The Warrior Maiden

The Warrior Maiden

Melanie Dickerson / Jun 16, 2019

The Warrior Maiden 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

  • Title: The Warrior Maiden
  • Author: Melanie Dickerson
  • ISBN: 0718074777
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 adven 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Thomas Nelson first published February 2019 More Details ISBN 0718074777 ISBN13 9780718074777 Series Hagenheim 9 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Warrior Maiden, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Can this be read as a standalone 1 likelike 12 days ago Add your answer Cricket Muse Yes, she refers to the previous book plot and characters, but it doesn t detract from the overall story flag Is this part of the Hagenheim series like 7 months ago Add your answer Celestria Yes This is book 9 in the Hagenheim series Wolfgang and Steffan brothers of Valten, Gabe, Margeretha, Kirstyn, etc are in this one flag See 2 questions about The Warrior Maiden Lists with This Book YA Novels 2019 Teen Content, Teen characters Check the comments 905 books 705 voters Most Anticipated Christian Fiction 2019 174 books 535 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jun 20, 2018 Maddy rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, owned books, reviewed 4.5 stars Oh my goodness, this book was absolutely amazing I have been looking forward to this ever since the author said that she d be writing a Mulan retelling, and it definitely lived up to my expectations The Warrior Maiden follows the story of Mulan and Wolfgang This book is action packed and keeps you reading to find out what happens next It has a lot of similarities to the Mulan movie, but the author also adds her own twists to it which I loved How do you write a romance novel when t 4.5 stars Oh my goodness, this book was absolutely amazing I have been looking forward to this ever since the author said that she d be writing a Mulan retelling, and it definitely lived up to my expectations The Warrior Maiden follows the story of Mulan and Wolfgang This book is action packed and keeps you reading to find out what happens next It has a lot of similarities to the Mulan movie, but the author also adds her own twists to it which I loved How do you write a romance novel when the guy MC thinks the girl MC is also a guy You ll have to find out Honestly I could rave about this author for hours She is one of my absolute favorite authors I don t know what exactly it is about her writing style but I am just in love with it She writes the most beautiful retellings This series will forever be one of my favorites This book was just beautiful and one of my favorites by this author Definitely recommend it I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange of my honest review All thoughts are my own flag 29 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Lilian Maddy, I have The Warrior Maiden on Kindle FINALLY P 1 hour, 55 min ago Maddy You do Let me know when you start reading it 1 hour, 53 min ago Jan 27, 2019 Lindsey Books for Christian Girls rated it really liked it Shelves own, read reviewed About this book She knows women are expected to marry, cook, and have children, not go to war Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret When Mulan takes her father s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this journey her whole life and that her life, and her mother s, depends on her success As the adopted daughter of poor parents, Mulan has little power in the world. About this book She knows women are expected to marry, cook, and have children, not go to war Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret When Mulan takes her father s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this journey her whole life and that her life, and her mother s, depends on her success As the adopted daughter of poor parents, Mulan has little power in the world If she can t prove herself on the battlefield, she could face death or, perhaps worse, marriage to the village butcher Disguised as a young man, Mulan meets the German duke s son, Wolfgang, who is determined to save his people even if it means fighting against his own brother Wolfgang is exasperated by the new soldier who seems to be one step away from disaster at all times or showing him up in embarrassing ways From rivals to reluctant friends, Mulan and Wolfgang begin to share secrets But war is an uncertain time and dreams can die as quickly as they are born When Mulan receives word of danger back home, she must make the ultimate choice Can she be the son her bitter father never had Or will she become the strong young woman she was created to be This fresh reimagining of the classic tale takes us to fifteenth century Lithuania where both love and war challenge the strongest of hearts Series Book 9 in the Hagenheim series Reviews of 1 Here, 2 Here, 3 Here, 4 Here, 5 Here , 6 Here , 7 Here , and 8 Here You do not have to read this series in order to understand them, but I highly recommend that you do read them in order Spiritual Content Scriptures are mentioned, read, quoted, discussed Many Prayers, Crossing, Thanking God Talks about God, His will, forgiveness H s are capitalized when referring to God Many mentions of God forgiveness Mentions of prayers, praying, blessings over food Mentions of Christians faiths Mentions of Bibles Mentions of chapels crucifixes Mentions of miracles Mentions of blessings being blessed Mentions of prophecies priests Mentions of monks monastery Mentions of Church laws excommunication Mention of people thinking they re doing something for God taking other people s land by force them using the Church as an excuse Mentions of pagans A few mentions of those events in the Bible A few mentions of the pope A few mentions of sins A couple mentions of Heaven A couple mentions of crossing A mention of the Holy Lands A mention of someone s religious zeal A mention of guardian angels A mention of a stained glass Note Many mentions of evil sorcery, pagan magic, witchcraft, demonic trickery including laws against it the punishment of being burned at the stake Mentions of evil people evil actions Mentions of a man thinking women are the devil s favorite instrument for doing evil and working pagan magic A few mentions of a demon possessed man his demons visibly leaving him A mention of Satan s tactic A mention of a man looking like the devil himself A mention of the devil s schemes A mention of asking if the devil is powerful in a land Negative Content Minor cussing including a form of shut up A bit of sarcasm eye rolling Lots of Fighting in a war Causing pain and injuries Mulan does struggle with all of this remembering, up to semi detailed Being shot, Pain, Injuries, Blood Bleeding up to semi detailed Fires up to semi detailed Many mentions of battles, fighting, killing, deaths, bodies, injuries, blood bleeding barely above not detailed Mentions of a death the body from a sickness Mentions of the death of a little boy from his father beating him Mentions of executions women being burned alive for witchcraft whether they do it or not, barely above not detailed Mentions of a plan to murder a duke the attempt barely above not detailed Mentions of fires an enemy s plan to burn people and their horses alive Mentions of people horses being killed in battles barely above not detailed Mentions of beatings torture, being left to die, injuries, blood bleeding, missing body parts barely above not detailed Mentions of sword fights, injuries, blood bleeding Mentions of violence being threatened Mentions of being choked Mentions of Steffan s harden heart him mentioning that he ll kill his family who are on the opposing side of the battle Mentions of hatred Mentions of lying, lies, liars Mentions of alcohol wine beer , drinking, drunks Mentions of Mulan being teased bullied for looking different A few mentions of a man being killed barely above not detailed A few mentions of slitting throats A few mentions of sheep being chased off a cliff and dying A few mentions of a butcher preparing meat barely above not detailed A few mentions of a man s hatred for women A few mentions of rumors A couple mentions of a fight with a bear injuries Book 8 A couple mentions of a man smelling like bloody meat A couple mentions of human waste animal manure A mention of an accident death A mention of thinking someone had drowned Note A couple mentions of men using the bathroom at a tree Sexual Content seven hand kisses some barely above not detailed , two cheek kisses, two forehead kisses, six not detailed kisses, three barely above not detailed kisses, and four semi detailed kisses one in a dream Remembering a kiss embrace barely above not detailed Wanting to kiss Staring at lips barely above not detailed Touches Embraces barely above not detailed Wanting to touch embrace barely above not detailed Noticing, Nearness, Smelling, Being flustered A man tries to hit to Mulan about getting together he touches her knee and she pulls out a knife on him Mentions of Mulan being conceived out of wedlock while her biological father was fighting in a foreign land an affair Mentions of kisses kissing A few mentions of other illegitimate births A few mentions of a vow of chastity men never knowing a woman A few mentions of wondering about being kissed held in a man s arms A couple mentions of a man not taking advantage of a girl A couple mentions of temptation A couple mentions of jealousy A couple mentions of blushing A mention of a man s mother embracing many lovers A mention of a less noble reason why a man would keep a girl around not true, said in meanness A mention of the possibility of crude men doing worse thing to a woman A mention of being warned about a type of men A mention of men s coarse talk A mention of a married couple kissing Love, falling in love, the emotions Note A few mentions of hiding Mulan s things breasts her not being well endowed A couple mentions of Mulan s curves A couple mentions of infants dying at a young age A couple mentions of a wife only giving birth to stillborns Mulan, age 18 Wolfgang Gerstenberg P.O.V switches between them Steffan x6 Set in 1423 303 pages Pre Teens One StarNew Teens One StarEarly High School Teens Three Stars Older High School Teens Four Stars My personal Rating Four StarsThe book I ve been anticipating for over two years Was it everything I hoped Yes and no.First off, the parts I really liked Mulan Obviously I ve been sharing how excited I am about diversity finally coming to the Christian YA market with this book and I just adore that we have Mulan of Asian descent in our fairytale retelling world This counts for a lot in my eyes It was different from the Disney Mulan Now, don t get me wrong, along with Sleeping Beauty and Frozen , Mulan and the sequel are some of my favorite Disney movies However, I liked that this novel had its own take on the classic story The Mushu like character was very minor, and I would have liked seeing a bit he could have lightened the book up a little Hearing about all the prior characters from this series That was a bit bittersweet, though, just because this series seems to have only one book left now I know this book is being promoted as a loose retelling of Mulan, but I would say it s like the story of Mulan meets Joan of Arc without the tragic ending of the last one The great faith content Mulan was a wonderful character who wanted to know about God due to what a couple priests told her when she was young I also loved how quick she was to pray in the battle, as that is something I often feel is forgotten most of the time in Christian Fiction For the parts I wasn t so thrilled on Mainly, it was all the kisses towards the end and all the emotions happening quicker than I was expecting If you re okay with kisses, than you should be fine, but I personally do think it got to be a bit much at one scene Wolfgang was respectable towards Mulan, even after her secret was revealed as he should as a fictional hero , so while that raised my view of him, he did seem a little meek ish at times when he was with Steffan Which, side note, I understand that completely because it s an older sibling, but there were times I wished Wolfgang would be a little blunt with his brother then again, his way worked too for this plot The fighting I was very appreciative that nothing went above semi detailed, but since this was set during battles and fighting, there was quite obviously lots of fighting scenes For my personal comfort level, I was okay with all of these parts, but those sensitive to such things might be warned So, while yes, I was disappointed with all the kissing towards the end, I love the fact that we re seeing diversity in our Christian YA I do look forward to reading Steffan s story in The Piper s Pursuit releasing December 2019 Link to review BFCG may Read the review to see recommend this book by this author It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author I received this book for free from the Publisher Thomas Nelson for this honest review flag 29 likesLike see review Kara looking forward to your comments, hurry up FRIDAY Jan 28, 2019 03 48PM Jan 28, 2019 Nicki Chapelway rated it it was amazing Shelves christian, young adult 4.5 stars.Melanie Dickerson books tend to be a hit or miss with me, but I am pleased to say that this one was most certainly a hit I figured it would be, I love Mulan and even if this story didn t have Mushu, I still enjoyed it so much The characters were great Wolfgang was awesome He was a tough and fearless warrior, but don t let that fool you Wolf was just a soft little squishy sensitive spring roll He was absolutely adorable Mulan was kick butt without even trying She did what she nee 4.5 stars.Melanie Dickerson books tend to be a hit or miss with me, but I am pleased to say that this one was most certainly a hit I figured it would be, I love Mulan and even if this story didn t have Mushu, I still enjoyed it so much The characters were great Wolfgang was awesome He was a tough and fearless warrior, but don t let that fool you Wolf was just a soft little squishy sensitive spring roll He was absolutely adorable Mulan was kick butt without even trying She did what she needed to do and she did it awesomely Nothing about her character seemed forced as I have found that these kick butt heroines tend to be She was honest and shy and not ruthless, but still able to do what she had to do And her mother was just an all around awesome human being.The battle scenes and medieval detail really drew me in Dickerson has certainly become a master at crafting these worlds The fighting was so tense that I actually jumped when my dog started barking while I was reading one scene I half thought I was going to get shot with arrows This book has VERY strong Christian elements I think that it might have been a little bit too forced, but I know that many of my other Christian friends will probably enjoy that aspect most of all.My only other complaint is that I m not quite pleased about Mulan s identity being discovered so early in the story I laughed so hard at the mistaken identity scenes and I really felt like it could have lasted longer.But still, I enjoyed the story and I look forward to books in this series Is the next book going to be a retelling of the Pied Piper I am SO curious.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, all opinions, however, are my own flag 22 likesLike see review Victoria Goodbrand YAAAAAY i m so happy you liked it Jan 28, 2019 12 34PM Nicki Chapelway Victoria wrote YAAAAAY i m so happy you liked it Haha, I am too P Jan 28, 2019 04 50PM Nov 13, 2018 Therese May rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 books, christian, kindle, arc I don t think I have ever said this about a book before, but I truly believe that people are being to hard on this book They object to Mulan being Chinese and being dropped into Mrs Dickerson s Hagenheim world First of all, that s just it It s HER world and she can t drop everything and jump to an entirely different place totally unconnected with her series and tell a story I thought her adaption was tastefully done She gave good reason and background for Mulan s presence in Lithuania w I don t think I have ever said this about a book before, but I truly believe that people are being to hard on this book They object to Mulan being Chinese and being dropped into Mrs Dickerson s Hagenheim world First of all, that s just it It s HER world and she can t drop everything and jump to an entirely different place totally unconnected with her series and tell a story I thought her adaption was tastefully done She gave good reason and background for Mulan s presence in Lithuania which, by the way, I really appreciated Lithuania because it gave of a feel atmosphere similar to the original Mulan story while still creating something new It was a bit awkward at points because of her different ethnicity and her being dropped into such a different environment, but here s the real question how couldn t it be I appreciate how Mrs Dickerson brought this story to life, yet I would have been upset if she hadn t preserved Mulan s ethnicity or if she had made it entirely normal for Mulan to be present in a society where she would have stood out so much The story itself I loved it I loved how she approached the relationship between Wolfgang and Mulan It was sweet and good Further, and most importantly to me, it wasn t weird As in, Wolfgang and Mulan somehow liking each other before Wolfgang knew she was actually a girl I truly appreciated the lines she drew between them and the distance she held between them a while after Wolfgang discovered the truth of her gender to make absolutely clear that he was not attracted to her when he thought she was a boy As to the kissing, which some have downplayed, I was under the impression from some reviews that there wouldn t be a single kiss I was wrong There were quite a few, but they were a good number and, I thought, a good quality Sweet and fulfilling and good Not the kind that leaves you with a pit in your stomach and a bunch of unsatisfied angst Thank you for such a wonderful book, Mrs Dickerson flag 14 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 07, 2019 Dani Perspective of a Writer rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, g t historical, rp edelweiss, best of 2019, g a real combat, g a strong family, g c other places, genre retelling, genre romance deliberately, imo worthy love interest Check out reviews Perspective of a WriterMulan 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 We enter the romantic world of Hagenheim to explore the 9th romance to be had as Wolfgang and his brother Steffan head off to help their father s ally in Poland Wolfgang is exasperated by young soldier Mikolai who isn t what he seems Sure enough he s a she and Mulan is totally ready f Check out reviews Perspective of a WriterMulan 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 We enter the romantic world of Hagenheim to explore the 9th romance to be had as Wolfgang and his brother Steffan head off to help their father s ally in Poland Wolfgang is exasperated by young soldier Mikolai who isn t what he seems Sure enough he s a she and Mulan is totally ready for adventure with her trusty stead and her father s war attendant at her sideThe short reviewTake a look at that cover It s gorgeous is it not I am always leery of historical fiction though I m not adverse to reading them at times That cover totally convinced me and I don t regret it for a second I read The Warrior Maiden in almost one sitting and I really enjoyed every minute of it This book is unapologetically a romance set in a medieval Europe with a family that is large and loving I was surprised at how historically accurate the story was for such an outrageous premise This can certainly be said to be a Mulan retelling but I really enjoyed how it was set in Dickerson s already established Medieval series so that it wasn t such a literal retelling as we typically get in YA The characters, the easy reading and the quick pace definitely sold me on The Warrior Maiden and Dickerson s world building There is quite a bit of religion mentioned in the second half of the book it didn t bother me but might you if you aren t Christian This is a comfort, cozy read that would get ANYONE out of a reading slumpCover Title grade A I admit I was totally swayed to give this a go due to the excellent cover It s a realistic representation of a totally fantastical idea of a girl dressing up as a boy and going off to war and that is exactly the story we got Its so perfect and since the story matches the cover it makes me want to run off and read the first 8 books I missedWhy should you jump into the Hagenheim world by reading The Warrior Maiden Mulan in Poland One of the funnest parts of the book is the fact that this Asian girl is in the middle of Europe fighting for a Lithuanian Lord with a German Lord s son And Dickerson makes it work so well and doesn t compromise with Mulan s female empowerment and belief in her own abilities to fight It s different and fun and rather believable And the love is so adorable and modern A Brother s LoveBesides the romance there is also Wolfgang s relationship with his brother, Steffan I was quite tense wondering if Stephen could really follow through with his choices My heart broke for Wolfgang who experienced the same things as Steffan but chose a different route to dealing with them I love when authors add in other relationships than just the romance This one really paid off too Paul von Rusdorf, real historical figure Afterwards the author talks about Paul and I loved that she worked with a real historical figure in the story She used the medieval time to great effect as he would have been totally unreasonable like it shows in the book but there is this great modern spin to how the women react to him This makes for a great villain, relatable females and yet a historical accuracy that I applaud.As a WriterWhen putting together a retelling I firmly believe that mixing it up is the best policy sure there is the risk for the story to get a little weird and too much for a reader but cohesifying to story through realism is a great way to capture the reader And Dickerson did that in spades in The Warrior Maiden It was super smart to pull Mulan into an already established world and make her fit in that world This seems to be an idea that is popular though I have just stumbled on these series and I think can be as different as the authors involved More the merrier I love retellings, romance and fantasy worlds I quite enjoyed The Warrior Maiden and the Mulan retelling and the stories setting so much I found the premise executed so well that it felt quite believable despite such an outrageous idea to dress and fight as a man If you need a quick read that is sure to seduce you out of a reading slump then you ought to pick up one of Melanie Dickerson s Hagenheim series Authenticity Writing Style Plot Pacing World Building Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter Please like this review if you enjoyed it bow bow It helps me out a ton flag 14 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Grace Mullins rated it really liked it I have been reading Melanie Dickerson s books since 2010 And though I have not LOVED all of the books I have read by her, I always add her YA fairy tale retellings to my TBR.Her newest it a light retelling of Mulan Did I LOVE it Hm, I say not LOVE But I enjoyed it and think it is one of my most loved out of all her books to date.This book had so many twists A summary of my mental musings about these twists Like, wow, did not see that coming Whoah, what happened Eeeek Poor characters I have been reading Melanie Dickerson s books since 2010 And though I have not LOVED all of the books I have read by her, I always add her YA fairy tale retellings to my TBR.Her newest it a light retelling of Mulan Did I LOVE it Hm, I say not LOVE But I enjoyed it and think it is one of my most loved out of all her books to date.This book had so many twists A summary of my mental musings about these twists Like, wow, did not see that coming Whoah, what happened Eeeek Poor characters GET TOGETHER ALREADY Another thing I liked is that it also lightly touched on the damaging effects of racism Mulan, the only girl of Mongolian decent in her village, suffered unjustly because she did not look like everyone else Total reminder that we should not treat people badly because they are different looks at rude villagers Not cool, guys.As someone who is facinated in Asian cultures, I would have loved there to be of a Mongolian feel to the book Yet I understand why Dickerson did not do so in this tale The book is part of series that follow European characters She wanted to include a Mulan story in her series of fairy tale retellings, and she did BUT in a subtle way I guess this might throw off some readers looking for a purely Asian set retelling, so if that is what you are looking for, this is not the book for you So, though it could have been better, it was still okay for me that she chose this route for this retelling.Story negativesOkay, so maybe it is because I read an ARC, but I felt like Mulan s character had a major flip from clumsy to warrior In the beginning, she is portrayed to be a struggling clumsy maiden lol, like me , but when she becomes a warrior it just goes away Totally threw me off a bit Maybe her confidence took over, but I feel that, realistcally, she would still struggle some with her lack of gracefullness despite becoming a soldier.Andyeah.With a few nods to the Disney film mixed with a whole lot of faith, this book is sure to take Dickerson s fans on an exciting journey that they will be able to enjoy far from the danger of battles.I give The Warrior Maiden a rating of four No, you do not have to read the books before this one to enjoy it, but you will totally be missing the full experience if you don t read them first It releases early 2019, so Thanks to the publisher through Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review Not required to write a positive review flag 8 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 09, 2019 Kara rated it it was amazing Shelves got review copy This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, Christian YA retelling of MULAN Loved it from the moment I started and there were twists in the story that were brilliantly written EVERY part of battle and culture written felt authentic and tangible in the story It s obvious the author does her research for certain detailed scenes and it made the story even better than I expected Mulan s father is a cruel and distant man in this version, giving her the impression that she alone must f This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, Christian YA retelling of MULAN Loved it from the moment I started and there were twists in the story that were brilliantly written EVERY part of battle and culture written felt authentic and tangible in the story It s obvious the author does her research for certain detailed scenes and it made the story even better than I expected Mulan s father is a cruel and distant man in this version, giving her the impression that she alone must fight to save her and her mom because no one else will the way women are treated.Andrei was such a great character and a true friend to Mulan, he isn t Mushu but still a treasure to the story Wolfgang was a wonderfully flawed hero in this one who only wants to do the honorable thing all the while trying to help his misled older brother Really enjoyed reading about his family and previous characters from other books in this series I have loved.I couldn t stop cheering Mulan every time she is victorious, I need to watch the movie after reading this book AND OH MY TO THAT COVER I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley I was not required to write a positive review All comments and opinions are my own flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Susan Snodgrass rated it really liked it God knew you were brave and fierce And that you would give Him the glory I have long been a fan of Melanie Dickerson and her faith based retelling of fairy tales Because I think you re never too old for fairy tales I love how she fleshes them out and adds the spiritual element I had never heard the story of Mulan, so this was new to me Mulan was such a brave and fearless warrior I truly enjoyed this installment from Dickerson s pen My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers a copy of this b God knew you were brave and fierce And that you would give Him the glory I have long been a fan of Melanie Dickerson and her faith based retelling of fairy tales Because I think you re never too old for fairy tales I love how she fleshes them out and adds the spiritual element I had never heard the story of Mulan, so this was new to me Mulan was such a brave and fearless warrior I truly enjoyed this installment from Dickerson s pen My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers a copy of this book via Net Galley The opinion stated here is entirely my own flag 7 likesLike see review Oct 21, 2018 Jackie rated it it was ok Shelves arcs, retellings, 2018 reads Do you remember that part in Mulan where she gets locked away so the white guy can save the day and she can t stay mad because he s such a good kisser Yeah me either The Warrior Maiden sees Mulan desperate to escape the future laid out for her simply because she is a woman and hungry for a future filled with adventure and the chance to be something greater than a wife when war comes knocking and she takes her late fathers place in the army With men s clothes hiding her secret she sets off t Do you remember that part in Mulan where she gets locked away so the white guy can save the day and she can t stay mad because he s such a good kisser Yeah me either The Warrior Maiden sees Mulan desperate to escape the future laid out for her simply because she is a woman and hungry for a future filled with adventure and the chance to be something greater than a wife when war comes knocking and she takes her late fathers place in the army With men s clothes hiding her secret she sets off to prove her worth as a soldier but complications arise and she must work with the Duke s son to end the war and save the people she loves Okay so I should start by saying when I received this arc I had no idea it was part of a larger world but I was happy to see that it s separate fairy tales for each book so I would miss some references but overall it shouldn t hinder my reading That being said I really would love to hear how the other books play out because this was not Mulan s story at all We hit some of the classic beats from the original but the rest is altered to fit the new narrative going as far as to sideline our supposed heroine for the climax Also apart from her appearance there is zero influence of Asian culture which is such an important component when retelling this myth, though I realize this takes place somewhere else where a majority of the population is Polish and Lithuanian I still think that the culture needed to be included somehow There was a lot of religion thrown in here as well and again I m not sure if that s a staple of this series but wow I felt like I was in Sunday school daydreaming about a badass heroine in battle only to get snapped out of it by sermons And I know to make a strong female character they shouldn t be one dimensional but this reimagining of the infamous character leaned way too heavily into the romance side which lead directly to her being discarded for the final showdown in favor of the male lead and that s never going to work for me This was a huge disappointment and all I could think about were the rumors of Hollywood taking these kinds of liberties with the plot and the character of Mulan herself and I couldn t be horrified if that came to be If you re looking for a retelling of this classic story look anywhere else and save yourself the trouble of whatever this was special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review flag 7 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 29, 2018 Melanie rated it liked it Shelves to review, series, netgalley read The Warrior Maiden is the 9th book in the Hagenheim series I ve enjoyed this series so far, even if the stories have been hit or miss I found parts of this book to be unbelievable, which was a slight negative for me I didn t particularly care for the romance either I enjoyed the writing style and archery elements.All in all, The Warrior Maiden was okay I liked the book Disclosure of Material Connection I received one or of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope The Warrior Maiden is the 9th book in the Hagenheim series I ve enjoyed this series so far, even if the stories have been hit or miss I found parts of this book to be unbelievable, which was a slight negative for me I didn t particularly care for the romance either I enjoyed the writing style and archery elements.All in all, The Warrior Maiden was okay I liked the book Disclosure of Material Connection I received one or of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention review it on my blog I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion which I ve done All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Martha rated it it was amazing I have a Christmas tradition for myself and that is to read a Melanie Dickerson book I was able to read this book this Christmas, rather than re read one of my old favorites I have to say that I found this one had some depth I loved the mother daughter relationship in the story, along with touching on domestic violence in a totally YA appropriate way The history about picking up abandoned children or having relationships in other countries by warriors at the time was also touched on, which w I have a Christmas tradition for myself and that is to read a Melanie Dickerson book I was able to read this book this Christmas, rather than re read one of my old favorites I have to say that I found this one had some depth I loved the mother daughter relationship in the story, along with touching on domestic violence in a totally YA appropriate way The history about picking up abandoned children or having relationships in other countries by warriors at the time was also touched on, which while very subtle, remember this is meant for young adult, and could bring up some questions to discuss I loved the story It seemed to just take me in and I didn t want to leave it flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 26, 2018 Mary Faith marked it as to read Shelves anticipated releases YES, I AM FINALLY GETTING MULAN flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 22, 2019 Michaela Bush rated it it was amazing The latest installment of Dickerson s fairytale retellings left nothing to be desired I had high hopes for this story, and wasn t disappointed It had a lot of action, and approached Mulan s struggles realistically I mean, she had to hide being a womannot an easy task It deals with a lot of issues of that time era realistically and was overall a great read I couldn t wait to pick this book up and read whenever I could, even though the beginning was a little slow Very fast paced and The latest installment of Dickerson s fairytale retellings left nothing to be desired I had high hopes for this story, and wasn t disappointed It had a lot of action, and approached Mulan s struggles realistically I mean, she had to hide being a womannot an easy task It deals with a lot of issues of that time era realistically and was overall a great read I couldn t wait to pick this book up and read whenever I could, even though the beginning was a little slow Very fast paced and an enjoyable read I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 A Harrison added it RTC Though it is stay up till almost 2 good flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 25, 2018 Lisa Schneider rated it it was ok I was pretty excited when I found out this was a retelling of Mulan, which was one of my favorite Disney characters I didn t like it very much It just didn t sit right with me An Asian girl, being plopped down in and Eastern European town It was awkward and uncomfortable that s pretty much how I felt the whole time I was reading it The dialogue is awkward too and sometimes I felt bad for the characters.I didn t like the Christian tones of the book, either It felt like the book was trying I was pretty excited when I found out this was a retelling of Mulan, which was one of my favorite Disney characters I didn t like it very much It just didn t sit right with me An Asian girl, being plopped down in and Eastern European town It was awkward and uncomfortable that s pretty much how I felt the whole time I was reading it The dialogue is awkward too and sometimes I felt bad for the characters.I didn t like the Christian tones of the book, either It felt like the book was trying too hard to be a christian faith novel It didn t have to keep italicizing it s faith It made the book to chaste, like you can t even give us a good heated kiss It has to be super awkward The story of Mulan is surrounded by the Chinese culture, that I don t think meshes with the Eastern European culture The Original Mulan is based of an ancient Chinese Ballad, and I would have like to see homage to the origin With all that being said,I am super excited to read other books in this series though, I want to see how the European filter works with other classics I think the idea was great, but not with this particular fairy tale 2.5 5 I received an arc of this novel, in exchange for an honest review from the publisher, Thomas Nelson flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 13, 2018 Laura Henderson rated it really liked it Oh wow New favorite author found Melanie writes an extraordinary Mulan retelling She writes this story with such fluidity and does kindly on touching on the effects of racism I loved how strong the characters are in this novel Mulan becomes a fierce warrior and truly grows into herself Superb writing and wonderful character development flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2018 Joy rated it it was amazing Shelves action adventure, fairytale fantasy, favorites, hagenheim, historical, mysteries, netgalley I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.A Mulan retelling by one of my favorite authors Um, yes please I was elated to be able to review the next book in my favorite historical series Melanie Dickerson is a creative genius bringing to life Disney s Mulan in a new and exciting way that had me turning page after page and chapter after chapter until the very end.Melanie s attention to detail truly I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.A Mulan retelling by one of my favorite authors Um, yes please I was elated to be able to review the next book in my favorite historical series Melanie Dickerson is a creative genius bringing to life Disney s Mulan in a new and exciting way that had me turning page after page and chapter after chapter until the very end.Melanie s attention to detail truly brings this story to life just as in the rest of the Hagenheim series If historical romances and fairytale retelling are your thing, then you should definitely pick up this book and all the other books in the series.This book is highly recommended for ages 13 for mild non gory violence There is absolutely no sexually explicit content or foul language flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 25, 2018 Soup rated it did not like it Shelves ya, women writers, netgalley, never again The Hagenheim series is, as I understand it, a collection of retold fairy tales set in medieval Europe While Hua Mulan is broadly considered to be a fictional character some people dispute this , it seems highly inappropriate to recreate this character including her name and Asian ancestry and plunk her down in Lithuania Erasing an ethnic character s ethnic identity except for occasional exotic othering references with little follow through or consideration is a form of whitewashing and it The Hagenheim series is, as I understand it, a collection of retold fairy tales set in medieval Europe While Hua Mulan is broadly considered to be a fictional character some people dispute this , it seems highly inappropriate to recreate this character including her name and Asian ancestry and plunk her down in Lithuania Erasing an ethnic character s ethnic identity except for occasional exotic othering references with little follow through or consideration is a form of whitewashing and it is, I feel, absolutely unacceptable Dickerson should keep to Grimm fairy tales and not try to shove the folk heroes of other cultures into her distinctly white European fantasy mash up ARC via NetGalley flag 4 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 02, 2018 Kaitlyn rated it did not like it How did no one think that the concept of plopping Mulan in the middle of Eastern Europe surrounded by white people wasn t weird There was no element of Chinese culture in this book barely any mentions of Buddhism, her language, her traditions nothing I get that this was set in Europe but this is Mulan Why bother writing a retelling if her identity is just going to be erased It felt like a Christian book than a Mulan book to me, and apparently to many reviewers as well I was p How did no one think that the concept of plopping Mulan in the middle of Eastern Europe surrounded by white people wasn t weird There was no element of Chinese culture in this book barely any mentions of Buddhism, her language, her traditions nothing I get that this was set in Europe but this is Mulan Why bother writing a retelling if her identity is just going to be erased It felt like a Christian book than a Mulan book to me, and apparently to many reviewers as well I was provided an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Katie Clark rated it it was amazing I love the way Melanie Dickerson paints a picture with her writing Even in her first few lines her details allowed me to fully envision Mulan s world and actions.I enjoyed Mulan s spirit, as well as Wolfgang s character and their romance Great book flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Kelly Bridgewater rated it it was amazing Melanie Dickerson is pretty popular for re creating popular fairy tales and dropping the characters into Hageheim, her city in Germany With her newest story, The Warrior Maiden, it is a Mulan re make While I have seen the Disney version, Dickerson did not follow that story line She wrote something completely different Not in a bad way I actually really liked this version Better than the Disney version.Again, Dickerson takes a well known Disney story and transforms it into a romantic recre Melanie Dickerson is pretty popular for re creating popular fairy tales and dropping the characters into Hageheim, her city in Germany With her newest story, The Warrior Maiden, it is a Mulan re make While I have seen the Disney version, Dickerson did not follow that story line She wrote something completely different Not in a bad way I actually really liked this version Better than the Disney version.Again, Dickerson takes a well known Disney story and transforms it into a romantic recreation I really don t know much about Mulan outside of the Disney version, but I enjoyed this one Dickerson does a fabulous job at bringing Mulan to life with a back story and the reasons why she joined the army to fight for what she believed in She jumped off the page as a character.In Dickerson s version, Wolfgang, the hero, realizes Mulan is a woman but he allows her to see her for who she really is and falls in love with her no matter what The story is about sacrifice for the ones you love Mulan sacrifices for her mother and Wolfgang while Wolfgang sacrifices for Mulan, her mother, and his brother Steffan.The plot moves pretty quickly I spent less than a day devouring the novel I couldn t wait to see how the predictable ending would happen Of course, it is a fairy tale, so it has to have a happy ending Dickerson is wonderful at creating an ending to satisfy an romantic at heart While the plot line was different than Disney, the romance felt predictable and pre determined.The spiritual element strength the characters It did not interrupt the story or preach at the readers Dickerson allowed it to flow naturally from each individual character I enjoyed that.Overall, The Maiden Warrior is a much stronger version of the Mulan story than the Disney version I liked how heroic Mulan was and the back story to her story Dickerson invited me back to the setting I m familiar with and kept me engrossed in the story A must read for fans of Dickerson or any fairy tale story.I received a complimentary copy of The Maiden Warrior by Melanie Dickerson from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Shelley rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 release, arc netgalley, young adult fantasy, fairy tales folklore Source Publisher Genre Young Adult, Historical Fiction Rating 3.5 Thoughts The Warrior Maiden is the Ninth installment in author Melanie Dickinson s Hagenheim series Each book features two different characters from book to book This story is about an 18 year old girl named Mulan Mulan enjoys horses and archery She has been trained not by her father who is a soldier, but by her friend 12 year old Andrei who has followed her father around from battle field to battle field Full Review Gi Source Publisher Genre Young Adult, Historical Fiction Rating 3.5 Thoughts The Warrior Maiden is the Ninth installment in author Melanie Dickinson s Hagenheim series Each book features two different characters from book to book This story is about an 18 year old girl named Mulan Mulan enjoys horses and archery She has been trained not by her father who is a soldier, but by her friend 12 year old Andrei who has followed her father around from battle field to battle field Full Review Gizmos Reviews flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 19, 2018 Linda Gavino rated it did not like it Shelves arc, characters asian mc, genre historical, genre romance, genre christian fiction, published in 2019, genre religious nonfiction, young adult, 1 star Right, this wasn t for me If you already love the author s other works, let s leave it at that and agree to disagree If you want to know why this book wasn t for me, read on at your own peril.First of all, I get that the series is retelling beloved fairytales through a Medieval European lens It s an interesting idea However, the cultural appropriation of Mulan doesn t sit quite right with me The author could have left the name Mulan right out of the book, and we would all still have recog Right, this wasn t for me If you already love the author s other works, let s leave it at that and agree to disagree If you want to know why this book wasn t for me, read on at your own peril.First of all, I get that the series is retelling beloved fairytales through a Medieval European lens It s an interesting idea However, the cultural appropriation of Mulan doesn t sit quite right with me The author could have left the name Mulan right out of the book, and we would all still have recognized the tale After all, the story of a girl who disguises herself as a man to go to war and protect her family and country isn t unique to Asia But because we re doing the whole fairytale thing, we have an Asian girl who was rescued from the battlefield and brought up as a Lithuanian I feel like that because the author was working to shove Mulan into an Eastern European context, the rest of the story was just weird considering the whole racial tension that would have overshadowed the cross dressing issues Second, I did not know that this was a work of Christian fiction I m of a Christian faith myself, but I found all the prayers in italics quite distracting and maybe even a little artificial It would have made sense to me if the novel had been written in first person But perhaps that s my preference, and due to me not being familiar with this genre.Finally, I just thought the prose was a bitjuvenile Like someone abused a thesaurus But now my inner snark is leaking Maybe I m still angry over Mulan being dragged across a continent to serve as a series linking plot device Again, if you loved this book, I m happy for you Let s just disagree amicably.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 01, 2018 Meghan rated it it was amazing Shelves library I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Alot of us know the story of Mulan and how she joined battle to defend her honor and kept a huge secret disguising herself as a man then she ends up falling for Captian Shang and she confesses the truth an lives happily ever after.In The Warrior Maiden it took a whole new twist on the story of Mulan as we know it Melanie Dickerson s take on this classic tale I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Alot of us know the story of Mulan and how she joined battle to defend her honor and kept a huge secret disguising herself as a man then she ends up falling for Captian Shang and she confesses the truth an lives happily ever after.In The Warrior Maiden it took a whole new twist on the story of Mulan as we know it Melanie Dickerson s take on this classic tale as part of the Hagenheim series was a lot of fun to read and I could not help but invest my time reading this story cover to cover just to find out what happens to Mulan and if she saves her mother in time.We will definitely consider this title for our YFiction collection at our library That is why we give this book 5 stars flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Chris rated it really liked it The anticipation of reading this Hagenheim book it s part of a series but can each be a stand alone put this on the top of my TBR book pile This book is about Mulan, with a dash of Joan of Arc, Christianity, girl in an army burning at the stake threads with also a nod to Katniss i.e bow and arrows Mulan is adopted in this story, and stands out due to her Asian heritage exemplary bow and arrow skills It follows the original as much as it can, but adds Wolfgang and Steffan, an The anticipation of reading this Hagenheim book it s part of a series but can each be a stand alone put this on the top of my TBR book pile This book is about Mulan, with a dash of Joan of Arc, Christianity, girl in an army burning at the stake threads with also a nod to Katniss i.e bow and arrows Mulan is adopted in this story, and stands out due to her Asian heritage exemplary bow and arrow skills It follows the original as much as it can, but adds Wolfgang and Steffan, and her adopted mother to the mix Full of action, this retelling is worth reading If you ve read Melanie Dickerson, she doesn t disappoint in this one Please note I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 08, 2018 Auburn rated it really liked it Another fantastic addition to some wonderfully reimagined fairy tales The author does a beautiful job weaving the classic story of Mulan in a Lituanian world It also gives us a look at two of the youngest members of the Duke of Hagenheims family Throughout each book another fairytale unfolds and one of the Dukes children is a central part I enjoy seeing what happened to the older children now married and how we receive a glimpse of their furtures through these books As always it is a well d Another fantastic addition to some wonderfully reimagined fairy tales The author does a beautiful job weaving the classic story of Mulan in a Lituanian world It also gives us a look at two of the youngest members of the Duke of Hagenheims family Throughout each book another fairytale unfolds and one of the Dukes children is a central part I enjoy seeing what happened to the older children now married and how we receive a glimpse of their furtures through these books As always it is a well done version of Mulan that captures the soul of a warrior A must read for fans of romance, fairy tales, and Melanie Dickerson s stories flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 12, 2018 Faith Lund marked it as to read So excited flag 3 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 09, 2018 Unicorn Pink1 rated it it was amazing The book is really original flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Hayley Escape Into YA Books rated it it was ok Shelves net galley, 2 star, reviewed, retellings I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.There have been many retellings of Mulan recently, but I haven t read any of them and thought it was time Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read the new book Now I went into this read knowing very little about the book I find this best with retellings except that it was a part of a larger series.Unlike many Mulan versions, this novel was set in Lithuania in I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.There have been many retellings of Mulan recently, but I haven t read any of them and thought it was time Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read the new book Now I went into this read knowing very little about the book I find this best with retellings except that it was a part of a larger series.Unlike many Mulan versions, this novel was set in Lithuania in medieval times I found the setting very odd, some might find it a breath of fresh air, but I found it strange like the author was attempting to force all these fairy tale characters into one location numerous famous characters had their stories take place in Lithuania I admit I know the bare minimum of Poland during this period and perhaps that affects how I view some of the events of the story After Mulan s abusive, drunk father dies of sickness, Mulan pretends to be his son to serve as a soldier and allow her mother to keep their house With the help of her younger friend Andre, her father s assistant, she becomes a soldier for the local Duke Konrad to fight the invading Teutonic Knights Meanwhile, Wolfgang and Steffen, young men related to Aladdin by marriage set off to do the same, but Steffen deserts, joining the Knights instead in hopes of finding glory and becoming a knight.The characters were one dimensional, having only one goal and every little emotion A few emotions were raised in the conflict but overcome with ease, like a side thought to make things seem better motivated As with the classic Mulan story, the skilled soldier, Wolfgang, falls for Mulan and she for him yet believed she could not to be with him There was no real emotional connection between the two, they were good soldiers and the main characters, therefore, they must fall in love, but it can t be too easy, so the writer made her hesitant to be with him The secondary characters were few and far between, with no wants of their own besides Steffen and offered little to the story The dialogue, just like the characters, was flat, dull and very scripted making the story even less exciting The writing style was dull, relying on telling instead of showing This slowed down the action and failed to engage me as a reader Along with this, the theme was very Christian preaching, stating that God will solve everything, God has a plan, etc This also made the action less enticing if God will solve it, why would there be any risk to Mulan I am not religious and quickly became tired of the preachiness Perhaps this made me the wrong audience for this book.The villains of the story, Rusdorf and his Teutonic Knights, had little reason to do their diabolical acts apart from the story needing the conflict They said they were doing God s work, but their emotion and conflict were lacking, making them one dimensional During the battles, there was no real threat to Mulan nor were they difficult for her It made the story lack any hook and, added together with the one dimensional characters, made the novel predictable Why bother reading if you already know what will happen I found this novel slow with flat characters and dialogue, dull conflict and tiresome religious themes Trying to force every fairy tale character into one location a location very different from where they re originally from didn t seem natural, very obviously a desire by the author for a series in the same place The story failed to engage me, and I give it 2 5 flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 BookishLor rated it liked it Shelves arcs 3 5 starsI have mixed feelings on this book First, everyone should know that this is a Christian historical fiction retelling of Mulan set in the author s Hagenheim world I don t think it has been stated or advertised enough as a work of Christian fiction It can definitely throw off any readers if it is not your normal genre Mulan, as in stories past, is a very likable and awkward girl in the beginning and during training She makes multiple clumsy mistakes throughout the story, but still ma 3 5 starsI have mixed feelings on this book First, everyone should know that this is a Christian historical fiction retelling of Mulan set in the author s Hagenheim world I don t think it has been stated or advertised enough as a work of Christian fiction It can definitely throw off any readers if it is not your normal genre Mulan, as in stories past, is a very likable and awkward girl in the beginning and during training She makes multiple clumsy mistakes throughout the story, but still manages to overcome it all in the end of this retelling I love how her character falls down, but continues to get back up again Mulan grows as a character while continuing to prove her intelligence and bravery several times on the battlefield My favorite parts in the story were some of the quiet moments between Mulan and Wolfgang I really enjoyed when they were getting to know each other and looking beyond first bad impressions to become friends In this version, Mulan s secret comes out a little sooner than the very end which I loved because you were able to see a romantic relationship between the two main characters develop I also liked that Mulan s adoptive mother had a larger role and stronger influence on Mulan in this story Mulan had very strong ties to her family and I loved that this element of the story stayed true I d like to point out that I didn t have an issue with Mulan being in this world I actually liked it The background story gave the reason why and it made sense to me I believe it also added an additional element to her feeling out of place being Lithuanian vs Hagenheim other than just being clumsy or a female in a male dominated world Her overall sense of not belonging made her character identifiable and you loved her for it Unfortunately, towards the last half of the story is when it felt off for me In this retelling, a man saves the day at the very end This story development didn t sit well with me at all and honestly rubbed me the wrong way How the actual event came about was even worse, but we are lead to believe Mulan forgave her love interest and friends without a second thought It was odd to say the least and it seemed out of character for than one of the main characters which I just can t shrug off There were also several moments throughout the story that I thought were on the preachy side I understand if religion was used to move the story along or had a significance in bonding characters, but it was too often used as excuses to insert sermons or repetitive phrases I felt that religion was mentioned so much that it was distracting from the overall plot and story It took away from the moments that those beliefs could ve been meaningful to the characters and have a profound impact on the reader and their feelings Ultimately, the overuse took away from the times where it was truly used well and watered those moments down Overall, this was a solid okay read for me I really enjoyed the story, but felt certain parts could have been cut or left out completely I would still consider reading of the author s previous or future works someday It s possible that this Mulan story just wasn t my favorite I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own I d like to thank those publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates 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        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 Mel 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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    1. 4.5 stars Oh my goodness, this book was absolutely amazing I have been looking forward to this ever since the author said that she d be writing a Mulan retelling, and it definitely lived up to my expectations The Warrior Maiden follows the story of Mulan and Wolfgang This book is action packed and keeps you reading to find out what happens next It has a lot of similarities to the Mulan movie, but the author also adds her own twists to it which I loved How do you write a romance novel when t 4.5 [...]


    2. About this book She knows women are expected to marry, cook, and have children, not go to war Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret When Mulan takes her father s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this journey her whole life and that her life, and her mother s, depends on her success As the adopted daughter of poor parents, Mulan has little power in the world. [...]


    3. 4.5 stars.Melanie Dickerson books tend to be a hit or miss with me, but I am pleased to say that this one was most certainly a hit I figured it would be, I love Mulan and even if this story didn t have Mushu, I still enjoyed it so much The characters were great Wolfgang was awesome He was a tough and fearless warrior, but don t let that fool you Wolf was just a soft little squishy sensitive spring roll He was absolutely adorable Mulan was kick butt without even trying She did what she nee 4.5 st [...]


    4. I don t think I have ever said this about a book before, but I truly believe that people are being to hard on this book They object to Mulan being Chinese and being dropped into Mrs Dickerson s Hagenheim world First of all, that s just it It s HER world and she can t drop everything and jump to an entirely different place totally unconnected with her series and tell a story I thought her adaption was tastefully done She gave good reason and background for Mulan s presence in Lithuania w I don t [...]


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    6. I have been reading Melanie Dickerson s books since 2010 And though I have not LOVED all of the books I have read by her, I always add her YA fairy tale retellings to my TBR.Her newest it a light retelling of Mulan Did I LOVE it Hm, I say not LOVE But I enjoyed it and think it is one of my most loved out of all her books to date.This book had so many twists A summary of my mental musings about these twists Like, wow, did not see that coming Whoah, what happened Eeeek Poor characters I have been [...]


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