From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale.
She knew a woman was expected to marry, cook, and have children, not go to war. Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret?
When Mulan decides to take her father’s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this moment her whole life—and that her life, and her mother’s, depends on her success. As the adopted daughter of poor parents, she has little power in the world. If she can’t prove herself on the battlefield, she could face death—or, perhaps worse, marriage to the village butcher.
In her disguise as a young man, Mulan meets Wolfgang, the German duke’s son who is determined to save his people even if it means fighting against his own brother. Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier who seems to be one step away from disaster at all times—or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways.
From rivals to reluctant friends, Mulan and Wolfgang begin to share secrets with one another. But war is an uncertain time and dreams can die as quickly as they are born. When Mulan receives word of danger back home, she must make the ultimate choice. Could she be the son her bitter father never had? Or would she become the strong young woman she has been created to be?
This fresh reimagining of the classic tale takes us to fifteenth-century Lithuania where both love and war challenge the strongest of hearts.
Meet Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author. A two-time Christy Award finalist and a two-time Maggie Award winner, she won the 2010 National Readers' Choice Award for Best First Book for The Healer's Apprentice and the 2012 Carol Award for The Merchant's Daughter. She lives with her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. For more information, visit her online at Facebook (MelanieDickersonBooks), Twitter (@MelanieAuthor), and MelanieDickerson.com
My son has really taken an interest in Melanie Dickerson's fairy tale retelling books. He has read several - you can find his other reviews here on the blog. He was quite excited about this one releasing.
This is what he had to say about it:
"Since I read The Beautiful Pretender I have been a fan of
Melanie Dickerson’s stories. I was not very impressed with The Orphan’s Wish
when I first read it, but I decided to give her stories a chance. After reading
the stories involving Thornbeck, I was not expecting this book to impress me
much, but I was wrong. It has convinced me to try more Hagenheim stories. I
really liked this version of Mulan’s story, and thought that Melanie made it
feel fresh, but still kept the feel of the original story intact. Her focus on
Wolfgang almost as much as on Mulan made it feel like even more of a fresh
story. I love her style of writing, and would definitely recommend this book
for you to read. I will continue to be a avid fan of her series." This book was provided courtesy of Booklook. I was not required to review this book in a positive manner.