This was really good! It was a great story of how a woman—a princess—realizes that her life is not about riches and power but more about love. It goes kinda predictably until about the last 30%—then suddenly talking animals and enchantments and more quests are introduced and it becomes more like a fairy tale. But then at the end it gets really intense and comes back to the main theme.
Actually, the quests at the end were tests to make Giselda realize what her flaws were, but they weren’t necessary. Rodin was already making her realize that. So it just felt like a bit much. It was interesting but superfluous, and just felt all crammed in at the end.
But the love story between Giselda and Rodin was great, filled with a good mix of pain and love and doubt. The whole mystery surrounding Michael was really good too, and that’s what got really intense at the end. In fact, the ending was not what I expected at all, but it was really good. It wasn’t necessarily like a fairy tale at all. It felt more real that than—historically, anyway.
Giselda herself was an interesting character. She was a bit frustrated and naive at times, but it was clear that she was slowly changing. I liked Rodin better. He knew what he wanted and was patient and appropriate.
This was a fun, intense, intriguing story. It had some wonderful intimate moments and some really tender ones. It had a complicated plot with a central love story. I couldn’t put it down, really. I loved it.