I have mentioned Shannon Hale a couple of times here in my blog. I mentioned her in both my Crown Duel and Queen’s Thief review last week. That’s because I loved the The Goose Girl so much that after reading it, I checked out her blog. The Goose Girl is a fairy tale retelling of a Grimm brothers story of the same name.
Here’s the summary from Shannon’s website:
She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste. Her name was Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. And when she was older, she watched as a colt was born, and she heard the first word on his tongue, his name, Falada.
From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.
I was browsing in National Bookstore Cubao when I first saw The Goose Girl. I was starting to get interested in fairy tale retellings so I thought I’d give it a shot and I’m glad I did. For those who haven’t read the fairy tale and want to check it out, Shannon has it in her site over here. I knew the story before reading the book and a few chapters in, I remember thinking that it looks like it’s going to be a great book. I was right!
Shannon did a wonderful job of weaving a new story around the basic elements of the original fairy tale. Falada (the horse) is there, the maid in waiting is there, the princess is sent to another kingdom and becomes a goose girl. Shannon’s writing in The Goose Girl has been often described as “lyrical”. I’d have to agree with that description because her writing is really just beautiful. I love how she reimagined the whole fairy tale and came up with her own story. It’s also fun to read a retelling of a fairy tale that’s not that popular.
This book is narrated by the Crown Princess of Kildenree and her name is Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee (Ani for short). Ani is such an interesting character. Throughout the book, you can see her grow from a child to a young woman and develop from an insecure person to one who knows what she has to offer the world. There’s also a love story here and by the time you discover who the love interest is, you’ll love him as much as you love Ani (notice I didn’t mention any names). I think I really am a sucker for subtle love stories. The three books that I’ve written about all have that in common.
I gave this book to a friend last Christmas and she got excited when she saw it because goose girl is her favorite fairy tale. She finished reading it in a couple of days and she said that it’s a good, fast read. It’s very easy to read and you become so engrossed with the story that you don’t want to put it down until you finish. If anyone is interested, the first chapter of the book is up over at Shannon’s site.
The Goose Girl is actually the first in a series called the books of Bayern but it can be read on its own. The other books in the series are Enna Burning, River Secrets and Forest Born (which I haven’t read because I’m waiting for it to come out in paperback so it will match my other books). The other Bayern books are also available in Fully Booked. Check out the other books in Shannon’s site.
Other book details:
Availability: Unfortunately, The Goose Girl is no longer available in National Bookstore or Powerbooks. But it is available in certain Fully Booked branches, with its new cover:
If it’s not available in a Fully Booked near you, call up the High Street branch and have them transfer a copy and you can pick it up when it gets there. The High Street branch probably has a copy because it’s the largest branch. Here’s the number, in case anyone needs it: 858-7000
Here’s the Amazon link for it. And here’s the Amazon star rating for the book:
Look at that, mostly 5 stars! 🙂
Thanks for reading this post! I hope that after reading this, you go ahead and buy a copy. To those who’ve read the book, what do you think? 🙂 Non-LJ users can leave anonymous comments.