The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom… a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.
Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture- her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.
Like most fairytale princesses, Madeline longs for freedom, away from her overprotective father who knows how to turn everything into a rule. While she can live with that most of the time, she’s fed up when he decides it’s time for her to choose a suitor. All the men he wants her to marry are either arrogant and stupid, or ugly and old. After she runs away from the ball, she hopes that’ll be the last of it, but nope. Her Dad simply won’t let go of the stupid bethrothal stuff. Like it’s not bad enough, there’s also a championship to see who will be the princess’ new Knight Champion. Meanwhile, Madeline sees her chance to escape and enjoy freedom. However, the outside world is more threatening than she imagined and she soon finds herself needing her newest Knight Champion’s help.
The Escape of Princess Madeline is a nostalgic reminder of the fairytales we all read and enjoyed when we were still children. I very much enjoyed the story, and I can see how younger children would love it all the more – the girls pretending they’re the beautiful but stubborn princess, and the boys pretending to be the handsome and brave knight. The story is short, which is great for younger readers, but I would definitely say it’s MG. The vocabulary is too complex for younger readers, and the story a bit too long (it comes in at around 70 pages).
I also loved the cover art. The artist did a great job not only portraying the princess, but the action as well. A nice, fun read definitely recommended to middle graders.