Happy Saturday!!! Today I’m participating with Fantastic Flying Book Club in promoting Melanie Dickerson’s newest novel Warrior Maiden! Full review and giveaway details below!
———– Book Info ———–
The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim #9)
by Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: February 5th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Retellings, Christian Fiction
From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale.
Mulan isn’t afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father’s soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret?
Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can’t stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join the fight to protect the castle of her liege lord’s ally from the besieging Teutonic Knights.
Wolfgang and his brother Steffan leave Hagenheim with several other soldiers to help their father’s ally in Poland. When they arrive, Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier Mikolai who seems to either always be one step away from disaster . . . or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways.
When Wolfgang discovers his former rival and reluctant friend Mikolai is actually a girl, he is determined to protect her. But battle is a dangerous place where anything can happen—and usually does.
When Mulan receives word that her mother has been accused of practicing witchcraft through her healing herbs and skills, Mulan’s only thought is of defending her. Will she be able to trust Wolfgang to help? Or will sacrificing her own life be the only way to save her mother?
———- Review ———–
So… I rated this a 3-star because it was very hard for me to get into this.
Religion, more specifically Christianity, is a HUGE influence here. While I have no objections to it, it was such a primary focus that it took away from the history and the retelling. Some of the dialogue revolving around the religion was too simple and too unrealistic. For example, Mulan forgave waaaaay too easily. I know a lot of Christians praise forgiveness and encourage others to do so, but for an 18-year old to just simply accept what is with no hint of anger was just too easy of an answer for me. She’s young and still her in adolescence so where’s all the hormones that would affect her choices? Another example would be when Wolfgang discovers she’s a girl – he BARELY had a reaction to it and brushed it off as easily as if it were dust. Which part of me does appreciate because it empowers gender equality BUT for a story based on a time period where gender equality was not a forefront presence, there should have been more argumentative consequences.
As I was reading, how the story progresses made every character more childish and immature than what I wanted them to be – especially Mulan. Her development didn’t move at all through the entire story. I felt like she was stagnant and didn’t grow as much as a MC is supposed to grow. In retrospect, the Disney movie shows more growth than this did. Their love was an insta-love: they barely knew each other (less than a week if I recall) and once it was discovered she was a girl and among dying circumstances, they profess their love. Not really believable. Mulan also continues to have the need to always be the sacrificial lamb and doesn’t learn to accept help when she needs it. Part of this is due to her stubborn nature which finally shows a hint of its colors when Andrei locks her in the room, but when she brings it up to Wolf, she retracts into this submissive weak girl that I didn’t like. It was like she was only a strong female warrior when the armor was on, but once she changed into a dress she withered and became a simpering princess.
The pacing of the story was also a bit slow. I really liked the dialogue but the plot just didn’t work for me and it was due to the unrealistic religious aspects and the immaturity and lack of development of these characters. Maybe it’s just me but this wasn’t my cup of tea ☹️
————- Fave Quotes ————
From now on, we’re no longer brothers. We are enemies.
But she was not a wilting flower. She had proven herself capable.
———- Author Bio ———-
Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing’s Best award, and her book, The Healer’s Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.
Prize: Win (1) physical copy of THE WARRIOR MAIDEN by Melanie Dickerson (US ONLY) or e-copy for (INT)
Giveaway Starts: 30th January, 2019
Giveaway Ends: 13th February, 2019
Direct Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86340/?