Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch

Reminder: This review is of a series and not an individual book. While I will write a synopsis for each book, I will do my best to not give away blatant spoilers. With that being said, the end of one book more or less is the start of another, so information from the end of the previous book may play a role in the plot of the next book, thus I have to give away the spoiler. Read the synopsis at your own discretion.

Gothel is living in the Dead Woods with her 2 sisters and her mother, the Queen of the Dead. When Gothel wants to gain more of her witch powers, her mother forms a celebration to give her more of her blood. But when things take a turn, her mother ends up dead, forcing Gothel and her sisters to make some tough decisions. But as her sisters start to take a turn for the worse, Gothel is willing to do whatever it takes to keep them in her life. When they die, Gothel’s grief is so intense that the Odd Sisters put her to sleep until she was ready to take on the world. However, the King in the neighboring kingdom is searching for the rapunzel flower, which is the key to Gothel’s youth and power, for his wife. When the King uses the flower in order to save his wife with child, Gothel steals the babe, whom she dubs Rapunzel, and keeps her so she can continue to use the power of the flower inside her. When an incident happens on her 8th birthday, Rapunzel is forced into a long sleep until her 18th birthday when she might be strong enough to resuscitate Gothel’s sisters from the dead.

I was not expecting this to be as sad as it is. While yes, it was extremely selfish for Gothel to want her sisters alive again, it is almost a better reaction than the original idea from the movie where she just wanted her youth. Such a heartbreaking story, and it changed by opinion of the movie (although maybe don’t kidnap anybody. That doesn’t sound like a good idea).

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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