The False Princess

The False Princess

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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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 319 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • Egmontusa
  • United States
  • English
  • 1606840797
  • 9781606840795
  • 305,797

About Eilis O'Neal

Eilis O'Neal is the Managing Editor of the literary magazine Nimrod International Journal. She started writing at the age of three (though the story was only four sentences long and not very good), but she hopes that she's improved a great deal since then. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband, Matt, and two dogs, Nemo and Zuul.  The False Princess is her first novel.  You can visit her online at more

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Nalia is living the life of a princess, heir to the throne of Thorvaldor. Just after she turns sixteen, though, everything changes. She learns that she is not Nalia. Her name is Sinda, and she was a stand-in for the real princess. A prophecy stated that the princess was in danger, and therefore was sent away, a false princess to reside in her place. Sinda must now leave behind the only home she has ever known. She is sent to live with her only relative, a cranky aunt, in a small village. Soon, she notices changes in herself - she has magic. Magic that needs to be controlled, for it has been pushed down deeply inside of her. She returns to her home city of Vivaskari and becomes a wizard's scribe. Her employer also becomes her tutor. And upon her return, she uncovers a secret that could change Thorvaldor forever. THE FALSE PRINCESS was directed more towards the younger crowd, I think. It reminded me a lot of stories written by Shannon Hale, and the storyline had a great plot. It kept me wanting to read more. There were so many twists and turns, as well. I definitely would suggest this both to fans of Shannon Hale and just novels on princesses in general!show more
by TeensReadToo
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. ( After reading the summary for this book so many months ago, I was dying to read it. I requested it for my library and when they got it in I put it on hold to make sure I'd get to read it. When I finally got my hands on it I started reading it and was hooked from the start. It has definitely lived up to my expectations. Though when I first started reading it, I thought if might become a bit predictable, but it didn't! I was never able to figure out what was going to happen next. Sinda changes so much from the beginning of the novel. She has lived her whole live believing she was the princess named Nalia, but then she finds out her real name is Sinda and is cast away from the palace and has to learn who she is all over again. But this time, she finds out who she really is. After feeling as though she never fit in her whole life. Sinda annoyed me at some points, but she was a great main character and she really grew on me. I really loved Kiernan, I wanted him and Sinda to get together throughout the whole book! He is one of those guys that you find in books that you wish real guys would be like. Anyone know what I mean? I don't really know what else to say about this book, sadly. I'm sorry this isn't much of a review. All I can really say was I loved it and hope to read it again someday. :) I recommend this to anyone who would love a fun, light read with a bit of more
by Amanda
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