The False Princess by Eilis O' Neal
Publication Date: January 25th 2011
Hardcover, 336 pages
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Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.
Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.
Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever.
A dazzling first novel, The False Princess is an engrossing fantasy full of mystery, action, and romance.
What an incredible,fantastic and totally engrossing fairy tale The False Princess is!Honestly,I just couldn't put the book down,while the whole time I felt that I was living myself in this wonderful world!
I can't even remember how many years have passed dince I last read something even close to a fairy tale.Though I loved them as a child and still have a soft spot for those kind of stories,it's been years since I read one!Surely,I never lose a chance to watch a Disney classic,but a fairy tale for older kids was something I haven't tried yet!
And The False Princess was the perfect choice for me to make the start!
Eilis O' Neal writes brilliantly!All the world she created,with the princesses,the magic and the contant twists and turns in the story,made it totally impossible for me to put this book down.I may be slept deprieved,but this book actually deserved it!
Everything in this story is woven brilliantly and the outcome is an irresistible book.
From Sinda and Kiernan,the main protagonists,to all those plots woven around the kingdom and the throne,The False Princess is a book that will keep you focused the whole time!
It's a multi-layered (for lack of a better word!) book,that follows Sinda a.k.a. the false princess,first through her life in the castle,later,struggling to cope with the new parameters in her life while living with her aunt,then,trying to become the better she could along with a bit eccentric witch and finally on her tries to unfold a terrible plot against the throne.It's safe to say,that after finishing this book I kind of felt that I had read 3 books instead of one,but I wasn't tired of it a bit!
Sinda's character is among my favorites!Although she started as a girl who thought had everything set in her life and she almost come off at times with no will to struggle she ended up by the end of the book,strong minded and ready to give even her own life for what she thought was right and just!The character development in her case was quite impressive!Kiernan on the other hand is... just amazing!The perfect mate for Sinda and their romance is slow going and when it does bloom,all the more worthy!
Apart from the main characters,O' Neal manages to create a set of interesting and well developed side characters!
As for the plot,is a total page turner!I really don't want to say many about it for fear of revealing anything because believe me,what makes this story so good are the constant twists!
All in all,The False Princess is a book I honestly recommend to everyone!It's a fairy tale that will charm younger as well as older reading audiences!