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A Posse of Princesses [Hardcover]

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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.

Sherwood Smith is the author of over 25 books, in particular stories for children and young adults. She has been writing fantasy since age eight, and her best known novel CROWN DUEL is currently in its ninth printing.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.2" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   YA Angst
ISBN  1934648264  
ISBN13  9781934648261  

Availability  0 units.

More About Sherwood Smith

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sherwood Smith started making books out of paper towels at age six. In between stories, she studied and traveled in Europe, got a Masters degree in history, and now lives in Southern California with her spouse, two kids, and two dogs. She s worked in jobs ranging from counter work in a smoky harbor bar to the film industry. Writing books is what she loves best. She s the author of the high fantasy History of Sartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at or on Twitter at"

Sherwood Smith currently resides in Westminster, in the state of California.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
2Books > Subjects > Children > Obsessions > Princesses
3Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
4Books > Subjects > Teens > Literature & Fiction > Love & Romance
5Books > Subjects > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
6Books > Subjects > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction

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Don't judge the book by its cover.. or ridiculous name  Sep 7, 2008
Honestly, this book was refreshing and fun! It's not your normal princess-goes-to-a-ball tale, and as a result it's rather fantastic! There's intrigue, action, love, and best of all--the characters are easily related to and you really FEEL for them in the end.

I do, however, wish it had a different cover and title. Really, what was the publishing company (and author!) thinking?

I give it 5 stars, but I'm refusing to explain the book in this review. I just want people to look past the title and cover to read it. Truly, this is a book you shouldn't judge by the cover!
Trouble and True Love  Aug 15, 2008
I read this book straight through the day I got it. Then, then next day, I went through and read it again. The book is refreshing in that you don't just get one "stock" princess in the mix: you get a bunch of different princesses, none of them that are really the "perfect" image of what a princess "should" be.

Rhis, the main character, would rather spend time singing and writing ballads and playing the tiranthe (a 24 stringed musical instrument) than studying history and laws from her stuffy sister-in-law. Then a messenger comes from the Queen of Vesarja, inviting her to a rather "Cinderella" like party for the crown prince, where he will meet all of the eligible princesses and ladies from the surrounding kingdoms (and some of the princes as well).

But rather than being a simplistic Cinderella-like ball, there are meals, festivities, and other events leading up to the grand masquerade, where people get to meet each other and show of their characters. Rhis learns that words and people are not always as they seem (I'd like to write more, but that might give away too much). When the prettiest and most polished of all the princesses is abducted, Rhis and four friends take off after her (and a group of the princes soon follow), for a rousing adventure that just might change their lives forever (it certainly does Rhis's)

The first half of the book is about the party, the second 3/4 is about the chase, and the last little bit is done with letters and one final scene, wrapping things up nicely (but not everything, quite, so the ending isn't "pat") Don't let the mark "YA Angst" deter you from enjoying this lively, upbeat book. Sure, everyone in this book has problems, but they don't wallow in them or enjoy wallowing in them.
A Great Read -- the title tells you what to expect in tempo  Jul 2, 2008
This was a great read. I read it almost in one solid go. The book is quite fun. I couldn't resist the title.

The book is a wonderful study in manners, and insight into the concerns of young women trying to fit in.
fresh and charming young adult fantasy  Apr 8, 2008
Rhis, princess of the small kingdom of Nym, is going to a party: all the eligible princesses around have been invited to the coming-of-age party of Lios, the crown prince of Vesarja. Though Rhis feels out of place and plain next to Iardith, the most beautiful (and snobbish) of the princesses, she soon finds a circle of friends she can have fun and be herself with, and when Iardith is kidnapped, Rhis and her friends go to the rescue. The idea of princesses competing for a prince could easily be clichéd, but Smith's take on it is fresh and charming, with vivid characters, engaging friendships, and several delightful romances.
Crown Duel Fans rejoice  Mar 27, 2008
I discovered this author with her, at the time, duet Crown and Court Duel.
All the things I liked about those books are in this one.
Feisty lead character, intricate plotting, it's a romantic adventure. There's a touch of magic, and definitely humor. But at it's heart it is the story of a girl who finds her destiny by helping others with her own unique gifts. One of which is seeing others as people, not as their roles, be it servant or prince.

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