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Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school - at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans.

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.

Picking up where Princess Academy left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting for.

©2012 Shannon Hale (P)2012 AudioGO

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  • R. M.
  • United States
  • 03-23-13

Reviewed as a comparison to Princess Academy,Book1

I began with the first Princess Academy book and I loved it. Overall, Shannon Hale, with her other books (Enna Burning) is a great author.

The second book is a nice continuation of the first.

Pros
-I enjoyed the cute narration and musical quality that comes with Shannon Hale's audiobooks. The whole thing is a sensory experience and drew me into the story. I enjoy Full-Cast audio, multiple voices and sound effects. If you do too, then you will probably like this version.

-Cynthia Bishop, the narrator, emphasizes in the right places and shows that she really understands what she is reading.

-Teaches good morals for young girls (there is talk of muscles and dancing and kissing, so take that into consideration before letting young girls listen to this : ) *

Cons
-At times, the story felt boring. There is action, but it felt a little forced and I was left wanting more.
-Sometimes the music in the beginning was a little cheesy, even for me, because the songs at the beginning of some chapters sounded almost ridiculous (like someone imitating an Adam Sandler's Opera Man!)
-Many times when I thought the story would end, it kept going, as if the author couldn't decide on how to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion.

Overall, this was not Hale's best book (try Enna Burning), but it will not stop me from listening to her other titles. I enjoy the light-hearted purity of all of her stories. *It would be great for 6th graders to listen to.

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  • Elise
  • United States
  • 01-30-13

HATED the performance!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe a child wouldn't mind the terrible, stilted performances of the various voice actors...

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Miri, as always. She is smart and real.

How could the performance have been better?

Let one person, an actual actor or voice-over actor, do the reading!!!! The people doing the various voices were so wooden and bad that I finally had to stop listening and just check the book out at the library.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The book was great. Shannon Hale never disappoints. However, the reading performance made me more and more irritated, to the point that I couldn't stand to listen another minute.

Any additional comments?

I LOVE Shannon Hale and I love most audiobooks. But this recording was almost as bad as listening to Lemony Snicket read his own books--in other words, unpalatable!

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Great book

I love it👍❕😍
Easy to read
I read it in a day
I like the other books in the series

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THISBOOKISSOGREATICAN'TDESCRIBEITINTHESPACEGIVEN!!

Oh I am given more space hear good,anyway.This book has taught me things I will never forget . I love the relationships Mery experienced and the fears and problems she faced. I could not stop listening. this book was frightful, encouraging, pushing to get its thoughts out, never have I experienced such romance, and the jokes were divine, you do like my large vocabulary I've been working on it, but that's not the point. A book so he as this should be honored and set to be read, and yes reading is an honorable thing. I really liked the letters and my only complaint is that they didn't do the hole betrothal thing in front of the king. I really hope I not completely screw up this review thing and thank you Shannon Hale fore writing your books and the appreciation of books inside this book it was touching, man I really seem to like books whare the authers name starts with Shannon. Now since I've been writing to long and must end I will now end...

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I love it

I love this book! so many funny parts and so many intense parts:) I would tell anyone it read it:)

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Palace of stone

This book is awesome series is very well written and read enjoyed it all love to hear more

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Not a great recording

I really enjoy the story but it really bothered me that they changed the cast.

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Wonderful!!!

Miri is brave and wonderful like the book. I will enjoy the very next series!!!

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  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 06-09-13

Great Second Book in Series

I really enjoyed this book. I've read all of Shannon Hale's books and have enjoyed almost all of them. I particularly like alternative forms of magic and quarry speech feels like one of those. Who would have thought that up? Not me. Anyway, I enjoyed the ethical and governmental questions as well as the love interests in this book. I thought it ended well and wonder if there will be another. I think this book could easily stand alone, but it would probably be best to read Princess Academy first. I also thought it was interesting how much power quarry speech had in the palace as well as other interesting effects on those who live there. Interesting and fun. All of Shannon Hale's books are clean. The children's books are very clean. That is a relief to those of us who worry about the books available to children everywhere. If you enjoy light fantasy written for the young and young at heart, you will probably enjoy this book.

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Hale's Lyrical Magic Continues

Any additional comments?

Shannon Hale writes lyrically of the lives of young men and women as they are deciding who to be in the world. Palace of Stone continues the tale begun in Princess Academy, allowing us to watch Miri as she acclimates to life in the city and the poltical forces present there. We watch as she learns whom to trust and how to work her way through situations with no clear right or wrong answers. This is a novel for adults of allages, not just young adults.