Updated: Aug 16, 2021
Age Range: 13 and up
The Captive Maiden is an excellent Christian medieval Cinderella remaking book. Gisela had a very happy childhood, with a loving father, the best horses in the land, and even a visit from the Duke and his oldest son. But then her father remarried and died, leaving Gisela to a cruel stepmother and two stepsisters. Now living as a servant to her stepmother, Gisela wants nothing more than to see Valten, the Duke's son, fight in a tournament, and she gets the chance when she bumps into Valten himself. After losing his betrothed to his younger brother, Valten has been doing nothing but fighting in tournaments for the past two years worldwide. Now at home again, he realizes that he doesn't enjoy fighting anymore and wants to do something else with his life. After meeting Gisela, he thinks that something that he was looking for might be her. As the two become closer, problems arise, and it might look like Gisela and Valten might not live long enough to fall in love.
I love Melanie Dickerson's books, so I was excited to start reading The Captive Maiden, but I was getting disappointed as I started reading it. The book was similar to Cinderella, and I was hoping that it would be a little different. There were some minor differences but not a lot. But As I kept reading, I found out that only the first half of the book is like the actual Cinderella. The second half is entirely new and different, so that made me like it again. There were some parts in the second half of the boat that I was not expecting, so The Captive Maiden kept me entertained. I wouldn't say I liked Valten that much because he assumed that Gisela knew his feelings without telling her. People are not mind readers, and sometimes they need to be straightforward about what other people are thinking. Besides that, I enjoyed this book, and I hope you guys do too!
Things to mention: There is some violence including: a lot of men fighting in tournaments and a person gets kidnapped. There are a few kisses with little to no details.
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