Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal
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.
The False Princess was definitely a story that I enjoyed reading. I finished it in two days (which is the usual time I read a good novel) and I did not stop turning the pages!
My summary for this book is going to be brief, because I experienced a lot of surprises that I would not want to ruin for anyone. So there will be some details in the book that play a big role, but I’m not going to mention them.
All you need to know that this book is definitely worth reading!
Nalia just found out that her entire life is a lie, her parents, her job, her reputation, and even her name. She was used as a sacrifice to keep the real princess safe. Her real name is Sinda and she is sent away to her aunt, who is her only living relative.
Sinda feels as though she does not belong anywhere and discovers new things about herself that she never would even imagine she had. Now, she is on a quest to not only find her true self, but also save the kingdom of Thorvaldor.
Butterfly Rating: 2 stars
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars
Age Recommendation: 12+
”Free” Reading Availability