NovElla · YA

Princess Academy Book Review

I recently finished the third book in an excellent series. The Princess Academy trilogy by Shannon Hale consists of three young adult books, with some light fantasy elements. The combination of “princess” and “academy” just sounded too good to resist and these books don’t disappoint.

Princess Academy

Mountain-girl Miri is the books’ incredibly strong female lead. I first fell in love with her name. In the book, “miri” is a tiny but resilient mountain flower. Join the girls in the academy on Mount Eskel as they learn everything from commerce to diplomacy.

Palace of Stone


With the release of the third installment, the Princess Academy books were given new covers, shown below. What do you think? I really liked the original covers, and the new ones seem to be targeting a slightly younger audience. This puzzles me, since I was always pleasantly surprised at the complex issues addressed in each book, such as political representation.


Princess Academy    Palace of Stone 2   Forgotten Sisters


Princess Academy (Book #1):

“Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess…”


If you want more from Shannon Hale, her book Austenland is a fun and witty caper about an everything-Austen vacation. Austenland was even adapted into a movie with the same name.




5 thoughts on “Princess Academy Book Review

  1. I love this series too! The first one is the best, but the sequels were pretty good too. I do like the original covers better; the new ones are pretty but they do look younger, and maybe a little more frivolous?

    1. Glad to hear you like the series!

      You’re right; that’s a good point. Despite the younger feel, they’ve actually shifted towards the oh-so-popular yet superficial YA “girl in a dress” trend! The new illustrations are cute and may be more in line with some of Shannon Hale’s other books… but I was still disappointed that the third cover wasn’t in the style of the first two.

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