Author: Eilis O'Neal
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Overall: I loved it!!!!
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.Review: I love fantasy. After reading so many different books about fantasy worlds and fantasy characters, I’ve been dying to get my hands on something really good. I heard about this book A LONG time ago and I’ve been waiting for it to be ready for reviewing. When I got my hands on it, I read it immediately. I was looking for something good. Eilis O’Neal delivered.
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.
In most fantasies, a lot of the plot and story are focused on explain the world and how everything works. While this is a good idea, it’s not always the most fun stuff to read about. It was not the case with this book. O’Neal took her time explaining everything about this world and its people. It was not at all loaded because everything had its own time to be revealed. Oh the secrecy! And the twists and turns and the seemingly predictable plot. Believe me, O’Neal thought this plot out through because just when I thought I knew who it was or what was happening, BAM! Something would come in and change all of that.
O’Neal has a great clear cut writing style that takes time to develop but it’s not too fast or too slow; it’s just right. She writes her characters to be believable people and people we can relate to even though they live in a fantasy world. She gives her characters a defined voice and is able to write it that way throughout the novel. The False Princess is a great start to a wonderful writing career!
Now if I found out that I wasn’t the real princess but rather a poor girl in the real princess’s place, I’d freak out. Actually, “freak out” doesn’t even begin to cover what I’d be doing. Sinda, though, takes it so well. She’s struggling yes and it’s upsetting, but she realizes early on that that’s not going to help her. If she’s going to figure out what’s going on, she’s going to need to be calm and collected. She knew what she wanted and she knew how to get it. She grew up never changing what she believed in and I was happy when after the reveling, she didn’t change her beliefs. Kiernan was a great friend and he’s always there for her. O’Neal doesn’t jump to the two of them falling right in love but she takes time to develop their relationship as Sinda and Kiernan, not Kiernan and the Princess. He was a great character who was well developed and come on, there was romance, GOOD, well written romance, so of course I loved it. I think you will to! J
One of the best fantasies’s of this year so far and one of my favorite books, The False Princess was a well written book. It had great characters, romance, danger, surprises, twists and turns, sword fighting, a bad guy; it had everything! If you’re looking for a good fantasy, check this book out. Of course, if you want to just read something worthwhile, this is also the book for you! I’m looking forward to anything else O’Neal writes!