Series: The Colours of Madeleine #3
Published by Pan Australia on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.
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This is my review for the third book in The Colours of Madeleine series. I’ve tried very hard to be spoiler-free for the whole series in this review, so please, read on!
Where to begin? The Colours of Madeleine series is one of my favourites of the last few years, combining a beautifully imagined magical alternate reality with some very real characters with all sorts of issues. Our World is connected to the Kingdom of Cello through cracks in reality. These cracks were once freely open between the worlds, but now they are tightly controlled on the Cello side by the World Severance Unit (WSU). In A Corner of White, Madeleine finds a piece of paper sticking out of a crack in a parking meter on a street in Cambridge, England. It’s a note from Elliot, a young man from the region of the Farms, in Cello. They strike up a friendship by passing notes through the crack.
Cello is an amazing place, full of fantastical creatures and places. Storms of Colour cross the land, each different Colour having a different effect on people – some are violent, like Purples or Greys. Others bring pleasant thoughts or sad ones, or they can enthrall you so deeply you forget to eat and waste away. There’s even a Turquoise Rain that brings a sort of crazed euphoria.
Jaclyn Moriarty’s quirky and rather eccentric writing style just adds to the wonder, and while I was delighted by the first two books, the first half of this concluding part seemed a little less brilliant. I’m not sure if it was the fact that everyone had to get down to business rather than explore the amazing world of Cello, or the fact that the characters aren’t exactly their old selves through a lot of it, but I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I did the earlier books.
That said, the last half was packed with twist after twist. In every chapter, seemingly random tidbits of information revealed through the trilogy were tied together in some way. It really is a masterpiece of planning, and I was completely in the dark before the main twist. I had to put the book down on the train to have a “huh…” moment!
A Tangle of Gold was a very satisfying conclusion to the series and I will certainly be re-reading it at some stage. Now I’m just off to find a mirror and a candle…
The Colours of Madeleine
The Blog Tour
This is the last stop on the A Tangle of Gold Blog Tour! You can see all the other participants on the tour by taking a look at this pdf. There are interviews, more reviews and much more.
The prize will have the original cover, pictured to the right.
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