Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

Author : Eilis O'Neal
Pages: 319 pages, Hardcover
Published: January 25th 2011 by EgmontUSA
Favorite Quote:
"This was what I had now. Just this. I had to make it enough.” Eilis O'Neal, The False Princess
Summary: 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

                               So Hit or Miss
 This is a great fantasy. It’s so charming. I adored every character, but my favorite had to be Sinda (Nalia #1). This setting was so complete. I could literally draw a map in my head of this seemingly real world. Nothing was left to guessing where the setting was concerned. The start was so drawing, the character interaction was breathtaking and I remained captivated by this novel.
Upon finding that Nalia is not the real princess, she is sent to her only remaining relative bearing only a few items sanctioned by the royal family, money enough to live a simple life and a new name, Sinda. I love that Sinda is such a strong character. All her breeding made for a strong and sophicated young woman and heroine. Even placed in a trying situation she remains steadfast and works hard knowing that she is highly disadvantage.
The hurt she harbors, the betrayal she feels deep inside, all of this she keeps on the back burner, trying as she always has to do her duty to the crown. At first I thought Sinda was going to exploded and break into war. But more in more I saw Sinda as a person and she really loved her people and her country more than anything else. In this she is selfless.
When Sinda unravels the conspiracy to destroy the crown and royal family, her adventure takes her into danger, but still she continues.
I love the depth that went into this book. Sinda with her magic finally un suppressed finds herself a wizard scribe introducing more fun characters. The romance with her childhood friend Kiernan is something that was so lovely. It went up and down and still stayed present. I don’t want to give to much away but this story is so awesome! Magic and Mystery and Conspiracies Oh MY!

A true and enjoyable YA Fantasy!


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