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The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

January 21st, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Egmont

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from

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 could not resist picking this one up after reading the synopsis.  How much would it suck to go from being the pampered princess for 16 years to being sent off to live with a relative you never met before in a tiny town full of strangers.  To top it off you find out you were put in place of the princess as a decoy because someone was supposed to try and kill the princess before she turned 16.  Just ask Nalia, or as she finds out her real name is Sinda.  She finds she has few skills that help her fit into a life with her aunt and she finds herself missing her best friend Kiernan even more than her life as a princess.

You cannot help but feel sorry for Sinda when she finds out who she really is and that her “parents”, the king and queen, so easily send her off and bring their real daughter home once the threat of murder is past.  We follow Sinda’s journey as she tries to master this magic that was long suppressed while she was living the life of the princess, she realizes what life is like for those outside of royal courts and she realizes that there is more going on than anyone realizes.  There are times that despite what she’s gone through I did find myself disliking her quite a bit because of the choices she chooses to make and yet I cannot totally blame her after all she’s been through.  What was great about this book was Sinda is forced to deal with the consequences of the choices she makes instead of everything magically turning up roses.

You can see the romance coming between Sinda and Kiernan but it was nicely done and the romance does not over power the rest of the story.  They work together to try and solve the mystery over who is trying to topple the queen, king and princess Nalia before it is too late.  The villain was not too much of a mystery but there are a few twists that I did not see coming.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Fantasy, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Pam

    this is on my TBR

  2. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    This looks sweet! A bit of a hint of Prince and Pauper. :O)

  3. Kailana

    This book looks interesting. I will have to keep it in mind!

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