About the Books
Title: The Escape of Princess Madeline (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #1) Author: Kirstin Pulioff Publication Date: November 4, 2012 Publisher: Caliburn Books Number of pages: 138 Recommended age: 10+
Summary: 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 in the hunt to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure full of twists and turns as she tries to find her freedom and answers to her questions about life and love.
My Quick Thoughts: I had the pleasure of reading the first two books in the Princess Madeline Trilogy (so far!) by Kirstin Pulioff. In the first book, The Escape of Princess Madeline, the story centres around Princess Madeline, who learns that she is to be married to a prince of her choosing. Head-strong Madeline has other plans and decides instead to escape from the walls of the castle. As she enters the forest, she is captured by a group of thugs. Prince Paulsen strikes up a deal with the King to rescue Madeline in exchange for her hand in marriage while Daniel, her true love and Champion knight, leads the hunt to find her before it’s too late. But Madeline is not to be underestimated. You’ll have to read the book to find out why!
The Escape of Princess Madeline has a little bit of everything: a strong female protaganist, teenage rebellion, young adolescent love, drama and suspense, and a touch of magic. Kirstin Pulioff did a great job creating a sympathetic character in Princess Madeline whom older tween and teen girls can root for and an adventure filled with danger. There is also a hint of a deeper mystery to be solved in relation to the exiled wizards. Pulioff leaves the reader hanging with a cliffhanger at the end of the book that hints at what is to come for Madeline. Yes! I was hooked after Book 1!
FYI, my daughter also read The Escape of Princess Madeline and she says, “I really, really liked the book. I liked how Madeline made up her own mind about things – I wouldn’t want to marry someone I didn’t know especially at 16 years old. I think girls 10 years and older would like this book.”
Summary: 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.
My Quick Thoughts: Once I read the first book, I absolutely had to read the second! The second book of the Princess Madeline Trilogy, The Battle for Princess Madeline, continues where the first book left off. The tension builds as more is revealed of the past and the wizards return to the castle. Princess Madeline is looking forward to her upcoming nuptials with her Champion knight Daniel, but Prince Paulsen lays claim to her and will stop at nothing to make her his wife. He and some rather unsavory characters hold the castle in siege waiting for Madeline to be delivered. But once again, stubborn Madeline has her own plans to end the battle peacefully.
The Battle for Princess Madeline delves even deeper into the lives of the characters from Book 1. The plot thickens as the great wizard Elias returns to the kingdom with news that the time of the dragons is coming. Pulioff does a great job of weaving teasers of the underlying sub-plot featuring the mystery of Madeline’s mother’s death and the ensuing exile of the wizards through all three books. Once again the author delights with another cliffhanger as Madeline and her friends spot a dragon unexpectedly soaring through the skies signaling their awakening. The Battle for Princess Madeline is another winner for Pulioff and I’m looking forward to reading Book 3, Princess Madeline and the Dragon.
Title: Princess Madeline and the Dragon (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #3) Author: Kirstin Pulioff Publication Date: November 26, 2013 Publisher: Caliburn Books Number of pages: 135 Recommended age: 10+
Summary: After a season of battle and rebuilding, the Kingdom of Soron is exhausted. With the return of the exiled wizards, the Spring Faire, and her upcoming wedding, Princess Madeline is looking forward to a peaceful season of celebration. When the mysterious green dragon reappears, threatening the kingdom and the king, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden won’t rest for long. Faced with this incredible new danger, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden must find a way to lead their kingdom and secure their future. Can they find the answers hidden within their mother’s cryptic messages from the past, or will the dragon destroy everything they hold dear? Follow Princess Madeline as she embarks on a dangerous new adventure to save her kingdom and her family.
Book 1: “Well-written, fast-paced, and entirely appropriate for its target audience (middle grade fantasy), this short but succinct novel (novella? It was maybe a little between a novella and a novel) tells a delightful tale of a naive princess who learns the real meaning of freedom. Kirsten gives her characters a sufficient amount of depth to make them genuinely likeable, and she leaves room for much, much more to come.” ~ 5 Star Review, Ally, Amazon
Book 1: “An inspiring thought provoking, and wonderfully written fairy tale by an author who transports us to a time in our imagination where everything is magical and possibilities are real.” ~ 5 Star Review, kathyls, Amazon
Book 2: “Fairy tales are filled with knights and princesses and castles and a special magical feel that takes the reader far, far, away into another world, another place, another time. The Battle for Princess Madeline fits the bill to a tee! Author Kirstin Pulioff has created a special feel to the tale of Princess Madeline with her own special talent for using words to paint pictures in our minds.” ~ 5 Star Review, Dii, Amazon
Book 2: “The story is well developed and easy to follow. The vivid scenes will transport young readers into the magical world of fairy tales with thrilling characters that have come to life. Another splendid read for young readers! I can hardly wait for a new book, Princess Madeline and the Dragon. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Mrs. D., Amazon
Book 3: “The story is engaging on many levels, as is Pulioff’s writing, but on this occasion I was mostly drawn into the action and the mystery as how to prevent the worst from happening. This is great entertainment and should do well across a wider age range.” ~ 5 Star Review,ChristophFischerBooks, Amazon
Book 3: “Kirstin Pulioff has saved the best for last. ‘Princess Madeline and the Dragon’ is the final instalment in the ‘Princess Madeline Trilogy’. I thought the first two books were finely wrought stories, but this novel surpasses its predecessors. Prophesies, family tragedies, magic and – of course – dragons, combine to produce a tale that is an instant classic. Written with a great deal of charm, ‘Princess Madeline and the Dragon’ will not disappoint Ms Pulioff’s young fans. I look forward to seeing where next her imagination will take this natural storyteller. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Diogenes, Amazon
About the Author: Kirstin Pulioff
Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids and church.
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