The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale

The book that I am going to review is The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale. The Goose Girl is a spin on the old fairy tale about a princess and her talking horse. The princess gets overthrown by her lady in waiting, and she ends up working as a goose girl until it is discovered that she is the princess.

In Shannon Hale’s version, the princess is named Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee. She is able to speak with birds, which is why she later is so successful as a goose girl. She goes to marry the prince of Bayern. Along the way, her lady in waiting, Selia, and some of the guards revolt, and kill all the guards, including Talone, their captain. However, Ani escapes. while she is running away, she meets a kind widow, Gilsa, and her son, Finn. They help her, and Ani starts to learn how to be a friend. She goes to live and work as a goose girl. While she works as a goose girl, she goes by Isi, which is a nickname for Isilee, the last part of her name. She meets new people, and makes friends. She meets Geric, who she thinks is a palace guard and she falls in love. And Ani learns that she has the ability to speak the language of the wind, which is very helpful as the goose boy is trying to prove that she is actually the real princess, because he saw her golden hair. She becomes especially good friends with a girl named Enna. But then, Selia’s most trusted guard, Ungolad, finds her, and Ani runs away, into the forest. In the forest, she stays with the widow Gilsa and Finn. While in the forest, she finds that Talone, the loyal captain is still alive. She resolves that she will go and tell the royals of Selia’s deceit. When she comes back, her new friends say that they will go with her and help her. So they go to tell the royals of the deceit. While there, she finds out that Geric, who she thought was a guard was actually the prince she was intended to marry. She gets left alone with her murderous countrymen, and they are about to kill her when Geric and the king come in. They had been listening the whole time, and they heard the truth. A fight happens, and later, she and Geric talk and they are still in love.

I liked this book a lot. It has sad moments and happy moments. Ani went from a sort of clueless girl to a kind and caring friend. She transforms into a whole new person. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you don’t like fairy tales, but if you like fairy tales, I would definitely suggest it. I loved it and I would give it a ten out of ten.