The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

A princess who can talk to animals sent to marry a foreign prince is replaced by her lady-in-waiting in a nefarious plot, and ends up caring for geese while she figures out a plan.

The Goose Girl was simply wonderful. Shannon Hale’s writing is poetic, subtle, and complex, and she really knows how to spin a good yarn. You won’t find any feisty foot-stamping redheads or skinnily sinister villains or gushily girly love interests.

Ani’s lady-in-waiting Selia used the fact that Ani was betrothed sight unseen to the prince of a land a six months’ journey away. Selia won all of the guards to her favor, and kicked Ani to the curb, then showed up at court declaring herself princess. Now Ani is living in the forest, fearing for her life, and trying to stop Selia, whose wicked plans have only just begun.

I loved this book. Superfast Toddler’s babysitter loaned it to me, and I am so grateful! Now to track down on Bookmooch to add to the permanent collection.

6 thoughts on “The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale”

  1. This is based on a fairy tale, isn’t it? Because I’m sure I read the same story as a kid. I went through a rather intense fairy-tale phase and read everything I could get my hands on, when I was supposedly past the age for them.

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