I’ve read a few of Melanie’s books and have enjoyed them. The following is a review of A Noble Servant, which is a retelling of the Brother’s Grimm fairy tale, The Goose Girl.
From the back of the book:
The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor baron’s daughter? It seemed too good to be true.
On the journey to Wolfberg Castle, Magdalen’s servant forces her to trade places and become her servant, threatening not only Magdalen’s life, but the lives of those she holds dear. Stripped of her identity and title in Wolfberg, where no one knows her, Magdalen is sentenced to tend geese while she watches her former handmaiden gain all Magdalen had ever dreamed of.
When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen begins to suspect he carries secrets of his own. Together, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot against Wolfberg and the duke. But with no resources, will they be able to find the answers, the hiding places, and the forces they need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?
~ Review ~
Characters ~ The characters felt flat and lacked depth or realness to me. Magdalen came across to me as a bit whiny and “woe is me.”
Plot ~ The plot felt slow and dull — it dragged in places where action was needed.
Writing/Dialogue ~ The conversations did not feel realistic and a lot of it was repeated several times. Private thoughts of the characters were also repeated. I would skim some sections because I was tired of reading what I already knew.
Bad Language: ~ None
Inappropriate Content: ~ None
Overall rating: 2/5