I received this book for free from a blog tour in exchange for my honest opinions/ review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Published by EgmontUSA on January 25th 2011
Source: a blog tour
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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.
I actually give this book 4.5 stars, for just one reason. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this fast paced book.
Princess Nalia’s whole life changes in an instant when she learns she isn’t really the princess, but a stand in. Her life quickly – sometimes very abrumptly (hence the 4.5 stars, as the abrumpt changes drove me nuts) kept changing, and she always adapted well to her new circumstances (which also drove me nuts – as she was a little *too* perfect, if you know what I mean. Especially a perfect 16 year old). She starts life living in the palace, then with her aunt, then tries to go to magic school, and ends up an apprentice to a crazy witch, all in a very short time without each location really coming to life in my mind.
The book however, settles in nicely about halfway through. I admit, I wasn’t sure who the bad guy was until the end, though I had my guesses.
There’s a smidge of romance, but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen to read. I’m not a fan of straight romance books, but I enjoyed reading how the false princess eventually realized her best friend was the man of her dreams.
All in all, I greatly enjoyed the book & read it in just one afternoon, and I would be interested in reading what else O’Neal may write.
I received this book to review as part of a book tour. My opinions are entirely my own.