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Princess of the Wild Swans Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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“As with her other fairy-tale interpretations, Zahler shines in her ability to set an exquisite scene.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Engaging and entertaining. A pleasant magical outing.” (Kirkus Reviews)
A suspenseful climax leads to a happy conclusion. Fans of Gail Carson Levine’s “Princess Tales” series who are ready for something longer and more novelistic will love this tale (School Library Journal)
From the Back Cover
Princess Meriel’s brothers have been cursed. A terrible enchantment—cast by their conniving new stepmother—has transformed the handsome princes into swans. They now swim forlornly on a beautiful heart-shaped lake that lies just beyond the castle walls.
Meriel will do whatever it takes to rescue her beloved brothers. But she must act quickly. If Heart Lake freezes, her brothers will be forced to fly south or perish.
With help from her newfound friends Riona and Liam—a pretty half-witch and her clever brother—Meriel vows to finish a seemingly impossible task. If she completes it, her brothers may be saved.
But if she fails . . . all will be lost.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful retelling. Zahler does a fantastic job with these retellings in a way that makes them perfect for the middle grade readers who love princesses but have no desire to read a romantic story. This book is full of magic, suspense and girl power. I finished the book quickly and had a huge smile on my face when it was over.
Appropriateness: This is a fantastic middle grade book that is also great for younger advanced readers. The story is fun and interesting full of evil queens and princesses without the usual romance that you would find in fairytale retellings. There is some nice vocabulary the lexile is 819. I would recommend this book to readers 9-13 with the book being short and interesting enough for a read aloud.
Princess Meriel is a fabulously written, strong young female heroine who will everything she can to save her father the King, her brothers and their kingdom from the evil Queen. I loved the transformation she has through out the story. She starts off being a little spoiled, and very stubborn (which I also admired about her) and becomes a fearlessness, courageous Princess who will stop at nothing to help her family. I also admired the fact that she felt she had the right to do whatever her brothers were doing. It's that feistiness that helps Meriel accomplish a nearly impossible task to save her brothers.
Aside from Meriel, I really loved the characters in this story. Liam and Riona, the brother and sister duo who aid Meriel in her quest to save her brothers and break the evil Queen's spell were two of my favorites. I found them to be just as strong as Meriel. I also enjoyed getting to know Mistress Tuileach. I thoroughly enjoyed Diane's exciting story line which is full of surprising twists and turns that kept me guessing what was going to happen next. This is a fabulous read for middle grade readers and for fans of MG books. If you're a fan of fairy tale re-tellings I highly recommend picking up this charming read.
As in the other two books, our heroine is a tween, this time 12-year-old Meriel. She and her five older brothers are surprised when the king their father comes home from a journey with a new queen, coldhearted Lady Orianna. The lady is surprised, as well--in the course of her whirlwind (read: calculating) romance, she had not realized her new husband had five sons. This puts a cramp in her plans to have a son and put him on the throne. Orianna transforms the five princes into wild swans, and it is up to Meriel to save them. As you may recall from the original tale, this means Meriel must weave five shirts out of nettles before it's too late. (It's eleven brothers and shirts in Andersen's story, but this is a minor change.) In addition, Meriel must not speak a word while she makes the shirts.
Rather than sending the princess to a foreign land and introducing her to a prince who wants to wed her, as in the original story, the author keeps Meriel around to continue challenging the witchy queen. Fortunately, there are other, nicer witches (or half-witches) around, and they help Meriel. She'll need all the help she can get, especially since the author introduces a new threat--apparently Orianna has been wheeler-dealing with the fay. The ending may be a foregone conclusion, but it's nice to see how Meriel's struggle with the evil queen plays out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Discovered Diane Zahler a few years ago. Sure love her sweet stories. They are perfect for my young readers.Published 2 months ago by I Love Cheese
Read nightly with my children we read at least an hour a night not able to put in down to get to bed on time... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Doctor mom
loved the book! literally could not put it down :-) totally worth reading............that's all I can think of cause the book speak s for itselfPublished on May 10, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I often read books for my mother who works as a librarian/teacher in a school and happened to see this book in my library's "Lucky Day" shelf which is often newer releases that get... Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Airmid
I'm not really crazy about this book by DZ, compared to her A True Princess and The Thirteenth Princess this one didn't really work out that well for me. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by MJ Stevens
My nieces and I have read all of Diane Zahler's "Princess" books and we love them - including Princess of the Wild Swans. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by L. Herb
Met all my expectations for a fantastical read. Loved the heroine even more when I realized she was only 12 years of age. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by tes