by First Mate Keira

Title: The Secret Prince (Knightley Academy, Book 2)
Author: Violet Haberdasher
Format: Trade Paperback
Page Count: 503 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: Knightley Academy is back in session for the last term of the first year. At school, Henry Grim and his friends notice that their professors are making very pointed changes to the curriculum. It seems that Knightley Academy wants it's students to learn the art of war, something disallowed by the Longsword Treaty, and everyone's working on finding legal ways around it. Havelock teaches about past revolutions, a new drills professor teaches them how to march in parade, their fencing instructor points out strategies in combat against another opponent, and more. Change is coming and nobody can avoid it, especially not Henry Grim.

Why I started this book:

I found the first book of the Knightley Academy trilogy on the new YA releases shelf at my local library and totally loved it. Sometime after The Secret Prince had a release date I wrote an email to the book publicist, explaining who I was and why I wanted the book. I was given an ARC copy and I promptly read it within days of its arrival on my doorstep.

Likes:

  • The title is a big clue to a certain revelation in the last half of the book. I should have guessed who the Secret Prince was, but alas I did not. Good job! I also like what this means for the Knightley Academy Trilogy. It’s such a neat plot twist.
  • I like how Valmont and Henry end up as allies. Not something you usually see in a series and I really liked it. I can't imagine Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter ever getting along like this. ;)
  • The Secret Battle Society – how wicked cool is that? I liked how everybody ended up teaching skills they knew, learned/mastered to the others.
  • The friendship between Adam Beckerman and Henry Grim, even as it’s tested by liking the same girl. Henry watches out for Adam in the Nordlands. Adam sticks by Henry through thick and thin and tries to keep the mood light.
  • Adam, Frankie, and Henry's time at Partisan Keep as school servants.

Toss-Up:

  • I’m not sure how I feel about Rohan splitting from the other two boys. He couldn’t stay as he was with his overly cautious and disapproving air. That just wouldn’t have worked. Usually this type of division doesn’t occur with best friends in YA books, but it was realistic to the story.
  • Frankie (the only girl in the trilogy with any real page time so far) got on my nerves in this book. She didn’t stay there, but she said and did lots of stupid things. She’s a gal out of time that one.
  • The doctor… the scary bad guy who “cures your health” in Nordlands. I don’t want to give much away here, but this guy has got to be taken down by the end of the trilogy or else I will not be happy! lol A bad guy if there ever was one.

Last Minute Thoughts: I really like how this series is shaping up and I can’t wait for the conclusion. Book two is a strong addition to the trilogy and really sets the story up for the final resolution.

Buy: The Secret Prince (Knightley Academy), Knightley Academy

Rating: 5 Treasure Chests

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