by Shannon Hale
So I read this book several years ago, and just checked it back out for a reread. I usually enjoy Hale’s books, and I hadn’t read this series since she wrote the fourth book (Forest Born). Also, The Goose Girl has always been a fairy tale that fascinated me, and I’m not sure why. Something weirdly creepy about the dead horse’s talking head, and the fact that the villain was killed by being dragged around naked in a barrel spiked with nails. The story is just so bizarre.
Hale does an excellent job in the retelling, making all of the weirdest parts make sense, and creating a very understandable and lovable heroine out of Isi. The friends that she makes are also wonderful and happy. Still, the story retains a little bit of that dark side of the original story, although I’m not sure I can lay a finger on exactly why or how. It’s an intense story that is woven together wonderfully.
Overall, a 4/5, and a recommended read for anyone who enjoys fairy tales.