The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim #9)
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?
The Warrior Maiden is a story about bravery, courage, love and faith. Mulan’s father, Mikolai was a soldier and until and unless someone took his place in the battle, Mulan and her mother would be thrown out of their house. As Mikolai had no son she had to join in instead and pretended to be man as it wasn’t allowed in those times for a woman to fight. On the other hand Wolfgang is a son of a Duke who is been sent to fight for the first time in his life along with his rebellious brother.
I loved Mulan’s character, our brave heroine, the warrior maiden. She beat the odds, ignored the objections and proved herself a worthy soldier. She is a perfect example of a strong, independent and brave woman. She is woman that I definitely inspire to be. Though it is not a era of battle between kingdoms but the spirit that she embodies is something we should all imbibe in ourselves. Apart from her, I absolutely loved our hero’s character Wolfgang, a man who fought with all his power even when he was injured and very weak. His compassion, strength, courage and in total his whole character will impress anyone who would read this book.
The Warrior Maiden is filled with action and suspense and I actually would have finished the book in one sitting if I could have managed the time, the plot was just so engaging. The Warrior Maiden keeps you at the edge of the seat throughout with ample amount of twists, turns and thrills arriving as the story advances.
Apart from all the action on the battlefield, their is a sweet love story going on between Wolfgang and Mulan. It is really beautiful, sweet and heartwarming.
This book is just perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction and strong heroines. So if you’re one of them then I suggest you should go and order yourself a copy of The Warrior Maiden right now and I hope you would enjoy it as much as I did.
LIFE AT 17 RATING
(5 stars out of 5)
“Mulan held her head high, but Wolfgang may have been the only one to notice that she set her hand on the table, as if to steady herself. As she calmly turned to look at the men cheering for her, she could have easily been a queen observing her subjects, that ever-so-faint smile on her lips. He was so proud of her. But an uneasy tightening in his chest alerted him to some unwelcome emotion. He wished they were alone together in a tree, talking about their childhoods or fighting side by side.“
“Her father had probably asked Mother to marry him in just such a feeble, unromantic manner as this. And she would not be trapped in that kind of marriage, no matter how handsome the man was or how much she loved him.“
“I . . .” Was it because she loved Wolfgang too much to let him get killed for her? That was part of it, but it was more than that. Even though he’d proven himself, part of her still didn’t trust him. Was she imagining that all men, even Wolfgang, would hurt her, like her father did? She’d risked her own life so many times in battle. She’d always taken responsibility and never asked anyone for help. She had to do it herself. Was that wrong? Never to let anyone help her?”
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.
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