From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale.
“When it comes to happily-ever-afters, Melanie Dickerson is the undisputed queen of fairy-tale romance, and all I can say is—long live the queen!” —Julie Lessman, award-winning author
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.
Okay, the beginning of this book I couldn’t help but have songs from the Disney version of Mulan in my head.
I like the differences in this book compared to the movie. I was wondering how Melanie would work around some issues. Like Wolfgang falling in love with Mulan. Can’t do that when he thinks she’s a dude. But she fixed that in a very skillful way.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and how Mulan was strong yet feminine. She doesn’t loose who she is and stays true to herself.
If you enjoy fairytales with a twist I am sure you will enjoy this book.
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A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Blogger program. All opinions are my own.
Great review, Melissa!
I liked this book! Retellings are fun, and I hadn’t expected the way Melanie Dickerson changed the story.