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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review: The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

Pub. Date: January 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: Hardcover , 336pp
Age Range: 10 to 12
Source: Publisher
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.
Mini Review
Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. To follow along as Nalia a.k.a. Sinda goes from living the lifestyle of a Princess to learning how to find her place in a new life without noble means was spellbinding. I could only commend how she handled herself. I couldn’t do it. It was great to see Sinda finally find her niche with her magical abilities and make a life for herself while standing up for herself which was something she didn’t do in the past. I enjoyed the characters in this book immensely. Sinda’s best friend Keirnan was a joy to read about. He was a loyal friend and stood by her through it all.

I enjoyed the setting in THE FALSE PRINCESS. From the palace to the little town Treb to the city of Vivaskari, O’Neal really captured the setting and pulled me deeply into the pages as Sinda navigated her way to find answers about her magic. I love it when a book catches me by surprise and THE FALSE PRINCESS had me feeling like I was on a journey of discovery as Sinda grew into her own and stumbled upon a dangerous secret that could have fatal consequences.

If you’re a historical fantasy fan or just a fan of fantasy, this exciting debut is one not to be missed! I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


  1. So glad to hear you liked it! I want to add this one to my classroom library because I'm lacking in this type of book. Glad to hear it would be a good one.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to add this to my list to read.


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