Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
by Shannon Hale
Princess Academy, book two
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. (description from Amazon.com)
I am so happy that this follow-up to The Princess Academy finally came out. The first book is one of my all time favorites! Miri is a fabulous character: loyal, smart, ambitious (but in the best way...) and true blue to the end... I was so happy to see her back.
Shannon Hale does a FABULOUS job shifting Miri into life in the royal city. This book still features friendship, romance, and learning, plus it delves into political intrigue, danger, and above all figuring out exactly who you are as a person and where you want your life to take you. Miri finds herself embroiled in a battle for power with divided loyalties - the worst possible place. It takes months and real life-threatening danger for her to determine exactly what the truest course is...and of course, for her to lead the charge.
Full of wisdom, wit, and heartwarming relationships, Hale has followed up a beautifully written book with a bang up sequel. I adored every minute of it!
Full disclosure: ARC received at BEA 2012/eARC received from NetGalley