Title: The Battle for Princess Madeline
Author: Kirstin Pulioff
Pages: Kindle; 156
Release Date: May 2013
Source: Prism Book Tours
Content Screening: Mild Violence
HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who enjoy sweet and short Fantasy reads
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The Kingdom of Soron bustled with activity as preparations for the Fall Festival began. Lively merchants, hardworking farmers, and musicians eagerly awaited this event of harvest and joy. This year’s festival was even more important, as they celebrated Princess Madeline’s betrothal to her knight champion, Daniel.
Celebration quickly turns to disaster as Prince Paulsen returns with curious demands, either Princess Madeline will be his, or no ones. Rejection turns to obsession and battle is declared.
In a tense struggle to decide her future, Princess Madeline must choose where to put her trust… in the king’s tried and true plan, the wizard’s cryptic messages and maps, or her own sense of bravery. Follow Princess Madeline on this adventure as she battles evil in an attempt to create a future of love and magic.
Continuing the story of Princess Madeline and her royal family, The Battle for Princess Madeline was a short and sweet read. I didn't have the opportunity to read Madeline's first story, but I can absolutely say that this reads as a standalone just fine! All the characters are introduced well, and we are even given a look into the past to catch us up a bit.
I enjoyed following Madeline on her adventures. She's a witty and vibrant heroine. One that readers will love! I especially loved how stubborn she was when it came to handling whatever needed to be done. I'm still not entirely sure whether this was written for Middle Grade or Young Adult readers, but I will say that the writing is simple enough to transcend both reading levels. I found it a little slow at times, but then again the descriptive writing here is important to the overall story.
I'd like to go back and read the first book to see how Madeline and her brother grow up. The one thing I really wished for, honestly, was more book! This is a very short read and it seems like a few things were rushed. I wanted more insight into the characters and their dilemmas. Truth be told, I'd happily read more pages if it meant seeing more into the world that Kirstin Pulioff builds. One of wizards, magic, and bravery.
If you are a fan of Fantasy reads, or have a young reader who loves brave heroines, this is a read you should absolutely check out.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.