Palace of Stone – By Shannon Hale

 Title: Palace of Stone

Author: Shannon Hale

Genre/Pages: Fantasy/321

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

Summary: Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining.  When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . .  until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she should help them. Soon Miri finds herself 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.

Picking up where Princess Academy left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom.

My Review: When Miri arrives in Aslander she expects to find snooty, rich, Lowlanders, and, of course, a happy ending for her best friend Britta’s very own fairytale. What she doesn’t expect, however, is to find children starving in the streets, the beginnings of a Revolution, and countless lives put in her hands. She could be the spark to incite full-blown rebellion…but is that really what she wants?

Palace of Stone is a sequel to Newberry Honoree and New York Times Bestseller, Princess Academy. I liked Princess Academy. It was a very cute, sweet little story, that was fun to read in my spare time.

Palace of Stone, however – fast-paced from the very beginning – drew me in right away, and I couldn’t put this book down! Truly a master storyteller, Hale really pulls you in with worries about Peder, about Britta, Mount Eskel, the Revolution. This enchanting tale of friendship and danger makes you want to read more, and more, and more!

In short, this book was incredible! I loved every page of it! The characters, the completely unpredictable plot, even the setting were all spectacularly done.

To Sum It Up: This book had the perfect mix of fun and danger, interwoven with just a touch of romance, you learn the true meaning of friendship, and what it really means to return home. Recommended for all ages.

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