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The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy #3)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  4,726 Ratings  ·  771 Reviews
After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!

Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more intere
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Published March 3rd 2015 (first published February 24th 2015)
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Sydney Springer
This finale was everything a fangirl could hope for. Shannon Hale beautifully wrapped up such a treasured trilogy with a wave of her magic wand, sending me into bittersweet tears. She made it clear that this is the last book for this series and I will dearly miss the characters, the world, the overall story like I miss my dog. Until the reread. *three fingered salute*

12/6/14 So... The synopsis provided is somewhat lacking in several aspects:
2. I am confused as to the w
Very fun.

The cover...doesn't match. *dies*
Saru (Queen of Bookland)
Book 3!

Coming out: 2015

And just when I thought this book's ending couldn't get any better...I go and read the Epilogue!
did not see that coming photo: himymthatdidnotjusthappen.gif

Fingers-crossed this means we may be getting a spin-off series?! One can only hope :)
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Charming threequel to Princess Academy. Miri is on her way from the capital city back to her mountain home when she is unexpectedly requested commanded by the king and queen to be the tutor for three royal girls living in a distant corner of Danland, in a mini princess academy, so one of them can marry a neighboring king from the country of Stora to avoid war. Miri reluctantly travels to the province of Lesser Alva to take on the year-long job, and finds three illiterate. sisters living alone in ...more
Jun 27, 2013 Mitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has it really been ten years since the first Princess Academy came out?

I remember when my sister was this tiny little squirt and she begged me to read this new book she got by an author I'd never heard of at the time, Shannon Hale. Obviously with a title like Princess Academy , I wasn't going to read it read it, but lo and behold, what I thought would be a book about pretty dresses and other such topics actually turned out to be a pretty good tale of strength, friendship, and accepting who you
Kate Willis
Apr 15, 2017 Kate Willis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I had such mixed feelings about this last book, I’m not quite sure how to review it. ;) So this will end up on a positive note, I’ll start by listing the things I disliked.

Things I Disliked
1. It’s generally a darker book than the rest of the series between some of the disgusting things the Lesser Alvans do, pirates/bandits/raiders galore, and the horribly sad mystery.
2. Mount Eskel was in danger...again. I unfortunately started this book off a little bored with the whole idea because I really lo
Apr 30, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
As with the other books in this series, this book is a wonderful, empowering, non-stereotypical princess novel for young girl readers, and its flaws, not fatal ones, are the fact that things become so tidily tied together at the end, and that Shannon Hale is *very* emphatic about her messages. I don't mind these flaws so much, though, because it's nice in a book oriented towards this age group to see that people can live "happily-ever-after," even though it follows hardship and requires work. Al ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, loved this series. The last book was amazing. These books are unique and imaginative, with good principals subtle woven into the plot. Messages of the value of life, faithfulness, and standing up for what is right, even when it could cost you everything.

This is not a perfect book. Some might not like that there were I think four kisses between our main boy and girl, or a couple of cruder moments (having to do with lack of table manners and calling someone a very mild name). I thi
Jul 02, 2014 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great end to the Princess Academy stories. I love Shannon Hale's writing and I love her characters. I enjoyed watching Miri continue to grow in an entirely new setting, and loved the three sisters. Sisters are powerful!
First Second Books
The last line of this is the best!

Gender parity FTW.
Miri is thrilled that she will at last be returning home to Mount Eskel where she will be reunited with her father and sister and become formally betrothed to Peder, but an urgent summons from the King puts a stop to her plans. The King wants Miri to travel to Lesser Alva to tutor some royal cousins in preparation for a marriage alliance with King Feder of Stora who has just invaded a neighboring country. If Miri refuses, the King will sell Mount Eskel to merchants who will destroy the way of li ...more
Mary H
May 29, 2013 Mary H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Review found here.

If there's one overall word to describe the Princess Academy series, it would be delightful. Shannon has created this magical world (ironically without very much magic), and I wish I could live there. Even though the series doesn't shy away from danger and conflict—bandits, mean tutors, revolutions, possibly poisonous snakes, war—there's no end to its charm and grace and joy. I am absolutely honored to be part of The Forgotten Sisters blog tour
Nov 02, 2014 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I found this to be a thin, by-the-numbers story. Which is not to say that it's predictable, exactly (though it certainly isn't groundbreaking) - just that it's so deliberately plotted, with one event so clearly resulting from another, with foreshadowing so specific, that the story doesn't feel organic. There's no sense that ten political possibilities might result from any one decision, only the single one that takes the story where it needs to go.

Having a story this simplistic be solved by two
There is one big silly plot point in the centre of this book, which is a little hard to get past. Once you muscle past it, however, the story unfolds delightfully. I was clapping my hands like a delighted seal once they got into the walls. (heheheheheheheh.)

I think I love Shannon Hale's work most when she's writing something a bit silly. And goodness, once I accepted that was happening here, it was a wild joy ride.
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
I grew up reading the first book in the Princess Academy series. It was one of my favorite books of all time. (And also back when the cover didn't look overly childish, but really captured the feel of the book...but it isn't the point of this review to whine about how much I don't like these new covers.) These sequels are not quite as good as the original tale, but they are still highly entertaining and fulll of magic; and I'll admit, I don't want this series to end.

The things that held me back
Gretchen Alice
Jul 29, 2014 Gretchen Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most trilogies follow some variation on the format where the first book is about leaving home, the second book is about feeling displaced from not being at home, and the third book is about finding a way back home. It's a good format. It works. The Forgotten Sisters finds Miri mere moments from leaving for her beloved home of Mount Eskel. She's unexpectedly pulled away to a swamp-city to tutor three potential princesses. As per usual, there are some infinitely lovable new characters. Themes of f ...more
I had never read a Shannon Hale book before I started working at Bloomsbury. (The first Princess Academy, which won the Newbery, came out during the dark times between when I was a kid and when I started reading kid it again as an adult.) But I've come to understand that I was really missing out. I loved Princess Academy 3. The writing is wonderful and evocative and there's so much depth to the story. Also, I didn't guess the surprise, so I don't know if it was especially skillfully hidden or I' ...more
I can hardly believe that about ten years ago I was reading Princess Academy for the first time. A lot has changed in ten years, but Shannon Hale and her books remain the same - perfectly lovely.
Mar 30, 2015 Mikayla rated it really liked it
This was a very good end to the series. I felt like the author did a great job on tieing up a lot of loose ends without making it seem like to many things were going right to really be believable.
Overall, very good, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Feb 24, 2015 anilee added it
I'm officially adopting Sus as my little sister. Also, I'm all happy now.
Feb 14, 2015 JoLee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third and final addition to the Princess Academy series is an absolute delight. It's no secret that I basically love all things Shannon Hale, but this one is extra special.

Miri is on her way back to Mount Eskel when she receives a summons from the king. The neighboring kingdom of Stora is threatening invasion but may be placated with a royal Danlandian bride. Miri is to go to the swamps of Lesser Alva and establish a princess academy there where she will prepare three forgotten royal cousins
Feb 24, 2015 Liviania rated it really liked it
Shannon Hale returns to Miri and the world of the Princess Academy novels for a final time. War is on the horizon, and the only way to stop it is a royal marriage. Therefore, Miri is sent to the swamps to teach three of the king's cousins how to be princesses. The catch? Miri can't tell them she's grooming them to be offered to marriage to a neighboring, elderly king. But if the king does marry one of them, ownership of Mount Eskel will be given to the girls of the princess academy. And Miri wou ...more
Jaz (Cloud Child )
Great finish to the series.
Miri a recent graduate from the Princess Academy is ordered to go and tutor some ladies in a far off land. Something shes not very happy with when she was just about to leave from the palace after a long year, back to her home on Mount Eskel.
The students are 3 princesses, potential brides for the neighbouring country's king so as to prevent civil war.
What she doesn't expect is to be dumped in the swamplands, middle of nowhere filled with dangerous creatures and her s
The Winter Rose
Apr 27, 2015 The Winter Rose rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I love the Princess Academy books so I was excited to see another installment of it come out. In this third, and apparently last, of the series we are back with Miri but this time she has been charged with being the tutor to three rambunctious sisters living in a swamp.

While I enjoyed the premise of the story, I think it was a bit slow paced. It is well written but it didn't really capture me the way the previous books had. I liked Astrid and Felissa but I found Susanna a bit too unbelievable in
The second book is still my favorite, but I loved this one nevertheless. In a way, it brings the series full circle as Miri the Princess Academy student becomes the teacher of a mini Princess Academy. But it is so much more than that. Political unrest is not yet over, and relations between Danland and Stora are, well, not pretty. I do caution you not to peek at the end. I did before I even read Palace of Stone--solely to see if Miri and Peder got together--and accidentally got a spoiler that rui ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015-list
Princess Academy (the first book in the series) is a middle grade Newbury Award winning book from 10 years ago. I found it faced out at the library last summer, read it, and then picked up the sequel. This book is the final in the series, and it's no less delightful or engaging than the other two. It has high adventure and fun characters, humor and seriousness, good dialogue and good plotting. It's the kind of book I have no qualms recommending, rereading, and sharing with pretty much everyone i ...more
Madeline Rose

You know, everything would be perfect if there could be a special edition that matched the others, like they did with Forest Born.

Please. PLEASE! Please?

Edit: I have the book and I'm reading it...but the covers don't match :P

Finished: Wow... All I'm gonna say is that this is the perfect wrap-up to the series!
The epilogue really intrigued me but also satisfied me.
Wonderful third book!

P.S. I think I might be getting over the cover change... weird right? ;)
Dec 26, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
Great extension to the princess academy series. I absolutely loved the 3 sisters!
Hannah Hatton
Mar 17, 2016 Hannah Hatton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: needs_a_movie
Great book. Just wow. Amazing!! I will truly miss Miri and I am upset the series is coming to an end. I'm definitely checking out some of Hale's other books!
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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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