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The Princelings and the Pirates (The Princelings of the East Book 2) by [Pett, Jemima]
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The Princelings of the East is a trilogy relating the adventures of unlikely heroes Fred and George. Two innocents abroad, they solve problems caused by unintended consequences, commercial greed, and blind prejudice—and still find time to engage in troubled love affairs and nearly blow themselves up with their own inventions.

The opening of The Princelings and the Pirates, the second book in the series, finds Fred and George happily pursuing their interests and enjoying the hospitality of Castle Buckmore. When Prince Lupin of Buckmore announces his unhappiness with the wine, they set off to discover what has gone wrong at the winery. Captured by pirates, shipwrecked, and in danger for their very lives, the heroes are drawn into the Battle of Dimerie, where Fred meets his true love and George gets more than he bargained for.

Suitable for good readers age 10 and over, The Princelings and the Pirates is a fantasy adventure combining a generous amount of swashbuckling with a dash of concern at society's ills spiced with the stirrings of a first love interest.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2274 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
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  • Publisher: Princelings Publications; 2.0 edition (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074AQU08
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This is the second book I've read by this author and this one is even a little stronger then the first one. I have really became fond of Fred and George, the unbreakable bond these two brothers have is amazing. The relationship is just so touching and deep. If we as people had an relationship with each other like these guinea pigs do this would be a special world we live in. The author has put so much action in those books that they just draw you in and holds you there from start to finish. I totally recommend that if you have children from teen age to adults age tell them to give these amazing books a try they won't be disappointed .
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HASH(0xa39c11bc) out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for Readers of All Ages March 11 2012
By DMC - Published on
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"I am a Princess of the blood and demand to be treated honourably," she tried, and was glad to hear her voice sounding strong and serene.

So Princess Kira addresses her captors in the prologue to The Princelings and the Pirates. Kira is one of the strongest female characters I've seen in young-adult fantasy fiction, and I'd recommend the book on the strength of her character alone. She is indeed honorable, strong, and serene, as well as courageous, kind, and resilient. Her power comes from within and is not dependent on her relationship to any male character.

That said, we witness the budding romance between Kira and Princeling Fred, which is handled with delicacy and understatement. We also see the unbreakable bond between brothers Fred and George, a relationship that is deeply touching but that, again, is handled with grace. There's nothing cloying about Pett's characters or relationships. In a non-moralizing way, the work presents many lessons on how we should behave toward each other.

This is a book of richly detailed landscapes, castles, inns, and sea and land voyages. The action draws the reader in from the start, and the dialogue is intelligent and full of subtle humor. The characters are well realized, and readers familiar with the first book in the series, The Princelings of the East (which I also highly recommend), will note how returning characters Fred, George, Victor, and others have matured.

A sensitive reader can feel the influence of J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and others. As a beta reader of this book, I can say that Pett made many improvements from the first manuscript to the final version.

This book is suitable for children, teens, and adults, and I'm confident that all readers will thoroughly enjoy it.
HASH(0xa3b24a34) out of 5 stars Guinea pigs and pirates! Sept. 29 2013
By Rebecca M. Douglass - Published on
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I received this book last spring in a giveaway. A giveaway does imply some commitment to provide a review, but in no way dictates the nature of said review. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone.

Our friends Fred and George of Marsh Castle are back. They've been living with Prince Lupin, and working on the development of strawberry juice power. But a wine shortage has darkened the horizon, and Fred and George join with their old friend Victor to visit Chateau Dimerie and find out what's going on. Along the way, they are pressed into service by pirates, meet a ghost, and are plunged into battle alongside an army that actually knows what it is doing. Fred and George are no soldiers, but they have guts and brains, and come out okay in the end. Realism is preserved (if one can speak of realism in a world run by guinea pigs and powered on strawberry juice) as no one escapes unscathed before making their way to the happy ending.

I am delighted to report that Ms. Pett has returned in this second volume of the Princelings trilogy even stronger than she was in the first. Subtle changes have made me more comfortable with the idea that these decidedly anthropomorphic characters are, nonetheless, guinea pigs, much as we accept Ratty and Mole of The Wind in the Willows. The world of the Castles is becoming more clear to me, and the story is fast-paced. The action seems to me just right for middle grade children (say, ages 9-12, as the writing is not simplistic at all). Dangers faced are real, and there is some suspense, but violence is minimal and the ending happy. Fred and George are, as they should be, different men (er, guinea pigs) than they were at the beginning. There is just a whiff of romance, and a little bit of legal/political business at the end which may not be as exciting to young readers, though it is clearly important to the development of the series.

Ms. Pett's writing is clear and strong, the book well-edited, with very few awkward moments and no typos that I noticed. Her illustrations are, as always, delightful.
HASH(0xa39bcd50) out of 5 stars Pretty good read Oct. 15 2015
By Anna - Published on
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Our Princeling twins, Fred & George, face unexpected swashbuckling adventures in The Princelings and the Pirates. The adventure starts off innocuously enough - the wine from Dimerie has run out and the person that Castle Buckmore originally sent to find out why hasn't returned, so Fred, George, and Victor set out for Castle Dimerie to discover what's wrong. Along the way, they get kidnapped by pirates, meet beautiful princesses, as well as dig out long hidden secrets.

I'm not entirely sure why I didn't feel as engaged with this second book of the trilogy. I love swashbuckling adventures and I did like The Princelings of the East quite a bit, so I was actually looking forward to this one a lot. Maybe it suffers from the general middle syndrome of almost all trilogies. Then again, I think that the Princeling books can be read as standalones so that shouldn't really be a factor.

It could possibly have felt a little disjointed - The Princelings of the East centres pretty much around Fred and George, and is located primarily Castle Buckmore with the occasional time travel, but The Princelings and the Pirates has a much wider scope. In this one, we jump from Castle Buckmore, to Castle Dimerie, pirate ships, Castle Marsh and the deserted Castle Fortune, with a few other castles being mentioned and thrown into the mix.

Whatever it was, Pirates was still a pretty good read.
HASH(0xa39d0dbc) out of 5 stars Guinea pig princelings, princesses and pirates! Aug. 7 2013
By WLP Shadows - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Having read the first in the series, this felt like being back on familiar territory. I'm growing rather fond of Fred and George, the intrepid guinea pig heroes, who find themselves plunged into another hazardous adventure, complete with swashbuckling pirates and beautiful princesses. As in the first book, the story is narrated in a fun and engaging style. The writing throughout is top quality and I love the witty chapter sub-headings!