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Palace of Stone (Princess Academy Series #2)

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by Shannon Hale

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Coming down from the mountain to a new city life is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have come to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the prestigious Queen's Castle.

But as Miri befriends sophisticated and exciting students, she also learns that they


Coming down from the mountain to a new city life is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have come to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the prestigious Queen's Castle.

But as Miri befriends sophisticated and exciting students, she also learns that they have some frightening plans for a revolution. 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.

Skilled storyteller Shannon Hale continues Miri's compelling story in this beautiful and inspiring sequel, now available in paperback for the first time.

Editorial Reviews

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Palace of Stone . . . proves once again that with quick wit and brave words, one person really can change the world.” —School Library Journal

“Powerful and deeply engaging. . . . Readers who have been waiting since 2005 will find their patience well rewarded.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Hale's skill as a storyteller will charm her audience . . . nobody else has quite the same knack for seamlessly segueing between the folksy, intimate charm of an extended fairy tale and the larger canvas and more epic scope of high fantasy.” —Horn Book

“Hale is a master of fantasy. . . . A gorgeously-written sequel.” —Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss

“Shannon Hale's books reignite my love of reading--that joy of having the time of my life with a great story.” —Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight

“Shannon Hale writes deft, lyrical wonderful fantasy.” —Holly Black

“Hale's skill as a storyteller will charm her audience…nobody else has quite the same knack for seamlessly segueing between the folksy, intimate charm of an extended fairy tale and the larger canvas and more epic scope of high fantasy.” —The Horn Book on Palace of Stone

“Shannon Hale writes deft, lyrical wonderful fantasy” —Holly Black

Horn Book

Hale's skill as a storyteller will charm her audience . . . nobody else has quite the same knack for seamlessly segueing between the folksy, intimate charm of an extended fairy tale and the larger canvas and more epic scope of high fantasy.
author of Twilight Stephenie Meyer

Shannon Hale's books reignite my love of reading--that joy of having the time of my life with a great story.
Holly Black

Shannon Hale writes deft, lyrical wonderful fantasy.
Publishers Weekly
Readers of Hale's Newbery Honor–winning Princess Academy (2005) will welcome this reunion with Miri and her schoolmates, as they descend Mount Eskel to help Britta prepare for her wedding to Prince Steffan. But while the palace in the capital city of Asland is as luxurious as their imaginations conjured, the working classes are hungry and tired of footing the royal family's bill. Revolution is in the air, and it sweeps Miri, now enrolled at the university, into its wake. Miri is torn in several ways: between two boys, between the educational advantages Asland offers and her home in the mountains, and between empathy for the "shoeless" and loyalty to Britta, who has become the focus of the revolutionaries' wrath. Hale handles these threads ably, although a scene in which the Eskelites stop a villain by using their ability to communicate through stone—a homegrown talent called "quarry-speech"—has a whiff of comic-book superhero that feels out of place. Still, this is a fine follow-up to a novel that already felt complete. Ages 10–up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Sept.)
VOYA - Elaine Gass Hirsch
This sequel to the bestselling Princess Academy (Bloomsbury, 2005/VOYA August 2005) picks up where the 2006 Newbery Honor book left off, with Miri and her friends coming down from their isolated quarry village on Mount Eskel to a new life in the capital city, Asland. There, the resilient heroine, Miri, assists the future princess, Britta (who won the hand of the prince in the first book), prepare for the royal wedding while having the opportunity to continue her education at the queen's Castle. Miri enjoys making new friends and experiencing life in an exciting, unfamiliar environment, although she soon realizes political intrigue permeates the lowland city, and the personal strengths she discovered at the Princess Academy will again be put to careful use. Hale has written a worthy and complex continuation of Miri's story, and her strong and vibrant character will be familiar and welcome to readers of the first book, despite the length between publications. A literary and engaging coming-of-age story, the elements of class tension, home, family, friendship, and self discovery ring true. Likely to be included on many notable books lists for 2012, this is an essential purchase for school and public libraries. Reviewer: Elaine Gass Hirsch
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Miri and the other young princesses have left the comfort and familiarity of their home on Mount Eskel to journey to the bustling capital of Danland in order to help Britta prepare for her upcoming marriage to Steffan. Miri, alone of all the princesses, has been invited to attend the Queen's Castle, a university that will open many doors for her future. From the beginning Miri is dazzled by all the city has to offer and is greatly impressed by the academics at the school. Miri finds herself torn between her desire to continue her studies and returning home to the quiet life on the mountain. Her friendship with young Timon, a second year student, introduces Miri to radicals who unbeknown to her are preparing to prevent the royal wedding by murdering young Britta and overthrowing the king and his court. Miri finds herself in a difficult position. She is clearly sympathetic to the plight of the poor or the shoeless as they are referred to but fiercely loyal to Britta and Steffen. Miri must put all her skills and newly found political power into play to avert a powerful coup. Keeping her steady throughout the ordeal is the support of the other princess and the true love of Peder. This sequel to The Princess Academy (Bloomsbury, 2007) finds a more mature Miri facing more difficult and not always black and white decisions. It is clear that the path to social justice is not smooth and that true change evolves over time. The sights, sounds, and smells of the city, the royal court, and faraway Mount Eskel are vividly created. This is a worthy sequel that will be eagerly greeted by loyal fans.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—In this follow-up to The Princess Academy (Bloomsbury, 2005), Miri and her fellow graduates are headed to Danland's capital city to attend the wedding of their friend Britta and Prince Steffan. Miri is also given a place at the university and wonders if she might stay in the city rather than return to her tiny village of Mt. Eskel.This indecision is complicated by her mixed feelings about Peder, her maybe-fiancé from home, and Timon, the friendly scholar she meets in her classes. When delegates from the other provinces stage an insulting protest to the king, Miri learns that the Eskelites are not the only ones who have been abused by the monarchy, and that the "shoeless" poor are close to rebellion. She is enlisted to befriend the rebels and quickly becomes sympathetic to their side. When it turns out her new friends have an agenda of their own, she realizes that she has put Britta's life in danger. The rebellion plotline acts as a primer on why change and social improvement are so difficult, and how resorting to violence can backfire. Miri may be just a young woman from Mt. Eskel, but in Palace of Stone she proves once again that with quick wits and brave words, one person really can change the world.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Miri leaves her mountain of linder stone for another year of study and finds ethics and rhetoric to be powerful tools in the making of a revolution. This sequel to Princess Academy (2005) returns Miri and several of the girls from Mount Eskel to Asland to prepare for the wedding of Miri's best friend Britta to Prince Steffan. Times are dire: The people are destitute or starving, and the king, Steffan's father, seems indifferent and distant. Miri meets Timon, a classmate, and Lady Sisela, who speak strongly of the oppression of "the shoeless." The first half of the tale is a little slow and full of set-up, but the second half, when Miri takes action to prevent bloodshed, is powerful and deeply engaging. She uses not only rhetoric and ethics but the emotions of her people, which are held in the linder stone that comprises the palace, to hold the violence of the revolution in check. The politics echo the French Revolution (Hale notes this in the acknowledgments), but Miri's clear voice keeps the story hers and her people's. There's lovely texture to clothing and architectural descriptions and vivid warmth to Miri's friendships, her longing for home and her thirst to learn more and more. Not one but two boys help her find all the feelings kisses can engender. Miri's story comes to a satisfying end; readers who have been waiting since 2005 will find their patience well rewarded. (Fantasy. 10-14)

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Bloomsbury USA
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Princess Academy Series , #2
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5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series; Book of a Thousand Days; The Books of Bayern; Dangerous; and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit Shannon online at www.shannonhale.com and on Twitter at @HaleShannon.

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Palace of Stone (Princess Academy Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
BurgandyIce More than 1 year ago
Ah..... Princess Academy came out in 2007. And won the Newberry. It's been too long since I first met Miri and her beloved mountain. I rave about it every chance I get. The content is appropriate for middle grade, but the writing style is delicious at every age. Which is rare. And amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Palace of Stone. The writing is like snuggling down into a huge pile of feathers and getting lost in the softness until you don't know which way's up. I highlighted all over my Nook copy... She felt night-blind and afraid, as if walking a path that might lead to sheer cliff and empty air. Pg 13 The lowlander traders always went on as if the ocean were the most wondrous thing in the world and the Eskalites were fools for living so far from its glory. But it was just a flat, lifeless sky. Pg. 18 Miri did not want the moment to end. She felt tall and strong, as if she and this mob would move together like a giant, striking down any obstacles, remaking the whole world. Pg. 97 They both stared. Neither ran.... And Miri understood the impulse to kiss the lips that laughed. Pg. 116 His promises felt as real as paper in her hands, just awaiting the ink strokes of action. Pg. 141 Letter writing was a lot like quarry-speaking - a soundless call from far away. Would Marda have similar enough memories to understand what Miri was trying to say? Pg. 146 She smiled to show he was correct, but it slid off her lips too quickly. Pg 174 She touched the wood. It was not as polished and well oiled as the Mount Eskel chapel doors. And perhaps not as well loved. With so many things to look at in Asland, who cared enough to love these doors? Pg. 203 History was as hard to hold as a wet fish. Pg. 279 Miri shook her head. "An idea is like a fire under ice. You can try to put out the fire, but the melting has already begun." "Who made up that saying?" Frid asked. "Doter?" "Um, no," said Miri. "Just me." "It's pretty good," Frid said, squinting. "But I don't understand why there would be fire under ice. And Doter's sayings are shorter." Pg. 281 Throughout the story, Miri thinks about a painting of a girl pouring milk while looking out a window at a moon. As Miri changes, she sees changes in this girl, and I love this insight into Miri's heart when she doesn't know how she feels. I haven't shared any quotes about this painting, although I love every reference. They would give some of the story away, which I'm not gonna do! The story is told from Miri's point of view, but there are many characters with depth and they are all so different, so fun. Peder is in town and Miri is shy around him because he hesitates to speak up for her, although she thinks he likes her. Timon is so full of ideas and secrets. He represents possibilities she never knew existed before. Britta has to prove herself all over again and she needs to come out purer than pure, but she's so shy! I love Frid. Like all the Mount Eskal girls, she has mountain dust in her blood. She speaks her mind so refreshingly! Sisela has heart and passion, but what really motivates her revolutionary support? The king and queen seem like awkward decorations at first, but even they reveal reasons behind their blank expressions and harsh responses so that I'm cheering them on by the end. And always, Mount Eskel and its Linder stone permeate everything with such a strong pull I seriously LONG to go see that mountain!!!! My Rating: 4.5 - Great book! The romance is hesitant and hopeful. The revolution feels historically close to what a revolution would be like. The details are just quick enough to draw me into the drama, but not bog down in history. The dangers are real and the responses all realistic. The writing is outstanding. Miri is wonderful - and so unique. If I heard her talking in any story anywhere, I would recognize her. I could swear Mount Eskel exists. It's not enough to visit, either... I want to live another life so I can grow up there, please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book would be a movie worth making........ It is a book that i couldn't put down
LindaFictionFervor More than 1 year ago
Princess Academy was always my favorite Shannon Hale novel (The Goose Girl was a close second). So when I discovered that Hale was going to publish a sequel, I. Squealed. PLOT: Now that Miri’s friend Britta has become the new princess, she has invited Miri and the other academy girls to the capital of Danland to see her wedding. Miri is not only excited to see the lowlands but also scared to leave behind Mount Eskel for those few months. And when she reaches her destination, she enters the Queen’s Castle, a prestigious academy for scholars where she meets another boy (who may become Peder’s rival for Miri’s heart) and she can learn even more. And learn she does—because she discovers that there is revolution brewing in the streets of Asland. People have been inspired by Miri’s own little revolution in Mount Eskel, and they are silently planning to overthrow the king himself. Throughout the novel there is a recurring theme of old vs. new. Miri has the toughest decisions in attempting to decide between Mount Eskel and the capital, between Peder and a new crush, and between her loyalty to Britta and the allure of the revolution. I thought this was ingenious of Shannon Hale, especially since indecision is relevant to all of us. Both sides tug at her heart, and she has no idea what she should choose. I’ll admit that I had an idea of what she would choose in the end (I was rooting for that side, after all), but the novel was not predictable. At all. (Well, minus the fact that I figured out who was the “new crush” when I first met him.) I’m sad to say that there’s less of a focus on linder magic in Palace of Stone, but there is a little magic mystery that would make any fantasy lovers happy. The romance in this novel was TOO adorable. I don’t want to give anything away, but I completely kyaaa-ed when [insert name] [insert action] Miri. I’m a long diehard fan of that couple, so I was a bit annoyed when Shannon Hale thrust them apart for a while (bleh, why must they both be too busy for each other at times?) but I was satisfied in the end. (Awwww.) CHARACTER: I love how in Princess Academy, Miri learned to become book-smart, but in this book, Miri learned how to become street-smart. The concept of revolution has really changed her perspective on what she thought was the norm, but her loyalty to Britta keeps her anchored. I’ve always thought of Miri as a strong girl, and seeing her crumble like this at times made me a little sad—but I was proud of her in the end because she finally figured out her own way to solve her problems. WRITING STYLE: Shannon Hale’s writing is exceptional. Though the description and diction isn’t particularly incredible, Hale’s style of writing seems almost magical. It evokes the idea of a fairytale—which certainly came in handy when she wrote her Books of Bayern series. Her writing is fluid and distinctive, and it wraps the story up in a pretty red bow. Overall, Palace of Stone is one of Shannon Hale’s best works. The beautiful writing wraps the intriguing plot and the likable characters into a superb, thought-provoking work of art. Simply phenomenal. Source: Galley received from publisher for review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please write another book Shannon Hale. I love all your books, but my all time favorites are Princess Acadamy and the 2nd Princess Acadamy. I am really hoping you make another book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! I love the way Miri's feelings were torn between old and new. I love how she finds a way to remain loyal to Britta while still helping the people who don't know her and don't like her. This is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this book. My friend lent me the book for spring break. Only one word to summarize it AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book!"
Joie-de-Lire More than 1 year ago
Princess Academy, for me, is one of those timeless reads, a go-to when I'm in a reading rut, regardless of how old I'd gotten. I was perfectly happy with the way Princess Academy ended--I thought it was quite perfect and didn't need a sequel. To be honest, I was pretty scared about reading Palace of Stone because when you have that one amazing book, you don't want its memory to be tarnished by a sequel of a lesser caliber. When I first saw Miri becoming enchanted with the innovation of the capitol and joining the revolution, I wanted to jump up and shout, "No, Miri! Back to Mount Eskel with you! Stay away from all this political turmoil!" and then I would have thrown her over my shoulder and taken her back to the mountain myself... I did not want one of my favorite characters was changing into someone I didn't recognize, and I feared that the revolution fervor would change preexisting relationship dynamics...Don't tell me you didn't make a horrified gasp at the phrase "Miri finds herself torn...between an old love and a new crush." For a good chunk of this book, I worried that I would not like it as much as I had hoped.... ...And now we come to the part of the review where I reassure you that yes, Shannon Hale has once again worked magic with her words and created a sequel just as wonderful as the first book. (Hehe, I had you worried there for a second, didn't I?) It wasn't until about midway through that I fully realized Hale had me utterly captivated with her story. Her diction is still just as beautiful, almost lyrical in a way, and I was taken back to a world of fresh mountain air and endless blue skies. Yet despite Hale's effortlessly gorgeous writing, she captures the spirit of revolution perfectly. There is life and energy and excitement flowing from the pages! And I cannot gush enough about her characters! Despite my initial apprehension, I enjoyed watching each character grow while still retaining the very essence of themselves that made me love them in the first place. Miri has and always will be one of my favorite characters and despite my qualms, she is still the smart but stubborn girl, albeit even more awesome in this book! Rating: 4.5 stars* All in all: Very rarely do readers get a sequel that is just as good, if not better, than the debut, but Shannon Hale has broken free of that mold as only the truly excellent authors to do. She broke through all of my walls of caution and wariness and has touched me with her story in a way that I feared she wouldn't be able to. *I received a copy of this book for review from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Princess Acedemy books. BUT THE STORY OF THE FREE IPAD IS NOT TRUE!!!!!!!! I HAVE TRIED THAT AND IT DOESN'T WORK!!!! Please put everyone out of the misery of embarassment. ACCG
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be frank, was a little disappointed. Not written as well as Princess Academy, the plot was predictable and somewhat boring in places. Still enjoyable but in my opinion is distinctly a sequel rather than a book able to stand on its own. Just not quite as good and missing the quality of some of Shannon Hale's other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I vote team Peder! I always like the best friend types in books, but the main characters never end up with them. Exp: In Matched, Cassia chose Ky. In the Hunger Games, Katniss chose Peeta. In Twilight, Bella chose Edward. The new crushes always win the hearts of the main characters while the old crush's hearts break in half.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there a third book.BTW buy this book. Is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and i highly recomend it too anyone who has read the first one!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT!!!!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this book because miri had to decide what group she was going to stick with
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Loyand. That's where my father came from. Mother came from Zydyn. The red hair of Zydyn surrounded me today, as my sisters and I stepped off the rickety wooden ship onto the levee. We looked different, I knew it, Zydyans stepping off of a ship with Loyandans, and a girl who really closely resembled an Ezaingian. "Trystan, sis," Quinn started. I sharply whipped around, my haif nearly slapping my little sister. "Quinn!" I lowered my voice. "I go by Tryst. And I know what we're doing." That's when I see the crew pulling out our trunks, heaving them across the deck, to the opposite side. All except for mine. The captain grabbed mine up, walking down to hand it to me. The others grunted, pulling everyone else's trunks up, shoving them over the side of the ship. "Oh, my gosh. Why? Tryst, why are they doing that?" Eleven-year-old Zeyna tugged on my skirt. "I don't know, Zey. All I know is I don't like it." ~-~ The boy looked at me first, then my sisters. "Look. If it were just you and the redheads, I'd say yes. But you have some Loyandans with you." I nodded. "Look, there's been rumors of battle, one that could affect everyone. You can trust me, I promise. We have a cliff-like buildup in our backyard. There's a cave in there. Take that place as shelter." I nodded again. "Thank you. Really." ~-~ Ash and Quinn were doing a sort of waltz, setting up all of the stuff left, all around the cave. My dresses. The storage of chocolates. I'm never going to see those again. And the pictures and personal items of theirs. I had grabbed Ash's picture of her and her husband. Jo's special blanket she'd had sonce she was born. Liza's mirror. They were all so surprised that I'd grabbed all that stuff. "Tryst, thanks a lot." I smiled at Kat. And then came the screams. {Part three at Princess Academy book three.}
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This book was so good ! It truly brings out Miri,her character, and her personality!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really LOVE these books! The same author writes Ever After High. I love Shannon Hale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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You need to read this book.This book will want you to read it to the biegining to the end.The princesesis really brave and the vilergers hate her. GO READ IT NOW! :) :) :) :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fan club res 1! Be there to shar opinions and chat about her books!