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Palace of Stone ... proves once again that with quick wit and brave words, one person really can change the world. SLJ on Palace of Stone Powerful and deeply engaging ... Readers who have been waiting since 2005 will find their patience well rewarded. Kirkus Reviews on Palace of Stone Hale's skill as a storyteller will charm her audience ... nobody else has quite the same knack for seamlessly segueing between the folksy, intimate charm of an extended fairy tale and the larger canvas and more epic scope of high fantasy. The Horn Book on Palace of Stone Hale is a master of fantasy ... A gorgeously written sequel. Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss Shannon Hale's books reignite my love of reading - that joy of having the time of my life with a great story. Stephenie Meyer, author of TWILIGHT Shannon Hale writes deft, lyrical wonderful fantasy Holly Black --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written three books for adults, Austenland (now in production to be a major motion picture starring Keri Russell), Midnight in Austenland, and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, the author Dean Hale, and their four children.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Princess Academy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599908735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599908731
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published The Goose Girl, the first in her award-winning Books of Bayern series. She has published seventeen books for young readers including the Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy and its two sequels, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, superhero YA novel Dangerous, and the first four Ever After High books. Her novels for the adult crowd include Austenland (now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell) and Midnight in Austenland. Shannon and her husband Dean Hale have collaborated on several projects such as Eisner-nominee Rapunzel's Revenge and early chapter book series The Princess in Black. They spend non-writing hours corralling their four young children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Bridget A. Whelan on October 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm re-posting this from my Goodreads account. I reviewed the book there, but wanted to share my thoughts here, too.

I finished this book some time ago and waited awhile before deciding to leave a review. I've been debating with myself whether or not my expectations were too high. PRINCESS ACADEMY is probably one of my all-time favorite books, and Shannon Hale is absolutely one of my favorite authors.

Let's put it this way: If this were a debut novel by a new author, I would probably give it four stars. Pretty good effort, and so much YA fiction published recently is not that great. A lot of it is over-hyped, primarily because booksellers have discovered that YA is a booming market, and terrible books like The Twilight Saga have done shockingly well, while "pretty good" books like The Hunger Games have practically smashed records.

But this is a Shannon Hale book, and the sequel to a Newbery Honor book. At best, it's a two star read. But I can't bring myself to give a Shannon Hale book two stars. She's too amazing a writer for that. So three stars it is.

I follow Ms. Hale on Twitter (being the perhaps slightly obsessed and devoted fan that I am) and saw her tweeting countless times about how much she shaved off from her original draft. Well, maybe this knowledge colored my reading of the book, but this really showed. The transitions between scenes are lightning fast and often make very little sense. The atmosphere of the city is NEVER explored, not in the way Miri's village or the academy was. I have no idea what the city is like, other than "generic fantasy novel city."

Characters are not given time to develop. There is a tutor who was basically as fleshed out as the wallpaper in Miri's new classroom.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By OpenBookSociety dot com on October 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting... until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she "should "help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city. Picking up where Princess Academy left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom. (Goodreads)


I guess Palace of Stone could be called pretty good. It's disappointing though, especially if you've just finished reading Princess Academy. You might want a good year or so before reading Palace of Stone if you loved Princess Academy to pieces. I think Palace of Stone is a great book, but it's just nowhere close to Princess Academy. I guess there's nothing else to say about my feelings now.

I absolutely hated the love triangle. Shannon Hale had so much freedom when writing Palace of Stone, yet she just had to put in a love triangle! It's pretty obvious that Miri would choose Peder; that happens in every single novel. However, if Miri really had chosen Timon, I wouldn't have anything to complain about. Don't get me wrong, Peder is the perfect boy.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Palace of Stone is the sequel to Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. This book follows Miri as she heads to the palace to study in the university there. While there she learns that things are not as good in the kingdom as she initially thought. The people are upset by the selfishness of the royal family and begin a call for revolution. Will Miri be able to save her friend the new princess while also changing what is wrong about their kingdom?

This book like Princess Academy was perfect. It's politics and philosophy inside a pretty package with a sweet heroine who wants the best for everyone. I tore through this book always excited to see what was next while reveling in the magical world.

Appropriateness: This is a sweet book that will appeal to a broad audience. It is written for the middle grade audience (10-14) but is interesting and deep enough for older readers if they can get past the title of the book. The romance is sweet and innocent, nothing that would turn off young readers. I would recommend this book to readers 10+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on January 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Miri heads to the palace to attend University along with the other members of the Princess Academy, and lovable Peder. Soon she realizes that things in Ashland are not what they seemed from the mountain. The country is in turmoil as the royal family and rich members of society are selfish and luxurious, while the majority of the population is poor and hungry. Talk of revolution surrounds the land, with Miri right in the middle of it. She gets thrown into a radical group that is willing to reform their government by force, even if it means putting the royal family in mortal peril. She wants the best for everyone, but can she save her best friend, now the princess, while also changing the corrupt kingdom?

This book is brilliantly done. Shannon Hale has written a sequel that is unique and original from Princess Academy, while keeping the magic alive.

Unfortunately, you don't see much of the other members of the princess academy, like Gerti, Frid, or Esa. Miri's relationship with Peder stays as it was in Princess Academy, meaning Peder is still keeping quiet about his feelings for Miri, while she is left doubting his affection for her.

You do, however, get a whole new cast of characters, including a boy who, unlike Peder, is outgoing about his feelings for Miri, creating a minor love triangle.

I think that this sequel is slightly more mature than Princess Academy. Instead of worrying about who's going to be the academy princess, or the Prince's choice, there's more at stake. Now, it's about the politics of the country, and how a few wrong words could put someone's life in serious danger.

This book would still be enjoyed by younger readers, but I think it is geared more toward middle grade audience (9-14).
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