The Golden Braid: A Review

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?


The Golden Braid is about Rapunzel trying to be her own person. She is being incredibly controlled by her mother Gothel. Friends are a no go and men are even worse. Rapunzels mother has told her horrors about men. They will leave you, hurt you. Rapunzel has spent most of her life in fear of people.

The Golden Braid was definitely a quick story to get into. Events quickly lead to meeting the love interest Sir Gerek. At this point it unfortunately became predictable, Rapunzel not wanting to get close to him because of all the things her mother has told her. Something that really disappointed me was in the synopsis was Rapunzel could take care of herself, she could throw a knife. I thought it was going to be a part of the story which it unfortunately wasn’t.

Also at one point I stopped and thought to myself. Have a read this story before?  I felt like I’d read the same events and the same people. Only to realize this is a sort of companion novel to The Princess Spy. The story happens at the same time, at the same place with different people. Companion stories are never my favorite, it’s like the same story just a different side. Also I may have compared it with Tangled. Dang it, Disney.

The story was not bad at all it was quick, and fun to watch Rapunzel grow into someone stronger then she was in the beginning. And I was excited to see what twist Dickerson would give the Rapunzel tale.

I received this book for my honest review from the booklook bloggers program. (


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