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Title: The Noble Servant, (A Medieval Fairytale, Book 3)
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Published: May 9, 2017
Purchase: Available now in the US and the UK
Overall rating: 4/5
Great for: Historical fiction lovers, fans of Melanie Dickerson and fans of the Medieval Fairytale Series
Themes: Romance, historical diction, retellings, Christian fiction
Book Synopses: The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor baron’s daughter? It seemed too good to be true.
Summary: This is a retelling of The Goose Girl and The Prince and The Pauper. We follow Magdalen and Steffan the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen gets a surprise letter from Steffan, and she’s hoping he asks her hand in marriage (she has been hoping for this proposal since the first time they met). Steffan was sent away to study by his uncle, but upon returning back home, he finds things have changed. Both Magdalen and Steffan have to pretend they are not who they are, and there are a lot of lies, deceit and unimaginable betrayal by the people they trusted.
Characters: The main characters are Magdalen and Steffan the Duke of Wolfberg; both characters were well-written, likable and humble.
The writing: I found the writing to be clean; even though we do get some fight scenes and murder scene, they were not gruesome. I love how Melanie Dickerson twisted the story and made it an enjoyable with suspense, a little humor and a very nice ending.
Final thoughts: This book is book the third in The Medieval Fairytale series but can be read as a standalone. Some characters from previous books were mentioned, but it did not affected the story at all; I was able to follow it with no problems. The story was slow at times, but overall a nice, enjoyable read. The more I read Melanie Dickerson’s books, the more I like her clean writing.