Friday, September 21, 2012

Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Palace of Stone, sequel to Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, does not disappoint.

When Britta invites Miri and the other girls from the Princess Academy to the capital city to help prepare for the royal wedding, the girls find that the lessons they learned at the Princess Academy may not be enough to help them fit in to court life. Moreover, revolution is simmering beneath the surface, and palace residents -- even poor ones from the mountains -- may find themselves in danger. Miri loves some parts of city life, especially since she is now a scholar at the academy. Plus, romance seems to be just around the corner: a charming young revolutionary acts like he wants to be more than friends -- but what about Miri's feelings for Peder, who is also in the city as a stonemason's apprentice?

This sequel is just as well-told as its predecessor. It took me a few pages to remember who everyone was, as it's been a few years since I read Princess Academy, but once I did, I found it completely engrossing.

(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)

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