Okay- I got this book and a few others from the same publisher for reviews. This is actually book 9 in a series. I haven’t read any others, but it isn’t a continuation as far as I can tell except for a couple carry over characters.
I did a bit of sleuthing and found that Dickerson does fairy tale retellings in a Christian lit way. She never hangs it over your head, but I could see the Christian angle lots of times. It didn’t annoy me or skew the plot line.
In this story, Mulan, (yes, Disney’s Mulan) is in Lithuania, and then her story continues pretty much according to the Disney plot. (Which is the most important thing- right? Who needs the original fairy tale?) There are some deviations, but it’s the story you’d expect overall.
I feel like this book would be an excellent bridge for any reader who has outgrown Middle Grade, loves a long narrative but doesn’t want a typical teen love story. This is a squeaky clean romance that will not make your 12/13-year-old reader blush but will provide lots of fun popcorn reading. I think it would be fun to watch the movie again after reading this.
What’s wrong with it? There wasn’t as much Asian influence as I had hoped and time seemed to be messed up in spots. Maybe because I haven’t read the other books? I’m interested in seeing how they all connect at some point. If you’ve read the rest of Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim collection chime in and let me know if I should go back to Book One?
Overall, a thumbs up from me.
The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson