The False Princess
Title: The False Princess
Author: Eilis O'Neal
I just read The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal, which was way more fun than it should have been. Princess Nalia gets led into her parents’ throne room on her 16th birthday, where they very apologetically inform her that she’s actually a body double for the real princess, standing in for the past sixteen years to protect against assassination attempts. But now it’s time for the true princess to get back to being all official, so her “parents” are all thanks for your help, here’s a couple of coins, enjoy being a serf. Clearly, though, adventures ensue, Nalia comes into her own, and fun times are had by all (except for the people who die but I can’t spoil anything, alas).
-Monica at KDL’s Wyoming branch
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.