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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. The hundred-year war with Kragnir is over, and Meg will soon be named the princess-heir of Trelian. But her connection to her dragon, Jakl, is making her parents’ subjects uneasy. Will they ever accept this

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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. The hundred-year war with Kragnir is over, and Meg will soon be named the princess-heir of Trelian. But her connection to her dragon, Jakl, is making her parents’ subjects uneasy. Will they ever accept this dragon princess as their future queen? It doesn’t help that Meg is suffering horrible nightmares and sudden, uncontrollable rages—and with the link joining them, Jakl is feeling the rages, too. Meg is desperate to talk to Calen, to see if he can help her figure out what is happening and how to stop it before she or her dragon does something terrible…Meanwhile, Calen is having troubles of his own. He’s far away, gone off with Mage Serek to receive his first true mage’s mark. But his marking ceremony is disrupted by a mysterious magical attack, and ominous prophecies predict a terrifying new danger. The Magistratum’s greatest enemy may soon reappear—and the other mages believe that Calen himself may have a hand in his return!

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:
9780763659646
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Series:
Trelian Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
121,843
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
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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The Princess of Trelian 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this its all sbout dragons and castles and of course magic this book is a must read even if you dont like fantasy the treluan series is my favoorite series of all time it is also the series that got me the most into fantasy te author does an amazing job with detail in the series she also does a great job with the series in general A MUST READ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book no kiding but it was surprising to! I loved it so much I just want to read the next book of the series! This is a favorite of mine! But do I dare say do you feel hanged at the end? I sure do feel that way! This book is a mystry plus fansty book I love that kind of story! If you're douting yourself don't any more because this book is for you! So start reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A deffinate good read.
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A good book cant wait for next had cliffhanger at end