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The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  94,345 Ratings  ·  8,624 Reviews
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign lan ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published August 8th 2003)
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Emm A Wizard is someone who uses or practices magic derived from supernatural or occult sources, so you could say there are wizards in a way; if you look…moreA Wizard is someone who uses or practices magic derived from supernatural or occult sources, so you could say there are wizards in a way; if you look at it in a different point of view. People can speak to the wind, and her Aunt tells her of magic used by people. Even if you don't want to read it because it doesn't have these elements, I still would. (less)
Rebecca It is categorized as fairy tale but is somewhat fantasy in terms of some supernatural abilities.

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Mar 30, 2008 Chanelle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chanelle by: Kari
What a sweet story, it's one you can transport yourself into another world where things like communicating with animals and controlling the wind seem entirely feasible. The characters are really likeable (esp. Geric- I don't think there was enough of him. Every word he said would make a girl smile) I'm classifying this book as strong female because I loved the fact that when Geric wrote Ani off, she was upset and angry, but her world did not collapse (contrast that to Bella in New Moon who did n ...more
Sara ♥
Dec 23, 2015 Sara ♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Lovers, People who like fairy tale retellings
December 21-22, 2015
This book is sooooo fantastic! I love it!

June 17-19, 2014

I freaking love this book!!!

December 24, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Not sure what else to say about this book beyond, "Wow! It's awesome!". I mean, I've read it SEVERAL times now and just bought it for my sister-in-law for Christmas... I love it!

March 9-10, 2010

Errr... ditto to what I said before. And now I'm REALLY excited to read Enna Burning just as soon as it gets here through ILL!!

April 3, 2009

In an Austin Powers voice:
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Sep 02, 2015 Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rachel Reads Ravenously by: Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!

Ani is a young princess with a unique gift, she can speak animal languages. From a very young age she learned to speak to the swan’s in the pond and forged a beautiful connection with a horse foul, Falada. When her father, the king, dies, Ani learns from her mother that she is to be sent off to a neighboring kingdom to be wed to their prince.

Along the journey, Ani’s handmaid Selia leads a coup and gets half of Ani’s soldiers to turn against her. Ani flees for her life, and when she fi
Feb 08, 2012 Tyler rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tyler by: Meg
Wow, is all I can say, just plain old flat out wow. You expect this to be some sort of, princess fairy tale, in a sense it is just give it a little bit of action and suspense and there you go, The Goose Girl, It goes in a direction you totally don't expect, all of a sudden Ani the little naive princess is suddenly on the run from the scary warriors!
The ending doesn't disappoint there's even a battle, who'd expect that from a Princess Fairytale?
I really liked how it kind of kept you on your toes
Feb 19, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Goose Girl is an adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale by the same name — which I had never heard of before reading this book. I guess if Disney hasn’t already adapted it, I’m more or less clueless when it comes to fairy tales. ;-)

That comes in handy, though, when reading a new story — I figured that Princess Anidori-Kiladra (a.k.a. Ani; a.k.a. Isi, the Goose Girl; a.k.a. the Yellow Lady … there’s a lot about disguise and identity in this story, if you can’t tell) would live happily ever after
Oct 29, 2007 Lucy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adolescent girls and women who don't mind remembering what it's like to be an adolescent girl
Poor Shannon Hale. I think the most frequent comment I've heard about her as an author is, "She's LDS and like Stephenie Meyer, doesn't write LDS fiction."

I'm not sure it was a good enough reason to check out her book, Goose Girl, but I did it anyway. My sister, Jen, liked this book and that was one more reason, but a good enough one for me.

It was a nice break from some of the meatier stuff I've been reading. It's not meatless, exactly, but written as a fairy tale in the voice of a young prince
At first, I was only mildly interested in what was going on in this retelling of a classic fairy tale. However, once the action got started, I really enjoyed listening. The cast was perfect--voices, ages, gender; every voice seemed correct. I think this was/is especially true in terms of the emotional aspects of the characters--I could totally hear it in their voices, which was refreshing.

In terms of the story, I really enjoyed the character of Geric. His relationship with Ani, especially when s
[5.0 Stars] Original Rating

[4.5 Stars] Re-Read 2016
I still absolutely adore this book, but I confess Ani/Isi really annoyed me the first 50 pages or so. For those reasons this re-read gets knocked down half a star. My original rating still stands though. This book is a favorite of mine because of how simple, magical, and heartwarming it is. Can't wait to re-read Enna Burning!
Mar 04, 2008 Sesika rated it it was amazing
Super fun read. Incredible imagination that was clear and easy to read. Very likeable characters that made the books that followed interesting and appealing.
C.B. Cook
Feb 02, 2016 C.B. Cook rated it it was amazing
I got this book at Half-Price Books the other day, only because I remembered to bring the list I made of authors and books I needed to look for. *applauds self* Only happens once in a blue moon. Next time I go, I will be picking up any of the Books of Bayern that I see, even if it's number four. Normally when I read series, I'll buy book one, read, book two, read, book three, read, etc. But I can't risk letting these slip away, and possibly buying book two and NOT HAVING BOOK THREE!!! Which is a ...more
Aug 07, 2008 Cassie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy, fairytale
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee was born the Crown Princess of Kildenree, but her mother didn’t feel she was fit to rule and instead arranged a marriage with a neighboring kingdom, passing the title on to Ani’s brother. Ani was always a strange child, she didn’t open her eyes for the first three days after her birth, and her aunt taught her to speak with birds. It’s no wonder her mother didn’t feel that someone who could be considered a witch should sit on the throne. So off Ani goes with her La ...more
Katie Grace
Apr 27, 2016 Katie Grace rated it really liked it
Love this book just as much on my third reread. <3
I really feel like I am missing something--or, at least, whatever the agents, editors, and legions of Shannon Hale fans found so fabulous about this debut novel that launched her successful career, including two sequels to this book. Given all the fanfare about Hale, I was sorely disappointed in this novel. The premise is interesting, and the opening chapters are breathtaking. No doubt about it, Hale can write some gorgeous prose, and the story sparkled with possibilities. However, the character ...more
I think this is going to be a very difficult review to write. I did enjoy the book - in parts - but overall I was underwhelmed and left feeling that the book could have been so much better.

At times, Hale's writing was very poetic, painting a vibrant picture in her unique and fluid style. At other times, it felt redundant, and time was spent on unimportant descriptions.

I liked the characters, but wanted more from them. I liked the plot, but felt all "the good stuff" was never explored. I felt as
Althea Ann
May 25, 2015 Althea Ann rated it really liked it
This novel is a re-telling of the traditional fairy tale of the same name, telling the story of a princess, who, en-route to a marriage to a prince of a neighboring country,
falls victim to the machinations and ambitions of her servant girl, who passes herself off as the real princess, forcing the real royal to take the position of a goose girl.

The book sticks to the details outlined in the Brothers Grimm version of the tale pretty exactly - you can read it here:
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nov 08, 2016 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it
The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1), Shannon Hale
Alexandra Bracken
Aug 06, 2009 Alexandra Bracken rated it it was amazing
This book is impossibly sweet and wonderful. I'm only sorry it took me so long to read it!
5 stars. This book. Beautiful. Magical. I don't even know where to begin, or what exactly I adored the most about it. I finally narrowed down my thoughts into 5 points as to why I loved this book so much.

1. I loved how the lovely Miss Shannon Hale chose to adapt one of the lesser known of Grimms' fairy tales - to be honest, I had no idea there was a fairy tale called the Goose Girl until I read this book - but this tale is such a dark and yet uplifting one, it truly deserves to be shared
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
As of right now, 6,990 fans have given The Goose Girl the top 5-star rating, and only 62 have given it a 1-star. I guess I'm going to be #6,991, because I obviously have found a new treasure :DD
This is the first book I've read since finishing the epic saga The Bridei Chronicles, and I was relieved to have something less perplexing. I generally love fairy-tale retellings, as long as they dont go too "realistic," which is pretty much the modern euphemism for "trashy." I'd actually forgotten about
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 26, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
A fairy tale fantasy novel full of imagination and creativity, The Goose Girl could easily fit in with Brother Grimm's or Hans Christian Anderson's work. With a wonderful main character and vibrantly-described settings, it's a book no reader will ever forget.
Mar 05, 2008 CLM rated it it was amazing
This is a book so wonderful I wish I had written it myself!

Although some criticize the heroine as being too passive, I think Hale does a good job of showing that she is dealing with such intense grief and shock that it takes her time to recover and assert her personality.
Oct 16, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya, 2009
I just loved it! what can I say. I didn't know I was getting myself into yet another series, but here I am, in one. Looking forward to the next three.
Jen Petro-Roy
While I have read a few books by Shannon Hale before (Book of a Thousand Days and Austenland), I was truly blown away by The Goose Girl. Hale took a simple Brothers Grimm fairy tale, and created a fully realized world around that structure, truly making it her own.

Shannon Hale's writing is lush and gorgeous, filled with stunning, vivid descriptions. Both Kildenree and Bayern become vivid, real places under her pen, and the simplest descriptions of forest trees or flowers bloom to life. On multip
Jan 04, 2012 Parvathy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fairy tale lovers,YA
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
I love fairy tales and I will read anything which even remotely resembles a fairy tale in appearance. It is because of this same reason that I could never pick out a favorite from the lot but I will tell you one tale that is not in my list of favorites and that is Goose Girl. I have always found this story frustrating and scary regardless of how many times I have read it. The easily bullied, weak princess is the frustrating part and the talking horse head constitutes the scary part. Over the yea ...more
Jun 03, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult, fairy tale lovers
Recommended to Jamie by: Megan B
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May 24, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it
… And they lived happily ever after, *le sigh.* Reading Goose Girl is a breath of fresh air especially after the types of books I’ve been reading lately. It did take me a while to warm up to Ani. She was an absofreakinglute doormat…even the geese bruised her up! I could not get my mind around how pitifully she was treated. Despite that, I still enjoyed this. It’s a sweet fairytale fantasy.

Who doesn’t love a good fairy tale? A princess, a prince, and a betrothal. Except it wasn’t that simple as
Sep 30, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
While reading the Goose Girl, I felt I was in the middle of a fairy tale. I should admit right now, I am a very big fan of re-told fairy tales, doesn't matter if it's the 100th re-telling of Cinderella or an off-beat tale, like the twelve dancing princesses. If it's a re-told fairy tale, chances are pretty huge that I am going to read it.
Read the rest of my review here
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
A delightful and well thought-out take on the old fairy tale, this is one of my favorite fairy tale novels. Shannon Hale has created a detailed world in which some of the odd details of the original fairy tale are reworked and make much more sense. Hale has made the story into a strong coming-of-age tale with heart and humor and a little romance.

This book shouldn't be missed by anyone who likes novelizations of fairy tales.
Apr 07, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I love fairytales and this one was perfect. Every plot twist and heart rending emotion kept me bewitched chapter after chapter. Shannon Hale writes gorgeously and tells a story effortlessly. It's the kind of book that is more than ink and paper; it lives and breathes and stays in your heart forever.
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
All these fantasy books are hitting it out of the park for me! What a lovely, enchanting, beautiful retelling. Totally swept me away. Great writing, great characters, fabulous storytelling, gentle romance. I went and read the original Grimm's fairytale right after I finished and Shannon Hale's retelling stayed very true to the original story. This one was just fleshed out, and in the best ways.
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more
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