I received this book at no cost from the publisherBravely by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Disney Press on May 3, 2022
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About The Book:
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pub. Date: May 3, 2022
Publisher: Disney Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
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What if you had one year to save everything you loved?
ONE PRINCESS. Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family—jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets— and her peaceful kingdom. But she’s frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge – maybe even, someday, love.
TWO GODS. But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest by way of Feradach, an uncanny supernatural being tasked with rooting out rot and stagnation, who appears in DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent to demolish the realm – and everyone within. Only the intervention of the Cailleach, an ancient entity of creation, gives Merida a shred of hope: convince her family to change within the year – or suffer the eternal consequences.
THREE VOYAGES. Under the watchful eyes of the gods, Merida leads a series of epic journeys to kingdoms near and far in an attempt to inspire revolution within her family. But in her efforts to save those she loves from ruin, has Merida lost sight of the Clan member grown most stagnant of all – herself?
FOUR SEASONS TO SAVE DUNBROCH – OR SEE IT DESTROYED, FOREVER.
This installation of the Brave Story takes place 10 years in the future where Merida is now 20 and has come to peace with her mother and siblings. The triplets are still terrors but somewhat under control. That is until Federdach, the god of ruin wants to grow again, and to grow, he must destroy. So Merida must get her family to change so they can grow. This is a wonderfully written story done in only a way Stiefvator can do it. It reminds me a bit of the moody Shiver series and how atmospheric and full of depth that was.
The story is so descriptive that you can see and feel the fabric of a dress and smell the aroma of the food. I normally prefer dialogue to description, but this one nails it in both places. I swear I was reading this with a Scottish accent by the end. This is an excellent retelling – well, not exactly a retelling, but an expansion of the Brave story. It works and while there is a bit of romance this is strictly PG.
About Maggie Stiefvater:
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young and adult readers. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, two children, and an assortment of fainting goats.
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Maggie’s writing is superb! I am pumped to read this one.
Linda Romer says
I can’t wait to read BRAVELY!!! Thank you
Sounds like a great book.
Patricia B. says
I enjoyed BRAVE the Disney movie, but this certainly is a different take on the story. A quest to challenge the hero or heroine is always good to show just what that character is made of, what they can do, and what is truly important to them. This sounds like a well written, descriptive book I would enjoy.
What an interesting book! Great cover too.
Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) says
I loved this one as well! Maggie Stiefvater always does such a great job. Great review! Here is a link to mine if you want to read it: