Friday, September 9, 2011
Veiled Rose, a review
About the book:
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. Leo, a lonely lad, befriends Rose Red, and together they begin hunting for the Mountain Monster which, rumor says, stalks these lands.
But the hunt which began as a game holds greater risk than Leo supposes. Rose Red can scarcely guess at the consequences should he insist on continuing his search. Dare she trust him with her secret? Or tell him what dwells at the top of the mountain in the cave only she can find?
Above all, when Leo asks Rose Red to leave the mountain and follow him to the low country, dare she agree and risk the wrath of a Monster that is all too real?
I admit, I was lost and confused a few times. I enjoyed ALL the detail, and ALL the imagery, but then I discovered it was the SECOND book in a series, and thought maybe if I had read the first book I would understand a bit better. Other than that, however...
I really ENJOYED this book because it had great balance in it. Not too much dialogue. Adventure. Emotional times. Powerful characters, especially the name sake of the title- Rose Red. Learning times for the characters AND as a reader. It was fascinating to wonder of Rose Red's face behind the veil. And how long her beloved friend denied ever seeing it.
I am trying to write my own fantasy novel, or at least one with made up names and an allegory attached to it, Ha, so this book was on my list of to-reads. I look forward to reading the others in this series!
This review is of my own opinion and I was not paid to write it.