Friday, January 24, 2014

Princess Madeline & The Dragon - Book Review & Giveaway

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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+
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.

My Review

As with the previous 2 books, I was captivated by the story from the first chapter.  The story started with a prologue of the Lord Hawthorne's legacy where he fought and killed the red dragon, it is also during this batter that the Dragon's Gate was formed.  Next we were brought to a scene in the apothecary with the wizard Elias mixing some concoctions to help Princess Madeline to remember her occurring dream, but all she can remember is green fog.  The story then moves off to the outside where everyone in the Kingdom of Soron are preparing for the Spring Market, an event that every one is looking forward to after the disaster the year before.

However, it seems that good days are not here yet as a green dragon suddenly appeared, seriously injured King Theodore and threatening the people of Soron.  In view of the dangerous situation, it was decided that Prince Branden was to be crowned King of Soron and Princess Madeline to marry Sir Daniel the next day. 

"The race of the dragons to find the lost, he who recovers the orbs holds the line of the future"

Those were Queen Eleanor's late words and with that in mind, King Braden, Princess Madeline and Elias the wizard have to figure out the meaning of it and save the Kingom of Sohon from being destroyed by the green dragon.

Since the first book The Escape of Princess Madeline, author has portrayed Princess Madeline with a strong character, in this book she has taken her a step further.  She has shown us that Princess Madeline is as capable as her twin brother King Braden, she is able to lead and direct her people when her knight, Sir Daniel is unsure.  However I did see uncertainty from her people at times during their underground travel to Dragon Gate.  When the earthquakes caused the tunnel to start to collapse and on the decision to protect the dragon eggs instead of destroying them, the people pondered for a while whether if they should listen and follow their Princess as compared to those who are forever ready to go to which ever directions King Braden points to.  However such uncertainty is not unfamiliar since female leadership has been met with doubts and questions since so long ago.

It would have been a perfect book if not for the few typos in the book; a dragon's tail was written as tale.  I thought this book will be more suitable for kids 12 years old and above due to a few intimacy scenes such as when Sir Daniel kissed Princess Madeline.  Younger kids may think it's [the kissing] gross and some may not understand a few scenes like when both of them looked "knowingly at each other without speaking words.

I am not a fan of kings, queens, knights etc but found myself enjoying the book, especially with its "living happily ever after" ending.

More Buzz About The Book

"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


About the Author: Kirstin Pulioff

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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Disclaimer : We received a pdf copy of the book Princess Madeline & The Dragon for the purpose of giving our honest review on the book.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in the Princess Madeline and the Dragon Blog Tour. I appreciate what you said about the intimacy between Madeline and Daniel how that may go over with younger tweens. I think that's a good point! Glad you enjoyed the series!