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The Princelings and the Pirates (The Princelings of the East Book 2) by [Pett, Jemima]
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Book 2 of 7 in The Princelings of the East (7 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2274 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Princelings Publications; 2.0 edition (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074AQU08
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,200,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read the first book, I was eager to once again follow the exploits of Fred and George, the Princelings, in their second outing. This book sees the return of favourites from the first book and the addition of some new favourites, most notably the tenacious Princess Kira. The characters remain extremely likeable and have the reader rooting for them.

The story is just as enjoyable as the first book, with more dangerous situations facing our heroes. The bond between brothers Fred and George is an important part of this story as they face these dangers together. The book is a great progression from The Princelings of the East, but also stands up very well on it's own so if you've missed the first book it will still be a highly enjoyable read.
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Having read the first in the series, this felt like being back on familiar territory. I'm growing rather fond of Fred and George, the intrepid guinea pig heroes, who find themselves plunged into another hazardous adventure, complete with swashbuckling pirates and beautiful princesses. As in the first book, the story is narrated in a fun and engaging style. The writing throughout is top quality and I love the witty chapter sub-headings.
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Really enjoyed this book as it is the 2nd in the trilogy, was a good original story and loving the development of the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for Readers of All Ages 12 Mar. 2012
By DMC - Published on Amazon.com
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"I am a Princess of the blood and demand to be treated honourably," she tried, and was glad to hear her voice sounding strong and serene.

So Princess Kira addresses her captors in the prologue to The Princelings and the Pirates. Kira is one of the strongest female characters I've seen in young-adult fantasy fiction, and I'd recommend the book on the strength of her character alone. She is indeed honorable, strong, and serene, as well as courageous, kind, and resilient. Her power comes from within and is not dependent on her relationship to any male character.

That said, we witness the budding romance between Kira and Princeling Fred, which is handled with delicacy and understatement. We also see the unbreakable bond between brothers Fred and George, a relationship that is deeply touching but that, again, is handled with grace. There's nothing cloying about Pett's characters or relationships. In a non-moralizing way, the work presents many lessons on how we should behave toward each other.

This is a book of richly detailed landscapes, castles, inns, and sea and land voyages. The action draws the reader in from the start, and the dialogue is intelligent and full of subtle humor. The characters are well realized, and readers familiar with the first book in the series, The Princelings of the East (which I also highly recommend), will note how returning characters Fred, George, Victor, and others have matured.

A sensitive reader can feel the influence of J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and others. As a beta reader of this book, I can say that Pett made many improvements from the first manuscript to the final version.

This book is suitable for children, teens, and adults, and I'm confident that all readers will thoroughly enjoy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' it! 13 Aug. 2016
By Judy Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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Palace intrigue, betrayal, kidnapped by pirates, young love, epic battle scenes, and injuries.

This is a tight, profound, well crafted, well edited (!) book with great character development. It's not scary, but touches on real life situations in a matter-of-fact way without hysteria. Overall story arc is incredible.

I'm buzzing through this enjoyable series and lovin' it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guinea pigs and pirates! 30 Sept. 2013
By Rebecca M. Douglass - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book last spring in a giveaway. A giveaway does imply some commitment to provide a review, but in no way dictates the nature of said review. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone.

Summary:
Our friends Fred and George of Marsh Castle are back. They've been living with Prince Lupin, and working on the development of strawberry juice power. But a wine shortage has darkened the horizon, and Fred and George join with their old friend Victor to visit Chateau Dimerie and find out what's going on. Along the way, they are pressed into service by pirates, meet a ghost, and are plunged into battle alongside an army that actually knows what it is doing. Fred and George are no soldiers, but they have guts and brains, and come out okay in the end. Realism is preserved (if one can speak of realism in a world run by guinea pigs and powered on strawberry juice) as no one escapes unscathed before making their way to the happy ending.

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I am delighted to report that Ms. Pett has returned in this second volume of the Princelings trilogy even stronger than she was in the first. Subtle changes have made me more comfortable with the idea that these decidedly anthropomorphic characters are, nonetheless, guinea pigs, much as we accept Ratty and Mole of The Wind in the Willows. The world of the Castles is becoming more clear to me, and the story is fast-paced. The action seems to me just right for middle grade children (say, ages 9-12, as the writing is not simplistic at all). Dangers faced are real, and there is some suspense, but violence is minimal and the ending happy. Fred and George are, as they should be, different men (er, guinea pigs) than they were at the beginning. There is just a whiff of romance, and a little bit of legal/political business at the end which may not be as exciting to young readers, though it is clearly important to the development of the series.

Ms. Pett's writing is clear and strong, the book well-edited, with very few awkward moments and no typos that I noticed. Her illustrations are, as always, delightful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guinea pig princelings, princesses and pirates! 7 Aug. 2013
By WLP Shadows - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Having read the first in the series, this felt like being back on familiar territory. I'm growing rather fond of Fred and George, the intrepid guinea pig heroes, who find themselves plunged into another hazardous adventure, complete with swashbuckling pirates and beautiful princesses. As in the first book, the story is narrated in a fun and engaging style. The writing throughout is top quality and I love the witty chapter sub-headings!
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read 15 Oct. 2015
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Our Princeling twins, Fred & George, face unexpected swashbuckling adventures in The Princelings and the Pirates. The adventure starts off innocuously enough - the wine from Dimerie has run out and the person that Castle Buckmore originally sent to find out why hasn't returned, so Fred, George, and Victor set out for Castle Dimerie to discover what's wrong. Along the way, they get kidnapped by pirates, meet beautiful princesses, as well as dig out long hidden secrets.

I'm not entirely sure why I didn't feel as engaged with this second book of the trilogy. I love swashbuckling adventures and I did like The Princelings of the East quite a bit, so I was actually looking forward to this one a lot. Maybe it suffers from the general middle syndrome of almost all trilogies. Then again, I think that the Princeling books can be read as standalones so that shouldn't really be a factor.

It could possibly have felt a little disjointed - The Princelings of the East centres pretty much around Fred and George, and is located primarily Castle Buckmore with the occasional time travel, but The Princelings and the Pirates has a much wider scope. In this one, we jump from Castle Buckmore, to Castle Dimerie, pirate ships, Castle Marsh and the deserted Castle Fortune, with a few other castles being mentioned and thrown into the mix.

Whatever it was, Pirates was still a pretty good read.
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