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The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

The Princess of Trelian

by Michelle Knudsen

Series: Trelian (2)

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The Princess of Trelian is the sequel to The Dragon of Trelian, which I read a while ago. It continues to follow Princess Meg and Calen, emphasizing Meg’s struggle to balance her new connection with her dragon, Jakl, and her responsibilities as the heir of Trelian. Calen, on the other hand, is struggling with his desire to learn and master more of his magic while being prevented from doing so by his master, because mages with a predilection for foretelling are convinced that he will be a danger to the Magistratum.

Overall, I think this was a solid sequel. The characters are definitely growing in complexity and the pacing was well done — there weren’t any times when I was bored or I thought things were being glossed over. It has the problem of second books in a trilogy, though, where it’s really just setting things up for the sequel, and it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. However, it still manages to have plenty of action and adventure for all of that, and I enjoyed the fact that those action sequences didn’t seem so conveniently easy to get out of. One of my biggest pet peeves in fiction is when the heroes are unstoppable and there’s tons of buildup to something, and then they solve it in a few pages. That does not happen in this book — the characters are sufficiently challenged with what they have to accomplish, which makes for an entertaining read.

My one complaint is the relationship between Meg and her parents. All three characters are either far too understanding or far too harsh (whichever is more convenient to the plot) at different times, and there isn’t much in the way of consistency. I didn’t mind this so much from Meg’s character, because she is growing up and is just learning how to handle herself and anticipate the end-results from her actions and attitudes, but it wasn’t explained why fully grown adults (who are rulers, no less) were acting rashly, and it bothered me a bit.

However, I thought this was enjoyable and would have LOVED it as a pre-teen, so I think it hits the right marks for its intended audience. I can’t yet recommend the series without having read the final book, but I will say that the first two books are a solid start to a decent fantasy series.

Also posted on Purple People Readers. ( )
  sedelia | Dec 30, 2016 |
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

This book. Can you believe the cliffhanger it leaves the story on?! No, of course you can't, you haven't read it yet. Suffice to say that it was very cruel of Knudson to wait four years to publish the sequel, because - seriously. I literally spent years foaming at the mouth to find out what happened next.

That said, what about the rest of the story, besides the ending? It's a good book, arguably funner to reread than the first book in the series (which had to focus more on initial setup and world-building). There is so much going on throughout The Princess of Trelian, from Meg's troubles with Jakl to Calen and Serek's issues with the other mages, and Calen's ubiquitous role in the upcoming confrontation with the main villain. I think it's pretty impressive that Knudson can make Meg do some pretty idiotic things in Princess - things that would probably make me despise any other character - but can still make me feel affection towards her. I don't exactly love Meg to pieces, but I can understand her reasoning and sympathize with her desperation to protect both Jakl and her country. I don't agree with the way she attempts to do this (and honestly, we are pretty much complete opposites when it comes to . . . well, everything), but I do understand her motives and I love her in a slightly-disapproving-older-sister sort of way. So, basically, the way Maerlie loves her.

As for Calen - ah! I love my favorite character. He has a hard journey in this book, and I feel for him every step of the way. It's hard to say too much about what happens, but from the moment the book begins he's being mistreated and doubted and judged . . . for something that he hasn't even done yet, and very well may never do at all. It's hard for him, because he's constantly being cut out of plans and kicked out of meetings, and while I'm also slightly frustrated with some of the choices he makes towards the end of the novel, I completely understand his motives and honestly don't really blame him at all. He was in a really tough spot.

I don't have much else to say about the book, because it's mainly build-up for the series finale, The Mage of Trelian. I love the Trelian series because the books don't dip in quality as they go along, and I highly recommend the entire series (barring any major problems with Mage, which I haven't read yet). If you get the chance to read it, definitely let me know what you think! ( )
  Jaina_Rose | Mar 1, 2016 |
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

I've been waiting for a sequel to [b:The Dragon of Trelian|4926996|The Dragon of Trelian|Michelle Knudsen|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320451741s/4926996.jpg|4992600] since 2009. And The Princess of Trelian is an excellent one, keeping all of the elements I loved from the first novel but developing the characters and conflicts that propel the trilogy's story arc. This is a sadly under-appreciated traditional fantasy series with two engaging leads -- Calen, an apprentice mage with a rare ability, and Meg, the princess-heir who has a magical link with a dragon -- and a saving-the-kingdom plot that gives them both the opportunity to come into their own. Sure, it's not groundbreaking, but it's familiar in the best sense of the word, and it's a great fit for middle grade fantasy enthusiasts, especially if they like dragons or magicians-in-training. Longer review later, maybe, if I feel moved to expand on why I love Calen's and Meg's caring but platonic, BFF-style relationship. ( )
  Crowinator | Sep 23, 2013 |
In The Princess of Trelian, Meg and Calen face dangers both familiar and new. Calen and his master Serek have traveled to the headquarters of the Magistratum for Calen's first official mage-mark, but while they are there the Magistratum is attacked by mysterious forces, and some of the mages think Calen is to blame. Meanwhile, back in Trelian, a neighboring kingdom claims to have been attacked by a dragon, and Jakl is their prime suspect. Meg is sure that Jakl has had nothing to do with the attacks, but she's been suffering from violent nightmares, herself. Could that have something to do with her link with the dragon? She's hesitant to discuss it with her family, because they are already mistrustful of Meg and Jakl's link. When Meg tries to take matters into her own hands, she manages to make a bad situation worse . . . and Calen, one of the few people who really understands her link with Jakl, may be too far away to help. Trelian teeters on the brink of war, the Magistratum seems to be breaking apart -- is there some evil force orchestrating events, and what roles will Meg and Calen play in how they unfold?

I thought this book was about on par with its predecessor. It's obvious that it's the second book in (most likely) a trilogy. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. A few new characters are introduced -- most notably the eccentric mage Anders, possibly my favorite character in the series so far. Readers who enjoyed the first book in the series will probably like this one, though they will doubtless be impatient for the release of the next book. ( )
  foggidawn | Jun 4, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763650625, Hardcover)

From bestselling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the thrilling fantasy follow-up to The Dragon of Trelian.

The hundred-year war with Kragnir is over, and Meg will soon be named the princess-heir of Trelian. But her connection to her dragon, Jakl, is making her parents' subjects uneasy. Will they ever accept this dragon princess as their future queen? It doesn't help that Meg is suffering horrible nightmares and sudden, uncontrollable rages -- and with the link joining them together, Jakl is feeling the rages, too. Meg is desperate to talk to Calen, to see if he can help her figure out what is happening and how to stop it before she or her dragon does something terrible... 

Meanwhile, Calen is having troubles of his own. He's far away, gone off with Mage Serek to receive his first true mage's mark. But his marking ceremony is disrupted by a mysterious magical attack, and ominous prophecies predict a terrifying new danger. The Magistratum's greatest enemy may soon reappear -- and the other mages believe that Calen himself may have a hand in his return! 

Fans of The Dragon of Trelian will rejoice at this chance to re-enter Michelle Knudsen's enchanting fantasy world.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:55 -0400)

Princess Meglynne of Trelian will soon be named the princess-heir, next in line to be queen, but her link to the dragon Jakl makes the kingdom's people more than a little uneasy, while a mysterious magical attack and some ominous divinations reveal that a much more powerful enemy may soon reappear and endanger them all.… (more)

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