The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
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Ani was never cut out to be a crown princess. She lacks confidence and is far more at home chattering to swans and horses than holding court. When Ani’s mother decides that Ani is unfit to rule Kildenree, she is sent to far off Bayern to marry the prince as a peace-keeping ploy. On the months-long journey to Bayern, Ani’s lady-in-waiting, Selia, and a treacherous inner circle of guards stage a mutiny. Barely escaping with her life, Ani is forced to find work as a goose girl while Selia takes Ani’s rightful place in the palace. Will Ani be able to reclaim her title before it’s too late?
A word of warning: you will not want to put this book down until you’ve reached the very end, so clear your schedule. The Goose Girl is captivating in the rare way that makes you leap to your feet and shout “No!” at the most climactic moments. But the real strength of The Goose Girl lies in its protagonist. Despite her royal background, Ani is relatable and fiercely believable. Her search for identity and struggle to accept herself are both well-rendered by Shannon Hale.
If you like The Goose Girl, be sure to check out the sequel, Enna Burning. Fans of Shannon Hale might also enjoy books by Robin McKinley, Donna Jo Napoli, Tamora Pierce, Gail Carson Levine, Edith Pattou, and Diana Wynne Jones.
Pros: Charming, original, and masterfully told, The Goose Girl will delight all lovers of fantasy.
Review by Martha