Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. Sent to an academy to learn how to become a princess, Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and even bandits intent on kidnapping the future princess.
I found this book sitting on our bookcases several years ago, saw the word “Princess” in the title, and knew I had to read it. A lot of people don’t like “Princess books.” They think that they’re all fairy tales where the princess sits around and waits for her prince to show up.
But I love Princess books. And it seemed like there was something different about this book – when I read the back it drew me in.
Let me just say, I’m so glad I read this book! And I’m not the only one in my family who loves it – my brother Colter enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to unpack it and give it to some of my other brothers.
Miri is the weakling in her village, and as such, isn’t allowed into the linder mines to help. She feels pretty useless, even though she takes good care of her Pa and sister, Marda.
When the news comes that the Priests have decided that Mount Eskel is the home of the future princess, the village girls are conflicted. If they’re a certain age, they’re ordered to the Princess Academy to learn how to be a princess. The academy is complete with a rat infested closet, mean school teacher, and bandits in the winter.
Will Miri be chosen to become the next Princess? Or will one of the other girls? And a better question – will they be safe when the bandits take over the school, or will the bandits take them as they’ve planned?
My Favorite Scene
The Verdict: 5 of 5 Stars
Yeah, I know, I give all the books four or five stars. But look at it this way – I’m only reviewing the ones I love, not all of the three and two star ones! 😀
But seriously, this book is a five star book. 🙂
I’ve written about Shannon Hale on my blog before – during the A to Z Challenge, she was my H, in the blog post H is for Hale.