Sunday, October 9, 2011
The False Princess
Genre: YA Fantasy
Nalia has grown up being groomed to take the throne someday, but after she turns sixteen, the king and queen and their two wizard advisers tell her of the plot that had been concocted at the princess's birth, switching the real princess with a stand-in to prevent the murder that the oracle prophesied. Now called Sinda, she has to try to adjust to life as a commoner. But when she stumbles across something that sounds like it threatens the future of the crown, Sinda involves herself in the world of intrigue to save as many as she could - including herself.
The False Princess is really amazing. The book eases into the story, giving us a good look at the characters and what they're like before plunging into the real plot, which I always like. And then once the real plot starts, it's one surprise after another, with the tension building and building as each attempt to uncover the truth is thwarted, as each brush with danger is overcome. Sinda is a thoroughly likable character, as are Kiernan and Orianne and Mika. Feeling sympathy for these characters makes it easier to root for them on their path to the truth, and it heightened the suspense when I found out that one of them might not survive to the end.
And the ending - such a satisfying ending. I love how the climax of the story rushes through the events, and then there are a few pages of Sinda reflecting. That last bit of slowing down and easing into the finish - the glorious finish - is so perfect.
Definitely a book I'll revisit sometime!