Final book in the True Story of Rapunzel! I’m excited, are you? I do have to note that the font from the second book to this one is a little jarring, and different. Full Series Review
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said…Spoilers ahead.
Golden Crown by M. Lynn
Synopsis From The Book
No longer a warrior.
Not just a Queen.
Persinette Basile has a new purpose. The chains she carried since the curse began are gone, replaced by a crown. But freedom can exist while enemies surround Bela on all sides.
La Dame luks 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.
Short Synopsis By Me
Persinette has a power that is consuming her, one that she has inherited and can not control. Alex has a country that hates him, on the brink of civil war from his policies that were made to save them. The two must navigate the politics of their thrones, while preparing for wars of their own. For both they must choose between their heart and their love for their people, a choice that may tear them apart.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Will Etta break my heart more? I will find out soon, although… I’m a loser and skimmed the last part first cuz I wanted to know end game. I’m happy with it, not to see how we get there. I am a bit interested to see if, like book two, this book doesn’t hit the major plot point of the synopsis until half way through. I’ll be entertained. Bring it on.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Okay. Good ending. I liked the way that ended. I liked that everything was explained in its own way that made sense and had practical foreshadowing before hand. Did the synopsis from the back lead me astray? A little but that’s okay.
Persinette is now queen of Bela. She has new magic specific to the crown and has to train in it. She wants to save the rest of her people from Gaule. Meanwhile, Alex is in Gaule trying to keep his people from all out civil war. He fails, war is fought, he wins, gets sick and is on the verge of death before Etta comes to him. Etta saves his life with her new magic, and leaves with her people. After leaving she replaces the wards around Gaule that fell in book one, and Alex returns home. Alex returns to be kicked off his throne, because his people want him dead for the changes he has made. The council, instated while he was on his death bed, plans to make his mother queen and say that he has greater things to do than to stay in Gaule (i.e. go to Persinette/Etta). War is raged with La Dame. Persinette sacrifices her powers to kill La Dame, and everyone lives happily ever after.
What I Liked:
Persinette and Alex’s relationship. I think I’ll talk more on this in the series review, but I like how it ended.
The side character’s development. The ways that the side characters were elaborated throughout the whole story was nice. I just really love that Edmund and Matteo weren’t thrown to the side. The fact that Tyson was such a pivotal character, as was Amelie, has my heart singing. The characters that were introduced by name had a purpose and they served their purpose well. I want to protect all of them.
Verite, who I will also talk more about in the full review.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Could we have gotten more on the rest of the world? I feel that there is such a rich world with the other countries across the ocean that we know close to nothing about. It was off handedly mentioned that Persinette’s mother came from across the sea (Cana), and of the Madran mercenaries that worked for La Dame.
I wish I knew what happened to Gaule and Dracon after the two years. I would have just liked to know what happened to Alex’s mother, actually. I just want her to be okay and thriving in her country.
Why You Should Read:
The entirety of the series is well rounded and written. This is a great ending to the series. Fair warning that the end battle is a bit obvious, but that’s okay. I expected it. It was a very entertaining end, to say the least.
Time Taken To Read
“Wow, you’ve been my queen for not even ten minutes and already exercising your power.” Alex to Etta