The Silent Songbird
By Melanie Dickerson
So…I shouldn’t have waited so long to write the review and I shouldn’t have posted nothing for so long, and I shouldn’t have been such a horrible blogger, and I shouldn’t have been so lazy these days… Yeah, I’m done with that. Now…The Silent Songbird. As you might know from the past, I’m a extreme fan of Melanie. I love mostly her every book, EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. Yes, I love that much, and her fairy tales retelling is one of the only romance I read. Probably the only one I read. So, of course The Silent Songbird is one the must-read list of 2016. Now…how do I say this? It’s not bad…but yes, when you heard me say this…you could have probably guess that I didn’t enjoy as much as I used to be. I love the Hagenheim series, especially Lord le Wyse…but…his son disappointed me a bit. But it turned out well, I guess you’ll just need to read till the end to love it.
Evangeline longs to be free, to live in the world outside the castle walls. But freedom comes at a cost.
Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, and yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not politics. But the young king betroths her to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, a man twice as old as Evangeline. Desperate to escape a life married to a man she finds revolting, Evangeline runs away from the king and joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village.
To keep her identity a secret, Evangeline pretends to be mute. Evangeline soon regrets the charade as she gets to know Wesley, the handsome young leader of the servants, whom she later discovers is the son of a wealthy lord. But she cannot reveal her true identity for fear she will be forced to return to King Richard and her arranged marriage.
Wesley le Wyse is intrigued by the beautiful new servant girl. When he learns that she lost her voice from a beating by a cruel former master, he is outraged. But his anger is soon redirected when he learns she has been lying to him. Not only is she not mute, but she isn't even a servant.
Weighed down by remorse for deceiving Wesley, Evangeline fears no one will ever love her. But her future is not the only thing at stake, as she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England's monarchy. Should she give herself up to save the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?
When I first heard of this book is coming out, I was so exciting! Cause I love The Merchant’s Daughter so much that I’ve read it within hours without resisting without sleeping. (I still remember that is one of the craziest things I’ve done since I started to read novel, not to mention it was actually during the busiest time of my life.) However, when The Golden Braid came out, I was slightly disappointed with the book and a bit disappointed with their grandson. Now…it seems that only Lord le Wyse and Lady le Wyse, that is, Ranulf and Annabel, that had successfully captured my heart and made me in love. Right, I’m in love. All right, I know you didn’t care what I thought about them…you just want the review.
So the reason why I didn’t enjoy it that much was because the plot seemed…similar to The Golden Braid, both Rapunzel and Evangeline wanted to escape their lives and do something else. But…can’t we have something new? Besides, I really think it took too long before it got to the excited part. And the reason why Evangeline stopped talking and how the truth revealed don’t seem really special.
Oh yes, and The Silent Songbird is the retelling of The Little Mermaid. Oh! And one thing…I don’t really like how Evangeline and Westley fallen in love…just don’t.
Now, you might wonder…even I wonder, why did I give The Silent Songbird three stars? In fact, it’s 3.5 stars. Even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I used to do, I still love the fighting part. I love how Melanie once again put reading Bible into the book, and how much it reminded me the part in The Merchant’s Daughter. Will I still read the book even I never loved The Merchant’s Daughter? I will, although it will be a little bit for me to enjoy it. Among all of that, I really love how Evangeline gave up everything just to save the one she loves; heroines were always my favorite part in Melanie’s book. and even though Westley wasn’t the perfect guy as Valten or Ranulf, Cate, his sister was perfect. I love her and I hope to read more about her in the future…and I have faith in that.
(And I really shouldn’t write the review so late…)
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