Today’s post is a guest book review by my sister!
The Warrior Maiden was written by Melanie Dickerson. It was published in 2019 with HarperCollins Publishing. This enrapturing new installment in Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale romance collection explores the story of Mulan!
Adopted and raised by a peasant couple, the young woman is expected to marry well enough to provide for her family. When her father dies, Mulan makes the risky decision to take his place in battle against the Teutonic Knights – disguised as a man. As she fights alongside Wolfgang, son of the German Duke Wilhelm, Mulan must make sure that no one recognizes her for who she truly is. As they learn to trust one another, they find that they both have secrets to hide – secrets that could prove fatal. And when Mulan receives word of danger back at her home, she must decide who she will be – the young woman her mother expects, or the son her father wanted?
SPOILER ALERT! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
As an avid reader of Melanie Dickerson novels, I was only too eager to review this book. I absolutely loved how the author created a strong character in Mulan, who was not afraid to stand up for her beliefs. I loved her companion and friend, Andrei, who risked his life at times to ensure her safety. The male characters in this book were over all very well-rounded, which I really appreciate in romances told from a girl’s perspective. Wolfgang saw Mulan’s character before he saw her attractiveness. He got along with her as a friend first, since he didn’t realize she was a girl. He also had to accept that girls can be strong when he found her out, as he was pretty sexist at the beginning of the story. But in the end, both he and Andrei stick by her side, no matter the danger. Nonetheless, the characters were still flawed, which made them even more relatable. Wolfgang struggled with guilt over his older brother’s disloyalty; Mulan questions her abilities and motives for deception.
I believe this book would best suit teens or older, as there are some *ahem* delicate scenes in the book. There’s an instance where Wolfgang and Mulan (disguised as a boy at this point) have to bathe in the same room, although the content is handled very well and nothing inappropriate is seen or stated directly. All things considered, this is a great read, and I would definitely recommend to that age group.
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