Title: Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
Author: Shannon Hale
Pub Date: 8/21/2012
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: In the sequel to Princess Academy, Palace of Stone takes Miri's story to Asland, where she stays in the palace. A revolution is brewing, and Miri sympathizes with both sides. After accidentally releasing a harmful pamphlet about the princess, who is her friend, Miri has to decide where her loyalties lie.
Memorable or Forgettable: Although the setting is fantasy, Miri's world is very well developed, with geographical details that make you believe this place could exist. The theme of revolution is constant throughout the book. Miri's friend Timon shows her the revolutionaries' cause, and her friend the princess's life is in danger because of the revolution. The way Miri responds to her classes such as Diplomacy and Ethics make her a believable and likable character.
Cover: The cover is OK, but one that hints towards the action in the book would be preferable. Maybe one similar to the original Princess Academy cover (with the silhouette of girls climbing the mountain) such as a big city with a small girl lost in it all.
Age Range: Under 12 to 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal