The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

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

I finally got around to reading the next book in this series, and I think it’ll be the last book in the series I read. I’ve read the previous 5 books in the series already and, after this 6th one, I’m finally giving up.

Literally every book in this series is practically the same, except the characters have different names. Seriously. It’s not even a good pattern. It’s an annoying stereotypical series and I’ve only partly enjoyed one of these books (The Fairest Beauty. It was the most original and a little better than the rest).

As I mentioned in my review of the The Princess Spy (the 5th book in this series), here’s the basic plot outline for ever single book.

A boy who comes in to rescue the girl, falls in love with her, tells himself she doesn’t love you so you can’t love her, and ends up with her.

A girl who is wealthy (whether she knows it or not), is strong willed, fights for her life, tries to avoid a man she doesn’t want to marry, falls in love with mysterious boy, tells herself she doesn’t love him, and ends up with him.

A villain, usually a guy (but not limited to being one), normally wants to marry the girl, the girl doesn’t want to marry the villain, he goes off and attacks, kidnaps the girl several times, and ends up losing to the boy in the end. (Though The Fairest Beauty is the only one that changes away from this plot. It has a female villain.)

I challenge you to read these books and try to find one WITHOUT these plot points. I know some people love these books and that is totally okay with me. But I’m just not one of those people anymore.

As for cleanliness, it’s a Christian book and its clean! Nothing inappropriate here.

Do you feel this way about any series? Let me know below!

-Lilian-

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