Nov 25, 2012

The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff Book Tour Review & Excerpt

The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff
Release Date: November 5th, 2012
Publisher: Malachite Quills Publishing; 66 pages

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 in the hunt to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.

Book Excerpt 


Closing her eyes for a moment, she heard hoofs stomp across the fairgrounds. Each stomp seemed to match the beating of her heart. Thump, thump, thump. Faster and faster it beat. Heat radiated from her. She ran her hands over each other, back and forth, then tried to dry their clamminess on her dress. The smell of the horses, fresh dirt, and dust filled her senses and made her part her lips in a smile. The cheers grew louder and louder, forcing Madeline to open her eyes.

When she reopened them, she saw Daniel kick his horse to speed up his approach. His opponent lowered his lance and also began to move. The event seemed to happen in slow motion, hoofs stomping, men and women cheering, flags waving back and forth. Madeline looked away suddenly, afraid that something might happen to him. The men collided forcefully. The sound was chilling, and both men hunched over from the power of their collision. Madeline stood, her hands on both cheeks, checking to make sure they were all right. She couldn’t see anything. The cheers were louder than ever, but she didn’t know what that meant.

                The opponent, a knight she did not know, leaned backward and slid off the back of his horse with a jolt, while Daniel leaned forward, covering his chest. The crowd stood and roared, cheers exploding through the stands. Daniel looked up through the crowd, searching. Lifting his hand to raise his visor, he turned toward Madeline and smiled. 

This book has been by the the best written book that I have ever read. This way this author uses language to describe exactly what is going on is amazing. I find myself at a loss for words, the writing is so eloquent, I was instantly drawn into this book. I was disappointed that this story wasn't longer, but that didn't at all take away from the story.

The main character Madeline, is very relatable, aside from the fact that she is a Princess and being forced into situations she doesn't want to be in because of the fact that she is a Princess. She has the same dreams that most 16 yr old girls have. Has an adventurous spirit which is being reeled in my her 'do as your told' father. Her father isn't a bad man, but he doesn't see that his little girl doesn't want the same life that he has.

What happens to Madeline while she is out of the kingdom actually surprised me. I did not see that coming, but it made for an intense and exciting read. I won't say too much more, as I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I would have loved to have a lot more of the story here, so much more that could happen :)

Once we met Daniel, I knew that he was the perfect guy for Madeline and I was pulling for him to win her over, I just wasn't sure how that was going to happen. This is another place where I think there could have been more story, or maybe I just want more!! But he was a character I liked from the first time we were introduced to him.

The Escape of Princess Madeline is a very fast and fun read. If you are looking for an escape for a little while, this is the perfect book for you. You will fall in love with Kirstin's writing and will be eager for more, I know I am!!

About the Author:

Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management.  Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in North Plains, Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom.  When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business

1 comment:

  1. This looks great! Although I've never been a "I want to be a princess!" girl, I love princess books because I love fairy-tales :) TBR pile for sure!


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