The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

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In this first book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's b eloved YA fantasy series Books of Bayern , Princess Ani must become a goose girl before she can become queen. Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life listening to her aunt's stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. As she grows up, Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but she never feels quite comfortable speaking with people. So when Ani's mother sends her away to be married in a foreign land, she finds herself at the mercy of her silver-tongued lady in waiting, who leads a mutiny that leaves her alone, destitute, and fleeing for her life. To survive, Ani takes on work as a royal goose girl, hiding in plain sight while she develops her forbidden talents and works to discover her own true, powerful voice. Don't miss any of these other books from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale: The Books of Bayern The Goose Girl Enna Burning River Secrets Forest Born The Princess Academy trilogy Princess Academy Princess Academy: Palace of Stone Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters Book of a Thousand Days Dangerous Graphic Novels with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale Rapunzel's Revenge Calamity Jack For Adults Austenland Midnight in Austenland The Actor and the Housewife
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2010.
ISBN: 9781599904078
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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May 07, 2021

Beautiful book! Worth every chapter. The length was my favorite and the font was easy to read. Also very clean. I highly recommend this book.

Feb 17, 2021

A sad read. Never mind the ending. It's depressing, like old fairy tales. And always, the animals suffer. For the incompetence of people who are responsible for their well being. Just too many cruel, obnoxious, evil doers. Maybe I was looking for a fun, feel-good read and this is NOT it.


The horse dies. I didn't much care what happened to the stupid humans after that.

It was beautifully crafted, I really have no complaints for the book and the character in it- I absolutely loved it. Unlike many romantic fantasy novels the main male lead was actually a nice guy- though I did find myself quite disgruntled at his showing affections for another woman, the main character, when he was engaged- though it was not a happy engagement.
Any how the only truely negative thing I could say about this is that the romance at the end felt a little, and I truely mean a little, forced. But it was very believable because there was more on the line than their love for one another. Ani loved the country as much as she loved the prince, if not more, so it was very realistic that she would accept the princes invitation to marry.
I was very pleased with the story, it was astounding how Hale show this massive amount of character development for Ani. Seeing Ani go from a shy passive victim, to someone who goes after what they want and says what needs to be said was so cool.
Content Warnings:
No sex
No foul language
Some brief indications that the enemy would rape her before they killed her- but it was tiptoed around and some younger audiences might not grasp the meaning. This book was not by any means 'rape-y' like so many YA novels.
Some violence - her party is murdered in front of her, it's not described a lot save for the description of a sword going through a young guards chest. Some other intermittent violence, a battle at the end with mentions of stabbing and death. And the villainess being dragged by her hair to the throne room.
There was the mention of the penalty for betrayal being that the offender striped naked in public and placed in a barrel of nails and dragged around the city by a horse- which was to be enacted on the villainess, and was threatened to the protagonist.
The protagonist was also held hostage by the enemy.
There was some mentions of maddness.

Jun 11, 2020

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale is a marvelously retold fairy tale, with modern elements of feminism, animal cruelty, and communication with nature nestled within. Perhaps the title, as well as it being in the fantasy genre, may repel some readers who consider this to be childish or basic. But this novel is utterly amazing, with rich, carefully laid-out geography of foreign lands, enchanting languages between non-living elements, and a quietly strong heroine in the center of it all.
Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee is born the Crown Princess of the kingdom of Kildenree. Once her place is given to her younger brother, however, she must begin the long and dangerous journey to Bayern where she is to wed a mysterious prince.
An element of the plot that won me over wholly was the main character Ani’s personality. Yes, she is the princess and the heroine of the story, yet she was so different from any other female lead I’d ever known. She was imperfect, shy, and afraid of failure, just like the majority of us. Being an introvert also, Ani’s struggle of finding herself amidst her terrifying and unyielding circumstances was perhaps the most real and raw process I’ve read in a book. This book is different. I strongly recommend this to readers of all ages and personalities: you will be drawn into Ani’s story. 5 stars out of 5
@StarRead of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 27, 2020

I read this book in 2016 but I don't remember anything about it

Jun 13, 2019

If you like horses, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! What happened to the horse is so sad and honestly put me off this author. Other than that, this book was very well written, just don't read it before bed.

DBRL_KrisA Sep 01, 2018

This has some interesting elements to it - the concept of talking to animals, to the wind, as well as the main theme of the princess, out of her element, forced to live as a commoner, a lowly goose girl, and thereby learn Important Lessons about Not Judging Books By Their Cover and about Being Thankful For What You Have. I also liked the intrigue of the plot to kill the princess and replace her with her serving girl.

I wasn't a huge fan of the romance, but it's a YA fantasy novel, so it's kind of expected.

Overall, while this was a decent story, it didn't grab me like other, similar YA fantasy novels have done. It was just okay, in my opinion.

Jul 24, 2018

LOVE this book. Srsly, read it now. You will love it I guarantee you

Also if you've already read it, read Enna Burning, then River Secrets and then Forest Born. They are all great!

LPL_CentennialC Jan 29, 2018

I’d read a few of Hale’s other books, but somehow never managed to pick up Goose Girl. Maybe the title wasn’t too appealing to me? But I am so glad I changed my mind and picked this book up! Goose Girl is an fantasy adventure full of heart. Things go horribly (fatally) wrong when Princess Ani is betrothed to a neighboring prince, and she must live in disguise one of the forest-born folk for survival. I absolutely fell in love with the kindness of the main character, the storybook style of magic and myth the world of Bayern is wrapped up in, and the strong friendships! If you like: tough princesses and wonderful storytelling, this is the book for you.

Sep 02, 2017

This book is THE BEST!

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Jan 28, 2018

about a princess who has a very nice aunt who one day dies, a mother who neglects her, and her father injured in a accident and passes away. Her friend, Selia, becomes her lady in waiting and her 'best friend'. she has power to communicate with animals and is supposedly the crown princess. But when one day the queen announces Anidori's brother will be king instead, Ani is sent on a trip to another city to marry their prince. On her way, Selia starts to act weird. Her lady in waiting one day betrays Ani Ani sets off to where she was suppose to be at and with her new friends, Enna and others, they set off to overthrow Selia and her evil helpers.

Jul 11, 2013

after her father dies ani is sent to marry the prince of bayern.on the way her lady in waiting trys to kill all the people expept the ones who support her. luckly ani escapes.she
lives in bayarn as a goose girl.

Apr 09, 2012

After her father's untimely death, Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee is sent by her mother to marry the prince of Bayern to stop a war. On the way there her lady-in-waiting and half her protecters mutiny,and everyone except Ani is killed. She lives in Bayern's capital city as a goose girl named Isi until she can take back her name. She meets and falls in love with the young prince, Geric, disguised as a soldier. Then one day, she finds Talone, a protector who she thought had been killed. Then, they head off to crash the weading of Selia and Geric. It's Wind vs. People-speaking!


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Jul 12, 2016

"That horse's is not for riding miss. He's still wild, and doesn't respond to less experienced riders."
Ani smiled, " I have ridden him, I'll take him."

Jul 11, 2013



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