About the Book
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+
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.
My Thoughts: In the third and final book of the Princess Madeline Trilogy by Kirstin Pulioff, the reader is once again transported to the kingdom of Soron where the people of the land are preparing for the Spring Market. But the celebrations quickly turn to horror when the great green dragon descends upon the market and burns the king alive. Using his last breaths, the king insists that Braden be crowned as the new king and that Madeline does not delay in marrying her true love, Daniel.
Shortly after their wedding ceremony, Madeline and Daniel head to their new kingdom, Epoh (hope spelled backwards!) along with some of their loyal subjects; while Braden must bravely lead his knights into battle against the dangerous dragon. The mystery of why the dragon is attacking the kingdom begins to unravel as Madeline and her fellow travellers stumble upon a nest of dragon eggs hidden in the depths of the tunnel connecting the kingdoms. Motivated by the power of love, Madeline knows what she must do to save her family and friends, regardless of the great danger she must face: the dragon itself!
As always, Princess Madeline is a strong female character, although for the first time in the trilogy, she is leading her people as they head to a new land. There is a more subtle change in, not so much Madeline herself, but in the way her friends and family relate to her. With the king no longer able to rule and with Madeline thrust into a leadership position, she is portrayed more as a strong, determined, and caring individual who has the respect of her family, friends, and subjects. This is in contrast to the earlier books, where she came off as headstrong and defiant. I felt that Madeline really came into her own as a character in this final book.
Kirstin Pulioff has accomplished something that I really admire in completing the Princess Madeline Trilogy – – that is, she has written three books that can each stand alone but that are elevated to great storytelling when read as a trilogy. Starting with the first book, The Escape of Princess Madeline and continuing into the second book, The Battle for Princess Madeline, the reader is given snippets of information that become relevant as the story progresses (e.g., the exile of the wizards, the “shell” given to Madeline by Daniel, Madeline’s visions, and so on). Within the pages of Princess Madeline and the Dragon, there is a great story that brings all three books from the Princess Madeline Trilogy together and which left me completely satisfied as a reader – a huge accomplishment!
Having read and enjoyed all three books in the Princess Madeline Trilogy, I can say without hesitation that the third book, Princess Madeline and the Dragon is the best in the series. There are scenes in the last book which had me glued to the pages. In particular, when Madeline and her followers are in the underground tunnels, the tension was palpable through the pages. I felt like I was actually there experiencing what the characters were. Without giving too much of the story away, I was also very moved by how the theme of a mother’s love was woven throughout the story. The author did a great job of getting me emotionally invested in the story and I just loved the way it all ended.
My Bottom Line: Princess Madeline and the Dragon is the third and final book in the Princess Madeline Trilogy book series by Kirstin Pulioff. Pulioff transports us once again to the fantastical land of Soron where magic and dragons lurk in the shadows and where we find a much more mature and well-rounded Princess Madeline. I found Princess Madeline and the Dragon to be the best book in the series and I thought Pulioff did a great job of wrapping up the trilogy. I highly recommend the entire trilogy to tween and teenaged girls in particular who love reading fantasy and adventure books featuring a strong female character. Ages 10+
* I received a copy of this book free-of-charge from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own. We are also coordinating the Princess Madeline and the Dragon Blog Tour on behalf of the author.
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“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
“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
“Princess Madeline and the Dragon is an exciting and thoroughly satisfying final chapter in this fantasy/adventure series. As she did with books one and two, the author has created a fantasy world in a rich medieval setting that we can believe in–and want to visit, over and over…Along with adventure, a sweet romance, and a theme that centers on the power of love, you may find a surprise or two! If your tween or teen loves princesses, brave heroes and fairytales of daring-do, they shouldn’t miss this one!” ~ 5 Star Review, Ally S., Goodreads
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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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