Title: The False Princess
Author: Eilis O'Neal
Published: January 25th 2011
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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.Eilis O'Neal will have you entranced with this thrilling yet easy going tale, you'll just gobble it up without even realising how fast you breeze through it.
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.
I wanted to read The False Princess ever since I read the synopsis, I thought, and remain to do so after reading, that it is a unique tale in the YA field and definitely worth the read, for all ages.
It made me sigh, made me get teary and it made me want to give all the characters a nice big hug, and yes sometimes a little slap, but only when they needed it!
Watching Sinda transform from the shy quiet princess into an outspoken scribe-girl who stands up for what she believes in. Fight with the social norms of the society that she never thought to question when she was a princess and realise that she was in love; was fantastic, intriguing and a hell of a ride.
The build-up with Kiernan and Sinda was definitely worth the wait, I just loved seeing their interaction with each other, especially the end... so cute!
I will say one thing, whenever the characters in the book traveled to another place, we never really got the details, they left and then they were suddenly there, or close to their destination. I mean it wasn't a problem, definitely didn't need all the travel time thrown in, it was just something I noticed because you think ooh what could happen with all this time alone together... and well nothing.
I can't really mention all the characters I loved and hated without dropping some major spoilers, so I think I'll just leave this review short and sweet.
If you're looking for a fun heart-warming read that still has some gasp worthy scenes, definitely pick this one up!
The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal was another great debut book this year, and I'll definitely be awaiting her next release!
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