Palace of Stone

Palace of Stone

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Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place. Picking up where Princess Academy left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 321 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 30.48mm | 362.87g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1599908735
  • 9781599908731
  • 176,731

About Shannon Hale

Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written three books for adults, Austenland (now in production to be a major motion picture starring Keri Russell), Midnight in Austenland, and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, the author Dean Hale, and their four children. www.shannonhale.comshow more

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Our customer reviews

Princess Academy was always my favorite Shannon Hale novel (The Goose Girl was a close second). So when I discovered that Hale was going to publish a sequel, I. Squealed. PLOT: Now that Miri's friend Britta has become the new princess, she has invited Miri and the other academy girls to the capital of Danland to see her wedding. Miri is not only excited to see the lowlands but also scared to leave behind Mount Eskel for those few months. And when she reaches her destination, she enters the Queen's Castle, a prestigious academy for scholars where she meets another boy (who may become Peder's rival for Miri's heart) and she can learn even more. And learn she does-because she discovers that there is revolution brewing in the streets of Asland. People have been inspired by Miri's own little revolution in Mount Eskel, and they are silently planning to overthrow the king himself. Throughout the novel there is a recurring theme of old vs. new. Miri has the toughest decisions in attempting to decide between Mount Eskel and the capital, between Peder and a new crush, and between her loyalty to Britta and the allure of the revolution. I thought this was ingenious of Shannon Hale, especially since indecision is relevant to all of us. Both sides tug at her heart, and she has no idea what she should choose. I'll admit that I had an idea of what she would choose in the end (I was rooting for that side, after all), but the novel was not predictable. At all. (Well, minus the fact that I figured out who was the "new crush" when I first met him.) I'm sad to say that there's less of a focus on linder magic in Palace of Stone, but there is a little magic mystery that would make any fantasy lovers happy. The romance in this novel was TOO adorable. I don't want to give anything away, but I completely kyaaa-ed when [insert name] [insert action] Miri. I'm a long diehard fan of that couple, so I was a bit annoyed when Shannon Hale thrust them apart for a while (bleh, why must they both be too busy for each other at times?) but I was satisfied in the end. (Awwww.) CHARACTER: I love how in Princess Academy, Miri learned to become book-smart, but in this book, Miri learned how to become street-smart. The concept of revolution has really changed her perspective on what she thought was the norm, but her loyalty to Britta keeps her anchored. I've always thought of Miri as a strong girl, and seeing her crumble like this at times made me a little sad-but I was proud of her in the end because she finally figured out her own way to solve her problems. WRITING STYLE: Shannon Hale's writing is exceptional. Though the description and diction isn't particularly incredible, Hale's style of writing seems almost magical. It evokes the idea of a fairytale-which certainly came in handy when she wrote her Books of Bayern series. Her writing is fluid and distinctive, and it wraps the story up in a pretty red bow. Overall, Palace of Stone is one of Shannon Hale's best works. The beautiful writing wraps the intriguing plot and the likable characters into a superb, thought-provoking work of art. Simply phenomenal. Source: Galley received from publisher for reviewshow more
by Linda
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