Monday, December 10, 2012

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

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.

My Review:

I really wanted to review Christmas books this month, but I read this last week and thought it was worth a mention. I thought maybe we had reviewed this before, so I checked and, yes, Jennifer reviewed it last May. We have pretty much the same opinion.

The False Princess reminded me a lot of The Bayern series by Shannon Hale (Goose Girl, Enna Burning). It also reminded me of The Peasant Queen series by Cheri Chesley. I liked both series and so it goes to follow that I liked The False Princess. Definitely a book a would recommend for the other reviewers here and probably most of our readers.

Heavy on underdog teen overcoming all the odds, light on romance. I was pleasantly surprised in the beginning, but there were points, especially near the end, where Sinda kept repeating herself and being, well, kind of whiny when I just wanted her to finish up her story. I guess her monologuing got in the way of the action. I particularly enjoyed the character of Keirnan, who was not your typical brooding YA hero. He actually was, well, a hero. Pleasant, funny, supportive, honorable, understanding, reasonable, fair and yet still strong in his own right.

1 comment:

Jillian said...

I'll have to check this out... and the Peasant Queen series. Does that one have fantasy elements in it as well?