mother knows best

The tale of the legendary golden flower is widely known. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the flower is coveted by an old witch to keep herself young and beautiful. And always the flower is used to save a dying queen, who then gives birth to a princess with magical hair. Not willing to lose the flower, the old witch steals the princess and locks her away in a high tower, raising her as her own. But the princess always finds out who she truly is and manages to defeat the old witch.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of the old witch, Mother Gothel? Where does she come from? And how does she come across the magical golden flower? Here is one account that recounts a version of the story that has remained untold for centuries . . . until now. It is a tale of mothers and daughters, of youth and dark magic. It is a tale of the old witch.


I am a huge tangled fan and I was very keen to see more of Mother Gothel. It was a little bit of a slow starter for me, I have not read anything from the rest of the series and was not sure what to expect. The characters were good and Gothel was nothing like you’d expect her to be, in the beginning she kind and generous and of love. It was interesting to see how things progressed. Since I have seen Tangled I knew how it ended, it was an odd experience knowing how the story ended but not knowing how it was going to get there.

I did find some of the story a little strange. The odd sisters as they were known, were indeed very odd. They seemed to be very selfish and you never really got to know them very well.

I would read more of the series, especially since I think I may have been missing a bigger picture. It is part of a series but you can still read it as a stand alone if you dont mind being left in the dark about a few small things.

I did enjoy this book and will be starting at the beginning of this series.

4 out of 5 stars.