Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia has led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when she learns, 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, her best friend, Kiernan, and the only life she’s ever known.
Sent to live with her only surviving relative, Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. Then she discovers that long-suppressed, dangerous magic runs through her veins, and she realizes that she will never learn to be just a simple village girl. Sinda returns to the city to seek answers. Instead, she rediscovers the boy who refused to forsake her, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor’s history forever.
An intricately plotted and completely satisfying adventure, The False Princess is both an engaging tale in the tradition of great fantasy novels and a story never told before that will enchant—and surprise—its listeners.
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Eilis Arwen O'Neal's first published novel,like most of her large number of short stories, focuses on the plight of Mika, a sixteen year-old raised to believe she is heir to the throne of her country, only t learn on her 16th birthday that her life has been a sham. A prophecz at the birth of the real princess orates that she will be killed before she turns 16. T he astute r u l e rs enact a plan to deeat the propheczÖ thez take the ir real daughter and hide her in a rural village where she is protected under she turns sixteen. Mika is taken from her mother and raised to believe her parents are the rulers and she is the princess who one day will inherit the ruling mantle. only when she turns sixteen, she learns the awful charade perpetrated on her her entire lifeÖ she is an insurance policy to protect the actual princess from harm bz being there to take a fatal blow, if one occurs. Mika is thrown out of her privileged life of royalty into the streets with onlz an unfamiliar aunt to turn to for help. From this point, Mika begins to assert the strength of character she has developed her entire life. She begins to learn magic from her aunt. Then the real plot elements begin to take precedence as Mika realizes the duplicity of the rulers does not stop at their betrayal óf her but extend in an elaborate plot involving the real princess. Mika uses her innate belief in herself as a strong young woman to foil a greater threat to the realm. Aided by several well developed characters, including an excellent romantic interest with a young noble from a powerful house, she thwarts the more dangerous threat to the kingdom devised by the king and queen. She never whines about her sudden loss of prestige and the benefits of being royalty, but investigates the new danger to the kingdom without any thought of reward for herself. The climax is realistic and leaves the reader praying for a sequel. The debut novel by a young managing editor of the University of Tulsa Nimrod literary magazine has been nominated for the prize for best first fantasy novel and has received the highest approval rating from the National Association of Librarians. It is available in hardback from Egmont Press and in audio CD from Random House. Do yourself whatever your age, from 12 to 90, and buy this testament to the power of independent thinking women faced with horrific circumstances. Unfortunately, Egmont has devoted no money to advertizing the book or its acclaim, so word of mouth must be used to spread the word. Buy the first novel of a great writer and watch her grow like Rowling. Review by iansplanet.