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- Print Length: 320 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0718074777
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 5, 2019)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2019
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DT7V7GQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'Melanie Dickerson's Hagenheim series reimagines classic tales and brings these stories back to life in a new, enchanting yet more realistic light.' (The Nerd Daily) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jude Mason is an English voice artist who started her career in radio. An award-winning producer and presenter across BBC and commercial radio stations, she brings her acumen as a professional storyteller to the world of audiobooks. Now based in Nashville, she splits her time between writing, reading, parenting, teaching preschool Spanish, and not cleaning the house as often as she should. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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If you're looking for a retelling of Mulan set in Asia and closer to the original story, this isn't it. Mulan is Asian (or "from the Orient" in keeping with the time period), but this story is set in the Medieval Germany world Melanie Dickerson has created/used for her entire series and so this story stays true to that. Instead, Mulan is the illegitimate daughter of a soldier who fought wars in the Orient. Contrary to normal cliches, when the father brings home his illegitimate daughter after the war, his wife takes her in and loves her like her own.
When her father dies and her mother will be turned out of their home if the family fails to send a soldier to fight in the liege lord's war, Mulan chooses to dress as a man and go to war in her father's place instead of marrying the local butcher.
This story felt like Mulan + Joan of Arc and it was quite fun. Mulan's insecurities and strengths felt believable. She was not a damsel in distress, but she also wasn't out there to prove anything. She was just trying to be honorable and do the right thing. (There's a part at the end that I'm sure some women would have a problem with, but especially in Medieval times, there was NO way a woman would have been able to fight in that situation. She would have been killed, there was no way around that one.)
This review wouldn't be complete without touching on Wolfgang. As with the rest of the men in this series, he is honorable and kind, but he does have some regrets in his past and has a complicated relationship with his brother, Steffan, which makes things interesting. To my recollection, this is the first book in the series where the narrative introduces a third point of view instead of just bouncing back and forth between the main characters. I enjoyed it and cannot WAIT to hear more of Steffan's story in the future (and find out which fairy tale will be his).
This book can certainly stand alone, but since the series is about an entire family, I highly recommend starting at the beginning and enjoying the ride of their stories playing out to different fairy tales.
I loved the many sides of Mulan. She's kind yet stern. Manly yet feminine. Strong yet weak. Two-sided. We are all two-sided, whether you want to acknowledge it or not.
I liked Wolf almost immediately but I have to say my heart went out to Steffan. I know this isn't Steffan's story but I would love to read more about his perhaps in the future! Back to Wolf. It was a bit irritating how he kept trying to assuage his guilt. Although completely believable. I know tons of people today with the exact same drive. We can't wash our sins away by being perfect. We can never obtain perfection. He finally learned that with Mulan's help.
She's everything I've grown to love in all the historical stories I've read concerning her. I liked that this forged its own path and wasn't a "retelling" of the movie but just the story.
The bad guy was inherently evil. I don't know much about early Christianity and their treatment of women but wow! This guy was WAY off his scripts (haha...pun! scriptures/prescriptions...) I digress.
I truly enjoyed the light-heartedness of this read. There were parts where it was definitely serious and thought-provoking. But the overall theme was fun and adventurous!
Give it a try! It was certainly an exciting ride!
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The fact that it was a Mulan re-telling was what drew me to it; had me adding it to my TBR, then reading it.
I'll be honest, I haven't read the original Mulan ballad. I just watched the Disney animation - countless times - but I'm aware the ballad is different. I don't know if the actions actually take place in Medieval times, but let's just say the author wanted to write it differently. Okay, no worries there. A bit hard to imagine, at first, but nothing impossible.
Thing is, one couldn't really imagine when there was more tell than show. It also felt very cluttered with details and prayers and everything pertaining to religion. I get that the Teutonic Knights fought in the name of God and Medieval times = people being very religious, but I've read other books set in this time period and they weren't this boring. A reviewer said there was not enough action, but a whole lot of praying. And that is true.
I couldn't connect with the characters; writing style wasn't one to keep you guessing or interested. No real climax to the story either. By the time I was done with it, it flat-lined. Pity because I'm sure it would have been a good one but oh well. Can't say I'll be reading anything else by this author. 2.5 stars.
This is Actually The 3rd Book That I Have Read by This Author. It is Actually Really Well-Written and Fantastic. and Thrilling. It Took Me at Least a Week to Read This Book-- Because I Got Really Busy. BUT I Did Finish The Book--- SO GOOD.
Her books so far.
Came very quickly