A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty

March 28, 2016 Reviews 1 ★★★★★


Hello! The blog tour for A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty stops by today, and I’m sharing my review!

A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn MoriartyA Tangle of Gold (The Colours of Madeleine #3) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Published: February 23rd 2016 by Pan Macmillan AU
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Genres: Fantasy
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5 Stars

The Kingdom of Cello is in crisis. Princess Ko's deception has been revealed and the Elite have taken control, placing the Princess, Samuel and Sergio under arrest and ordering their execution. Elliot is being held captive by the Hostiles and Colour storms are raging through the land. The Cello Wind has been silent for months.

Plans are in place to bring the remaining Royals home from the World but then all communication between Cello and the World will cease. That means Madeleine will lose Elliot, forever.

Madeleine and Elliot must solve the mystery of Cello before it is too late.

Coming to the end of any series is a bittersweet experience, but reading A Tangle of Gold – the concluding volume in the spellbinding The Colours of Madeleine series – was especially emotional for me. It’s hard to believe that my adventure with Madeleine and Elliot, and my time in Cello and Cambridge, is over.

There’s a lot going on this book. Secrets are revealed, mysteries are unravelled, and everything comes together in a beautifully complex way. Moriarty has handled the many elements of her narrative superbly. The pacing doesn’t falter, the richness of the characters isn’t compromised, and the author unravels her narrative to reveal her creative genius again and again. It’s brilliant, providing unexpected twists and turns that will have readers compulsively turning the pages.

A Tangle of Gold is told from multiple points of view. Madeleine and Elliot, of course, but also Kiera, the spiky-prickly-angry girl from Jagged Edge we met in Cracks in the Kingdom. I think Kiera’s chapters were my favourite because she’s so different from Madeleine and Elliot. It was also fun to see the others from her eyes – especially Madeleine. Kiera is continually dismissive Madeleine – she’s only a Worldian after all – and doesn’t appreciate the other girl’s concerns about Cellian affairs. It was really interesting to read from the point of view of someone who overlooked a protagonist, and although I felt defensive of Madeleine, I understood where Kiera was coming from.

I’m half convinced Cello exists. Moriarty has created this other universe so vividly that I wish I could find a crack and just slip into it. This book expands on Cellian politics and the history of the royal family while introducing us to new provinces and Colours. The interplay between the two worlds has always fascinated me, so I was thrilled to have all of my questions answered in A Tangle of Gold.


A huge thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for organising such an awesome tour and sending the book for review. Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour!

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