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The Princess of Cortova

(Silver Bowl #3)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  76 reviews
With tensions rising between the kingdoms of Westria and Austlind, Molly and Tobias accompany King Alaric to Cortova, where he hopes to form an alliance with King Gonzalo—an alliance that would be sealed by Alaric’s marriage to Gonzalo’s daughter, Elizabetta. But the devious Gonzalo has many surprises up his sleeve, beginning with the revelation that Alaric is not the only ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jen
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Amy
Oct 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
GUYS. So this is book THREE and I just realized there was a LOVE TRIANGLE. A LOVE TRIANGLE GOING ON FOR THREE BOOKS AND I ABSOLUTELY MISSED IT. (view spoiler)
Anyway, I'm filled with lots of turmoil at the moment because I was really loving this trilogy. But the ending was just so bad. Absolutely passive and random and convenient. E
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Bailey
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
"Alaric," Molly said, so softly that he had to lean forward to hear, "you know how, before a storm, the clouds build and grow dark, and the wind picks up and you feel in your bones that it's going to rain, and rain hard. Well, sometimes it's like that for me. I get a powerful foreboding of things to come. It looms over me like a storm cloud. That's how it's been these last days, since we set sail."
-Molly

Stanely's last installment in the Silver Bowl trilogy, The Princess of Cortova, entwines
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Ella Smith
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like main characters dying
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Laree
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
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cookiemonger
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I am going to have to add to the number of reviews that say, "Oh come on, Ending!"

This was such a weird series. The first book was solid, tightly written, and very recommendable. Then the second came with a change from Molly's enjoyable first person (and those can be rare on the ground) to third person.

Simply put, it was not even the same kind of book as the first. The writing was still good, but that kind of style change is incredibly jarring--especially if you're reading the trilogy straight
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Stacey Raymond
Oct 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
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MC
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
Oh my goodness! This was SO amazing!! I love this book a lot better than the others. And oh my gosh, the ENDING!! It was PERFECT.
Shanshad Whelan
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meeners
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
when i first started reading this (the third and last book in the silver bowl trilogy) i kept wondering if i had missed a book in-between, or if i had accidentally picked up a book by an entirely different author, just because there was such a huge disjunct between the events of book 2 and those of book 3. then, towards the middle of the book, i began to feel a strange sense of deja vu - and eventually realized that, in structure and intent, it felt quite a lot like megan whalen turner's the que ...more
Juny
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good thing I wasn't a super fan of this trilogy because this was probably the most dissatisfying ending I have ever read.
Spoilers!!!!
Like, What is wrong with the author! To solve this messed up love triangle she kills off Tobias...And even though I was rooting for Alaric and Molly, which did happen, it was not satisfying. The ending was a complete dud. The book which all throughout never reached its full potential suddenly was like a children's roller coaster chugging along and then suddenly r
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Leah
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great conclusion to a wonderful fantasy trilogy. As I've waxed rather gushingly about the myriad merits of juvenile fiction, I will forebear to do so again, except to say that I really appreciate the innocence and simplicity of the content without a sacrifice of depth or quality. This trilogy was certainly no exception.

I enjoyed Molly, Alaric, Winifred, and Tobias. They were great characters, well written, who had great adventures. It was a joy to get to know them and follow them as they
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Dynamic Pickle
What the hell is that ending? What the hell is this book? Where the hell was Molly? Only reason why I trudged through this was because I wanted to see how Molly grew, but she barely got a few chapters here. It was the princess this, the king did that, Alaric thought this, Tobias saw that.

And the ending. Holy fuck the ending. I mean, a giant cat? And Molly wasn't even there, she was seeing it through the eyes of a giant chubby cat, the size of a fucking building. And right after Tobias's death,
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Nancy
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Princess Elizabetta, daughter of King Gonzalo, agrees to wed the suitor of his choice in return for the throne after her father dies. Her younger brother is in line to succeed but with his erratic behavior, he wouldn’t be a wise selection. Gonzalo, having ulterior motives, invites two rival kings to vie for her hand in marriage. King Alaric will do his duty if chosen. The other suitor, son of King Reynard, would be Elizabetta’s lesser choice. Her father pits one against the other in a dangerous ...more
Erin
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nicole
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good ending to the trilogy. Needed a bit more build up to the romance and a better wrap up to the one that wasn't meant to be but I loved the characters and the story. Great read for advanced middle readers and young adults.
Clover White
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. The characters grew, story ends were sewn up, and I might have shed a tear or two.
Arlene
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A charming series for early teens (and folks like me), but beware, this volume contains grievous elements.
jo2point0
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 4 stars rating is strongly influenced by my enjoyment of the series as a whole, and completely ignores the final chapter.
WJ
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
After Molly has retrieved the Loving Cup from Harrowsgode, King Alaric and members of the royal court of Westeria are now heading to Cortova to discuss marriage between Elizabetta, Princess of Cortova, and Alaric. This alliance would strengthen Alaric's position in his kingdom and would be beneficial for trade ties between Cortova and Westeria. However the wily King Gonzalo has a few cards up his sleeve. He's also invited King Reynard, who's seeking a bride for Rupert, and who is an old enemy of ...more
Maricel
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
LOOOOOVE it! I like the ending, the others may not but I do. I won't write a summary because I find it very taxing so....
But if you haven't read the book, or like Toby better than Alaric, you may not like what I have written.
Anyway, I am team Alaric all the way. I have seen it coming anyway because usually, the boy that a girl hates when they meet the first time and then learn to like and admire him, (and vice versa) in most novels is the one she usually ends up with, plus there were little hint
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Veronica
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
The worst part about this whole trilogy is I like both Tobias AND Alaric. Now, of course I think Tobias has more of a chance to prove himself, how selfless he is and how he would do anything for Molly, and at the end of the first book I was sure she was going to end with him. But then the end of the second makes you wonder, and then of course, this one finally deals with the problem once and for all, and since I liked both of the boys, I was super nervous as to which way it would go.

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Josephine
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: waiting-review
Of the three books in the 'Silver Bowl' trilogy, I think that The Princess of Cortova was my least favorite. The book was still well written, but the storyline and characters were not as well-developed as the other two novels in the series.

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Katie
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
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Tessa Joy
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Molly’s visions showcase a disastrous visit for King Alaric during his stay in Cortova. Alaric hopes to negotiate a marriage alliance with King Gonzalo’s daughter, Princess Elizabetta. But Alaric’s uncle, King Reynard, is also in Cortova seeking for a similar marriage alliance for his son. Tensions peak among the three monarchs when Molly is wrongfully arrested.

The final book in The Silver Bowl trilogy is a satisfying conclusion to the series. Stanley maintains the theme of using beautifully cra
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Melodee
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
How to review this book? I liked it, and I was disappointed by it. I guess it depends on which frame of mind I'm in. If I look at it from the perspective that it is a children's book, and written for young readers, then the book is great! It would be an excellent book to teach forshadowing and imagery. Even the beautiful cover, with the chess pieces, tells much about the story. The romance is kept light and appropriate for the age group it is written for.

All of those reasons are also why, as an
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Snowebelle
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
You'll probably only want to read this book if only so as to get a sense of closure in the trilogy. Other than that, expect an emotional rollercoaster @ the end of the book (@ least that's how it was for me, and not in a good way..)

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Gail
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a girl who loves two boys, one a prince-now king- and her best friend. She is a maid and lives in the palace. She does some remarkable things to save the young prince and she admits she loves him, but also loves Tobias. In the second book, she is raised up in society and so is Tobias for all they have done for the prince, who is now king. In this third book, she is traveling to another kingdom to help Alarac win the heart of a princess in order to make an alliance with her ...more
Lisa Brown
Molly and King Aralic are on their way to Cortova, a southern kingdom where they hope the King will make a match with the Princess Elizabetta. Before they arrive, Molly begins having cryptic dreams, giving her hints as to what lies ahead. Unfortunately, not everything is as it seems, and when they arrive, they discover that Aralic's enemy and uncle is also there for the princess and an alliance.

Obviously, King Gonzalo of Cortova has something up his sleeves, and all is not as it appears in the
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Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall
The blurb may give it away. (view spoiler) Indeed, I only wish I had read the others - With the prior installment at all, and with the first in more depth.

Though it's a children's book, I doubt readers would be deterred simply by that for the dialogue is natural, the writing is very fine, and the description evocative. The only thing I regretted about reading this book is that with Elizabetta and Molly's chess game, you were not actually there. Cortova wa
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Diane Stanley is an American children's author and illustrator, a former medical illustrator, and a former art director for the publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons. Born in 1943 in Abilene, Texas, she was educated at Trinity University (in San Antonio, TX) and at Johns Hopkins University. She is perhaps best known for her many picture-book biographies, some of which were co-authored by her husband, Peter ...more

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