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Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  11,466 ratings  ·  1,776 reviews
Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some f ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
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Miri and Princess Academy grow up in this sequel, and I'm not sure I really like it. Part of the charm of the original Princess Academy is the innocence of the characters, these simple mountain girls being exposed to the extravagance of royalty and court life for the first time yet finding inner strength in their own simplicity, and while Miri does grow as a character here, it's just not the same. A good book but without what made the original great.

According to Shannon Hale, the keyword here is
Bella Grace
3.5 Stars Pretty great, but not the usual Shannon Hale amazing-ness that a reader usually revels in.


Me: Looks at Shannon’s Hale author page.
Finds out there's a book after The Princess Academy?!?!
Shrieks like a banshee, jumps up and down, does a jig.
Then looks at release date and finds out that book is coming out in August.



I love Shannon Hale to the death. So much that I no speak English good. Which happen lot in days now.

I was so proud of Princess Academy - i
Apologizes in advance for the fairly heavily gif-tastic review today, you guys—I’m running on limited sleep at the moment and that means I’m easily amused by tiny moving pictures.


I actually got this book ages ago, but since I am ridiculously fond of Princess Academy, I put off reading the sequel in case it sucked.

But thank goodness!

Upon reading, I can definitely assert that it was Not Sucky! It was actually Pretty Awesome. I don’t know if it was quite as amazing as the first book, but then s
Gretchen Alice
I didn't think that I needed a sequel to Princess Academy, but it turns out that I absolutely did. I felt right back at home in the world of Miri and her fellow academy girls, this time in the big city. Effortlessly combining brains and beauty, Palace of Stone is an excellent primer to politics and ethical reasoning. I was left reeling at the end, wishing I could have stayed there forever. This book is also awesomely feminist--I can't wait to read this to my daughters one day. Once more, Shannon ...more
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I love this book.

In fact, I love Miri! I like how Shannon Hale has managed to create such a fantastic heroine, who lives, loves and acts in ways that move you and make you want to be a better person. That may sound cheesy (actually, it does) but there's no way around it - this book shows us the flaws we have as human beings. Vanity. Resentment. Jealousy. Struggle. Conflicting loyalties. Uncertain love. And the power of words.

The last one, especially - the power of words - is the main theme of t
Mar 22, 2013 Niki rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Niki by: nobody
Okay. I really really liked the first book. It was one of my favourite books growing up so I was really excited to read this one. I had my hopes up and...well, this was horrible. First off, I thought that quarry speech was kind of cool in the first book. In the second it didn't feel like quarry speech anymore. Miri's quarry speech got transformed into some kind of superhuman power.

(view spoiler)
Phoebe Andamo
I really love the Princess Academy. So I was surprised and happy to know that it has a sequel. As I started to read Palace of Stone, I felt giddy but I got disappointed--only at first.

I love Peder and he was one of the reasons why I've grown to love Peeta of the Hunger Games. I see them a bit the same. And as I read this book, I saw some resemblances: 1) Miri was like Katniss, 2)Peder was like Peeta, 3) Timon was like Gale, 4) the dystopian setting, 5) the shoeless were the citizens of the dist
I think I liked this second installment even more than I did the first. It was a pleasure to return to Miri, the same smart, knowledge- thirsty, plucky girl I met in Princess Academy. O nly now, she is torn between two places: her small, rural but beloved Mount Eskel,and big city Asland, with its great advantages. Also, a new love interest approaches:Timon, who's a noble but hopes Miri will be the spark which ignites the great change in Danland. There's also Peder, of course, but he's often too ...more
Aug 12, 2013 LeiAnn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
And just like that I'm reminded how much I love Shannon Hale's books! Have I beat this horse to death yet?

Miri and her Princess Academy friends are invited to the lowlands to help Britta prepare for her wedding in the spring. As Miri spends her days as a scholar at the Queens Castle learning all she can to take back home to Mount Eskel, she becomes embroiled in a revolution that threatens all the relationships she holds dear.

I think my favorite parts of this book are the original poetry beginnin
Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books)
In the words of someone very wise: "Holy cow. Holy holy cow. If there ever was a holy cow, I’m invoking said cow now."

I think this one may have been even better than the first for me! SO MUCH LOVE!

Also, I stayed up until 1:30am to finish. That makes this the epitome of a squeaky book.
(Dramatic Gasp) A sequel! Sequel, sequel, sequel, SEQUEL!!!! HOORAY!!!!!!
Laura Salas
I liked this middle-grade novel, but not as much as the first book. I wish I could give it a 3-1/2. The writing was excellent--Hale is so good at creating characters and putting us into their world. Like the Hunger Games second and third books, this just became too much about politics to me. It is grounded in Miri's life and her personal choices and desire to make change, and I hope lots of kids find it inspiring and motivating. But the plot itself just wasn't as of much interest to me--stories ...more
Clare Cannon
Oct 07, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10-15 years+ (girls)

An outstanding sequel to Princess Academy which takes Miri’s exploration of the meaning of life, education, friendship and love to the next level.

Miri leaves Mount Eskel and heads to the capital city to help her friend, the future princess Britta, prepare for her wedding. While there she has the opportunity to further her education at Queen's Castle University where she studies history and literature, rhetoric and philosophy, politics and even ethics.

The value of books and education features s
I really liked Miri in Princes Academy, but I like her even more in this story. She is growing and struggling to find her place in the world. Trying to figure out who she is and what that will mean for her life. Miri receives and invitation to go to Britta and the Princes's wedding along with the opportunity to study for a year at the Queen's Castle University. There is also someone else who is special that will be their too, sorry can't say anymore. Once their the sense of political unrest is f ...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
4.5/5 stars

To me, Shannon Hale's books always feel like fairytales. They aren't re-tellings or remakes, but stories in their own right. They are deceptively simple and surprisingly deep. Palace of Stone is no exception. I was a little nervous. The Princess Academy was so wonderfully perfect that I wasn't sure how she could continue the story.

But Hale did something smart. She waited before writing a sequel, not just immediately writing her first idea but letting the story of Miri grow. She waited
I probably shouldn't have read this book right after having read Ivan Doig. Or perhaps I'm just tired of wars and revolts. Whatever - this was a disappointment. I actually had to force myself to continue reading this one clear through to the end. (Of course I recognize that it also doesn't help that I returned home from vacation to a huge stack of non-renewable books from the library - pressure, pressure.)

Mrs. Hale is still an ok writer although I echo others' thoughts that this one felt very fo
4.5 stars! I loved this book. I love Shannon Hale. I love Miri. I read Hale's blog every once in a while, and she has mentioned several times that the key to her writing is rewriting and rewriting and rewriting. She is constantly cutting and chopping away at her words, getting rid of everything extraneous until only the most important parts are left. You can certainly feel that in this book. Every sentence has been well thought out; every word makes a difference. I almost felt rushed in the firs ...more
Madison H.
This was a fantastic book! I liked how it sorta mirrored the French Revolution but was a completely made up story! I totally did not see that coming! It was a fresh, new idea! It totally lived up to the stantard of 'Princess Academy'.

I adored the writing! It was smooth and fluid with lovely metaphors and mind blowing similes! Shannon Hale thinks up THE BEST SIMILIES in the WHOLE WORLD!!!! How do you do it! Really fantastic!

The characters were good too, I didn't really like it how all the girls w
My wonderful friend was kind enough to loan me her signed advanced reader copy which she won on Shannon Hale's blog. Without wanting to give anything away I will just say that I loved it--even more than Princess Academy. Its the kind of book where I loved getting lost in the story just as much as I know my 11 year-old daugther will when she reads it.

Hooray for Shannon Hale who is a master at weaving together an engaging story with strong moral female characters and yet still appropriate for the
Tamora Pierce
It took me a little while to get into it, but I love this sequel to THE PRINCESS ACADEMY, which takes Miri and the girls to the capital to prepare for Britta's marriage to the prince. In fact, I have to say this book, ominous as it is with the growing threat of street violence, higher taxes on the poor, and perhaps the beginning of a bloody revolution, is even better than the first one!
The beginning went by almost too quickly, but the ending was fantastic! Really loved how things turned out!
Oct 07, 2012 Claire added it
Shelves: 2012-grade-5
I can't wait to read it!!!!!!!! (p.s. I like the first book!)
Fans of young adult literature are often called upon to defend it, to explain that YA books are not dumbed down or simplified. Rarely do you hear the same protests from middle grade fans. But the best middle grade books - THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, A WRINKLE IN TIME, MATILDA - can be read and loved by adults as well as children. Good middle grade fiction doesn't condescend to the reader any more than YA does. And no one could accuse Shannon Hale of condescension in PALACE OF STONE, the second Prince ...more
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

It has been a year since the Princess Academy at the base of Mount Eskel has closed its doors, and Britta and her Prince Steffan have been betrothed and moved to the palace at the heart of Danland. Miri, now a lady of the Princess along with all her cohorts and fellow graduates from the Academy, has had a busy time on Mount Eskel, overseeing the education of other villagers and implementation of new trade practices that have enriched the lives of her fell
Shelby Incognito
*sigh* I'm not sure, exactly, how to go about reviewing this book. See, the thing is, Shannon Hale, until this book, had never disappointed me. And then I read this book and decided it was not up to par with her usual stuff. I know two stars may seem harsh, but GoodReads says two stars means "It was ok." And this pretty much sums up how I felt about this book. Was it just so painfully dreadful that I feel the need to stab my eyes out after reading it? No. And to be honest, it's a lot better than ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Taffy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
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Let me tell you now - the first thing you are going see when you read a lot of the reviews of "Princess Academy: Palace of Stone" by Shannon Hale is how much the reviewer loved the first book, "Princess Academy", and with good reason. An award-winning bestseller of a novel, "Princess Academy" told its tale with a depth of setting and character not easily duplicated.
My question when I read a sequel to a book is not, "How much do I love the first one" but "How well does this book stand on its own?
I almost considered giving this two stars, but out of respect for my love of Princess Academy, I won't.


First of all, it started out really well. Or not really well so much as with promise. I was sort of - and I admit this is my fault - expecting another Bitterblue (but nothing can ever be as fantastically amazing as Bitterblue, and I must remember that).

Instead, what we got was 1) a predictable plot that seemed simultaneously slow and wispy (nothing happened for a great long while, and whe
I'm a little torn on how to rate this one, but maybe that's fitting, because I had the same trouble with Princess Academy the first time I read it as well.

I think part of my trouble with both books is that somehow the language feels a little too simplified at times--but then, these books also seem to be geared for a younger audience than the books I'm used to reading, so maybe that complaint isn't exactly fair. Still, it bothers me sometimes, and pulls me out of the story.

As for the plot, I enj
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more
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