To review Stephanie's review of the first book in this series please click here: Princess Acadamy.
Palace of Stone (Princess Acadamy #2)
" Miri returns to Asland and calls upon all of her knowledge of rhetoric and other useful lessons learned at the Princess Academy when she and the other girls face strong opposition while working for a new, fair charter" (King County Library System).
Opinions: Shannon Hale is most definitely on my Top 10 Favorite Authors list. She has an incredible way of creating images through her words and each word carries the weight of the story. Once again, Ms. Hale does not fail with her incredible continuation of Miri and the girls of the Princess Academy as they travel outside their small world of Mount Eskel into the heart of the Danland Kingdom - Asland.
I found myself mesmerized as Miri's vision is opened to people, places, and ideas that she never before had thought possible. I love that she attends the Queen's Castle, a center of knowledge and learning, and the internal struggles she faces as she gains more knowledge. I was impressed by the battle of ethics and what makes something seem right and something seem wrong. I found my heart hurting for Miri as she faced challenges beyond measure and the internal strength she finds as she gains the answers that work for both her heart and mind. I am glad to see Peder, Britta, and several of the other characters from the first novel carrying on in Palace of Stone. I am also glad to see some of the same plot points that were so intriguing in the first book not lost within the second.
Honestly, I am struggling with this review because I want you to know how brilliant this story is, how intriguing it is, and how personal it is, all without giving anything away. Yes there is a darker tone to this book as it is dealing with the heady topic of Revolution, however the topic makes the story even more fascinating and enticing to read--to discover how someone the general populace of her country might consider "ordinary" still has the ability to help change a nation. Needless to say, if you are a fan of Shannon Hale's young adult works you will definitely find yourself enjoying this one as well. Even my husband read it and quite enjoyed it.