Thank you to Bloomsbury for providing me with an ARC of The Frog Princess Returns in exchange for an honest review!
Fans of E. D. Baker's The Frog Princess, rejoice! Fifteen years after the original, Princess Emma, Prince Eadric, and all the beloved characters are back for another magical adventure from popular author E. D. Baker.
Two weeks after Emma's birthday, Prince Eadric -- having been turned from a frog into a human again -- is still in Greater Greensward. One day, a beautiful princess named Adara arrives at the castle in Greater Greensward for a visit, claiming to be Emma's distant cousin. But Adara has other motives that threaten Emma and Eadric's blossoming romance.
Meanwhile, something is very wrong in Greater Greensward. Crops are dying, streams are drying up, and large sections of trees in the enchanted forest are withering -- all because the Fairy Queen has disappeared. Without her, there is no peace in the magical kingdom, and dangerous foes threaten to take advantage of her absence. Only brave, tenacious Emma with her knowledge of the land can restore order . . . but first she must set out on a journey unlike any before.
Brimming with lovable characters and page-turning magic, The Frog Princess Returns will bring a whole new batch of readers to E. D. Baker's highly acclaimed, wonderfully popular world of Frog Princess series.
I absolutely loved reading E.D. Baker's The Frog Princess series when I was growing up. Those books were always so funny and full of magic, great for fans of Gail Carson Levine. I was over to moon to find out that, fifteen years after The Frog Princess was published, Emma and Eadric were getting a new story! And yes, even though I read the original books years ago and they're definitely intended for a much younger audience, I couldn't wait to revisit the magical world I'd grown up with!
The Frog Princess Returns did not disappoint! Not at all. It had the same feel as the original, with a cast of silly but endearing characters, great lessons for young readers, and the charm that Baker has always filled her books with. And it was so great to be back in Emma's story again. The later books in the series follow some different characters, but The Frog Princess started out following Princess Emma and she was always the star of the show for me. Reading The Frog Princess Returns, it was like no time at all had passed and I was able to go back to a place that I didn't even realize I had been missing.
I definitely recommend The Frog Princess Returns, as well as the first eight books in the series, to any middle-grade readers who love fantasy, and definitely to older readers who loved this series when they were younger!
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