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August 8, 2011

The False Princess

imageTitle: The False Princess
Author: Eilis O’Neal
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date:  January 25, 2011
Received From: Publisher in return for a honest review

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.


I adore fantasy novels! I don’t think there are enough of them that are being published now days and I really, really wish there were more. A good  fantasy novel has three things, great world building, good and productive use of magic, and intrigue! This book has all of those things and more!

One of my favorite parts was the fact that even though Sinda was a strong heroine, she had believable reactions to things that happened to her. I mean I would not have enjoyed this book if she had been less traumatized by the things that happened her reactions to the things that happened are what made her feel more real.

The twists in The False Princess were my favorite part, I never knew what was going to happen next. Especially the last third of the book, it was shocking and action packed!

If you like fantasy or if you’ve never tried it I think this would be a good pick because its shorter than many other fantasy novels and it’s a standalone.

4.5 maps





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