Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey

Wielding a sword as deftly as an embroidery needle, Mulan is unlike any other girl in China. When the emperor summons a great army, each family must send a male to fight. Tomboyish Mulan is determined to spare her aging father and bring her family honor, so she disguises herself and answers the call. But Mulan never expects to find a friend, let alone a soul mate, in the commander of her division, Prince Jian. For all of Mulan’s courage with a bow and arrow, is she brave enough to share her true identity and feelings with Prince Jian?

When Disney’s Mulan came out years ago I thought it was an original story. Little did I know that it was based on a Chinese legend from the Poem called Ballad of Mulan. Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey is the first story I have ever read about Mulan. Since it was new to me it held my attention throughout. The entire first half of the story takes place before Mulan answers the summons to fight and I appreciated getting to know Mulan prior to her leaving for battle.
I admit while reading Wild Orchid I kept hearing Donny Osmond singing “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”. While not technically a fairytale this story would be enjoyed by those who like fairytale retellings.
Content: This is a clean read with no objectionable content. Catergorized as young adult is is appropriate for ages 10+.
Rating: 4 Stars to this Once Upon A Time tale.