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The Forgotten Sisters

(Princess Academy #3)

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,858 ratings  ·  931 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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324 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 (first published February 24th 2015)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The Forgotten Sisters is a charming sequel to Princess Academy, wrapping up that trilogy ... which I doubt was originally intended to be a series, but it turned out pretty well. Miri, an older teen now, 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 ...more
Sydney Springer
8/10/18
This is now the top review on Goodreads for this book and I'm so incredibly grateful that almost fifty people thought my hilarious review from middle school was worthy of praising. This series still means so much to me, but this being my most successful review on Goodreads after six years of steadfast writing makes me even more emo about The Princess Academy. <3

1/15/16
This finale was everything a fangirl could hope for. Shannon Hale beautifully wrapped up such a treasured trilogy with
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Josiphine/Tessa
Very fun.

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


Coming out: 2015

Booknut
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 :)
Kate Willis
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Mitch
Jun 27, 2013 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
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E.F.B.
Wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars.

Before I even picked up this book (well...audiobook) I had seen reviews from a few fans of the Princess Academy series saying this third book was a little disappointing to them. I tried not to let this taint my experience, and I don't think it did, but I can also still see why those people found it disappointing. There wasn't nearly as much complexity to this one as the second one, nor was the pace nearly as breathtaking, which was a bit of a let down. I think th
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Jennifer
Apr 30, 2015 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
Sarah
Sep 27, 2013 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
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Jenny
Jul 02, 2014 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.
Mary H
May 29, 2013 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
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QNPoohBear
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
Beth
Nov 02, 2014 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
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Jasmine
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.
K.A. Wiggins
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent entry taking things in an entirely new direction. I praised book 2 for taking (necessary and deserved) revolution and pushing back at all that anger, putting the emphasis on finding connection points and persuading enemies, instead of trying to destroy them. But The Forgotten Sisters pivots to show that sometimes standing up to wrong does mean getting a little savage.

Miri comes full circle as the new royal tutor when she's sent to the swamplands days before her pending betrotha
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Samantha
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fiction
This series is worth reading and one I would not mind rereading one day. This one actually made me laugh out loud. And again I stayed up late to finish.
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
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The Winter Rose
Apr 27, 2015 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
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Jannah (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
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Gretchen Alice
Jul 29, 2014 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
Erica
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
Jessica
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.
Mikayla
Mar 30, 2015 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.
anilee
Feb 24, 2015 added it
I'm officially adopting Sus as my little sister. Also, I'm all happy now.
Catherine Hawthorn
So I made a major boo-boo. I had picked up books 2 and 3 from the library and for some odd reason, only Book 3 made it home. Ooops....

Anyways, I greatly enjoyed seeing Miri again, with Peder, Britta, and Steffan. I really liked the twist with the swamp setting (as opposed to mountains before). How Miri adapts to being a tutor (with only one year of experience) and how to survive in the swamp just further proves her strength of character. And my little ship that I constructed in the first book di
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JoLee
Feb 14, 2015 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
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Liviania
Feb 24, 2015 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
Morgan
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
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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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