Review: The False Princess


Author: Eilis O’Neal

Genre: Fantasy

Age: Young Adult

Lexile: 860L

Synopsis (From Goodreads):

“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.”

Rachel’s Rambles:

This was a guilty pleasure read for me over Christmas break. When I want to escape, I love a good princess story with knights and castles. The False Princess reminded me of Gail Carson Levine books…full of romance, adventure, and fantasy. While the plot was somewhat predictable, it was still interesting. Despite falling short on the 7 characteristics defining notable YA books, it was entertaining. During Christmas break I was wanting to be entertained anyways. If you liked Ella Enchanted or enjoy Arthurian tales, read this book!

This book gets a 4/7 on the motivations to read YA:

2) Youth solve the problems
3) Youth are the heroes
4) Plot Twist

Content advisory: Magic involved, little violence

A 3 out of 5 stars.

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