Published February 24, 2015 by Bloomsbury
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 interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.
As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.
It’s no secret that I adore Shannon Hale, and the third installment in the Princess Academy series more than lived up to my expectations.
“The Forgotten Sisters” is a delightful journey back into Miri’s world and reminded me how much I love the characters. It succeeds in bringing back the magic of the first book that felt a little lost in the second. Striking a deal with the king, Miri heads off on a journey to the dreaded swamp lands to teach 3 wild girls to become Princesses in her own mini “Princess Academy”. Upon arrival she finds that everything is not what she expected it to be and soon finds that she has just as much to learn from these 3 unruly girls as they do from her.
The best part about this series is the great friendships that Shannon Hale builds between her characters. I loved reading the interactions with the sisters and how they each have their own unique traits, but they all look out for each other. With the introduction of Miri they quickly embrace her into their lives and there’s such a great camaraderie between the four girls. Together they use their combined talents to survive and fight back for what is rightfully theirs.
I love how powerful education is in this series. Just by learning, these girls realize there’s so much more than can do with their lives and improve the lives of those around them. Each of the three sisters takes to a different part of Miri’s lessons which ends up shaping the characters’ growth and influences them to do things they never knew possible.
Don’t worry, the other love-able characters from the first books still have their role to play in this final installment. There’s still the ever-adorable Peder, her sister Marda and good friend Britta. Plus, Miri’s quarry speaking and the linder still play an important role in both the story and Miri’s personal character growth.
The Princess Academy series is such a strong, feel good story featuring great female friendship and dynamic characters. While there is a love interest, it takes a back seat to the main plot and only emphasizes the story and its characters. “The Forgotten Sisters” is an excellent conclusion to the series and speaks to the core themes of friendship and the power of knowledge that is introduced in the first book. If you haven’t read “Princess Academy” I highly recommend you pick it up and give it a go.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.Read More