Title: The Warrior Maiden
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Genre: YA Retellings; Romance; Christian
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
#AD - THIS BOOK WAS GIFTED TO ME
Synopsis: Mulan isn’t afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father’s soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret? Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can’t stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join the fight to protect the castle of her liege lord’s ally from the besieging Teutonic Knights. Wolfgang and his brother Steffan leave Hagenheim with several other soldiers to help their father’s ally in Poland. When they arrive, Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier Mikolai who seems to either always be one step away from disaster... or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways. When Wolfgang discovers his former rival and reluctant friend Mikolai is actually a girl, he is determined to protect her. But battle is a dangerous place where anything can happen — and usually does. When Mulan receives word that her mother has been accused of practicing witchcraft through her healing herbs and skills, Mulan’s only thought is of defending her. Will she be able to trust Wolfgang to help? Or will sacrificing her own life be the only way to save her mother?
Review: Mulan is my favorite Disney movie so when I saw this retelling on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it. I did not realize that it is a Christian retelling until I finished the book. My stance on religious books is that I will read them if the theme suits me and this one did. The action scenes and the bravery Mulan showed was my favorite part of the book. She is very good with a bow and arrow, which is my favorite weapon in books. I thought that sometimes the breaks for religious talk fit and other times, it felt forced. I can see how faith would play a roll in war but to read the bible while in the midst of a steak out felt strange to me. The issue I have is that this is a story from Chinese culture and putting it into Eastern European culture felt wrong to me. Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book.
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