Introduced in the Princess Academy, Miri is back for a third adventure in the kingdom of Asland. In this installment, Miri realizes her dream of teaching, but far away from the home and people she loves, with pupils far more interested in keeping them and her alive than in learning History, Poise, and the Art of being a Princess.
With a strong start in her titular novel, Shannon Hale’s second installment dealing with city intrigue and politics felt out of place, but her third story is back up to par, putting Miri in a situation where her strength, honesty, and bluntness are put to good use. In order to avert a war, Miri is tasked by the Queen and council to prepare three sisters for a potential marriage to the neighboring old King. Yet mysteries abound; who stole the money that is supposed to being paying for the keep of the sisters? Why does their existence make the Queen so sad? Why does the linder show Miri a vision of twins at play, one of which is Astrid, the oldest sister, and the other unknown? Set mainly in a swamp where alligators and snakes roam, and against the backdrop of an unjust war, Hale weaves a coming of age story for the three sisters with the culmination of Miri’s discovery of her strength and the power of one girl to change a country. A fitting end to a beloved series.