I have to admit that I have not read much this year. I was simply having a difficult time allowing myself to get drawn into a story. However that stopped a few weeks ago when I read a friend’s book. Since then I have been devouring them again.
Monday morning I did not have to go to work so I went through my Kindle library to see which of the many unread purchased titles I would read next. I downloaded Fly: Goose Girl Retold by Demelza Carlton. Since I knew it was a retelling of a fairy tale I decided to lookup the original. I have to admit I don’t recall ever reading Goose Girl by the Brother’s Grimm. So with the basic plot in mind I opened to the first page and found myself sucked in.
Once upon a time…
Princess Ava was sent to a neighbouring kingdom as a lady-in-waiting to her sister, their future queen. Until a runaway horse, a case of amnesia and a cold-hearted king conspire to bring her to the prince’s attention.
Now the prince believes Ava is his bride, and her sister is just a serving maid. One thing is certain: the prince must marry one of the princesses, or there will be war.
But when all’s fair in love and war…who will win the battle for the prince’s heart?
I forced myself to get through the gore of the second chapter which happens to find Prince Yun after a battle where his awful brothers are raping the captive women (If it had been descriptive of that I would have deleted the book immediately). I was cringing, I wanted to close the book but I pushed through to the end of that chapter. I wanted to yell at the prince for not saving the women who fell victim to his older brothers but did applaud him for the ones he did save.All he wanted was to live peacefully.
Meanwhile Princess Ava was sent away from her kingdom after the queen turned her into the maidservant of her half-siser. She was to accompany her sister Princess Lagle to a neighboring kingdom in the hopes that a marriage would bring peace between the two kingdoms. Princess Ava doesn’t seem to feel that she is worthy of anyone’s attention as she is the youngest princess, her mother who had died during childbirth had not been a noblewoman. Ava seems to simply want happiness and through the story you are cheering for her and hoping that she finds herself and her inner strength.
The story and characters were well developed. There was magic and intrigue. This sotry showed that our perceptions of people do not always meet with the reality. While Ava was from a ‘barbarian” kingdom her people seemed far more civilized then the the king and princes of the neighboring kingdom were. I finished the book in a matter of a few hours and downloaded yet another of Ms Carlson’s fairy tale re-tellings.
You can grab a copy of Fly: Goose Girl Retold on Amazon.
Have you ever forced yourself to keep reading a book you wanted to put down just to discover that it was truly enjoyable?