Monday, February 7, 2011

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

Stars: 4

*Debut author challenge*

Summary from Amazon:
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 have been looking for a good fairy tale ever since reading the Goose Girl. I fouuuund it!

Sinda had been training to be a queen since she was a baby. She knows everything to be known about how to rule a kingdom, and that was all she would ever need. Until, on her sixteenth birthday, she learns she's a stand-in, a fake princess put there so if anyone ever tried to kill the princess they would only get, Sinda, the fake. What. A. Relief.

The king and queen send her off to live with an aunt that doesn't know Sinda was even alive. Sinda wants to help her aunt, but knowing about politics can't help with dying the cloth. So begins her journey though all things magical.

Sometimes, I wanted to punch those royals in the face. They had no idea how mean they were being, UHHH!  
I dislike all the princessey aspects of princess books, which is weird since I enjoy everything else. The whole, "it's your destiny, and no one else can become the queen" spiel that's used in all the princess tales, annoys me. Am I the only one?

There were so many twist in this book. I tried to guess them all, but failed miserably.
 I cried at the end of the book , : ( so it must be good! I rarely get attached enough to the book to cry when something bad happens.

For fans of fairy tale books, the False Princess is a definite add to your TBR pile!


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog and for following. I'm a follower of yours now too. I struggle with fairy tale books, but this one actually looks really interesting and I really like the cover! Great post!

  2. I just picked up this book from the library a few days ago and I can't wait to read it! I'm glad to hear that it was so good!


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