- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Blurb (January 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1320567355
- ISBN-13: 978-1320567350
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,264,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Princelings and the Pirates Paperback – January 5, 2017
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Top Customer Reviews
So Princess Kira addresses her captors in the prologue to The Princelings and the Pirates. Kira is one of the strongest female characters I've seen in young-adult fantasy fiction, and I'd recommend the book on the strength of her character alone. She is indeed honorable, strong, and serene, as well as courageous, kind, and resilient. Her power comes from within and is not dependent on her relationship to any male character.
That said, we witness the budding romance between Kira and Princeling Fred, which is handled with delicacy and understatement. We also see the unbreakable bond between brothers Fred and George, a relationship that is deeply touching but that, again, is handled with grace. There's nothing cloying about Pett's characters or relationships. In a non-moralizing way, the work presents many lessons on how we should behave toward each other.
This is a book of richly detailed landscapes, castles, inns, and sea and land voyages. The action draws the reader in from the start, and the dialogue is intelligent and full of subtle humor. The characters are well realized, and readers familiar with the first book in the series, The Princelings of the East (which I also highly recommend), will note how returning characters Fred, George, Victor, and others have matured.
A sensitive reader can feel the influence of J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and others. As a beta reader of this book, I can say that Pett made many improvements from the first manuscript to the final version.
This book is suitable for children, teens, and adults, and I'm confident that all readers will thoroughly enjoy it.
I'm not entirely sure why I didn't feel as engaged with this second book of the trilogy. I love swashbuckling adventures and I did like The Princelings of the East quite a bit, so I was actually looking forward to this one a lot. Maybe it suffers from the general middle syndrome of almost all trilogies. Then again, I think that the Princeling books can be read as standalones so that shouldn't really be a factor.
It could possibly have felt a little disjointed - The Princelings of the East centres pretty much around Fred and George, and is located primarily Castle Buckmore with the occasional time travel, but The Princelings and the Pirates has a much wider scope. In this one, we jump from Castle Buckmore, to Castle Dimerie, pirate ships, Castle Marsh and the deserted Castle Fortune, with a few other castles being mentioned and thrown into the mix.
Whatever it was, Pirates was still a pretty good read.
This is a tight, profound, well crafted, well edited (!) book with great character development. It's not scary, but touches on real life situations in a matter-of-fact way without hysteria. Overall story arc is incredible.
I'm buzzing through this enjoyable series and lovin' it.
Our friends Fred and George of Marsh Castle are back. They've been living with Prince Lupin, and working on the development of strawberry juice power. But a wine shortage has darkened the horizon, and Fred and George join with their old friend Victor to visit Chateau Dimerie and find out what's going on. Along the way, they are pressed into service by pirates, meet a ghost, and are plunged into battle alongside an army that actually knows what it is doing. Fred and George are no soldiers, but they have guts and brains, and come out okay in the end. Realism is preserved (if one can speak of realism in a world run by guinea pigs and powered on strawberry juice) as no one escapes unscathed before making their way to the happy ending.
I am delighted to report that Ms. Pett has returned in this second volume of the Princelings trilogy even stronger than she was in the first. Subtle changes have made me more comfortable with the idea that these decidedly anthropomorphic characters are, nonetheless, guinea pigs, much as we accept Ratty and Mole of The Wind in the Willows. The world of the Castles is becoming more clear to me, and the story is fast-paced. The action seems to me just right for middle grade children (say, ages 9-12, as the writing is not simplistic at all). Dangers faced are real, and there is some suspense, but violence is minimal and the ending happy. Fred and George are, as they should be, different men (er, guinea pigs) than they were at the beginning. There is just a whiff of romance, and a little bit of legal/political business at the end which may not be as exciting to young readers, though it is clearly important to the development of the series.
Ms. Pett's writing is clear and strong, the book well-edited, with very few awkward moments and no typos that I noticed. Her illustrations are, as always, delightful.