Just after her sixteenth birthday, Princess Nalia is told that she is not the true princess of Thorvaldor, and that her true name is Sinda. She was a stand-in for the real princess, who had been hidden away for protection.
Stripped from all she knows, Sinda is forced to leave her home and her best friend, Keirnan, to live with an aunt. But Sinda finds leading a simple village life isn't what she was meant for -- especially when she discovers magic runs through her veins.
The False Princess takes you on a winding road of twists and turns. It's a quick, casual read, and fans of the magic genre won't want to miss this one.
What I loved most was the author's description of what magic felt like to wield. Sinda had to learn how to control her magic, and it worked similar to how we learn to control our emotions. Keeping them bottled up inside isn't the best course of action, nor is letting them explode willy nilly, never keeping them in check. Everyone should be able to relate to Sinda's struggle with this. It made the book all the more real for me.
Even though I enjoyed the book (I'm a big fan of palace fantasy), I felt like I could put it down now and then, and pick it up later. It definitely wasn't a "couldn't put it down" read for me. I tend to lean more toward action-packed novels, whereas The False Princess relies heavily on Sinda's thoughts and internal dialog. In fact, Sinda thinks and studies and reads so much that at one point, her backside goes numb from sitting and thinking for so long. If I had one gripe, it would be that I would have liked more action -- more pull to keep turning the page.
As a palace fantasy, The False Princess feels modern enough for fans of any genre to enjoy.