The Captive Maiden

Melanie Dickerson. Zondervan, $9.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-310-72441-4
Dickerson (The Healer’s Apprentice) delivers a novel-length Cinderella story, complete with a damsel in distress and a charming duke’s son. In Hagenheim, Bavaria, in the early 15th century, Gisela lives like a servant in her late father’s home, while her stepmother and stepsisters sell off the horses Gisela loves. This compelling version of the familiar fairy tale dives into matters glossed over by shorter retellings. Jousting matches, swordplay, abductions, and other adventures allow Gisela’s compassion and spirit to shine as much as the valor of her hero, Valten. The two must overcome evil Lord Ruexner, who lives to humiliate Valten and seeks to keep Gisela for himself. Two-thirds of the way through, the story turns into an extended homily on love and what makes a good match, aided by a deus ex machina—the wandering evangelical priest, Friar Daniel. Valten becomes humble and appreciates Gisela for her bravery as well as her beauty, and Gisela learns she is worthy. Ages 15–up. Agency: Books & Such Literary Agency. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/21/2013
Release date: 11/01/2013
Genre: Children's
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