Age range: 12 and up
Grade level: 7 and up
Genre: Historical fiction, Christian
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 17, 2015)
Source: BookLook Bloggers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
About The Golden Braid:
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?
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My Thoughts on The Golden Braid:
If you couldn’t tell from the cover, The Golden Braid is a retelling of the story of Rapunzel. I like how it fits in with the last book in the series, The Princess Spy. In The Golden Braid, Rapunzel and her mother move frequently and are extremely suspicious of the male gender. True to traditional portrayals of Gothel, she is manipulative and controlling. Rapunzel is sweet, loving, and far too obedient at the beginning of the story. When Rapunzel and her mother are attacked by thieves on the way to their new home, they are rescued by Sir Gerek, a grouchy knight that thinks marrying a wealthy widow will make him happy.
This book has a stronger spiritual side to it than I remember The Princess Spy having, but it fits with the story and doesn’t come across as preachy or condescending. Rapunzel and Gerek both have a lot of faith and learn to put their trust in God. I really like the way both characters change over the course of the book. Rapunzel goes from being a naive girl who put her trust in the wrong person to being a strong, independent woman of courage. Gerek goes from being surly and somewhat selfish to becoming the man and champion he didn’t know he could be.
If you like fairy tales, historical fiction, or clean books with Christian elements, this is a good read.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
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