About the Book
Title: Princess Madeline and the Dragon (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #3)
Author: Kirstin Pulioff
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Caliburn Books
Number of pages: 135
Recommended age: 10+
SummaryAfter a season of battle and rebuilding, the Kingdom of Soron is exhausted. With the return of the exiled wizards, the Spring Faire, and her upcoming wedding, Princess Madeline is looking forward to a peaceful season of celebration. When the mysterious green dragon reappears, threatening the kingdom and the king, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden won’t rest for long. Faced with this incredible new danger, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden must find a way to lead their kingdom and secure their future. Can they find the answers hidden within their mother’s cryptic messages from the past, or will the dragon destroy everything they hold dear? Follow Princess Madeline as she embarks on a dangerous new adventure to save her kingdom and her family.
* Guest Post from Kristin Pulioff *Once upon a time, embracing the fairytale…
Fairytales are a staple of the literary world. But what is it about this type of story that makes it as appealing to generations past as it does to today’s generation? Let’s take a look at some of the main elements.
What I found is that most traits from a traditional fairytale can be generalized under one word: Charming.
- The common phrases are charming and theatrical. Once upon a time, a long long time ago, and happily ever after.
- The setting is charming and regal, with castles, royalty, and rolling landscapes.
- The protagonists are good natured and pure, rarely with character flaws and imperfections.
- Charming magical elements are spread throughout the story in terms of animal personification, enchanted items, and spells.
- The story is straightforward following a basic problem/answer approach.
While the traditional fairytale still charms, a more modern approach is added for this generation. Instead of the charming and perfect ideals, a more realistic approach reigns.
- The charming words and phrases are replaced with modern nuances, dialogue, and in some cases happily un-ever afters.
- While the medieval setting still dominates, new worlds and steampunk settings are increasing, and the royalty can be seen more as political and popular.
- The protagonists, while still charming, are flawed, allowing for character growth and development.
- The problem/solution equation for the story is often secondary or equally as important as the character driven growth.
- As for magical elements, – magic is still cool ;)
Keeping those ideas in mind, some readers have said that the Princess Madeline series is modern take on the traditional fairytale. Dreaming of adventure, Princess Madeline struggles to find a balance between the duties of leadership and her ideas of her future. Challenging the ideas of her father, the rules of the kingdom, and the safety of her knights, she finds that some adventures are more than she bargained for. Princess Madeline offers a modern perspective on the traditional princess story, while keeping the feel and charm of a fairytale.
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More Buzz About The Book
"The story is engaging on many levels, as is Pulioff's writing, but on this occasion I was mostly drawn into the action and the mystery as how to prevent the worst from happening. This is great entertainment and should do well across a wider age range." ~ 5 Star Review,ChristophFischerBooks, Amazon
"Kirstin Pulioff has saved the best for last. 'Princess Madeline and the Dragon' is the final instalment in the 'Princess Madeline Trilogy'. I thought the first two books were finely wrought stories, but this novel surpasses its predecessors. Prophesies, family tragedies, magic and - of course - dragons, combine to produce a tale that is an instant classic. Written with a great deal of charm, 'Princess Madeline and the Dragon' will not disappoint Ms Pulioff's young fans. I look forward to seeing where next her imagination will take this natural storyteller. " ~ 5 Star Review, Diogenes, Amazon
"Princess Madeline and the Dragon is an exciting and thoroughly satisfying final chapter in this fantasy/adventure series. As she did with books one and two, the author has created a fantasy world in a rich medieval setting that we can believe in--and want to visit, over and over...Along with adventure, a sweet romance, and a theme that centers on the power of love, you may find a surprise or two! If your tween or teen loves princesses, brave heroes and fairytales of daring-do, they shouldn't miss this one!" ~ 5 Star Review, Ally S., Goodreads