Saturday, 27 February 2016

A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty

A Tangle of Gold (The Colours of Madeleine #3) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Published Feb 23, 2016 by PanMacmillan Australia
Source: an ARC from the publisher, then purchased a final copy
Rating: 5 stars

From the blurb: 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.

I'm extremely sad and happy to be writing about the third and final book in The Colours of Madeline series by Australian author, Jaclyn Moriarty. I have loved this series from the beginning and was sure that would also be the case with this book.

It's so easy to slip back into the world of Cello, to catch up with Elliot and Madeleine and to find out what they're up to now. I was tempted to re-read books one and two to refresh my memory but didn't need to because everything came back so easily, the characters, the places, the events.

In this book, Eliott has joined a group of Hostiles and so we get to see another part of this world and learn more about the colours. Back in the real world Madeleine is dealing with visions of the past, and she's worried that her mother, Holly, is sick again.

This book is so beautifully worded, it's whimsical yet full of thought and meaning. The subtle humour made me laugh, especially when it came from Holly - I really adore her.

I don't know what else to say about A Tangle of Gold other than I could not have asked for a more perfect end to this wonderful, colourful, brilliant series.

Thank you to PanMacmillan for my review copy.

I did a very simple manicure for A Corner of White three years ago, and I did nails to match The Cracks in the Kingdom two years ago, so of course I had to nails to match the final book.

I started with a base of white polish and used acrylic paint for the rest.


  1. The nail art is gorgeous and feels so whimsical too.

  2. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Mands! Also, as always, I LOVE your nail art! Just beautiful. I never would have believed that nails could make my heart sing. best wishes, Jaclyn

  3. I just finished this book and it was wonderful. SIGH. I wish you could paint my nails RIGHT NOW to match.


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