If you like fairy tales, you’ll love this one. Melanie Dickerson’s new fairy tale retelling, The Noble Servant, is her version of the Goose Girl story. You might remember Lady Magdalen from The Beautiful Pretender, where she befriends heroine Avelina.
Magdalen travels to marry Steffan, Duke of Wolfberg, but she is betrayed en route to his castle and ends up forced to work as a servant tending the geese. Meanwhile, Steffan’s uncle schemes to steal his title. Magdalen and Steffan must then work together to regain their rightful places and their lives.
I’m not familiar with the Goose Girl fairy tale, but I still enjoyed this one. Magdalen is surprisingly fierce in protecting those she loves, and Steffan’s unease around geese is endearing. 😉
From betrayal to theft, from dangerous chases through abandoned mines to hidden paintings, Steffan and Magdalen’s story has plenty of intrigue and action to it, not to mention the romance! Once again, Melanie Dickerson has created the perfect blend of adventure and fairy tale. This wasn’t my favorite of her books, but it was a fun read!
My rating: 3.8/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Melanie Dickerson’s books; fairy tale enthusiasts; readers of historical fiction or young adult inspirational fiction
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.