I’m running this blog again today in honor of the official release of The Golden Braid!
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.
After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.
After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.
But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.
Melanie Dickerson offers another ‘winner’ to her collection of fine fairytale-based stories. Rapunzel is a lonely, sheltered young adult who is eager to learn and desires to settle in one place for a while. Mother does her best to “protect” Rapunzel by keeping her unsettled and living in fear of the world. Gerek, an educated knight, comes upon the Rapunzel and Mother as they are moving to a new town. He rescues them from brigands, only to have Rapunzel rescue him when a prisoner escapes and tries to kill him. Injured, Gerek is given the task of teaching Rapunzel how to read, but it is a secret that must be kept from Mother. As Rapunzel begins to read the holy writings of the bible her world begins to change in unexpected ways. She finds courage and begins to question how she came to be with Mother and why Mother wants her to remain fearful and ignorant. Secrets that have been kept by Rapunzel, Gerek, and especially Mother begin to unravel. Truth battles treachery as the story intertwines with the events in The Princess Spy. Suddenly, Rapunzel’s identity and life hang in the balance. Can Gerek save her before it’s too late?!
Ms. Dickerson is the author of several fairytale-based, historical novels. Her books are suitable for teens as well as adults. Check out the complete series below: