“Wild Orchid: A Retelling of ‘The Ballad of Mulan'” by Cameron Dokey
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Re-telling
Summary from Goodreads:
Wielding a sword as deftly as an embroidery needle, Mulan is unlike any other girl in China. When the emperor summons a great army, each family must send a male to fight, tom-boyish Mulan is determined to spare her aging father and bring her family honor, so she disguises herself and answers the call.
But Mulan never expects to find a friend, let alone a soul mate, in the commander of her division, Prince Jian. For all of Mulan’s courage with a bow and arrow, is she brave enough to share her true identity and feelings with Prince Jian?
- I liked getting to see a fairy tale from another culture. It was fun to read about! I’d like to see the Once Upon a Time series expand more into other cultures.
- I don’t know much about the Ballad of Mulan so I couldn’t tell what was Dokey and what was part of the original story.
- Mulan was spunky which I like. I always like when girls fight for their education.
- Story was really oddly placed. I liked seeing her at home and seeing her relationships develop with everyone. Suddenly she’s off to war where she gets into one fight and it’s discovered that she’s a girl?
- The basics of the story were really good: interesting characters and a good story. It just needed ~100 more pages to fully develop everything.
The bottom line? On the short side but still enjoyable.