Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters, by Shannon Hale

Princess AcademyPrincess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters
by Shannon Hale
Pub Date: March 3, 2015

Years ago, I fell in love with Princess Academy. Miri, Peder, and Britta— they are some of my favorite imaginary people. When Palace of Stone, the 2nd book in the series, came out I finished it in a day. When I discovered a 3rd book was coming out, I knew I needed to read it. It did not disappoint, and I must say, I love Miri and Peder even more after reading this book.

The book begins with Miri and Peder ready to leave the palace and go home to Mount Eskel. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned. King Fader calls Miri back for an assignment: start a princess academy to prepare a royal girl to marry a foreign king and stop a war. Miri is to use her gift as a teacher to start a new Princess Academy in…. a swamp. Three of Prince Steffan’s distant cousins live in an isolated swamp, and they must be trained to act like princesses so that the foreign king may choose one to be his bride and save the country Danland from war. Of course, nothing is what it seems and Miri is tested beyond she can imagine.

Miri is one of the most optimistic, level-headed, resourceful people I have ever encountered in books. She takes everything in stride, from learning how to live in a swamp to navigating the political games of governments. Miri’s relationship with Peder is a romance that is simple and beautiful; my heart sighs whenever they are together.  The story is intriguing with enough twists and turns to make it interesting, and, as a librarian, I love that problems are often solved using knowledge gained from books.

So if you are looking for a sweet story with a mystery and plenty of surprises, this is an excellent choice. If you are anything like me, you won’t be able to put it down.

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