Monday, March 5, 2012

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

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.

Enjoyed this book and recommend it to moms and their daughters!
How would you feel if you found out you're really not a princess and the king and queen aren't your parents? That's what happened Nalia/Sinda. Poor girl's world is sent spinning when she's sent from teh castle to live with a peasant aunt. But if she hadn't been sent away she would never have learned about her gifts. The gifts that can save the kingdom.


I couldn't figure out the twists!
Loose ends

Rated: PG
V: No
L: No
S: No


Loved this line:
"He watches you, Sinda. Like you're his best treasure, only he can't think of a way to slip you into his pocket."

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