In this third book in the Princess Academy series by Shannon Hale, The Forgotten Sisters, Miri is sent by the king and queen to hold a princess academy for three sisters, cousins to the king, living in the western province of Lesser Alva. When Miri arrives, desperately missing Peder and her home on Mount Eskel, she finds three destitute girls who spend their time hunting for food while living in a linder house in the middle of a swamp. A corrupt man runs the town and intercepts the monthly allowance sent for the girls from the palace in Asland. In this environment, Miri struggles to prepare the girls for one of them to be married off to the king of a neighboring land in an attempt to prevent a war.
I had high hopes for The Forgotten Sisters and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. When I read Shannon Hale’s books I can picture the action and setting in my mind. I do not have that happen with any other author. The pictures she paints with her words are so beautiful, sometimes I have to stop and think about what I just read and savor it for just a little longer. There were a few twists, turns, and surprises waiting throughout this wonderful book. An excellent book from the first word all the way to the last, truly awesome sentence. Highly recommended!
5 (out of 5) Stars
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