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Palace of Mirrors

(The Palace Chronicles #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  11,734 ratings  ·  789 reviews
A princess-in-hiding and a pretender to the throne discover that nothing is as it appears in this exciting tale of mystery and deception set in the same world as Just Ella, from New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Cecilia knows that she is not just another peasant girl; she is actually the true princess of Suala, in hiding until the evil forces that
Paperback, 283 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 30th 2008)
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Aug 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
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Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well my favorite part was Harper, to be honest. I'll get to him in a second.

Writing style--4/5. Really good. Every now and then I got a little distracted because Cecilia would discuss something to the reader for a couple pages and I would get bored. But I was still very impressed.

Age choice--2/5. Cecilia was fourteen. Fourteen! Seriously! Just the way she acted and thought, the stuff that happened to her, it all spoke sixteen to me. She was one of the most ME characters I've ever read, not s
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is disappointing.
She's 14, and I'm younger, but even I could have done better.
She was supposed to be educated for God's sakes. Not a complete moron.
Did she honestly think that Desmia would just step down from the throne and say, "Oh, you're the real princess, and I'm fake. Well, now you're here, I guess I'll go now and abandon all the riches and food and starve to death outside the castle! (wide smile)"
Her good friend, Harper, decides to help her to get h
Merphy Napier
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
The plot had me guessing until the very end and it was such a sweet and devastating end. So happy I read this. I especially love how authentically our MC's thoughts sounded like a 14 year old. I loved reading from her perspective. Such a fun story!
Tessa Smith
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you always grew up as a princess in hiding? Then, what would you do if suddenly, there is a twist to it that nobody expected? How would react if everything you were told was only partially right?

In “The Palace of Mirrors” by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Cecilia has grown up always believing she was the one true princess. Her parents, the king and queen, were killed in a betrayal. The queen lived long enough to send her baby daughter into hiding, until the murderers were broug
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-teens
Shelves: fantasy
Picked this up at a B&N while waiting for others to finish shopping. I only finished a little over 50 pages but by then I was into the story, so I put a hold on it at the library. Going back to the world of Just Ella was nice and she even pops up in this story as well. It reminded me of when I was still a new reader and that was nice.

Cecilia can be a bit self-important but then again she is the 'true princess.' She is good if flawed but I didn’t dislike her at all. Cecilia does learn and gr
I put off reading this book for a long time because I didn’t really like Just Ella, but I shouldn’t have. It was really good. Though Harper’s name threw me, as it’s the name of the little girl who lives next door to me and this Harper is a 14-year-old boy. Love this book. Also, Cecilia and Harper kind of reminded me of Miri and Peder, which is awesome. I’m not used to reading fantasy from Haddix, so I almost forgot I wasn’t reading Shannon Hale at times. Except Hale is a Mormon and Haddix is a P ...more
Anne Osterlund
Celia is the true princess.

But she can’t tell anyone. At least she’s not supposed to. She has been raised in secrecy in hopes of thwarting the assassins who killed the late king and queen.

However, TOTAL secrecy is a bit unfair. And unrealistic. I mean, really. What is Cecilia supposed to do when her best friend, Harper, ditches her on a fishing expedition, then stops speaking to her due to a misunderstanding? Clearly, she has no choice but to sneak out of her cottage--in the middle of the night-
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Duh. It's a fantastic read and our heroine has MY NAME!!!
Clarisse Coughlin
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You are the true princess. We will protect you. We will keep you safe until the evil ones are vanquished and the truth can be revealed..." (Palace of Mirrors, pg 1)This is the secret that Cecilia has had to keep all of her life and in the book Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix. On a mission to protect herself when danger to her strikes in her own villae, she along with the help of her best friend Harper must take a dangerous and risky journey to protect herself and maybe Cecilia wil ...more
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Stewart
I listened to this book on CD, and chose it because I had enjoyed Haddix's Just Ella. This one really didn't work for me. The narrator read it like she was running through a sheet of exceptionally thick honey---S-L-O-W. I kept thinking "PLEASE, get on with it!" but the text itself took forever to have anything happen and would explain and re-explain and tell every non-interesting detail there was to tell, so I can't put total blame on the narrator.

The story had some nice twists built in but it
Rose M.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome!!!!!!!!! I could not stop reading it because it had a lot f drama, adventure and suspense. What was kind of weird was that it had a twist at the end that changed the whole story. I liked that there was a lot of foreshadowing in the story and it was really fun guessing what was going to happen next. From page 1 it is very interesting. At first I thought that it was going to be boring but I at least read a couple of pages and I really liked it a lot!!!!!!! I think you should ...more
Apr 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a horrible book. I was amazed by how bad it was, and didn't even want to finish it, but because I wanted to know how the story ended, I stuck it out, hoping the ending would be better than the beginning and middle. It's a book set back in time, when Kings and Queens ruled the land, yet the dialogue of the book is modern day, which was terrible. The main character Cecilia says things like "totally" and she uses phrases that could only be in modern day english. Also, the way she drones on ...more
I'm not always the biggest fan of Haddix's books, and it did take me awhile to get into this one, but once I was into it I enjoyed the story. She develops her characters well enough that you actually care about them, which she doesn't do in some other books I've read by her. I hope she does well with the final 39 Clues book!
Haley Judi
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was better than the first book. So much more enticing and thrilling.
Interesting little story. Definitely a twist on the "hidden princess" fairy tale. Cecilia and her best friend, a village boy who wants to be a soldier but whose mother insists he become a harper, travel on their own to the palace, when it becomes obvious that she has been discovered and is in danger. But things don't work out like they planned, and then the twists and surprises keep coming. I liked this, though it did take a bit to get into it. The "establishing the situation" part took a while. ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this better then Just Ella I think overall the story was more detailed though it still had some pacing issues where some moments went by too fast. The characters were well done and once again the story had a great concept.
Sophia Schuster
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was very magical and mysterious. I especially loved the background story that the author wrote. So-called princesses are hidden away and have another person standing in their place in order to protect themselves. This story has jaw-dropping twists and turns, which makes it even more exciting to read. Also, I found it very interesting to read about a king and queen era. Not many books are written in that era. It gives you a different perspective on what it was like for ki ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book I've never read.
A surprisingly quick read. I probably would have enjoyed it far more had I actually remembered what on earth happened in Just Ella, which I have not read in four years. I didn't realize until after finishing that Ella was...well, Ella, which made her seem like an extremely random and somewhat jarringly out-of-place character. Still, it was fairly enjoyable even as a standalone novel, apart from the prequel. I absolutely loved Harper. Sweet, funny, a musician (albeit a very reluctant one), noble. ...more
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the books assigned to me as a reader for the Garden State Teen Book Awards. When I picked up the book from the library I immediately noticed the pink cover with a picture of a princess on it and instantly let out a groan. This did not look like a book I would ever choose to read. But that is one of the benefits of being on the Garden State Teen Book Awards Committee, you read books you normally wouldn’t read. Despite the horrible cover of this book, I surprisingly enjoyed this fa ...more
Kristin Grieshop
The book called "Palace of Mirrors" is an excellent example of a 5-Star book in my opinion. This is a 5-Star book because it has some suspenseful parts in it, and it makes you longing for more, so you never want to stop!
To me, this book was partially difficult, yet partially easy to read. It was a little difficult to comprehend at first, I was a little lost in the story in the beginning, but as I continued reading, I got caught up in the book, and I quickly understood what was happening.
This is
Morgan Mescher
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Palace of mirrors was definitely a five star book. I would say this because the suspense, and dramatizing events that happened in this book. The amount of abuse done to prisoners and the switch of princesses. The book Palace of Mirrors is a book for young adults. The way the real princess has been hiding away and the people found her. The way the fake princess locks her up in a tower to "keep her in hiding." I would definitely recommend this book. This is one of my favorite books and probably t ...more
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the best books i have ever read! it is filled with all the great things a book should have. there is a girl, Cecilia, who is hiding for her safety. she thinks she is the true princess- along with 11 other girls. you have to read it to see who is the true princess, who wants to have them killed, and how cecilia gets to the palace with her best friend, Harper. that isn't his real name, he plays the harp, just like me! you have got to read this book! there is a fake princess, De ...more
Brooke N.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series. I actually read this one a while ago but forgot to put a review for it up. I really liked the characters. Though I felt like Cecila could be a bit of a whiner at times. And I wish we could have gotten to know more about Harper and Cecila's friendship/romance.
Another thing I really liked was all the plot twists! I didn't see them coming! It made a great fast read. The romance is cute and clean. Plus we got a visit from Ella! I for one loved Ella and was supper happy w
Más bien un 2 1/2, porque aunque se encuentre en la sección juvenil, resulta tan infantil como el de "Mi nombre es Ella" (y la verdad es que lo digo sin haberlo leído), que en la biblioteca se encuentra en la sección ídem.

La historia no carece de originalidad, y el final tiene su punto, pero en la sencillez del relato, la concepción de personajes y la moraleja, la cosa se queda un poco vacía para los que ya no somos niños, aunque disfrutemos de todo tipo de historias.
10-11 Estrella
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
i loved it! it has romance mystery and friendship! it has all the things i like to read about!
it was a little bit boring at the beging but then like in chapter 3 and so on the action came in and i just didnt want to stop reading!
cecilia is told she is the true princess of saula but turns out that
they are 12 other girls that are told the same!
i think this book is amazing! i think anybody that likes princess books are stuff like that should read this book!
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first this appears to be just another fairy tale, a princess in hiding and a pretender on the throne, but it has some unexpected twists. It's a fun read, quick and easy, and quite entertaining. I thought Haddix would be out of her element in this genre, but good writing is good writing. Definitely geared toward girls.
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written for pre-teens and MAYBE early teens. Far too young for my to enjoy but might be something I'd recommend to my 10yo daughter. Audiobook reader was awful. She read too slowly and the voice she used for the MC was grating and obnoxious. Unfinished, though I may give the print version a try again someday.
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more

Other books in the series

The Palace Chronicles (3 books)
  • Just Ella (The Palace Chronicles, #1)
  • Palace of Lies (The Palace Chronicles, #3)
“I rise up on my tiptoes. He's already bending his head down, moving his lips toward mine. And then, well, I haven't exactly studied this, but I'm pretty sure that ours is not the most expert kiss in Sualan history. It's a little hard to figure out how we should tilt our heads so our noses don't bump. But this kiss is a promise, a vow. Come to think of it, it doesn't really matter that ours is not the most expert kiss in Sualan history. It's still the best.” 17 likes
“I wish, peevishly, that he didn't know anything about how soldiers sleep, how they protect their fellow soldiers. It would be nicer if I could share the cloaks warmth with him, if we could lie with our faces together, whispering into the night.” 15 likes
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