The Colours of Madeleine: Book Three

A Tangle of Gold

Cello is in crisis. Princess Ko’s deception of her people has emerged and the Kingdom is outraged; the Jagged Edge Elite have taken control, placing the Princess and two members of the Royal Youth Alliance under arrest and ordering their execution; the King’s attempts to negotiate their release have failed; Color storms are rampant; and nobody has heard the Cello wind blowing in months.

Meanwhile, Madeleine fears she’s about to lose the Kingdom of Cello forever. Plans are in place to bring the remaining Royals home, and after that, all communication between Cello and the World will cease. That means she’ll also lose Elliot, now back in Cello and being held captive by a branch of Hostiles. And there’s nothing he can do to help his friends unless he can escape the Hostile compound.

Worlds apart and with time running out, Madeleine and Elliot find themselves on a collision course to save the Kingdom they love, and maybe even save each other.

What others said about A Tangle of Gold

``Readers may find themselves slowing down to savor Moriarty's distinctive language and humor in this final outing. This remains a series unlike any other, with frequent pockets of beautiful imagery and a unique rhythm all its own.``


``Absolutely amazing and creative and genius and just completely perfect. This conclusion to the series blew my mind.``

Moriarty has a real penchant for resolving a multitude of items in a breathless and exhilarating race to the finish; here, she does precisely that, with a variety of unexpected revelations and marvelous surprises, and with her usual perfect timing and panache. ... The trilogy is an alluring mix of fantasy, humor, coming-of-age, romance, history, mystery, and political intrigue; Moriarty bends (and blends) genres the way the good people of Nature Strip, in the Kingdom of Cello, bend Colors. Just one question is left hanging: what will this remarkable author come up with next?

Horn Book (Starred Review)