Book Review: Maleficent- Mistress of Evil: Heart of Moors by Holly Black

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Published in Australia in November 2019 by Scholastic Books.

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction

Page Count: 313

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

From New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes a captivating original novel set between Disney’s Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which newly-queened Aurora struggles to be the best leader to both the humans and Fair Folk under her reign; her beau, Prince Phillip, longs to get to know Aurora and her kingdom better; and Maleficent has trouble letting go of the past.

My Review:

I absolutely adore Holly Black so I was completely excited to dive into her Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil novel! Heart of the Moors follows Aurora as she grapples with having to rule two kingdoms and trying to maintain peace between the Faerie Kingdom and the Human Kingdom. However, when a young human boy vanishes from the kingdom, mortals are quick to point fingers towards the fair folk and tensions start to run all the more high between both kingdoms!

This was such an immersive read! Holly Black writes the most wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric Fae fantasy novels so her depiction of The Moors was an utter joy to behold. In turn, I absolutely adored her portrayal of both Maleficent and Aurora. I love how Holly Black stayed true to both characters, especially Maleficent, giving her that wonderfully menacing, threatening tone against anyone who she deems unworthy towards Aurora or anyone she doesn’t trust, but she’s completely so tender hearted towards Aurora, it’s just so beautiful! In turn, Holly Black’s portrayal of Aurora and Phillip was completely believable too, I loved how much Phillip was love struck by Aurora and how she loved him too but she didn’t realise it, it’s just completely endearing! I absolutely loved Aurora’s determined attitude towards ruling both the human kingdom as well as being Queen of the Fair Folk too, she’s just a great ruler who’s so kind towards all of her people and they just adore her in turn!

Anyone who loves Disney knows that there’s always a ruthless, selfish, evil villain and the villain in this story wasn’t an exception! Though he was more power hungry than anything and wanted Aurora’s hand in marriage so he can rule and subdue the Fair Folk, especially Aurora’s own Godmother, the wonderful Maleficent. Sufficed it to say, Heart of the Moors is definitely a book that I recommend to anyone who loves not only the Maleficent lore, but anything Disney! Thank you so much to the team at Scholastic Books Australia for sending me a copy of Heart of the Moors to read and review.

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn πŸ™‚

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