The False Princess
if you found out were not a princess like you thought you were but
instead you were practically a nobody? This is the story of Sinda
(Princess Nalia first), she lives in a palace and has a life any girl
would dream about but that suddenly changes when she finds out she isn't
the princess but just her decoy. They traded Sinda with the real
princess to keep the princess safe from the tale that said she would be
killed before her 16th birthday. I almost cried when they kicked her
out with only a few belongings and told her it was best to just sever
the relationship fast so it would heal quicker. How could anybody do
this I thought?! This story sounds familiar but it doesn't end like you
I decided to pick this book up to enjoy a simple and fun read and I
was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this cute story! The False
Princess is jammed packed with a unique plot, delightful characters,
action/adventure, mystery and of course romance! The story line is
unpredictable and unique and I was sucked in to the drama right from
page one. I thought at times I could figure out how it was going to end
but I never did.
I loved the characters; Sinda was quirky, clumsy, and a bit dreary
and she reminded me of a typical teenage girl. She was so full of anger
at times that you just couldn't help but to relate to her, very
realistic character. Kiernan was also wonderful, he was always
sarcastic but I just loved that he made an effort to continue to
encourage Sinda to be the best and not beat herself up.
Some of the story was not as good as I would have hoped; like cheesy
lines and not enough dialogue between the characters but this was still
a great book. Very clean romance scenes that I would let my daughter
read at any age. Very good story!
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.