My rating: 2 of 5 stars
After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!
Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.
As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.
Fans of Shannon Hale won’t want to miss this gorgeously woven return to this best-selling, award-winning series.
Beware spoilers ahead!
I’m disappointed in this book. I was so excited to see that there would be another Princess Academy book! I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately this book was not as good as the previous books.
The book starts off the girls leaving to go back home. Miri stayed for another year in order to study at the Queen’s Castle. As Miri is saying good-bye to Britta and Steffan a guard comes and informs Miri that the King wants to see her right away. She tells Peder to go without her saying she’ll arrive shortly.
When she, Britta and Steffan see the King they find out that there will be a war coming soon. In order to stop the war the King wants to have one of his cousins married off to King Fader. The King tells Miri that he wants her to train these girls in the things she was thought at Princess Academy. Miri tries agruing that she has only studied for one year at the Queens Castle and you have to have three more years in order to teach someone. But the Queen really wants Miri to teach the girls. The Kings lets her think it over some more.
Katar meets Miri and explains that she must do this as to avoid the war. Katar reveals to Miri that the Kings delegate is trying to convince the King to sell their home Mount Eskel. If their home gets sold they will not working under some merchants who will not pay them what they deserve. After hearing all this Miri makes up her mind and decides to agree with the King.
When she is summoned to meet the King she explains that she will only do so if Mount Eskel is not sold and instead given to the graduates of the Princess Academy as they are now the Britta’s ladies. The delegate is absolutely livid about Miri’s proposal whereas the King agrees so long as she does a good job.
Miri reaches the girls home and they get off on the wrong foot. The girls do not like Miri because she barged into their house and they consider her some ‘City girl’. The girls are rude and barbaric. Miri does teach them despite the fact that they don’t like her. A few hours everyday she manages to tutor them.
Throughout her stay, Miri discovers that despite the fact that they are royals they did not receive any money from the King nor do they live in better conditions. The girls mother is dead and everyone in the town avoids them like a plague.
They eventually warm up to Miri and even consider her one of them. Peder arrives to inform Miri that the King’s castle is under siege and that they must leave with the girls. They leave and manage to reach the castle safely. In order to stop the war Miri, Britta and the girls set off to go meet with King Fader and arrange the marriage.
When they the girls get into a bit of situation with King Fader’s guards how they got out of the situation wasn’t even realistic and didn’t make any sense. It felt too good to be true. Also when Miri was confronted by Dogface earlier in this book that was also not realistic. This aspects really killed the book for me and lowered the rating.
The ending was sweet! I liked how everything was tied up nicely. As usual this book had a phenomenal friendship between the female characters. Peder was such a doll and the girls were nice as well! The epilogue hints at a possible spin-off but I think I’ll pass.
Overall this was an okay book. It could’ve been better. I would recommend it to fans of the series.