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I'm a huge fan of this series and this book is every bit as good as the others. I especially love that fact that each book has a different heroine and we get to see them grow and change as they overcome their own challenges. This time we're in the company of Sofia the youngest princess who is convinced she's useless. But when her family are friends are threatened, she finds out she's far more capable than she'd ever imagined.
This is a warm-hearted treat of a book, the literary equivalent of curling up with a hot drink and a purring cat. You can read it as a standalone but I recommended getting the whole series.
This is one of those books. You know, the one that has 50 pages left and the clock reads 12:30AM, and you don't even care because YOU NEED TO FINISH IT?!
Yep. One those books.
I loved Aventurine. I loved Silke. I loved their stories. But Sophia? Sophia is MY GIRL. I adored her and every page I got to spend with her in this book.
There are certain elements in a story that - should they appear - will toggle my fangirl switch and trigger a fierce loyalty and affection for that book. Any one of these components will set off this fangirl reaction ingrained in me since my teens. And The Princess who Flew with Dragons didn't have just one or two. It had seven:
- Loveably grouchy heroine
- Girl who learns to open her heart
- Deep boy/girl friendship that isn't romantic
- Awesome girl/girl friendships (WHYYYY are these so rare in MG fantasy?)
- Broken-to-mending sister relationship
- Non-human main characters
When I get to the third book in a trilogy - forgive me, but my track record has been far from encouraging - I always anticipate it being the weakest. Not bad, necessarily! Just not as good as the previous books. The Princess who Flew with Dragons completely annihilated this expectation by being a massively enjoyable read that somehow - SOMEHOW! - surpassed even my great love for The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and secured a place as one of my all-time favorite fantasy reads!
in part because the main problem and its solution seemed too unrealistic, pat and easy. The betrayal was swiftly resolved, the danger didn’t feel real, Sofia’s self-discoveries and healing were too quick and obvious, and all opposition was dropped without much trouble. Yes, Sofia had to talk a lot to get what she wanted, but given her personality, that’s not exactly much of a hardship for her. I really liked the other two books, especially the first one, but this was just okay for me.