A wonderful sequel to Heartless! I was hooked from the first page to the last! Rose Red is an amazing female main character and Lionheart is not far behind. I enjoyed this book way more than the first. The story continues with the dragon brother and sister. Both are fighting for their “prizes” that they won in a game. I liked how the book tied into the first book at the end. This book takes place a few years before the Dragon reached Princess Una in Heartless.
Rose Red trusts no one with her secret. She hides in the forest, her face veiled in rags, shunning the company of all save her old father and her nanny goat. Her life is bleak and lonely.
Until she meets a privileged young man sent to spend his summer in the mountains. Leo, a lonely lad, befriends Rose Red, and together they begin hunting for the Mountain Monster which, rumor says, stalks these lands.
But the hunt which began as a game holds greater risk than Leo supposes. Rose Red can scarcely guess at the consequences should he insist on continuing his search. Dare she trust him with her secret? Or tell him what dwells at the top of the mountain in the cave only she can find?
Above all, when Leo asks Rose Red to leave the mountain and follow him to the low country, dare she agree and risk the wrath of a Monster that is all too real?