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This review is from: Goose Girl (Paperback)
I have this book on CD & I enjoyed every moment of it.
What a breath of fresh air she is. Like Tamora Pierce, Hale paints her characters very well.
The Goose Girl is a retelling of an old fairy tale. It tells the story of Ani, a relectant princess who is sent by her mother to another country to marry a prince. On the way, some of her company of guards rebel and attempt to kill her and replace her with her lady in waiting. Ani is forced to run. With murderous guards searching for her, she has to learn how to survive. She gets a job in city herding the geese and, whilst doing so, learns about herself and world.
What makes this story so utterly fantastic is that Ani is so well drawn. She starts off being very insecure & ignorant but by the end, Ani grows into a confident, assured young woman who knows exactly who she is.
The icing on this cake was the excellent drama. I felt as if I was watching a film. All scenes, horrfic, sad, touching, were vividly painted. The action scenes were very tense, I caught myself biting my nails at one point. The death of Ani's horse was also handled well. Even the telepathic relationship between the two utterly convinced this irritable skeptic.
I have become a big Hale fan. I am really looking forward to what this talented author does next.