I love this series. The Tales of the Five Kingdoms have a fairy tale quality to them and follow the adventures of Gracie Gillypot, a girl living with the Ancient Crones who weave the tapestry of life. Gracie is not always the main character in each book, though. This time around, almost every one of the main characters we have met so far and their families are part of the story, as a wedding is under preparation. The bride’s sister, Princess Marigold, is the jealous sort and, lacking attention, takes off on an adventure she is ill-suited for, only to end up in need of rescuing. Prince Marcus meets Gracie and asks her to join him on his current adventure to get some more gold crowns from the Dwarves for the upcoming wedding in his family. Gracie leans against a tree and disappears. Prince Marcus, along with the help of a Dwarf and the bat family we’ve come to love, set off underground into Troll territory and end up on the trail to rescue both Gracie and Princess Marigold.
Review by Angela Pratt, Hillsdale El. School Media Center
Rating: 5 Stars
Interest Level: Grades 3-6
The Heart of Glass (The Third Tale from the Five Kingdoms)
Written by Vivian French, Illustrated by Ross Collins
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Coming Soon: The Flight of Dragons, the fourth book of the Tales from the Five Kingdoms