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.
The Golden Braid is perfect for fans of fairy tales! While the synopsis promises a story like none you've read before, I don't think anyone familiar with Rapunzel is going to be overly surprised by this version. But that doesn't mean you won't enjoy it all the same.
Ms. Dickerson does an excellent job of creating a believable setting and complicated characters. One thing that does differ greatly in The Golden Braid is Gothel herself. Her possessiveness and manipulation of Rapunzel was emotionally compelling because it oozed with signs of mental illness. I often found myself torn between believing that she was pure evil and that she was pitiful because of her delusions. As her story unfolds, it's clear to see how it directly affects Rapunzel's story. And for that, I would say The Golden Braid is unique.
I have not read anything else by this author, so I cannot speak to how it fits in with the other books as The Golden Braid seems to be book 6 in a series. I read it as a stand-alone novel, and it worked nicely. All the plot pieces wrapped up in the end in a satisfactory manner. The book's pacing was adequate as well. There were moments where the action slowed down to give the characters a chance to develop, but it never slowed too much. It was constant and compelling, which allowed me to finish the book in one sitting. That's always a bonus.