Teen Book Club

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

Andrea F.,    18  
Eilis O'Neal  
The False Princess  
Egmont    2011

       What would a parent do to protect their child? Princess Nalia discovers after her sixteenth birthday that before her birth there was a prophecy that the princess would be killed before she turned sixteen. But why hasn't she been harmed? Because Nalia is not the real princess. Instead she is an unknowing imposter named Sinda, taken as a child from her home while the real Nalia was raised in hiding. Sinda is thrown out of the palace to live with unknown, impoverished relatives when she begins showing signs of strong magic. Just after she begins her magical training Sinda discovers that perhaps the kingdom and the real Nalia are in greater danger than anyone could imagine.

Eilis O'Neal's debut novel is a success and I look forward to reading her further novels as her writing improves. One plot twist was so heavily hinted at I felt as if I'd been hit over the head with a brick but then she would surprise me completely on the next page. Royal conspiracies, romance, friendship, and magic make for a fascinating, fun read.       

Rating: 4 Better than most

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