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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized2 Comments

Publisher: Egmont USA

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 25 Jan 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN:  1606840797
Format: ebook
Pages: 323
Place(s) Traveled to: The Kingdom of Thorvaldor – Viviskari // The Village of Treb // Isidros
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line:  The day they came to tell me, I was in one of the gardens with Kiernan, trying to decipher a three-hundred-year-old map of the palace grounds.

I love a good fantasy and  I also love books with that historical/fairy tale feel and The False Princess is a book that fits into both of those categories. I’ve had my eye on this book ever since I first heard about it and so when I was looking for something to read around Christmas I decided to download this one to my nook. (Trying my best to ignore the stack of unread books that resides on my nightstand as I did.)

The story itself isn’t terribly complex, Sinda was raised to be Queen but found out shortly after she turned 16 that she wasn’t really the Princess after all and she was then gently escorted out of the palace with out much protest. I found Sinda’s early passivity and acceptance of events to be a bit of a let down. I like my heroines to have spunk and fire and here she was just moving on with her life with barely a shrug or how do you do. And there were times when I thought about tossing the book aside and calling it a day. But something kept me reading.

Despite the milksop that the heroine first seemed to be the writing really attracted me and I enjoyed learning about the world of Thorvaldor. As I read, Sinda started to come into her own as she discovers more about herself as she goes through various trials. She learns that she is more than just a false princess and that while she may not be destined to rule a kingdom she might just hold the key in saving it.

There is a little bit of a mystery contained in The False Princess and while its not difficult to figure out it was still enjoyable to see how O’Neal wove all the various threads together. I enjoyed getting to know the various side characters that Sinda met, especially her boyhood friend, Kiernan. The world that O’Neal created is nicely fleshed out so that as reader I was able to visualize it inside my head. The False Princess is a good story for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel. It has its flaws but they are the kind that you find you can ignore and allow yourself to be whisked away to another place. In the end, I enjoyed escaping into this book and am looking forward to seeing what Eilis O’Neal comes up with next.

2 Responses to “The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal”

  1. Meredith

    I’m glad I read the entire review because I’ve had this on my TBR list for awhile, but I’ve never been sure enough of it to start reading. I was worried when you said the heroine was a bit of a milksop, but if you ultimately gave it 4 out of 5 stars, I’m willing to try it.