Palace of Lies

368p. (Palace Chronicles: Bk. 3). ebook available. S. & S. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442442818.
Gr 4–7—Desmia was raised to be the one true princess. She soon discovers that 12 other girls were raised to believe the same. Just as she's coming to care for her sister-princesses, a fire destroys everything. The pampered former royal finds herself on the run without the luxuries she's come to know. Though this title can stand alone independent of the previous two novels, only die-hard fans will clamor for it. An additional purchase.
When her twelve sister-princesses (Palace of Mirrors) are presumed dead in a palace fire, Desmia escapes a coup attempt with help from some beggar children and travels to neighboring Fridesia in hopes of finding at least one sister-princess alive. Though the princess-disguised-as-a-beggar-on-a-journey plot is pedestrian, readers will cheer Desmia's new realizations as well as her hearteningly happy ending.

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