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A Posse of Princesses (2008)

door Sherwood Smith

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Rhis, princess of a small kingdom, is invited along with all the other princesses in her part of the world to the coming of age party of the Crown Prince of Vesarja, which is the central and most important kingdom. When Iardith, the prettiest and most perfect of all the princesses, is abducted, Rhis and her friends go to the rescue. What happens to Rhis and her posse has unexpected results not only for the princesses, but for the princes who chase after them. Everyone learns a lot about friendship and hate, politics and laughter, romantic ballads and sleeping in the dirt with nothing but a sword for company. But most of all they learn about the many meanings of love.… (meer)
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Interesting - I like Rhis, though she's a little too determined not to be what she's expected to be. The scene with the Perfect Princess when she accuses Rhis of being Princess Perfect (for her ability to appear calm and possessed through everything, among other things) is the most amusing part - having been in Rhis's head throughout, we know how far she feels from being calm and in control! The party never quite gets dull, because the story focuses on people and their relationships. The secret was - well, not a good idea, though it's a standard fairy tale one (and romances). The quest is...rather silly; the aim of avoiding war is good but the idea that only the princesses can manage the task is...well, it fits the "grownups can't do it right" notion (another fairy tale notion). And of course they succeed, through a great deal of luck and magically (sometimes literally) having exactly what's needed to get in/escape/defeat the current opponent... I liked the letters at the end, and the way the party did everything it was supposed to and then some. And it makes me want to read the bit in Wren again where the legend (as opposed to what actually happened) of this story is told to Wren - how Rhis affected Wren's entire world and restructured things. Enjoyable, possibly rereadable but not for a while. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Sep 9, 2020 |
I’ve been meaning to read this for ages. Sixteen year old Rhis is one of many princesses invited to attend festivities held in honour of a crown prince. My first impression -- of a nice-but-unremarkable story with an irritating audiobook narrator -- quickly changed. I got used to the narrator’s voice. I really appreciate Smith’s portrayal of social interactions and of group dynamics from the perspective of someone who is trying to understand why others are competing for attention. And once the plot took off, I was hooked. There’s a very Sherwood-Smith-ish twist that I didn’t anticipate, and I enjoyed that a lot.

I have mixed feelings about the ending. I agree that sixteen is generally too young for seriously committing to a relationship (and being a princess in a fantasy doesn’t change that), but I didn’t completely agree with the decisions made by an adult in response to that and I devoted quite a bit of time to brainstorming solutions I’d have found more satisfactory. But this is a minor quibble, because it didn’t actually change how much I liked the rest of the story. ( )
  Herenya | Jun 17, 2020 |
I read this in a single afternoon, I loved it. It was a little bit predictable and I felt more time could have been spent on the ending, but I enjoyed the characters and the story. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
This is a Sherwood Smith book that I’ve had to read for quite some time. Previous to this I read Crown Duel and loved it, so I was excited to read another Sherwood Smith book! It starts a bit slow but ends up being a fun read. This is one of those “princess” type books; about princesses who are finding themselves and finding more purpose in their lives.

I listened to this on audiobook and the narration was okay. The narrator could have done a better job differentiating between character voices (many characters sounded the same). The narrator also could have done a better job with emotion; most of the time her reading is very flat sounding. This is one that I would have been better off reading in paper format.

The book starts very slow with us learning about Rhis and Rhis getting packed up to travel to Vesarja. Once at Vesarja there is a lot of “mean girl” backstabbing; that is until a princess goes missing and Rhis and some of her new found friends decide to rescue her. This happens about 50% through the book and at this point things get more interesting.

I did like that Rhis and her love interest didn’t really have insta-love….they developed their relationship over a number of years and made sure to take time to become their own people before becoming a couple. I also liked all the friendships between Rhis and some of the other girls. Additionally it was fun how all the friendships of these young princes and princesses shaped the kingdom of the future into a better place.

Overall this was a cute story and a fun read. It starts out pretty slow but picked up pace about halfway through. I would recommend to those who like YA princess stories with some adventure and a bit of romance. I didn’t like this as much as Crown Duel, but it was a decent read. ( )
  krau0098 | Jan 13, 2018 |
I enjoyed this presumably standalone fantasy from a favorite author. ( )
  Spurts | Oct 29, 2015 |
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Rhis, princess of a small kingdom, is invited along with all the other princesses in her part of the world to the coming of age party of the Crown Prince of Vesarja, which is the central and most important kingdom. When Iardith, the prettiest and most perfect of all the princesses, is abducted, Rhis and her friends go to the rescue. What happens to Rhis and her posse has unexpected results not only for the princesses, but for the princes who chase after them. Everyone learns a lot about friendship and hate, politics and laughter, romantic ballads and sleeping in the dirt with nothing but a sword for company. But most of all they learn about the many meanings of love.

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