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The Princess of Trelian (Trelian Series #2)

The Princess of Trelian (Trelian Series #2)

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by Michelle Knudsen
     
 

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Michelle Knudsen revisits Trelian in a thrilling follow-up fantasy about a princess with an uncanny link to a dragon and a uniquely talented young mage.

Princess Meglynne of Trelian will soon be named the princess-heir, next in line to be queen. But her link to the dragon Jakl makes the kingdom's people more than a little uneasy. Then there are the unexpected

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Michelle Knudsen revisits Trelian in a thrilling follow-up fantasy about a princess with an uncanny link to a dragon and a uniquely talented young mage.

Princess Meglynne of Trelian will soon be named the princess-heir, next in line to be queen. But her link to the dragon Jakl makes the kingdom's people more than a little uneasy. Then there are the unexpected rages and the nightmares that not only trouble Meg, but are also affecting Jakl. Could the traitorous Sen Eva, who tried to have Meg's sister killed and is still at large, somehow be causing them? Worst of all, Meg's best friend, apprentice mage Calen, isn't around to help. He and Mage Serek are far away at the Magistratum, where a mysterious magical attack and some ominous divinations reveal that a much more powerful enemy may soon reappear and endanger them all
- and Calen could have a hand in his return! Fans of The Dragon of Trelian will rejoice at this chance to re-enter Michelle Knudsen's enchanting fantasy world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
As the heir to the kingdom of Trelain, Princess Meglynne should be putting the safety of her kingdom above all others, including her personal dragon, Jakl. However, when Jakl is wrongly accused of burning property and killing citizens in a neighboring kingdom, providing fuel for a war, Meg literally flies into action. Her brave, albeit impulsive, action causes great pain for a friend and puts the princess in danger. Learning regal responsibilities and acquiring the wisdom about knowing when to act and when to talk are difficult tasks for the teen. Meg believes that her life would be less complex if her friend, Calen, who is away being taught the rigors of being a mage, were back in her kingdom advising and befriending her. However, Calen's return does not solve Meg's problems, and she still teeters on the brink between thoughtful and impulsive choices. This fantasy story of magic and dragons is unique as it stresses responsibility, respect, loyalty, and obedience to adults. The plot is often propelled through the thoughts rather than the actions of Calen and Meg, and life lessons abound for teen and tween readers. Plot twists leave heads spinning and ends with a cliff hanger. This title, the sequel to The Dragon of Trelain, is certain to be continued. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
VOYA - Elizabeth Norton
In this follow-up to The Dragon Of Trelian (Candlewick, 2009/Voya June 2009), Princess Meg is preparing to be formally named princess-heir of Trelian, as well as adjusting to being mentally linked to her dragon, Jakl. Meg and Jakl are able to feel one another's emotions through the link, and lately, Meg wonders if the link may be malfunctioning, as she suffers from nightmares and uncontrollable fits of rage. Meg thinks that her best friend, apprentice mage Calen, could help her, but he and his master are away at the Magistratum for Calen's Marking Ceremony, the formal beginning of his apprenticeship. Then they are detained when the Magistratum is attacked during the ceremony. Calen and his master barely escape, and their escape causes a rift that brings the Magistratum to the brink of war. The Princess Of Trelian is a solid sequel but serves mainly as a set-up for the next book. Meg and Calen are both likeable characters, and their impulsive decisions are always made with good intentions. Background characters could use a bit more development, however. Readers will relate to Meg's struggles to concentrate on her royal duties and Calen's frustrations with the Magistratum. The plot is nicely paced but predictable, and the ending leaves plenty of room for another book. Fans of the first book will welcome this installment, but newcomers may find the convoluted plot difficult to navigate. Reviewer: Elizabeth Norton
Kirkus Reviews
An engaging fantasy sequel marred by middle-book syndrome. Princess Meglynne is already being groomed for the throne of Trelian, despite her youth, impetuous behavior and increasingly volatile temper. Of greater concern is her magical bond with Jakl, since the dragon arouses fear among her people, and ultimatums from rival kingdoms. Meanwhile, Meg's best friend Calen is also taking on adult responsibilities among the council of his fellow mages. But when their stronghold comes under attack, the Magistratum ruptures into bitter divisions over ominous prophecies that seem to point directly at Calen. Chapters alternating between Meg and Calen's viewpoints add depth and breadth to a generic fantasy world, as the two young people attempt to navigate conflicts with those they looked to for protection and support. It is a pleasure to revisit two such appealing protagonists; unfortunately, much of the plot rehashes the first novel, without allowing either character change or growth. Once again, Meg chafes at her royal restrictions, and her impulsive choices lead to disastrous consequences. Calen's excessive caution and frustration at his mentor's cryptic methods again inspire him to prove himself, with fateful results. The stakes may be raised, but the terms, the villains and even the romantic triangle are all the same. An abrupt magical "fix" and an out-of-character plot twist may solve the characters' immediate challenges, but they also set up a maddening cliffhanger. Nonetheless, the likable characters and brisk narrative will undoubtedly lure readers into eagerly anticipating future installments. Next time, though--more Jakl, please! (Fantasy. 11-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763650629
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Series:
Trelian Series, #2
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
780,898
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.37(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Michelle Knudsen is the author of The Dragon of Trelian as well as the best-selling picture book Library Lion, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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