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Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
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Sep 23, 12

bookshelves: 2012-award-possibilities
Read in September, 2012

While I enjoyed this book, I thought it went on a bit long after I got the point too often, and mostly it made me want to read the first book, which sounds great. That isn't at all a bad thing in a BOOK, but I think as a Newbery contender, this doesn't cut it. I loved the setting of Mount Eskel, but thought Asland was less clear. Characters other than Miri and maybe Peder and Katar (to the extent that she appears) were fairly vacant. I didn't buy a couple of the main dramatic moments (the sudden turn of the masses, and the final scene in the courtroom). And the chapters involving the missing girl and quarry-speak felt artificial, just put in there to demonstrate quarry-speak (and it sounds like it was a significant retread from the first? But I won't know until I read). The scene of protest at... is it a shipyard? Somewhere like that, anyway--was great, including its realistic followup.

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