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August 13 2015 @ 04:48 pm
Kingdom Series: Moon's Flower, Huntsman's Prey, & Rumple's Prize by Marie Hall  
Moon's Flower Huntsman's Prey Rumple's Prize
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Series: Kingdom
Author: Marie Hall

This isn't a bad addition to the original 5 stories but just not as good as the first ones. Moon's Flower was a very entertaining story which needed to be told for the future of the series but overall I felt some of the new stories were a little flat. I do highly recommend the beginning of this series and I'm hoping the next several installments are better.

Moon's Flower, Kingdom #6
Once upon a time, long, long ago a flower fairy looked up to the sky and dared to fall in love with the Man in the Moon...

Or so goes the tale that Danika weaves for the gathered fae children. Tonight is the night to learn a hidden tale of Kingdom. A story long forgotten, remembered by few. A tale of treachery, of love, betrayal and woe... but there's more to the story than meets the eye. This isn't just a tale of Jericho and Calanthe and their doomed Shakespearean romance, for tonight the truth of one beloved Kingdom character will be revealed.

Review: I remember stumbling on Her Mad Hatter and being excited to read a different take not only on fairy tales but on Alice in Wonderland. So I read the first five stories which I enjoyed a lot. Wasn't I pleasantly surprised when Hall listened to her fans and wrote more to the series.

Moon's Flower at first seemed like a detour from the other books in the series but caught the reader at the end with a surprise twist.

Calanthe is a flower fairy who feels like she doesn't fit in and has a desperate need to grow a moon flower. She actually steals the seed from The Blue (bad idea) and accomplishes her task (which is nearly impossible). The thing is the Man in the Moon, Jericho, is watching Calanthe as she plants the flower and feels overwhelmed to help the flower grow with his magic. He's drawn to her like he's not been drawn to any other. Problem is he only gets one night a month to walk Kingdom and he's at the mercy of the Sun.

Not only that but we learn a little more about Danika and what happened to make her the godmother's to the "Villains" of the stories.

What really got me is I felt complete confused by the story. While I liked the romance between Calanthe and Jericho, I couldn't fathom how it could work out considering his connection to the Sun and his duties as the moon. But in true Hall form, the book gave us everything we could have hoped for whether it was a perfect HEA or not.

Huntman's Prey, Kingdom #7
Rumors abound in Wonderland, of a dark princess named Chrysalis who bears the Moon's curse. Her beauty is beyond compare, and her madness… even greater than her father’s, The Hatter. Death follows wherever she roams, and Danika—fairy godmother of all villains—knows this task is too great for her to handle on her own. She has no choice but to seek out the one they call Huntsman, his mission is simple: Find the creature, and destroy it.

But nothing is ever so simple in Kingdom. The moment the hunter Aeric steps foot in the mad, twisted realm he's enveloped in a reality that is neither wholly true nor fantasy. The key, the Cheshire explains, to ending the madness is for one to become mad themselves. The Huntsman has one chance to figure out the riddle before the beauty destroys them all…

Review: Okay so typically you can read the Kingdom books as stand alone novels but this one is connected to a few others:
Her Mad Hatter
Danika's Surprise
Moon's Flower

I'll tell you only briefly why. This is about The Hatter's daughter and has a small snippet of a tale about Danika, Calanthe and the Man in the Moon, Jericho.

As it turns out Chrysalis, the Hatter's daughter, is mad. Madder than her father. Death follows Chrysalis wherever she goes and Danika has no choice but to enlist the Huntsman to help find and cage Chrysalis.

Only problem is for the Huntsman, Aeric, to do this he must go to Wonderland which has become more twisted and dangerous since Chrysalis's escape and reign of terror.

Along the way, Aeric meets Lissa a woman who turns into a cat or the other way around, who helps him track Chrysalis and navigate Wonderland.

The thing is the turn of this story is strange. I understood it might be considering this has to do with Wonderland and Hatter's daughter but it was stranger even than I thought.

There is a minor downfall with retelling fairy-tales. Sometimes you do a great job and sometimes the story falls flat. This one just wasn't as good as other have been and fell a little flat for me. And while at times Hall really pulls out the surprises, this one just felt too predicable.

However, it did introduce us to the next bad-boy Rumpelstiltskin.

Rumpel's Prize, Kingdom #8
Description: Imp, deceiver, villainous mastermind… Rumpelstiltskin’s been called all these names and more, and for the most part, they’re entirely true. But there is more to the brooding, blond haired Adonis than brokering deals for the devil. He’s hiding a terrible, hideous secret. One that threatens to fray the already delicate strands of his sanity and reason. A secret that he’s desperate to make right, to see whole again, and there is no one and nothing that will stand in his way of getting what he wants—no one except a slip of woman with hair like fire and skin like finest porcelain. Something about Shayera Caron calls to the beast inside him and makes him question his motives for the first time in his life.

Shayera Caron is the daughter of the infamous Gerard Caron, former lothario of Kingdom but now a reformed rake and settled husband and father. She can go nowhere in her tiny hamlet without seeing the sneers of women and hearing the murmurings of their disdain for the blood that runs through her veins. Shayera is desperate to get away from the gossiping hens, so when Rumpelstiltskin rides into town, she doesn’t think twice before going wherever he leads. Only thing is Shayera is not as innocent as she might seem, for she hides a secret too. One that will bring the most feared man in all of Kingdom to his knees…

Review: I have never thought of Rumplestiltskin as being a beautiful man but in this telling of Rumple's story, Hall has made him a hunky "villian". Most of Hall's fairytale villians are sorely misunderstood and Rumple is no different.

Admittedly, I didn't like this story nearly as much as some of the past volumes but it was still an interesting story. I am intrigued about Rumple's son who appears to be cursed because of Rumple and the boy's very nature.

Rumple and Shayera have a Beauty & the Beast like love story which I enjoyed but didn't grab me and keep my attention much like the earlier installments of this series.

The Series: