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