The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1)

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A Twisting and Exhilarating Story
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Reader reviewed by Van

The Goose Girl was a great book. It starts out with a princess named Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, or Ani for short. Ani, being the firstborn child, is meant to become queen one day, but her mom, who is ashamed and partially scared of her ability to speak to animals, decides to send her off to a larger kingdom to get married to the prince. On the way to Bayern, the larger kingdom, her best friend since they were little, Selia, betrays her and convinces the volunteer guards to kill Ani and replace Selia as the princess. Ani luckily escapes and lives as a goose girl in Bayern, waiting for a chance to save her kingdom from Selia's evil plans. She unexpectedly meets many new friends, and of her friends' true identity is fascinatingly revealed at the end. Since I don't want to spoil the book, I won't divulge the ending.

This is truly one of the best books I've read. The plot is amazing with many mysterys, questions, and twists. Instead of a beginning, exciting middle, and end, this book has many ups and downs caused by thrilling events. The Goose Girl just keeps you guessing until the very end.
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Stunning!
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Reader reviewed by Mary

This is stunning retelling of the Goose Girl, which is a little known fairy tale.

Shannon Hale weaves the beautiful tale of a young girl named Anidori Isilee. Anidori Isilee has been the crown princess for her whole life.

But she's never felt like it. She's not a people person and would rather spend time talking to animals (her special gift) than with humans.

But soon she finds herself no longer the crown princess but just a princess. A princess who is about to set off on a journey to marry someone in another land....


The thing I particularly liked about this book is Anidori Isilee's character. She's not an outgoing or overly independent character as a lot of heroines are. But I think this makes her a character that is easier to relate too. In fact, I found myself rooting for her for the entire book.

To add to this, Shannon Hale writes with beautiful description. If you like fantasy you should read this book!


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a fantastic fantasy
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Reader reviewed by Bettina

Princess Anidora-Kiladra Taliana Isilee or Ani doesn't feel like she fits in at the palace. She can speak to animals but people at the palace think that it is bad because they always like normal things. One day Ani is sent to Bayern, the neighboring kingdom, to marry a prince to promote peace between the two kingdoms. On the way, her lady-in-waiting betrays her and pretends that she is the princess. Ani must run for her life and expose her lady-in-waiting. But will she make it in time?

I loved this book, it was a great because it was very creative.
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fairy tale fans will not be disappointed
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Reader reviewed by mearley

Shannon Hale took one of the Grimms' lesser-known fairy tales and turned it into a delightful novel! She turned the heroine into a more three-dimensional character, with strengths as well as flaws. Details that were glossed over in the original tale (why exactly would a princess let her lady-in-waiting take her place?) are believably fleshed out. I love Shannon Hale's writing, and I recommend her books to anyone!
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Another Retelling
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Reader reviewed by Riney

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale is a wonderful retelling of a "lesser" known fairy tale, the goose girl.

Basically, the fairy tale is about a girl who is on her way to meet her betrothed when the company that she's traveling with betrays her and places a charlatan in her place. This forces the real princess to get a job as a goose girl to find her way back to her reclaim her title.

This basic plotline in the Goose Girl is followed but author Ms. Hale does more. She gives the characters more depth and personality. She also provides her own explanations as to how or why things happened.

A great retelling full of romance, action, and humor! Defintely recommended!
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Intriguing and magical!
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Reader reviewed by Dylana

This books ia a magical tale about Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee of the kingdom of Kildenree. She knows the speech of animals and can speak to birds and her beloved horse, Falada. Her mother, the Queen, then marries her off to the prince of the kindgom Bayern. Her lady-in-waiting, Selia, betrays Ani and takes Ani's place as the Princess. Ani goes to Bayern and disguises herself as a goose girl working for the King. All the while she is trying to get her title back and get the truth out. She makes great friends with all the king's workers and feels a part of the Bayern forest people. She wants to better the lives of all of these people and thier community.
She encounters many magical experiences and surprises, such as being able to speak with the wind. This book is pretty long and very detailed, but every word is captivating and tells a perfect fantasy story. It's full of action, romance, fun, and friendship. Its great for teenage girls because you can relate to Ani herself and as her disguised self as the Goose Girl named Isi. It's an adventure following Ani on her ride through getting the truth out about herself and her kingdom. I reccomend it with 5 stars!
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The Goose Girl
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So the theme of my books this week seems to be unloving mothers. I went from Flowers in the Attic to this and in comparison Ani’s mother is a saint, but still. Ani was always different, her aunt taught her at a young age how to speak to the swans and that she has a speech on her tongue that she will learn in time. She learns she’s being shipped off from her home in Kildenree to Bayern to be married to a prince she’s never met. Her escort party splits off in to two groups, one that aims to protect Ani and one that aims to kill her and give her lady in waiting the crown. She gets away, barely and tries to reclaim her title and her crown, but can she do that as just a Goose Girl?

It was an entertaining read, not too long. I found the 3 types of speech interesting and actually plan to read the second one and learn more about Enna and her fire speech. I don’t have much to say about this one other than I genuinely enjoyed Shannon Hale’s writing and I will read more of it.
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More to the story of the goose girl
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Reader reviewed by Brenda

Based on the old Grimm fairy tale of the princess who becomes a goose girl for a time, due to the betrayal of her servant, this story by Shannon Hale breathes new life into an old tale. Her story of Ani adds new elements, such as Ani's ability to speak to and understand bird and her new found ability to command the wind while keeping the basic structure of the old tale with it's elements of betrayal and political intrigue between kingdoms. Hale's kingdoms of Bayern and Kidenzee ring true as does Ani's relationships with her mother, the Queen and Selia, the Lady in Waiting with powers of her own that she uses to assume Ani's place as Queen in the Kingdom of her husband-to-be. Ani's ambivalent feelings about her own role as Princess of Kidenzee, future Queen of Bayern and then as a goose girl in hiding add dept and texture to this novel.

Although it didn't totally charm me as Book of a Thousand Days did, this was an excellent read and a great addition to the re-imagined fairy tale genre.
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