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 about 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 on keeping the two from falling
further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
fairy tale rewrite and Melanie Dickerson’s novels have been on my to-read list
for a good while now. The Captive Maiden
is a retelling of Cinderella that takes place in Germany in the early fifteenth
It was a fairly quick read—not too long—and the characters
were enjoyable and fun. I loved the tournament setting which added a bit of
action and danger to the traditional boy-meets-girl/love-at-almost-first-sight
that comes with most fairy tales.
It is a part of a series that includes retellings of Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, etc. It’s not necessary to read the other books first (I didn’t!), but I imagine it would add to the depth since there are characters that carry across the stories.
Toward the end, the plot fell into a cycle of escape attempts/failure/capture/escape attempt/capture/escape attempt that felt just a wee bit repetitive and made me wish that something new would happen.
But all in all, it was a fun read. If you enjoy fairy tales, and love-at-first-sight, and retellings, than you’ll enjoy The Captive Maiden.