Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Pirate Princess’s Review
Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.
Benevolence is not your typical princess.
With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben’s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat to her kingdom. Can Ben save the country and herself from foul tyranny?”
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Graphia; Reprint edition (May 4, 2009)
RATING 4 STARS
Princess Ben is one wicked awesome princess.
This book is about Princess Benevolence, a girl who soon finds out she’s different from the rest of the royal family. That’s basically the main conflict. Ben is not like the rest of the royal family. She is part of the magical arts. This book takes place in Ancienne, a fantasy land.
The book has four parts. Part one, to me, went slow, even though they were explaining the fantasy world, it was still slow. Part two kept me interest and made me love Ben so much! Part 3: the whole thing was an adventure that I would go on again. 🙂 Part four had awesome laughs, good adventure, and some funny but interesting scenes. Altogether, the book was good enough for me to keep reading. 🙂
The ending, has to be my favorite part of the book, because of the laughs, scenes, adventure, and how much it made me smile. The beginning was slow, but it made me realize, READ 100 PAGES BEFORE YOU GIVE UP ON A BOOK. I was on, like, page 76 when it finally got interesting. SO KEEP READING IT WHEN YA’ GET IT.
The character Ben was amazing. She has natural talent that shows more toward the end of the book. Prince Florian, I usually always wanted to punch his face, that annoying nuisance of a prince. Hmph.
I recommend to people who enjoy fantasy, magic, and princesses. I mostly recommend for woman and girls, teen girls especially. Girls, 9-15 might like this. If you want to read this to your 9-year-old, make sure they can handle blood, otherwise wait until they are older, just to be safe. If you’ve read The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, you’ll enjoy this book. Miri and Ben kick butt. 😉
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