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The Warrior Maiden

(Hagenheim #9)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,664 ratings  ·  520 reviews
She knows women are expected to marry, cook, and have children, not go to war. Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret?

When Mulan takes her father's place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this journey her whole life—and that her life, and her moth
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Oh my goodness, this book was absolutely amazing! I have been looking forward to this ever since the author said that she’d be writing a Mulan retelling, and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

The Warrior Maiden follows the story of Mulan and Wolfgang. This book is action packed and keeps you reading to find out what happens next. It has a lot of similarities to the Mulan movie, but the author also adds her own twists to it which I loved. How do you write a romance novel when t
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“She knows women are expected to marry, cook, and have children, not go to war. Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret?
When Mulan takes her father’s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this journey her whole life—and that her life, and her mother’s, depends on her success. As the adopted daughter of poor parents, Mulan has little power in the world
Nicki Chapelway
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Melanie Dickerson books tend to be a hit or miss with me, but I am pleased to say that this one was most certainly a hit! I figured it would be, I love Mulan and even if this story didn't have Mushu, I still enjoyed it so much!

The characters were great. Wolfgang was awesome. He was a tough and fearless warrior, but don't let that fool you. Wolf was just a soft little squishy sensitive spring roll. He was absolutely adorable. Mulan was kick butt without even trying. She did what she nee
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Do you remember that part in Mulan where she gets locked away so the white guy can save the day and she can’t stay mad because he’s such a good kisser? Yeah me either.

“The Warrior Maiden” sees Mulan desperate to escape the future laid out for her simply because she is a woman and hungry for a future filled with adventure and the chance to be something greater than a wife when war comes knocking and she takes her late fathers place in the army. With men’s clothes hiding her secret she sets off t
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, series
I received a complimentary copy of this book from THOMAS NELSON through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was a big Disney movie fan as a child. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, The Aristocats, The Rescuers Down Under etc. I was the kid that insisted that my dog always had to be there for a viewing of Lady and the Tramp. I even went as Belle one Halloween and my mother made over an old bridesmaid dress that was yellow just like Belle. I lived
Therese May
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books, arc
I don't think I have ever said this about a book before, but I truly believe that people are being to hard on this book.

They object to Mulan being Chinese and being "dropped" into Mrs. Dickerson's Hagenheim world. First of all, that's just it. It's HER world and she can't drop everything and jump to an entirely different place totally unconnected with her series and tell a story. I thought her adaption was tastefully done. She gave good reason and background for Mulan's presence in Lithuania (w
Grace Mullins
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been reading Melanie Dickerson's books since 2010. And though I have not LOVED all of the books I have read by her, I always add her YA fairy tale retellings to my TBR.

Her newest it a light retelling of Mulan. Did I LOVE it? Hm, I say not LOVE. But I enjoyed it and think it is one of my most loved out of all her books to date.

This book had so many twists. A summary of my mental musings about these twists: "Like, wow, did not see that coming.... Whoah, what happened? Eeeek! Poor characters
Linda G
Right, this wasn't for me. If you already love the author's other works, let's leave it at that and agree to disagree. If you want to know why this book wasn't for me, read on at your own peril.

First of all, I get that the series is retelling beloved fairytales through a Medieval European lens. It's an interesting idea. However, the cultural appropriation of Mulan doesn't sit quite right with me. The author could have left the name "Mulan" right out of the book, and we would all still have recog
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
At first I thought this book would follow the story of Mulan close to the Disney version, but I soon realized that this retelling would take new twists and turns that brought a new life and energy to the story. I loved the different backstory to Mulan and her family, and the interesting political dynamics between the different powers of the region that are embroiled in conflict. The ugliness of war is realistically portrayed without being overly graphic, but it made me grateful for how times and ...more
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Mulan isn’t afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father’s soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret? We enter the romantic world of Hagenheim to explore the 9th romance to be had as Wolfgang and his brother Steffan head off to help their father’s ally in Poland. Wolfgang is exasperated by young soldier Mikolai who isn't what he seems... Sure enough he's a she and Mulan is totally ready
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
'God knew you were brave and fierce. And that you would give Him the glory.'

I have long been a fan of Melanie Dickerson and her faith based retelling of fairy tales. Because I think you're never too old for fairy tales! I love how she fleshes them out and adds the spiritual element. I had never heard the story of Mulan, so this was new to me. Mulan was such a brave and fearless warrior. I truly enjoyed this installment from Dickerson's pen.

*My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers a copy of this b
Sep 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Avoid this appropriative mess and read Asian authors

Also why the hell is Mulan's love interest white and (presumably) Christian??? No thanks
Finitha Jose
I can't believe this is the ninth book in the Hagenheim series. It seems only yesterday I was glued to my kindle with 'The Healer's Apprentice' starving for more stories. For those who are not familiar with the series, each of these books retells a fairytale and can absolutely be read as standalone. I had religiously followed them until book five . . . well, then life intervened, as usual, directing me to other pursuits. But now, I am finally reunited with one of my favourite series and this tim ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
The Hagenheim series is, as I understand it, a collection of retold fairy tales set in medieval Europe. While Hua Mulan is broadly considered to be a fictional character (some people dispute this), it seems highly inappropriate to recreate this character (including her name and Asian ancestry) and plunk her down in Lithuania. Erasing an ethnic character's ethnic identity except for occasional exotic/othering references with little follow through or consideration is a form of whitewashing and it ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, 2019-reads
4.5 stars.
EEEEPPPPSSSSS this book was darling!!
“The Warrior Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson has it all! Action, adventure, romance, faith and girl power! This is a Mulan retelling that takes place primarily in medieval Lithuania and Poland. I love this time period and Ms. Dickerson does a wonderful job incorporating the culture of the time into her story.

I really love the main character in this story, Mulan. She is a kick-butt heroine, but she’s also not obnoxious and in your face. I love how she grows personally throughout the story and in he
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews, ownedebooks
To be honest, I’m not really sure what to say about this book. xP I’m not a huge movie watcher, but one of the first movies I remember watching EVER was Mulan, and it’s definitely a fond memory (plus, gotta have that diversity in storytelling). So you can probably tell… I was real excited to read The Warrior Maiden.

Melanie Dickerson’s books tend to be a hit or miss for me, and I think The Warrior Maiden was right in the middle. Why? Well (okay I know I’m super picky but these things really bothe
Oh my word, this book was AMAZING!!!! This is probably one of my favorites by Melanie Dickerson. The action, adventure, plot, romance, faith, everything in this beautiful gorgeous book was to die for!
I have always loved the Disney movie Mulan and this book only grew my love for the story of Mulan.

Wolfgang has to be one of my favorite male leads from Melanie Dickerson's books. I loved everything about him. Sure in the beginning he was a little rough around the edges but the more I got to know hi
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars***

I love fairy-tale retellings when they are well done. This book was very well done! I wasn't sure how the story of Mulan would be told in a German/Polish setting. The only similarities to the story that I am familiar with are that Mulan is Asian and that she fights in her father's place because he is unable to.

This really was a fresh and unique take. Mulan is amazing. Really, who doesn't love a woman warrior in a time when women were basically oppressed? Wolfgang is an unlikely ro
Lisa Schneider
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was pretty excited when I found out this was a retelling of Mulan, which was one of my favorite Disney characters. I didn't like it very much.- It just didn't sit right with me. An Asian girl, being plopped down in and Eastern European town. It was awkward and uncomfortable- that's pretty much how I felt the whole time I was reading it. The dialogue is awkward too and sometimes I felt bad for the characters.

I didn't like the Christian tones of the book, either. It felt like the book was trying
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: got-review-copy
This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, Christian YA retelling of MULAN!!! Loved it from the moment I started and there were twists in the story that were brilliantly written.

EVERY part of battle and culture written felt authentic and tangible in the story. It's obvious the author does her research for certain detailed scenes and it made the story even better than I expected. Mulan's father is a cruel and distant man in this version, giving her the impression that she alone must f
Nov 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-reviews
How did no one think that the concept of plopping Mulan in the middle of Eastern Europe surrounded by white people wasn't weird?

There was no element of Chinese culture in this book — barely any mentions of Buddhism, her language, her traditions — nothing!!!! I get that this was set in Europe but this is Mulan. Why bother writing a "retelling" if her identity is just going to be erased? It felt more like a Christian book than a Mulan book to me, and apparently to many reviewers as well.

*I was p
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 / 5 stars

I really liked this! I wasn't sure how the Mulan story would translate in a Medieval setting, but it ended up working out really well. Mulan and Wolfgang are definitely one of my favorite couples in the Hagenheim series, and I think this book is one of my favorites as well. Just a really cute story with some awesome girl power during a time when that wasn't accepted at all!
Suzie Waltner
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I admit I haven’t watched or read anything about Mulan, so Melanie Dickerson’s retelling was completely new to me. But Dickerson’s story was great.

Mulan is a likable character with her quiet manner, courage, commitment to her mother, and faith in God. Strong, competent Wolfgang makes an excellent complement to her.

Dickerson expertly balances strained family relationships, political contentions, battlefield action, and a sweet and steady romance, giving readers an engaging, exciting, and
Maggie [Hiatus]
3 stars
First I would like to say that Mulan was one of my favorite Disney movies as a child, so I saw this book on Scribd and I had to read it (or in this case listen to it).
The thing is, there was nothing impressive about this book. It was all just ok.
Nothing was surprising (and I have to say this is one of those cases I think the summary gives to much away), I didn't feel that attached to the characters and I felt that the story dragged in some places.
I wanted more and it didn't deliver.
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
I'm so sad to give this book such a low rating when I was looking foward to it so much!

I think the main problem was that I was expecting something way different, when I read the synopsis I thought we would get a fictional war story with some love going on (that's how I pictured a Mulan retelling to be like) but instead we got all romance with a few minor battles that didn't get to wow me.

That was really dissapointing because it wasn't what I was looking for but once I got over that (100 pages
Hayley L. Morgan
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
There have been many retellings of Mulan recently, but I haven’t read any of them and thought it was time. Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read the new book. Now I went into this read knowing very little about the book (I find this best with retellings) except that it was a part of a larger series.
Unlike many Mulan versions, this novel was set in Lithuania in
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mulan isn’t afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father’s soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret? Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can’t stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join
3.5 rounding up to four stars
I have enjoyed many of Dickerson’s Hagenheim stories. Although I have enjoyed some much more than others, I can happily say that this is one of the better ones! The plot was tighter, and I really liked the honesty and open communication expressed by Mulan and Wolfgang. The faith content was also well done and carried a nice message, that through God, all things are possible. For a YA read, I thought it was a fun read/audio.
Michaela Bush
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The latest installment of Dickerson's fairytale retellings left nothing to be desired. I had high hopes for this story, and wasn't disappointed. It had a lot of action, and approached Mulan's struggles realistically (I mean, she had to hide being a woman...not an easy task). It deals with a lot of issues of that time era - realistically - and was overall a great read. I couldn't wait to pick this book up and read whenever I could, even though the beginning was a little slow. Very fast-paced and ...more
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Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Mel ...more

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