Continuing the Story with Palace of Stone, a Princess Academy Novel

The Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Coming down from the mountain to a new city life is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have come to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the prestigious Queen’s Castle.

But as Miri befriends sophisticated and exciting students, she also learns that they have some frightening plans for a revolution. 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.

Skilled storyteller Shannon Hale continues Miri’s compelling story in this beautiful and inspiring sequel, now available in paperback for the first time.

About the Book:

Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Series: Princess Academy
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (February 24, 2015)

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My Thoughts:

Miri and some other girls from Mount Eskel travel to the capital of Danland to help Britta prepare for her marriage to the prince. Miri attends an academy for scholars, makes some new friends, and learns about a dangerous plot brewing among the citizens of the city. Miri is torn between her friendship with Britta (the princess), and the cause of the commoners.

I liked this book quite a bit. It’s very different from the original Princess Academy, but still very good in its own way.  I liked a Miri’s struggle with the concept of ethics and impossible questions. I also liked the solution she finally came to. I was very happy with the way it ended.

This book is much more young adult than the first one. There is a love triangle and more violence than the first book, but it’s still clean. I’m interested to see how the third one goes.

Content: Some non-descriptive violence

Source: Purchased.


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    Adriana Garcia
    March 14, 2015 at 2:23 am

    I was put off by The Princess Academy after a negative review but I think I made a conclusion on the story too soon. There's a lot of politics and drama that seems to have gone on in Palace of Stone and I've got really into that after reading Grave Mercy. I'm interested to see how everything plays out in this series.
    P.S. I love the cover design!

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    Claudine G.
    March 14, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I've heard of this author but thought she wrote for older readers. The cover here looks very pretty and the storyline sounds exciting!

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