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Never fall in love with the enemy.  If only it were that simple.  Persinette Basile has always known the ruling family of Gaule were meant to be her enemy. With no other choice, she fought to join them anyway.  And they will break her now that they know her true name.  As she sits in her prison cell, she wants one thing: for the Kingdom of Gaule to burn to the groun Never fall in love with the enemy.  If only it were that simple.  Persinette Basile has always known the ruling family of Gaule were meant to be her enemy. With no other choice, she fought to join them anyway.  And they will break her now that they know her true name.  As she sits in her prison cell, she wants one thing: for the Kingdom of Gaule to burn to the ground.  But they need her.  When the king is kidnapped, the kingdom turns to the only person who could possibly find him: the woman tied to him by magic. Etta. Life-altering secrets. Magical duels. A love that could tear two kingdoms apart.  Inspired by the Rapunzel series, this is the golden-haired princess as you’ve never seen her before. 


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Never fall in love with the enemy.  If only it were that simple.  Persinette Basile has always known the ruling family of Gaule were meant to be her enemy. With no other choice, she fought to join them anyway.  And they will break her now that they know her true name.  As she sits in her prison cell, she wants one thing: for the Kingdom of Gaule to burn to the groun Never fall in love with the enemy.  If only it were that simple.  Persinette Basile has always known the ruling family of Gaule were meant to be her enemy. With no other choice, she fought to join them anyway.  And they will break her now that they know her true name.  As she sits in her prison cell, she wants one thing: for the Kingdom of Gaule to burn to the ground.  But they need her.  When the king is kidnapped, the kingdom turns to the only person who could possibly find him: the woman tied to him by magic. Etta. Life-altering secrets. Magical duels. A love that could tear two kingdoms apart.  Inspired by the Rapunzel series, this is the golden-haired princess as you’ve never seen her before. 

30 review for Golden Chains

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mandie

    I have read several books from this author, and this series is by far my favorite thing she has ever written!! It’s so magical, and intense! It was so full of suspense that I read this book in 1 sitting, and I can not wait to read the next book!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    A bit draggy but still moving along to see what is going to happen!

  3. 4 out of 5

    A. Hoyle

    I bought this second book of the series though I considered Golden Curse to be a solidly three star read, but I won't be reading the final book of the series. Reading Golden Chains felt like that part in Frozen, when you realize that Disney up and used the same face for all of the townsfolk at the ball, rendering the townsperson face a few colors and calling it golden. We, as readers and fans, deserve even the background characters to not be linocut 2D renderings. These pages made me teeth squea I bought this second book of the series though I considered Golden Curse to be a solidly three star read, but I won't be reading the final book of the series. Reading Golden Chains felt like that part in Frozen, when you realize that Disney up and used the same face for all of the townsfolk at the ball, rendering the townsperson face a few colors and calling it golden. We, as readers and fans, deserve even the background characters to not be linocut 2D renderings. These pages made me teeth squeak, grinding in awkward awareness of the (hate me) amateurish writing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danique van Dijk

    I don’t know what I feel man. This isn’t a storyline that’s completely unpredictable to me, but it’s still quite good. I liked the story, but I hated the ending! (view spoiler)[ Etta travels all this way to save Alex, just for her power to take over and become cold and hate him. (hide spoiler)] I can’t deal with that lol. (view spoiler)[ I like the fact that her hair is back & it glows, because she reminds me a lot of Rapunzel in Tangled now! I also liked that she wore glass slippers, because t I don’t know what I feel man. This isn’t a storyline that’s completely unpredictable to me, but it’s still quite good. I liked the story, but I hated the ending! (view spoiler)[ Etta travels all this way to save Alex, just for her power to take over and become cold and hate him. (hide spoiler)] I can’t deal with that lol. (view spoiler)[ I like the fact that her hair is back & it glows, because she reminds me a lot of Rapunzel in Tangled now! I also liked that she wore glass slippers, because that reminded me of cinderella :p I also do not care for Maiya or her family, oh my. (hide spoiler)] I do hope everything will turn out okay again, because I’m not happy with this turn of events 😭

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Winters

    I didn't like this one as much as the first book because the romance just kept getting more dramatic and annoying. They love each other, then hate each other. One can't forgive the other than the next moment they can't live without the other one. The romance dominated the plot, which I did not enjoy. I'll try the last book, hoping it will have more of the politics and Rapunzel story line.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Golden Chains was just as good as the first book! Readers finally get to meet La Dame and she is just as terrifying as I imagined that she would be. She is cruel and ruthless. I loved to hate her! I found that I was confused by her motivations by the end of the book though so I am hoping that my questions about that are answered in the third book. I loved Etta! She was just as fierce as she was in Golden Curse but there was more vulnerability to her because of the situations that she finds herse Golden Chains was just as good as the first book! Readers finally get to meet La Dame and she is just as terrifying as I imagined that she would be. She is cruel and ruthless. I loved to hate her! I found that I was confused by her motivations by the end of the book though so I am hoping that my questions about that are answered in the third book. I loved Etta! She was just as fierce as she was in Golden Curse but there was more vulnerability to her because of the situations that she finds herself in. When we left her in the first book, she was being brought before the king and things go downhill from there. My favorite part of the book was the beginning because we get to see her go through terrible things and come out the other side. She is beginning to realize who she is and what is needed from her because of the curse and the magic that she possesses. It was amazing to see her journey continue with new characters being introduced and having to battle for those she cares for again. https://fictionedtodeath.blogspot.com...

  7. 4 out of 5

    G.K. DeRosa

    That ending though!! Ms. Lynn, you better hurry up and write the last book. The second installment in this fantastic series didn't disappoint. It was heartbreaking and beautiful. There were moments when I wanted to punch Alex and just as many where I wanted to smack Etta.I can't wait for the last one so our ill-fated couple can finally get their fairytale ending.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Summary: A king without his people. A queen without a crown. A kingdom of rubble. Golden Chains follows the aftermath of Etta’s imprisonment at the hands of her lover, Alex Durand, King of Gaule. In a kingdom on the verge of rebellion, Alex is torn between his love for the woman that betrayed him, and his duty to his people. But Etta has no time to wait for the man he might become. Not while her people are in chains. With La Dame’s force Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Summary: A king without his people. A queen without a crown. A kingdom of rubble. Golden Chains follows the aftermath of Etta’s imprisonment at the hands of her lover, Alex Durand, King of Gaule. In a kingdom on the verge of rebellion, Alex is torn between his love for the woman that betrayed him, and his duty to his people. But Etta has no time to wait for the man he might become. Not while her people are in chains. With La Dame’s forces growing in the ruined kingdom of Bela, no decision can be made lightly. If it is even their decision at all… The good: While the beginning is somewhat slow (I’ll talk about that later), the story gradually gains momentum, with all the little pieces fitting together into what is a truly epic finale! M. Lynn manages to pull off a satisfying conclusion, despite ending with as many questions as there are answers – there is a major bomb in the epilogue that just about blew my socks off. There aren’t many authors I know of who can write an ending like that without leaving the reader intensely frustrated. So, thank you sincerely. There are quite a few big moments in Golden Chains that I absolutely loved! The first being the throne scene in which Alex finally grows some balls. No one knows what he’s planning on doing, least of all Etta. What he does…it was nothing short of ‘oh my god!’. There is a twist a little over three quarters of the way in that I am so disappointed I didn’t catch sooner. Once it’s pointed out to you, EVERYTHING makes sense and you’re just left feeling ‘wow’. And the tower scene! My god, the tower scene, it was great. Anyone who’s read the original tale of Rapunzel will recognise the scene. But M. Lynn makes it hers in a new and perfect way. It was great to finally learn about La Dame. We know so little of her in the first book that she felt as incorporeal as the legends. But in Golden Chains we come face to face with the Draconian queen herself. And she is every bit as twisted and cunning as I’d imagined. My suspicions about her motives were confirmed, much to my delight. Part of me feels for her, but what she is doing is total overkill. The not so good: There were a couple things I had issues with in this book. First and foremost is the relationship between Alex and Etta. It yo-yos constantly, from mistrust to lust, total trust to disdain. It was hard to keep up. There are legitimate reasons for it, given the nature of the curse and their opposing obligations. But the overall effect for me was a lack of credible intimacy. The story actually flowed better when they were apart. Together, they often frustrated me more than anything else. There is some cringey dialogue between Alex and Etta that doesn’t quite flow naturally. But that could be due to my feelings on their relationship. It does, however, suit the fairy-tale vibe the story is inspired by. Like I mentioned above, the book starts off slow. It isn’t until a little before the halfway point that the story picked up for me. That might have had something to do with the fact that the beginning primarily takes place within the castle and focuses on Alex and Etta’s tenuous relationship. But I can see why the beginning was done the way it was. There were necessary plot elements that needed to be established before the ball could get rolling. And once it did it was glorious. Favourite quote: The truth was Etta felt like a past she couldn’t shake, but Persinette was a future she wasn’t yet prepared for. Overall: Rating: 4/5 stars Golden Chains was every bit the sequel I was hoping for. Betrayal, mystery, politics, and a curse at the heart of it all. The story is punctuated with standout scenes and shocking twists. Just when you think you know who to trust, everything gets turned on its head! The only big downside was the slow start. Will I read the sequel? Definitely! While Alex and Etta do frustrate me, I’m invested in their journey. And I’m eager to learn more about La Dame and what she has planned to come. If you want a story that’ll keep you on your toes, then look no further. Just be sure to get into a comfortable position, because once you start you won’t want to put it down. Theme song recommendation: Castle Down by Emilie Autumn

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Marin

    Never fall in love with the enemy. It should be that simple! Persinette Basile has always know that the Durands, the ruling family of Gaule, was meant to be her enemy. But with the curse linking her to Alexandre, the oldest son, she had no choice but to fight and earn the right to join them as his protector. And, now that they know who she really is, she has no doubt that the Durands will break her. As she sits in her prison cell, she only wants one thing: for the entire kingdom of Gaule to burn Never fall in love with the enemy. It should be that simple! Persinette Basile has always know that the Durands, the ruling family of Gaule, was meant to be her enemy. But with the curse linking her to Alexandre, the oldest son, she had no choice but to fight and earn the right to join them as his protector. And, now that they know who she really is, she has no doubt that the Durands will break her. As she sits in her prison cell, she only wants one thing: for the entire kingdom of Gaule to burn to the ground. But, as it turns out, they need her. When King Alexandre is kidnapped, there's only one person who can find him. And that's the woman tied to him by a magical bond, Persinette. Book two of The True Story of Rapunzel series is just as amazing as the first. In a lot of trilogies, the second book seems to be weaker, for some reason. That's definitely not the case here. It's just as action-packed and exciting as the first. You get a huge amount of backstory for all of the characters, as well as the reason for the curse. There are some really huge, life-altering secrets that are revealed. And Alexandre and Etta have some big decisions to make as they try to figure out if the love they feel for each other is real or if it is only due to the magical bond that ties them together. Honestly, I was completely captivated by this one and didn't want to stop reading, even to sleep. I had to learn everything about what was going on. And, now that I've finished, I've already started reading book 3. This series is so enjoyable and is a completely new take on the beloved Rapunzel story. M. Lynn has done an amazing job of making this story completely her own while, at the same time, paying respect to the original story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lene Blackthorn

    Power is great, but dangerous. Darkness covers the pages, crushing and breaking those who struggle to survive and feel. Yet love and hope are not gone. Having magic is like having a target painted on your back. In Gaule, you are hunted and persecuted, or looked down upon, with threats on your life coming from every side. But escape does not bring freedom or more safety - it just brings deception and different kind of chains. All are afraid - magical and magicless alongside. La Dame is deadly set Power is great, but dangerous. Darkness covers the pages, crushing and breaking those who struggle to survive and feel. Yet love and hope are not gone. Having magic is like having a target painted on your back. In Gaule, you are hunted and persecuted, or looked down upon, with threats on your life coming from every side. But escape does not bring freedom or more safety - it just brings deception and different kind of chains. All are afraid - magical and magicless alongside. La Dame is deadly set on her vengeful quest, manipulating all she can to achieve her vendetta, only to be surprised what she unleashed by her actions. Gaule is on the brink of civil war, and Bela lies in ruins. Could a small group of heroes restore the peace, destroy the danger, and bring back happiness? Is it even possible when you are left empty, devoit of emotions? Can forgiveness return to one's heart and soften the violence and darkness roaming the world? Can those with and without magic unite to defeat the greater evil? There are so many questions left unanswered, yet so many answered by the revelations in the book. The reference to Rapunzel retelling is becoming more obvious, although elements of other fairy tale occur as well. The story itself deepens and darkens, and so change the characters, although not always in the most understandable or believable way. The ending provides some reconciliation, only to be torn to shreds again, setting up the field for the next book - and I am really curious what will it bring to us.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    3.5 stars. I am thoroughly enjoying this creation. As the story progresses and more and more backstory comes along, the mashup of of all the fantasies I have always loved are appearing! So much is happening! Etta is trapped and tortured with some of her people. The hate for the Bela peoples is so crazy strong. We haven't gotten to a point for it to be explained yet why exactly the old king hated magic so much and turned on his best friend. Was it because of Tyson....? So I recognized the stories 3.5 stars. I am thoroughly enjoying this creation. As the story progresses and more and more backstory comes along, the mashup of of all the fantasies I have always loved are appearing! So much is happening! Etta is trapped and tortured with some of her people. The hate for the Bela peoples is so crazy strong. We haven't gotten to a point for it to be explained yet why exactly the old king hated magic so much and turned on his best friend. Was it because of Tyson....? So I recognized the stories Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and a tiny bit of Cinderella in this! I felt they were really woven together pretty seamlessly! I am a little thrown off from the ending here. What is going on with Etta..I am a little scared at why the Evil Sorceress is so thrilled about what is going down. Can't wait to read the next one! I need answers!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Tomy

    I did not love it. I was actually quite fed up of the characters by the time I finished. They seemed to be having really weird mood swings; one minute they're on someone's side, the other minute, god only knows what's going on.The reason this got four stars instead of three, is that it was a good continuation from where the first book left off, but it could have been way better. If this had been a standalone, I doubt I would have struggled through with this. I will most likely be reading the thir I did not love it. I was actually quite fed up of the characters by the time I finished. They seemed to be having really weird mood swings; one minute they're on someone's side, the other minute, god only knows what's going on.The reason this got four stars instead of three, is that it was a good continuation from where the first book left off, but it could have been way better. If this had been a standalone, I doubt I would have struggled through with this. I will most likely be reading the third book, if nothing else then for the conclusion of the story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Miranda

    And the sequel did NOT disappoint!! I fled through this book just like with the first instalment, as the writing is easy and flowy and the story is gripping. Loved to see the characters evolve and grow and transform, especially Etta, loved the twists that kept being thrown and the foreshadowing that allowed me to at least expect some of them. That ending was to die for, so well done, I honestly did not see that twist coming and it was exactly what the story demanded! Would love to have been a li And the sequel did NOT disappoint!! I fled through this book just like with the first instalment, as the writing is easy and flowy and the story is gripping. Loved to see the characters evolve and grow and transform, especially Etta, loved the twists that kept being thrown and the foreshadowing that allowed me to at least expect some of them. That ending was to die for, so well done, I honestly did not see that twist coming and it was exactly what the story demanded! Would love to have been a little more inside La Dame's psychological world, would have loved to be given more insight into her - especially because I already expected the reasons for her hatred of the Basiles!! - hopefully I'll get more of that on the third and final book. Seriously well done, this re-telling of a classical tale! I reccomend it to any lover of fantasy and fairytales

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    A wonderful second book of the true Rapunzel. I couldn’t get enough of the story. How will she get out of her troubles. I couldn’t stop reading I definitely need the next book to find out more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sky

    WHAT!? What even was this!?? This was fantastic, I feel like this could join as one of my favorite series of the year. I need to pick up the last book like right now!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    [This is a review for the whole trilogy, not the individual book] I came across this series at a good price, and decided to give it a shot after seeing it was rated rather highly on Goodreads. First, let me give credit where it is due – I found the overarching plot to be compelling enough that I read this series to the end. After reading the first book, and struggling with some of the flaws, I seriously questioned whether it was worth reading the whole series. But I did. And it was because I was i [This is a review for the whole trilogy, not the individual book] I came across this series at a good price, and decided to give it a shot after seeing it was rated rather highly on Goodreads. First, let me give credit where it is due – I found the overarching plot to be compelling enough that I read this series to the end. After reading the first book, and struggling with some of the flaws, I seriously questioned whether it was worth reading the whole series. But I did. And it was because I was invested enough in the characters and the story to keep going for the sake of closure. And it was worth reading to the end, because the author finished the story well and had a satisfying ending. So kudos there. That being said, I had three major complaints with the book (hidden for spoilers): (view spoiler)[These are not going to be problems for everyone, but these were problems for me: 1. I’m afraid that I found the sexual relationship between Etta and Alex to be questionable at best, especially at the beginning. Their relationship is portrayed as a romantic one, and as such presumably something the author thinks young people should desire and/or emulate. But when they first have sex Etta is very conflicted in her feelings towards Alex. She isn’t sure if she likes him, loves him, or downright hates him. Is this something we really want to model to young people? If you’re in a relationship, and haven’t yet worked through your feelings, then the right thing to do is to jump straight into a sexual relationship? I’m afraid I think that’s not a helpful suggestion, nor do I think it was necessary for the purposes of the book. 2. Related to the first point, there were some hot scenes between the main characters. Nothing explicit, I should point out, but more than I would expect in a young adult novel. Perhaps I’m getting stuffy in my old age? It didn’t seem necessary to me. 3. It felt like Edmund was a token gay character, thrown in for the purposes of “diversity” without any plot-related reason. For that matter there were some characters who were people of colour, but I only know this because they had a one word description when they were first encountered. The diversity was there, but without being invested with anything that made their diversity truly meaningful. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Still listening to the series because my library doesn't have any other format. I still feel that the series is loosely based on Rapunzel, but I am beginning to see more bits and pieces that are similar. I've got what I think is a pretty good comparison that just popped into my head as I started typing. You know in the movie 27 Dresses when Tess takes their mother's wedding dress, chops it up, and uses a few pieces of it in her own wedding dress? Yeah, that's what this story is with Rapunzel: bit Still listening to the series because my library doesn't have any other format. I still feel that the series is loosely based on Rapunzel, but I am beginning to see more bits and pieces that are similar. I've got what I think is a pretty good comparison that just popped into my head as I started typing. You know in the movie 27 Dresses when Tess takes their mother's wedding dress, chops it up, and uses a few pieces of it in her own wedding dress? Yeah, that's what this story is with Rapunzel: bits and pieces of that story used in this one. It's not the story of Rapunzel, but it's got some elements that have been taken from it and integrated into a new story. It was definitely difficult to like Alex for a good chunk of this book; however, I understand the pressure he was under as King of Gaule, as well as the difficulty he would have in questioning everything he's ever known about the nature of magic. Still, I wanted to punch him in the face a lot. Etta continued to be her stubborn self, but I think that aspect of her was important in this installment of the series. She became more . . . queenly, though she was still very much herself. Throughout these first two books, Edmund has become one of my favorite characters in the series. He's a steady, stalwart, loyal friend to boy Etta and Alex. Despite his own feelings, he holds no grudge for the love between his friends. La Dame is featured much more in this book (was she even in the last one? I can't remember), and I'm not a fan. I mean, obviously, she's the villain. So duh. Perhaps it's the narrator's portrayal of her, but I found La Dame to be that kind of saccharine evil that just is a little too much. She kept reminding me of something that I couldn't quite figure out until just now. I am laughing at myself for this comparison, but here it goes: She is the evil Eris in Barbie: A Mermaid Tale! (Hey, I've got a daughter who loves those Barbie movies.). I can't get it out of my head--that's who I picture every time the narrator reads for La Dame. How it ends (this will possibly be out of order and might leave out some things I forget): (view spoiler)[Etta is beaten repeatedly while she is in the dungeon, and each time it affects Alex because fo the curse (but he doesn't understand why he is being hurt). Random sudden thought: what would Alex have experienced if the guard had succeeded in raping Etta? Duchess Moreau tries to convince Etta to take the deal Alex supposedly offered, to move her back up to her rooms; however, the deal was never actually passed on to her, and she declines it anyway to stay with her people. Etta is eventually released. I can't remember specifics of what happened, but I believe she was moved while she was unconscious. Alex gradually thaws towards magic people and decides to free them quietly. Etta forgives him. He is abducted. His mother reforms the council to lead Guale until he returns, and the majority decides to free the nobles that Alex had imprisoned for treason and to put magic people on trial, with execution being the punishment. The queen mother and others hole up in the outer castle and give refuge to the magic people that come to her. Edmund has returned to Gaule because Tyson was captured by La Dame, who they assume is also behind Alex's abduction. Etta and Edmund decide to go save them and are accompanied by Maya and her father. En route, they find Tyson and Matteo, who is their cousin (son of Etta's father's younger brother, who has been loyal to La Dame). We discover for sure that Tyson is Etta's half brother. Tyson and Matteo had escaped from La Dame--as Basiles, she cannot control them with her power. However, she is able to control Alex and does so in a variety of humiliating ways, keeping him locked in a tower. Etta & Co. find Alex. She uses her power to grow vines up the tower and climb to him. They briefly reunite before La Dame shows up. She tells Etta that she'll trade Alex to her in two days at a ball if she will give herself up, then she flings Etta out the window. Etta starts figuring out that Maya is a traitor in league with La Dame. At the ball (where all the subjects are under La Dame's control and have no choice about being there), Etta & Co. try to burn the place down. However, La Dame orders everyone to stop fleeing and tells them that it's Etta's fault they will die. Etta tries to convince Alex to leave, but he can't because La Dame has commanded him to stay put. She then orders him to cut his arm, which he does. And then she gives him Etta's sword and orders him to drive it though his stomach, which he also does. Both actions injure Etta as well. (Oh, and Edmund has also been gravely wounded with a spear.) La Dame tells Esme (who is Maya's mother) to heal Alex enough so he doesn't die. La Dame tells Etta she's going to break her curse, but first she'll take away her love. She does exactly what she says--Etta is filled with unspeakable power, but she no longer feels anything for Alex but resentment, anger, and hatred because of her family's history with his. Etta fights against La Dame, who flees with some of her guards. Esme heals Edmund, Alex, and others. Etta doesn't really care and leaves. Alex finds her later and kisses her, but she angrily pushes him away and treats him with contempt, telling him that he needs to get out of Bala and never return. She says she doesn't love him and that it was all part of the curse. He tells her to fight it and that he'll continue fighting for her when she doesn't have anything else to fight with, but he does leave because he has to tend to his own kingdom. Edmund stays with Etta, and Tyson goes with Alex. Maya and her father are with La Dame. She feels remorse over the things she has done to Etta, as she actually did care for her. La Dame kills Maya's father because she has no use for him anymore. Other things to know: La Dame says that the rampion Philip stole for Aurora was not actually a weed as the legends say--it was her daughter, Rapunzel. In fact, she claims that Persinette is the translation of Rapunzel. Etta's father gave her that name for a reason that La Dame does not reveal at this point. La Dame also tells Maya that Etta will come to her eventually as she is taken over by magic. Etta's people crown her queen. (hide spoiler)] Note: Language. Attempted rape. Narrator: Emily Lawrence Again, she's not my favorite, but she's not bad. However, she does accents about as well as I do, which is to say not well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Miss Jenny

    This book continues on from Golden Curse. Etta begins in the dungeons and there’s a lot of mixed feelings going on with a lot of the characters. La Dame has a central time in this book and I recommend keen readers lookout for some intentional inclusions sprinkled in the plot. This book is a very different pace from the blood and fighting of book 1 - the focus here is in relationships once the truth is revealed and...what happens next. I have to say I didn’t see the twist coming in this book and I This book continues on from Golden Curse. Etta begins in the dungeons and there’s a lot of mixed feelings going on with a lot of the characters. La Dame has a central time in this book and I recommend keen readers lookout for some intentional inclusions sprinkled in the plot. This book is a very different pace from the blood and fighting of book 1 - the focus here is in relationships once the truth is revealed and...what happens next. I have to say I didn’t see the twist coming in this book and I was left thinking - huh? But of course, the desire to finish Etta’s story spurs one on to book 3, Golden Crown *Overall, this book didn't really measure up to the first, especially as I have now read the third book. I wanted more but this felt like a filler setting up book 3. Read the full review at: Miss Jenny's Classroom

  19. 5 out of 5

    Saundra Wright

    M. Lynn has written a second installment to her trilogy that outshines an excellent first! The drama and action are more intense. The plot is more twisted and inticate. Her fantasy world has expanded, and new fully developed characters have joined the old, filling in some questions left from the first book. Never fear this book ends with a bang. You will be waiting with baited breath for the final book in this most original fairy tale trilogy! Great writing!!! La Dame has invaded Bela, and begun M. Lynn has written a second installment to her trilogy that outshines an excellent first! The drama and action are more intense. The plot is more twisted and inticate. Her fantasy world has expanded, and new fully developed characters have joined the old, filling in some questions left from the first book. Never fear this book ends with a bang. You will be waiting with baited breath for the final book in this most original fairy tale trilogy! Great writing!!! La Dame has invaded Bela, and begun to abduct the border people of Gaule to create a population. What are her plans? Will she invade Gaule? Will she abandon Dracon, her own kingdom? The Queen of Gaule is confined to her chambers. Persinette is locked in the dungeon along with hundreds of other magic users. Though the pain the curse caused her from being distanced from King Alex has ceased, her anger toward him builds daily with the abuse she receives in his dungeons. If Etta is ever freed she may very well kill him herself! Alex is in anguish over having Etta imprisoned. The law against magic is clear, but how can magic can be evil when so many of the people he loves can wield it? The Queen even sent his brother, Tyson, into hiding for fear of his reaction. The kingdom is in political turmoil, and the King has no one he can trust. Even Alex best friend, Edmond, is in hiding for using magic! The nobles certainly can't be trusted for advice. They are most of the problem, and now there is the possible threat from Dracon. Where can he turn? Grab this page turner. You won't put it down until you finish the last page! I was gifted a copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kim Obregon

    /*I received a copy of the book at no cost from the author*/ Another gorgeous cover and of course equally awesome story as Golden Curse if not more!!!! There are so many betrayals here, nobody knows who to trust anymore, even themselves. The story is about how Etta and Alex will choose the path their going to make not just for themselves but also for the Kingdom they both reign over. Alex has gone through too many betrayals and as what I have said on my review for Golden Curse, the hesitation betw /*I received a copy of the book at no cost from the author*/ Another gorgeous cover and of course equally awesome story as Golden Curse if not more!!!! There are so many betrayals here, nobody knows who to trust anymore, even themselves. The story is about how Etta and Alex will choose the path their going to make not just for themselves but also for the Kingdom they both reign over. Alex has gone through too many betrayals and as what I have said on my review for Golden Curse, the hesitation between doing the good thing by not following his father's steps, risking being dethroned, versus pleasing the his kingdom and making people fear him, making him as powerful as his father, this made him, well for me, very human. I love how the author made him struggle and face lots of betrayal so he can be stronger and become wiser with his decisions. Thr character development of the main characters are really good. Exposing Etta to more people of her kingdom helped with her decisions. Just like Alex, she too had discovered another betrayal and made a great impact to her. I am always on my toes with Alex and Etta's progress. Judt one thing though, I'm a little bit confused with La Dame's intentions and all especially her revelations. There are more secrets to be uncovered for eveything to make sense Then there's the ending. I really did not see that coming! Now I just can't wait to see what will happen to the fated enemies yet lovers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    Happy end, please? I really hope there will be one in the third and last book of the series. Come on, it's based on a fairytale. Happily ever after is a must, and I am making cute puppy dog eyes right now. Begging aside, the book was just as amazing as the first one. Etta and Alex, sigh. Love could be so easy if there weren't so many outer forces at work as well. The kingdom of Gaule is divided into magic people wanting revenge for being persecuted and those people who, out of fear, want to get ri Happy end, please? I really hope there will be one in the third and last book of the series. Come on, it's based on a fairytale. Happily ever after is a must, and I am making cute puppy dog eyes right now. Begging aside, the book was just as amazing as the first one. Etta and Alex, sigh. Love could be so easy if there weren't so many outer forces at work as well. The kingdom of Gaule is divided into magic people wanting revenge for being persecuted and those people who, out of fear, want to get rid of them once and for all. A very dangerous situation when the true enemy, La Dame, is gathering forces in Bela. I actually felt how torn Alex is between keeping his kingdom from falling apart and following what his heart tells him to do. All those raw emotions, feeling betrayed but being in love still, and then seeking forgiveness, never to forget the curse as well. I enjoyed experiencing these things with them. This time, we get to know a bit more about the mysterious evil witch, La Dame. There is a lot more to this woman than I thought there was. Her motives and plans are a puzzle to be solved. There are still some missing pieces left and I'd very much like to find them. The Epilogue made me even more curious. The story took some very surprising turns. I really want to know how things will continue considering how we are left of after this book. I can't wait to find out. Lovers of book 1, I wholeheartedly recommend this gripping sequel to you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Topsues

    Golden Chains continues this fascinating twist on the fairytale of Repunzel. This is a story of love, betrayal, secrets, lies, Hope, loss, bravery and friendship. Michelle Lynn has a flair for suspense and she weaves a real page turner, that will keep you up late into the night, as you are eager to find out what happens next. It follows on seamlessly from book.1. Golden Curse. The storyline introduces us to some new great characters and some not so great. Our favourite characters Etta & Alex onc Golden Chains continues this fascinating twist on the fairytale of Repunzel. This is a story of love, betrayal, secrets, lies, Hope, loss, bravery and friendship. Michelle Lynn has a flair for suspense and she weaves a real page turner, that will keep you up late into the night, as you are eager to find out what happens next. It follows on seamlessly from book.1. Golden Curse. The storyline introduces us to some new great characters and some not so great. Our favourite characters Etta & Alex once again are ripped away from each other and Michelle Lynn makes you feel every single heart wrenching emotion along with them. Warning ⚠️ Get your tissues ready !! I was one big ball of tears more than once, especially at the end. It was great to see that time was still found to inject the lighthearted banter moments. To me this author excels at romance, the realism of emotions, fresh and original ideas that makes you forget you are reading a re-telling of a fairytale until that punchline scene reminds you. However most important to me is always when an author can cause me to feel a lump in my throat, to develop scenes that physically make you tense every muscle in your body, to be transported to another world with characters and a reality that you never question. Michelle Lynn has all this and so much more, her capacity to transcend traditional ideas is amazing. I wait with anticipation for book.3.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hetal

    TAKE MY MONEY M. LYNN!!!! This story is shitty vodka, gets better and better with each one. ( That was supposed to be a compliment but sounded better in my head, I'm so sorry). Our star crossed lovers struggle to come to terms with the curse and what it means for their supposed love, all the while fighting their individual battles. Alex is the king of an empire slowly turning on me. Does he do what he knows is right for his people and gain their favor or what is wrong and risk increasing their i TAKE MY MONEY M. LYNN!!!! This story is shitty vodka, gets better and better with each one. ( That was supposed to be a compliment but sounded better in my head, I'm so sorry). Our star crossed lovers struggle to come to terms with the curse and what it means for their supposed love, all the while fighting their individual battles. Alex is the king of an empire slowly turning on me. Does he do what he knows is right for his people and gain their favor or what is wrong and risk increasing their ire. Etta is burdened by the hope of her people. That she is their queen and she will take down La Dame. But she doesn't have the legendary power. All she can do is grow stuff! Etta learns her father has hidden much more from her then she ever knew. Seriously, I was expecting to go into a weak second book, and it just ramped out. Is Alex and Etta's love the result of the curse? Is it real? Does it matter? Who is Etta? How can Maya possibly atone for her actions in book 1? Does she even want to? Why is La Dame so crazy? Why are Tyson and Amalie so cute? (Ok that last question was rhetorical.) We get a much better look at some of the supporting characters and what goes on in their heads. Edmund, Tyson, Amalie, Queen Katrine. We also get introduces to a new character who must choose to run or risk the forever wrath of La Dame if caught. Rebellion and war are coming, and no one is ready.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Moondust Moth

    #1 Golden Curse ★★★★★ #2 Golden Chains - ★★★☆☆ I'm going to feel like a jerk here, but this story lost its 'oomph' for me. I really loved Golden Curse, the build-up was amazing. Golden Chains...ehhh, not so much. This book was okay, but 'just okay'. I feel like the pacing was extremely rushed, and character growth just...randomly...happened? I mean, the transitions were just way too fast for me. I also began to become annoyed by the main characters, finding their actions questionable, which is a b #1 Golden Curse ★★★★★ #2 Golden Chains - ★★★☆☆ I'm going to feel like a jerk here, but this story lost its 'oomph' for me. I really loved Golden Curse, the build-up was amazing. Golden Chains...ehhh, not so much. This book was okay, but 'just okay'. I feel like the pacing was extremely rushed, and character growth just...randomly...happened? I mean, the transitions were just way too fast for me. I also began to become annoyed by the main characters, finding their actions questionable, which is a bad sign. The plot twists toward the end were compelling, however I think I'm going to leave the series right here because I can see the signs of devolving into generic storytelling and we will all regret any future reviews.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anca

    This had a rather slow start to it, for about 40% of the book I was waiting for something substantial to happen. I also felt like there was some forced tension between Etta and Alex that could have been easily fixed with a simple conversation. Instead it was a back and forth of neither of them trusting each other and refusing to speak to each other. It all felt so unnecessary and forced. And then we had the whole, I am queen, wait no I am not your queen thing going on. Pick a side and stick to i This had a rather slow start to it, for about 40% of the book I was waiting for something substantial to happen. I also felt like there was some forced tension between Etta and Alex that could have been easily fixed with a simple conversation. Instead it was a back and forth of neither of them trusting each other and refusing to speak to each other. It all felt so unnecessary and forced. And then we had the whole, I am queen, wait no I am not your queen thing going on. Pick a side and stick to it! We got a lot more context towards the end of this about the nature of the curse, and some more history. We still don't know why or how La Dame is still alive and how she has managed to live as long as she has. Nor are we even sure how long she has been around. It seems like forever. She seems like a turd that just won't flush but without the why. I am hoping that we get more in the next installment. The last 20% of this was action packed. We got a lot of unexpected plot twists. We finally saw Alex and Etta give in to what they were feeling only to have it torn away. Etta becomes cold and distant and Alex is left hollow and heart broken.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    Number Two of this Trio and Just as Good as the first I’m so in love with these characters, and I wanted to scream at them to wake up. Alex at first seems like a young king but also an even younger man who couldn’t face the facts, magic is neutral. He does realize the mistakes, goes to rectify them, and it turns out to be a good beginning for the fight to come. Etta on the other hand is at war with herself, just as stubborn in not listening to those around her, but slowly realizing the threats ha Number Two of this Trio and Just as Good as the first I’m so in love with these characters, and I wanted to scream at them to wake up. Alex at first seems like a young king but also an even younger man who couldn’t face the facts, magic is neutral. He does realize the mistakes, goes to rectify them, and it turns out to be a good beginning for the fight to come. Etta on the other hand is at war with herself, just as stubborn in not listening to those around her, but slowly realizing the threats happening to those she loves. M. Lynn really brings a growth to the characters as their journeys continue forward, and the ending of this book rocked me. Etta isn’t naive but she also was trained in physical combat, not to rely on her magic in a fight. I hope she can soon come to the realization that her magic is an aid in the battle, and the physical fighting is another’s weakness. I will read this again, and the series has become one of my favorites. I can’t wait for the ending of the series...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Turk

    I Loved It!!✨👑💕 This book gave me the explanation why & how it was based on Rapunzel 😉 It's as good one too 😱 All of the characters who survived 'Golden Curse' are in 'Golden Chains' 😀 We even get to know some of the lesser characters more deeply & I'm really glad of that as Amalie, especially, was much different to what she portrayed outwardly!!👍 La Dame is in this book!!😳 She's as twisted as a 'baddy' in any Fairy Tale should be, if not more so. She seems deranged and completely without empathy! I Loved It!!✨👑💕 This book gave me the explanation why & how it was based on Rapunzel 😉 It's as good one too 😱 All of the characters who survived 'Golden Curse' are in 'Golden Chains' 😀 We even get to know some of the lesser characters more deeply & I'm really glad of that as Amalie, especially, was much different to what she portrayed outwardly!!👍 La Dame is in this book!!😳 She's as twisted as a 'baddy' in any Fairy Tale should be, if not more so. She seems deranged and completely without empathy!!! This book deals with trying to move past learned prejudices, risking it all, betrayal and love - love of family, friends, your people and of course romantic love 💘💕 It's gripping, entertaining & full shocking revelations!😱 Sometimes the thing you wish hardest for, such as freedom, can actually put you in stronger, tighter chains. The grass isn't always greener 😢 I highly recommend this twisted Fairy Tale, it's great fun to read & to escape in to 👑💖💙💥✨ Debbie, 1970, UK

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elle Madison

    This series just keeps getting better! The heartache and pain and swoony love story is all just too much, but I can’t get enough! As I neared the end of the book, I was wondering how there would be enough content for a third one. It seemed like everything was going to be wrapped up smoothly... but boy was I wrong. The betrayal, the scheming, and the secrets in this book definitely kept me on my toes! (I finally understand why it’s a Rapunzel story! I had my suspicions, but I was a bit off base.) This series just keeps getting better! The heartache and pain and swoony love story is all just too much, but I can’t get enough! As I neared the end of the book, I was wondering how there would be enough content for a third one. It seemed like everything was going to be wrapped up smoothly... but boy was I wrong. The betrayal, the scheming, and the secrets in this book definitely kept me on my toes! (I finally understand why it’s a Rapunzel story! I had my suspicions, but I was a bit off base.) Golden Chains was every bit as good as Golden Curse! I love seeing M. Lynn draw on all different fairytales to create this amazing story. It’s just beautiful and so well done. I can’t wait to see how the third book resolves some of the major problems facing our heroes and to learn more about La Dame. She is both fascinating and terrifying and I feel like her story will completely break my heart. (Despite her evilness lol) Overall a very solid 5 stars!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teralyn Mitchell

    I really enjoyed this second book. I don't think it fell into that trap of being boring without a lot of action just so it could bridge to the third book. This one started right in the action and with Etta dealing with some things and Alex trying to come to terms with her lying to him. Both are stubborn and have hurt each other but I loved that they were able to forgive each other somewhat and realize that each of them have made mistakes. They admitted their love for one another and I loved seei I really enjoyed this second book. I don't think it fell into that trap of being boring without a lot of action just so it could bridge to the third book. This one started right in the action and with Etta dealing with some things and Alex trying to come to terms with her lying to him. Both are stubborn and have hurt each other but I loved that they were able to forgive each other somewhat and realize that each of them have made mistakes. They admitted their love for one another and I loved seeing them together before Alex was kidnapped. I still love Etta so much. She is so fierce but still vulnerable and human. She does what needs to be done for the people she love and care for and I cannot wait to see how the twist at the end of this book is going to play into the third book and her relationship with Alex. I am excited to see how it all concludes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erin Andersen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really this should be almost 4 stars, but the ending really brought the book down. I love the dynamic between Etta and Alex. Buuuuuutttt... when the curse is broken and Etta completely forgets or loses her love for Alex... not gonna lie, it pissed me off. A few other things; * I hadn’t noticed until another review, but the flipping between a formal voice to a contemporary one * why did la dame break the curse? I mean it’s been going forever and then, nah we’re done with it * la dame is a little one Really this should be almost 4 stars, but the ending really brought the book down. I love the dynamic between Etta and Alex. Buuuuuutttt... when the curse is broken and Etta completely forgets or loses her love for Alex... not gonna lie, it pissed me off. A few other things; * I hadn’t noticed until another review, but the flipping between a formal voice to a contemporary one * why did la dame break the curse? I mean it’s been going forever and then, nah we’re done with it * la dame is a little one dimensional. I appreciate she’s the villain, but why? I get Etta’s motivation, Alex’s, Edmund’s, every other character but the big bad... * I feel like there’s not enough description. It’s like a rough sketch of the characters, scenery, action but never enough to really imagine what anything looks like. I’m looking forward to the 3rd book, but also a little apprehensive.

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