fond of each other at the very beginning. I guess they had to be reminded of their love for the other, of what is really important at the end of the day. Additionally, the conflicts in the kingdom of Gaule provided them with a common goal. It is heartwarming to watch them grow closer again. All in all, this is an amazing conclusion of the trilogy. Can’t wait to read another fairytale-based one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Jones

    This was such a perfect ending to this series!! The author has done a wonderful job of creating memorable characters that you can't help but become attached to. In fact, I was almost sad to finish the series and leave them behind. I was incredibly relieved when the author told me about some of her future books revisiting them. M. Lynn really made this retelling of the beloved Rapunzel story completely alone, while still leaving enough of the elements to fully pay the original the respect it This was such a perfect ending to this series!! The author has done a wonderful job of creating memorable characters that you can't help but become attached to. In fact, I was almost sad to finish the series and leave them behind. I was incredibly relieved when the author told me about some of her future books revisiting them. M. Lynn really made this retelling of the beloved Rapunzel story completely alone, while still leaving enough of the elements to fully pay the original the respect it deserves. This story had the perfect blend of intrigue, romance, hate, and drama. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. There are also elements of other fairy tales that really made things more interesting. This time, Etta and Alexandre are separated for most of the book as Alexandre tries to regain peace and stop the civil war threatening to break out within his kingdom. At the same time, Etta learns what it means to be a Queen to her people and tries to learn to use and control her powers. She has put the barrier between Gaule and Bela, and Dracon, as well, in an effort to both protect Gaule from La Dame and her own people from those in Gaule who fear and even despise those with magical abilities. They're both also suffering from the loss of the "curse" that had previously linked the two of them together. Etta knows that the only way she can really keep the two kingdoms safe is to finally defeat La Dame, so this time she takes the fight to Dracon and La Dame instead of waiting for them to strike. What ensues is just an amazing story of action and magic. I hardly wanted to blink as I just had to reach the conclusion and find out what would ultimately happen. Both Etta and Alexandre had difficult decisions to make and I think everyone involved chose well. I can't wait to read more by this wonderful author and, especially, revisit my beloved characters from the True Story of Rapunzel series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Topsues

    This final book in the re- telling of the fairytale Rapunzel, was ingenious in the way the storyline was told and came to a close. I was left at the end of book.2. “Golden Chains” feeling bereft. I was a blubbering wreck when Etta sent Alex away, with his heartbroken. In Golden Crown we see Etta’s struggles with the her new intensity of magic. She has to work out how to control it before it controls her. She has to become a queen, a leader for the battle against La Dame, but will she lose This final book in the re- telling of the fairytale Rapunzel, was ingenious in the way the storyline was told and came to a close. I was left at the end of book.2. “Golden Chains” feeling bereft. I was a blubbering wreck when Etta sent Alex away, with his heartbroken. In Golden Crown we see Etta’s struggles with the her new intensity of magic. She has to work out how to control it before it controls her. She has to become a queen, a leader for the battle against La Dame, but will she lose herself in the end. Alex is left with nothing but fighting for his family and throne. One he may do, one he may have no choice in. The bonds of friendship between the main characters fight to keep the Etta & Alex love alive. In reality it never really died, but 2 crowns stand in their way. The storyline continues to give hope & betrayal, light & dark, friendship & loyalty, despair & grief, hate & love, amongst so much more. M.Lynn has transcended a traditional Fairytale with an amazing imagination. More importantly to me, she enabled me to feel the strength of her characters with their emotions touching me wholeheartedly, this is what bought her story to life. This is the first series I have read by M.Lynn and I 100% Recommend this fantasy smorgasbord

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    Yep this was a great ending for the series! It is always super amazing to me when an author can take a classic and twist and turn it into something amazing and unique. The entire series though angsty was really great. In the last book of the Fantasy and Fairytales trilogy. Etta has come into her powers and gotten way more than she bargained for. Holding the magic of every ancestor before her causes and internal war to be raged. As she fights for control of her magic, Alex is having some major Yep this was a great ending for the series! It is always super amazing to me when an author can take a classic and twist and turn it into something amazing and unique. The entire series though angsty was really great. In the last book of the Fantasy and Fairytales trilogy. Etta has come into her powers and gotten way more than she bargained for. Holding the magic of every ancestor before her causes and internal war to be raged. As she fights for control of her magic, Alex is having some major problems of his own in his kingdom. Etta visits to find Alex has been attacked and the people are revolting and murdering her people left and right, but that isn't even the worst of their problems.. La Dame is waiting! We finally get the truth of Etta's ancestry and the story really comes together! Was a really epic conclusion! I would love to see more fairy tale reinventions from this author. I loved the new, in depth world with just a hint of everything I grew up with!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bookish world of Sumaidon

    At the end the series just became very morbid. I just want to be done with this boooooooring series. the books could have been summarized into one book. at first it just seemed like another throne of glass series, but Caol is gay. The story of Alex and Etta was just again boring. There were many plot twists but we kinda saw all of them coming. I wish Alex was bi so at least we can get some love triangle. Man I loved Admen and Tyson. Non of the characters are qualified to be rule. they have to At the end the series just became very morbid. I just want to be done with this boooooooring series. the books could have been summarized into one book. at first it just seemed like another throne of glass series, but Caol is gay. The story of Alex and Etta was just again boring. There were many plot twists but we kinda saw all of them coming. I wish Alex was bi so at least we can get some love triangle. Man I loved Admen and Tyson. Non of the characters are qualified to be rule. they have to much teenage angst. Etta should not be a queen but Alex did have a good heart but not every qualified to be a king. However I don't like Etta as a queen. Why didn't she just give it to Mateo. and what is going on between Simon and Queen mother or the queen (I have no idea what I am writing, pls don't take this as a good review)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Krystle Goodman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am a sucker for fantasy novels loosely based on fairytales I grew up on (lunar chronicles, anyone?) So I was pretty excited when I found this series. I loved it! But I also had some issues with it. As far as an ending to the trilogy, it was a good, satisfying ending. But I was so confused during the final battle between Etta and La Dame. Confused as in the action was a bit hard to follow. When the entire series led up to this epic battle I was a little disappointed with it. Not to mention, I am a sucker for fantasy novels loosely based on fairytales I grew up on (lunar chronicles, anyone?) So I was pretty excited when I found this series. I loved it! But I also had some issues with it. As far as an ending to the trilogy, it was a good, satisfying ending. But I was so confused during the final battle between Etta and La Dame. Confused as in the action was a bit hard to follow. When the entire series led up to this epic battle I was a little disappointed with it. Not to mention, Alexandre’s own mother and council usurped the throne from him and he was ok with it like an hour later. In the meantime, Etta who was raised as a warrior to serve a king, is just handed a crown because of her bloodline, even though she has a cousin who is much better suited to the royal life. I was disappointed a little. But overall I enjoyed the series, and I recommended it to others!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elle Madison

    Wow... what an ending... some things I saw coming and others took me completely by surprise. I was a bit nervous for Etta there for awhile. The sheer power she possessed would be enough to quickly turn her into a villain rather than a heroine, I was anxiously on the edge of my seat just waiting to see what would happen next. I fell in love with Alex a bit more in this book. He is very human in a way that makes you both love and hate him. And I personally adore that about him. He makes mistakes Wow... what an ending... some things I saw coming and others took me completely by surprise. I was a bit nervous for Etta there for awhile. The sheer power she possessed would be enough to quickly turn her into a villain rather than a heroine, I was anxiously on the edge of my seat just waiting to see what would happen next. I fell in love with Alex a bit more in this book. He is very human in a way that makes you both love and hate him. And I personally adore that about him. He makes mistakes and then atones, then makes mistakes all over again. I find it rather endearing. (even if he was a total arsehat in the past.) To be perfectly honest, while I love the mc’s - my heart truly lies with the plethora of amazing side characters. Everyone is painted so differently and so well, and they really round out the story. I can’t wait to read more about them all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Estien Slabbert

    Cool story I think this is a great idea for a story I'm just a little disappointed in the telling if it ( not that i would have been able to do it better or even as well as the author). The characters just didn't grow on me, especially the two main characters. Their dialogue, their development, growth, epiphanies, all of it was lacking what I've come to appreciate in my heroes and heroines. I usually find myself impressed and endeared to the lead characters, but these two... despite rooting for Cool story I think this is a great idea for a story I'm just a little disappointed in the telling if it ( not that i would have been able to do it better or even as well as the author). The characters just didn't grow on me, especially the two main characters. Their dialogue, their development, growth, epiphanies, all of it was lacking what I've come to appreciate in my heroes and heroines. I usually find myself impressed and endeared to the lead characters, but these two... despite rooting for them, i tound myself constantly thinking " can we please judt get over it" or "move on already"! I kept reading for the awesome plot but unfortunately not wowed by the characters... Although I did find me wanting me a bit of that Edmund 😅

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    This is the final book in a three part series about Rapunzel. We all know the story of girl trapped in the tower with really really long hair. This one takes the concept from tangled the movie at least i think that were it comes from, with the glowing magic hair and builds are story with a twisted curse. Our two main characters have been bound for so long together by this curse and now they are separated by their two kingdoms one with magic and one with not and a third one that holds our main This is the final book in a three part series about Rapunzel.   We all know the story of girl trapped in the tower with really really long hair.   This one takes the concept from tangled the movie at least i think that were it comes from, with the glowing magic hair and builds are story with a twisted curse.  Our two main characters have been bound for so long together by this curse and now they are separated by their two kingdoms one with magic and one with not and a third one that holds our main evil character.  Their a lot of twists and turns in this story and your never quite sure how it all gonna play out in the end.  I thoroughly loved this series and look forward to reading more from this author. 

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Smith

    What a fantastic finale for this series! The characters are amazing and you find yourself rooting for them to get through. I had tears at one moment and then holding my breath at another moment. The descriptions of the kingdoms are so clear that you find yourself being transported into them. Any fan of retellings must definitely get their hands on this. Though this is a series that stands on its own- there is something for everyone inside the pages. There is action,magic, and romance all rolled What a fantastic finale for this series! The characters are amazing and you find yourself rooting for them to get through. I had tears at one moment and then holding my breath at another moment. The descriptions of the kingdoms are so clear that you find yourself being transported into them. Any fan of retellings must definitely get their hands on this. Though this is a series that stands on its own- there is something for everyone inside the pages. There is action,magic, and romance all rolled into an epic story. I absolutely love the author and will read/recommend her works to all my friends and fellow readers!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Hodges

    M. Lynn is making a name for herself in the fantasy genre. Her magnificent retelling of the story of Rapunzel culminates in this book, a roller coaster ride that does not disappoint. Alex and Etta are great characters. Roadblock after roadblock has been thrown in their path, and their kingdoms are embroiled in a war against the villainous La Dame. With nothing less than the fate of the world at stake, will one of them have to make the ultimate sacrifice? This series took many twists and turns, M. Lynn is making a name for herself in the fantasy genre. Her magnificent retelling of the story of Rapunzel culminates in this book, a roller coaster ride that does not disappoint. Alex and Etta are great characters. Roadblock after roadblock has been thrown in their path, and their kingdoms are embroiled in a war against the villainous La Dame. With nothing less than the fate of the world at stake, will one of them have to make the ultimate sacrifice? This series took many twists and turns, culminating in an ending I didn't see coming. Read this wonderful series. It breathes new life into a classic fairy tale.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Vanadia Davis

    A very satisfying ending to an amazing trilogy. Everything was wrapped up nicely with no loose threads. The character developments from the first book to the end of the third were believable and nicely depicted. Even the secondary characters and their relationships showed great growth. I was not disappointed with the direction everything took. I would love to see what happens in this world a few generations later, the great grandkids of all of the characters we have grown to love. Can't wait to A very satisfying ending to an amazing trilogy. Everything was wrapped up nicely with no loose threads. The character developments from the first book to the end of the third were believable and nicely depicted. Even the secondary characters and their relationships showed great growth. I was not disappointed with the direction everything took. I would love to see what happens in this world a few generations later, the great grandkids of all of the characters we have grown to love. Can't wait to see what else this author writes. A very interesting Rapunzel retelling.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This book was breathtakingly amazing. I loved this entire series so much! This is the third and final book in the trilogy. The ending was absolutely perfect. So much action, internal conflict, and love. My heart was breaking as Etta was losing the fight against the darkness. We also finally understood the whole story behind La Dame and Rapunzel. The book was so powerful I was in tears. I applaud the author for such a perfect ending to this series. This trilogy is definitely one of my favourites This book was breathtakingly amazing. I loved this entire series so much! This is the third and final book in the trilogy. The ending was absolutely perfect. So much action, internal conflict, and love. My heart was breaking as Etta was losing the fight against the darkness. We also finally understood the whole story behind La Dame and Rapunzel. The book was so powerful I was in tears. I applaud the author for such a perfect ending to this series. This trilogy is definitely one of my favourites of all time!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Teralyn Mitchell

    This was the perfect ending to an amazing series. I loved Etta and Alex's love story. It wasn't always easy for them and they had to go through a lot before finding their way. That's what made it all the more sweeter when they finally figured it out. I loved Tyson, Amalie, Matteo and the others. I especially loved Edmund. He's one of my favorite characters. This book was so well done with the suspense, action, and love scenes. I enjoyed this one as much as the other two and I cannot wait to read This was the perfect ending to an amazing series. I loved Etta and Alex's love story. It wasn't always easy for them and they had to go through a lot before finding their way. That's what made it all the more sweeter when they finally figured it out. I loved Tyson, Amalie, Matteo and the others. I especially loved Edmund. He's one of my favorite characters. This book was so well done with the suspense, action, and love scenes. I enjoyed this one as much as the other two and I cannot wait to read more books by M. Lynn!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So much to love but There was so much to love in this book and series. But the battle scenes... they were just not well written to where I could picture them clearly in my head. I thought I was imagining it but when I reread it it was still missing parts. It seemed one minute Etta was torturing one person and the next paragraph she was killing the main villain. They just seemed to jump around. Other than that this book was on par with the rest of the series it kept me interested and I loved the So much to love but There was so much to love in this book and series. But the battle scenes... they were just not well written to where I could picture them clearly in my head. I thought I was imagining it but when I reread it it was still missing parts. It seemed one minute Etta was torturing one person and the next paragraph she was killing the main villain. They just seemed to jump around. Other than that this book was on par with the rest of the series it kept me interested and I loved the romance built between the characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Another great series by the wonderful author. Rapunzel has never been so excited and so strong. Everyone is going to war and it seems like no one can be there for the one they love. Etta must fight the darkness within her is she wishes to survive. Alex fights to keep his crown but does he really want it. This story will keep you on edge of your seat. So many things could go wrong and with war not everyone makes it. But that ended with and you looking to the heavens saying thank you for a perfect Another great series by the wonderful author. Rapunzel has never been so excited and so strong. Everyone is going to war and it seems like no one can be there for the one they love. Etta must fight the darkness within her is she wishes to survive. Alex fights to keep his crown but does he really want it. This story will keep you on edge of your seat. So many things could go wrong and with war not everyone makes it. But that ended with and you looking to the heavens saying thank you for a perfect ending.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Astrid Rudloff

    I voluntarily review an ARC. This is the third part of a trilogy, the books should be read in order. I already loved the first two parts of the series and was not disappointed by the final one. On the contrary. It's a fast paced well written story with good developed characters the reader grows very fond of. I couldn't put it down and was biting my nails, when more and more facts made a happy ending impossible. But the author surprised with so many unexpected turns and an epic ending, that "highly I voluntarily review an ARC. This is the third part of a trilogy, the books should be read in order. I already loved the first two parts of the series and was not disappointed by the final one. On the contrary. It's a fast paced well written story with good developed characters the reader grows very fond of. I couldn't put it down and was biting my nails, when more and more facts made a happy ending impossible. But the author surprised with so many unexpected turns and an epic ending, that "highly recommend" seems not enough. No fan of rewritten fairytales should miss this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the third and final book in the True Story of Rapunzel trilogy from the Fantasy and Fairytales series, and makes for a thrilling finale. Truly absorbing, the day had gone before I knew it as I read from beginning to end in one sitting, literally unable to put it down. I highly recommend this series to any lovers of adult fairytale retellings or fantasy adventures, and look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.

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