The Goose Girl, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


'Hale's writing is beautiful, with a vivid eye for detail' Daily Telegraph Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kilindree, spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt's incredible stories, and learning the language of the birds.

Little knowing how valuable her aunt's strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older.

From the Grimm's fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become a queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must understand her own incredible talents before she can overcome those who wish her harm.

Shannon Hale has drawn on her incredible gift for storytelling to create a powerful and magical grown-up fairytale.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780747598008

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As of right now, 6,990 fans have given <i>The Goose Girl</i> the top 5-star rating, and only 62 have given it a 1-star. I guess I'm going to be #6,991, because I obviously have found a new treasure :DD This is the first book I've read since finishing the epic saga <i>The Bridei Chronicles</i>, and I was relieved to have something less perplexing. I generally love fairy-tale retellings, as long as they dont go too "realistic," which is pretty much the modern euphemism for "trashy." I'd actually forgotten about the "Goose Girl" tale, as it never stuck out to me as one of the Grimms' major stories, but I found this book to be a fun but substantial read. I will say, I could have used more character development. I like my villains to be explained, and I kept wondering as to why the villains in this story (including a backstabbing "frenemy" who could very well have been Regina George's ancestor) went to the trouble of doing their deeds. Jealousy? Is that it? The perspective followed the main character, Ani/Isi, all throughout and I could have done with a shift to some other characters, just so I could get a better understanding of what they were going through. I really liked Shannon Hale's characters, but on the other hand of that compliment is a bit of a complaint, because I didnt really feel that they were as developed as they could have been. I especially liked Geric, and I agree with lots of other reviewers that he should have had more scenes. But Shannon Hale deserves an award (okay, she deserves ANOTHER award) just for writing a clean, sweet romance. I mean, maybe I read between the lines too much, but I was picking up on some very very decent messages about romance, and that's always a plus :D So if you like YA books where both characters have vice-like behavior, this book is NOT for you :P Cant wait to start <i>Enna Burning</i>. THANK YOU for recommending it, RAE!

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