Book Review ‘The Escape of Princess Madeline’

Title: The Escape of Princess Madeline
Author: Kristin Pulioff
Genre: YA Fantasy

The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom… a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.

Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture- her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.

Book Review

I doubt you’d like to marry a man/woman you didn’t choose. Well, neither does Princess Madeline. Except she’s a Princess, and that means she has to put her own wishes aside for the good of the Kingdom – yeah, right. Like the kingdom would care if she married or not. It’s her Dad, the King, who’s being annoying again. Madeline would do anything to escape the upcoming marriage, and what better way than to escape and flee the Palace? Except the Princess, whose never been outside unescorted, doesn’t really think her plan through and gets into more trouble than she thought possible.

Princess Madeline was a nice character. I liked her wit and humor, and her intelligence and passion. She’s very passionate for things she believes in. I thought some of the other characters, like the Knight Champion and the King, were a bit underdeveloped, but since it’s a short story, intended for upper MG or lower YA audiences, I guess that’s normal. The plot itself is fast-paced, the writing is decent, and the setting is well-developed.

I have the faint feeling, since the ending left some questions unanswered, that there will be a sequel. In that case, I’d really like to read it.

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