The Captive Maiden
by Melanie Dickerson
-From the back cover-
Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke's son, Valten – the boy she has daydreamed of for years – and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent from keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
I absolutely loved this book! It is Melanie Dickerson's best yet!
I have been reading each book in this series with increasing excitement for each new release, not just for the gorgeous covers, but mostly for the wonderful stories that I know I will find in the pages.
These stories are recognizable for which fairytale they are, but they are told in such a fresh and new way that the reader doesn't feel, “Oh, I've heard this one before.”
This Book earned a 5 Bark rating.
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Gisela isn't exactly a princess, she IS in distress but she will also try to take care of herself. She has had things rough since her father died and she is now a strong young woman ready for love and for family, as long as she can bring her favorite horse.
Valten may be high born but he isn't always the most charming, in fact charming the ladies seems to be a skill that evades him. He has ridden in the tournaments for several years but is starting to feel ready to settle down. It will take courage and reliance on God for him to finally claim his lady.
These main characters have strengths and weaknesses that make them believable and relatable to the reader. I really enjoy how the good 'guys' make mistakes but they remain good guys, and the bad 'guys' are truly bad, just like in the old fashioned fairytales.
As someone that used to love reading classic Robin Hood and King Arthur stories The Captive Maiden's tournaments scenes were especially thrilling. Exciting and almost like you are sitting in the galleries watching. The excitement and danger is paced evenly with quiet moments and even a dash of romance.
A tale of love and treachery set in the age of chivalry The Captive Maiden is a must read for fans of knights and ladies, fairytales, historical fiction, or great books.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson a 5 Bark rating.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (November 23, 2013)
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