Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl

Kindl, Patrice. Goose Chase. New York: Puffin, 2001.

Alexandria Aurora Fortnato has been cursed. She’s as beautiful as the dawn. Her hair sheds gold dust. She weeps diamonds. These may not seem like curses, but they resulted in her being locked in a tower for six months and forced to choose between King Claudio the Cruel and Prince Edmund of Dorloo (a bumbling fool). Before she was cursed, Alexandria was just a simple Goose Girl. She minded her own business and tended her 12 geese. Though her geese rescue her from the tower, she’s not out of danger. The king and prince might still be pursuing her. She lands in a den of ogresses. The bumbling prince becomes her traveling companion. They are captured by the king’s soldiers. A marriage is in the offing. Can her geese save her now? Or will it be a crown, a ring, and a necklace that deliver her from marriage to the king?

What I thought: A delightful tale fraught with misadventure. This book was truly a pleasure to read. Alexandria has such great character and voice. I love how the ending is not quite complete. Patrice, if you’re reading this, I’d love to see a sequel.

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