False Princess, I’ll tumble for ya. There are WIZARDS and CONSPIRACIES, and ROYALTY, and WUV TRUE WUV. The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal is a bang-up debut novel. If you enjoyed The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale and that style of writing, friend, you’ll LOVE this book. Plot in a nutshell? So Nalia is heir to the Thorvaldian throne, princess of the kingdom, best friends with jokester Kiernan, life is good. Then she is summoned by her parents and finds out that she isn’t the real princess. Her name isn’t even Nalia, it’s Sinda. She was raised as a false princess to protect the REAL princess from some oracle-predicted prophecy. Kicked out of the castle, she lives as a peasant until she discovers that perhaps there are still more secrets to be uncovered in Thorvald.
There are plenty of things to enjoy in The False Princess including boy next door love. Y’all I am so sick of those books where the love is instant or at first site. And, I feel like in these non-contemp books, that’s quite a common trope. In THE FALSE PRINCESS, it’s a nice change. It’s nice to see a book that says yes, it’s cool to be friends first then develop into something more.
I was a fan of the fairy-tale formality. Fairy tales are always easy to slip into because they sound like something you’ve heard before as a kid. I mean, I’m not sure if The False Princess is based on a legit fairly tale, but it is told with the same ease as one.
Plus, while Sinda isn’t physically strong, she still kicks ass. She’s got the intellectual-strong, courage, gumption thing going on and I can totally respect that in a character. Also, this book sort of addresses classism, perhaps not on purpose but I still saw it. You’ve got the royalty in their ivory tower and peasants. Now, the royals have no concept of reality when it comes to how the poor live, and that’s addressed in the book and I think that is awesome.
I was quite surprised by how quick of a read The False Princess was and how easily I fell into the story. For me, The False Princess resulted in a fist pump of joy for Sinda’s character arc.
Disclosure: Received for review.