'Hale's writing is beautiful, with a vivid eye for detail' Daily Telegraph Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kilindree, spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt's incredible stories, and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt's strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew ...
'Hale's writing is beautiful, with a vivid eye for detail' Daily Telegraph Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kilindree, spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt's incredible stories, and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt's strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older. From the Grimm's fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become a queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must understand her own incredible talents before she can overcome those who wish her harm. Shannon Hale has drawn on her incredible gift for storytelling to create a powerful and magical grown-up fairy tale.
I had never heard of the fairytale before. I loved the story, though it was hard to get started. Her style of writing is wonderful!
Jan 21, 2010
This was a charming little tale! Probably one of my favorite fairy tale retelling?s. The story was very through, but still light, not bogged down by unnessary information. Hall?s language was lyrical and pleasant to read. By far, it had my favorite story book prince, though I couldn't say why. I really enjoyed this book and could see myself reading it to a daughter one day. [close]
Mar 29, 2008
Wonderful Fairy Tale adaptation
Even though Ani will one day be queen, she is considered strange by almost everyone in the castle. She talks to birds, but does not communicate well with other people. When her father dies, instead of becoming queen as planned, she is forced to leave her country to marry a prince she has never met. Things get even more complicated when her lady's maid decides to take Ani's place and Ani must work as a goose girl while working to take back her rightful place and prevent a war between the two countries. The story moves slowly at times, but overall, it is a very good book.
Jan 17, 2008
READ IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
This is my all time favorite book. I llove everything about it. The only problem is the begginnig but I promis that that won't mean a thing once you get to the climax. Believe me you won't want to put it down!
Apr 3, 2007
Fantastic Retelling and Extention of a Classic
Shannon Hale has expertly taken a short fairy tale and turned it into an exciting and intriguing full length novel. The novel answers all the questions that a reader has after reading the original tale. Even if readers have never read the original tale, they will be swept away by the beautiful language, plot twists, and character development. The book is full of excitement with very little down time between plot twists and turns. The reader will be left breathless and the main character a princess by birth and goose girl by trade must find a way to navigate her own happily ever after.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-05-09 PW called this "an affecting debut novel. Those who enjoy getting lost in an enchanted world will discover here a satisfying and richly embellished retelling of a classic." Ages 10-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2003-06-30 In this affecting debut novel, Princess Ani, the shy, sensitive, first-born daughter to the king and queen of Kildenree, embarks on an adventure-filled journey to learn the many lessons that will make her a true queen. With the help of her aunt (the queen's sister), Ani discovers that she was born with the "gift of animal speaking." But her gift frightens others. The narrative's leisurely pace plays up Ani's sense of isolation; at a ball hosted by her parents, for instance, the nurses hold Ani's siblings close and whisper of "men and secret things. Every word they spoke seemed to empty Ani more, like buckets dipped into a shallow well." Considering Ani unworthy of the crown, Ani's newly widowed mother sends her off, at age 17, to be married to the prince of a neighboring kingdom-mainly to keep peace. On the way to "the other side of the mountains," her lady-in-waiting steals her identity and wrests control of the guards so she may enter the kingdom of Bayern as the Kildenree princess. Meanwhile, Ani dodges attempts on her life, is looked after by an older woman in the Forest, and finally makes it to Bayern, to be hired in the palace as a goose girl. Only when she develops humility, a sense of justice, a talent for peacekeeping, an ability to command the wind and the gift of "people speaking" can Ani reclaim her place as the future queen of Bayern. In an attempt to weave all of the elements of the original tale, the novel at times bogs down in detail. But those who enjoy getting lost in an enchanted world will discover here a satisfying and richly embellished retelling of a classic that communicates values still pertinent to contemporary readers. Ages 10-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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