The False Princess

The False Princess

by Eilis O'Neal

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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—a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece—Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. Then she discovers that magic runs through her veins—long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control—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 before told that will enchant—and surprise—its readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606842423
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Eilis O’Neal is the managing editor of the literary magazine Nimrod International Journal. She started writing at the age of three (though the story was only four sentences long). Her first name is pronounced "A-lish." She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband, Matt, and two dogs, Nemo and Zuul. The False Princess is her first novel. You can visit her online at

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The False Princess 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
It's as simple as this: I LOVED (and I mean LOVED) The False Princess. It's one of those books that has it all- an intriguing plot that constantly leaves you guessing, a strong, relateable main character, swoon-worthy romance, and fantastic writing. The False Princess starts on the day when Nalia, princess of and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, finds out the most unsettling news of her life. For one, she isn't the princess of Thorvaldor, instead she's the false princess, put in place to keep the real princess safe for the first sixteen years of her life. Her real name is Sinda. And to top everything off, she's sent away from everything she knows (and her best friend) to live with an aunt she doesn't know. Her new life is filled with loneliness and longing for the life and and friends she's left behind, but she soon finds out a secret- one that puts her life and the whole kingdom's in danger. Soon enough, her and her friend Kiernan are off to fix everything. But can she truly fix everything before it's too late? Especially when an old acquaintance stands in her way? And what about her friend Kiernan? Does she like him as more than a friend? Only time will tell in this deeply engrossing tale that fans of Kristin Cashore and Gail Carson Levine will gobble right up. One of the favorite parts of The False Princess was the setting and the plot and how they worked together to make the book fabulous. The setting was the classic fairytale one. It had the queen, the king, and the usual commoners associated, and what I liked most about it was seeing how it played along with the plot. And with saying that, the plot of this was made of awesome. I loved the idea of a false princess and the deceit and lies that came with it. I adored seeing how Kiernan and Sinda worked together to piece every little secret together to save their world, as well as how during this time something more began to form between them. Moving on, as I'm sure you can already guess, I loved the characters! Sinda was someone who was strong and smart... someone who would go to the end of the world to save everything, no matter how she may feel about it at the time. And best of all, she felt real to me. Her emotions were ones I feel anyone in her place would experience... loneliness, anger, and sadness about how everything in her life turned out. And best of all, instead of letting those feeling consume her, she moved on and change everything. I also loved her relationship with the sweet and charming Kiernan because it truly was the perfect topping to this book. In all, Eilis O' Neal has a real winner within The False Princess, and I truly can't wait for its release date so that everyone can see how well-written and addicting this novel is. I can only hope Eilis will have the chance to revisit this world in future novels. Grade: A+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly fell in love with this book I would give it 10000000000000 stars if i could I know that if you are a person that likes romance and suspence this is the perfect book for you
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I read this book. It got me back into reading the Fantasy genre which was certainly lacking. What can I say, but that I really enjoyed reading this book. The fantasy isn't heavy handed, it's light, and the magic system is simple and easy to understand. The background history and information of the setting is mentioned throughout the book so the reader isn't left confused but with a general understand on the layout of the land. I was upset when Sinda learns of her origins and is sent away. What in the world was that about??? it's like they just casted her out like an overused toy. That got to me! and what's even worse is Sinda just walks along with it. I realize she's really powerless to do anything, but she could have at least put up a fight. The main issue I had with her as a character was her tendency to hesitate, at the wrong times. She was just wishy-washy at times and it got frustrating. Keep in mind, I did like her though, it was just this part of her character that just did not go well with me. Throughout the book she did develop into a stronger person and I enjoyed reading her relationship with Philantha. Philantha is an interesting teacher, although the way she teaches is different than what you might expect from other magic users. I certainly took a liking to her the moment she decided to take Sinda under her wing, Philantha wasn't afraid of what others thought of her. That was admirable, but in a sense I think that gave Sinda a bit of a backbone to grow. I fell in love with Kiernan. I absolutely loved him as a character. Some characters you just fall for. This is one of them. Not only was he such a great friend, but even after arguing horribly with Sinda, he still managed to forgive her. I fell for him when he came to find her. That just hit me and I thought to myself this guy has just become awesome in an instant. Kiernan and Sinda did make such great friends, of course naturally as the story progresses, you can feel the chemistry between the two of them grow and although obvious of the outcome, it's still nice to see the two of them together. The plot of the book was good although the mystery and intrigue did not happen until you read further into the story. It wasn't bad as you're literally set up with a good slap in the face in the first chapter. The pace of the book was steady although you do experience a bit of a lull when Sinda is with her Aunt. Yet it's a welcome lull to what's in store for the reader throughout the later half of the novel. The ending was also really good yet I can't help but wonder if there is going to be a sequel with this one. If there is, I would not hesitate to pick it up. I would love to read more about Sinda, and about Kiernan of course! This book was a decent read with a simple and easy to understand magic system, a nice well written fantasy world with characters that aren't overly complex but not the most simple either. Perfect for YA readers who want a decent story, with subtle fantasy that isn't over done.
pagese More than 1 year ago
There's always one. You know that book that totally surprises you. I have to say this is probably the best young adult book I've read since Anna and the French Kiss. And I LOVED that one. Sinda jumps off the pages. I enjoyed the brief glimpse we get of her as a princess. I think she would have made a great one and a great Queen. Sadly, we know we aren't going to get that. I was upset with the way it was handled when the truth came out that she wasn't the real princess. How can a girl who's been pampered and educated her entire life be expected to become the exact opposite. And you have to giver her credit, because she really does try. But, then the magic comes rushing into her life and she knows that she might not survive if she doesn't learn how to control it. I liked that she moved back to the city. She felt so out of place out in the middle of nowhere. I like that she chooses a misfit magician to teach her about magic. And my favorite part is her rekindling her friendship with Keirnan. For a change, it's the boy next door that wins out. He's the perfect blend of friendship with the development of romance. He will literally do anything for Sinda and it shows through out the story. I appreciated that the story wasn't just about a princess scorned, or magic, or even just about love. There's a 16 year old mystery buried within this story. Sinda must figure it out for the good of the entire kingdom. That education is put to good use and she unravels all the clues. Turns out she's not the only false princess, and the villian will stop at nothing to keep the real one off the throne. It's also a story about vengeance years in the making. It was a fantastic book that I almost gave a 5 too. Why not... well it dragged just a little bit in the middle. But, the book is well worth your time!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Nalia is living the life of a princess, heir to the throne of Thorvaldor. Just after she turns sixteen, though, everything changes. She learns that she is not Nalia. Her name is Sinda, and she was a stand-in for the real princess. A prophecy stated that the princess was in danger, and therefore was sent away, a false princess to reside in her place. Sinda must now leave behind the only home she has ever known. She is sent to live with her only relative, a cranky aunt, in a small village. Soon, she notices changes in herself - she has magic. Magic that needs to be controlled, for it has been pushed down deeply inside of her. She returns to her home city of Vivaskari and becomes a wizard's scribe. Her employer also becomes her tutor. And upon her return, she uncovers a secret that could change Thorvaldor forever. THE FALSE PRINCESS was directed more towards the younger crowd, I think. It reminded me a lot of stories written by Shannon Hale, and the storyline had a great plot. It kept me wanting to read more. There were so many twists and turns, as well. I definitely would suggest this both to fans of Shannon Hale and just novels on princesses in general!
wp_memoirs More than 1 year ago
A kingdom, a princess, maybe two or three, magic, adventure and romance are some of the elements represented in: The False Princess. The story begins the day Nalia AKA Sinda discovers her life has been a lie; the kingdom she thinks to belong to is a mirage and she has only been a puppet to protect the real princess from a terrible prophecy. Without that much emotion from whom she believes are her parents, she's sent out of the castle to live with the only relative she was not aware of and live the life she was NEVER prepared for even if it means leaving Kiernan behind. I was trapped inside this story and captivating would be a word to describe it. I liked the world where the story is narrated, making me want more. It's so rich and impressive that prequels and spinoffs would not be bad idea at all. I'm impressed that in O'Neal's world, it speaks for itself. There's no need for the characters to tell Thorvaldor's stories. In character developing terms, O'Neal enjoys of certain "magic"; the characters, even those whom you'll only get glimpses from will make you fall in love and want to know more from them. Our narrator Sinda is simply exquisite; she's funny, strong and has a free spirit. This girl's on top of my favorite characters. When she receives the news of not being who she thought during her entire life and that the circumstances she's about to live are not the ones she's used to; she won't lay down and cry, on the contrary, her courage and determination pushes her forward. It's refreshing to see this type of heroine in YA Literature. The story's even more interesting with every chapter and Sinda's journey as an ex princess, common girl to wizard is interesting. The romance is adorable and I loved it. The False Princess, the story of a "princess" who doesn't own a crown but possesses the courage and determination to save a kingdom.
Speechless-Thoughts More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Just my kinda book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to know if there will be a sequel. Interesting storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is s great and excellent book but i think its to expensive for the nook its a rip off for that borrow it from the library. So dont by it for the nook.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I'm beginning to think Egmont can do no wrong when it comes to fantasy - or in general, actually. I've only ever disliked one book that's come out of this publishing house. But they've got the best taste in fantasy. If Brightly Woven wasn't proof enough of that, then The False Princess is. I really enjoyed The False Princess. Sinda's a fantastic character - I loved her determination and spunk and personality. Kiernan made me laugh, mainly because he reminds me of some of my guy friends. (Granted, most of my guy friends don't have titles, but still.) Some of the best characters were the minor characters. They weren't the best because I liked them, but because they were realistic. Sinda's aunt and Tyr, the boy she meets when she goes to live with them, were fun to read about because of their feelings about her. The magician that takes her in was fantastic; she was probably my favorite character in the entire story. She was quirky and funny and overall excellently well crafted. (She was also the only character that made me laugh out loud while reading.) I loved the magic in the story. The fact that she had to train it, like a muscle, to get stronger makes me happy - I LOVE when magic is written like that. The plot line was also faaaantabulous. There were enough twists to keep you guessing but not so unexpected that it seemed unreal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 of my favs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exciting novel that keeps the reader on the edge of their seats!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The False Princess was an extremly good book. It was adventurous and suspenseful. There were also plot twists that were exciting to read. I wish there were more books by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I absolutley devoured it, it kept me on the edge the entire time and i, in all honesty did not put it down at all. It was too good to stop! Loved it!
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick and entertaining story - a girl raised as a princess is told she is merely a decoy for the real princess, raised in hiding. Sent from the palace to live with a resentful aunt, she obviously has a struggle to determine her true identity. The sweet romance didn't overwhelm the story.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The False Princess is certainly a welcome addition to those of us who loved Ella Enchanted and stories reminiscent of fairy tales. Sinda narrates with an ease that I had no trouble with following, despite her talent of tripping over her feet and causing the fountain water to boil.After finishing Troubled Waters with a more-than-resilient heroine, it is interesting to note that while Sinda could hardly make a sustainable stew or run a household smoothly, she still was made of stubborn stuff - and once she found her new niche in the world, she probably would do well enough. After living a pampered life as a false princess, who could expect anything more without giving her a little more time?The False Princess was an unexpected delight with tangles that I found myself happily caught up in! Just when I thought things were settling down for Sinda, the story twisted once more and sent me racing for the next page. The ending left me breathless in a good way, though sad that it had to end at all. I certainly hope Ms. O'Neal has more in store for us in Thorvaldor!
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nalia is 16 and a princess. Clumsy and somewhat scholarly, she is being raised to be queen someday. Although her parents are emotionally distant, she has had a good life. Then she learns that a prophecy when the princess was born led to an elaborate ruse; she is not the real princess, she is a weaver's daughter named Sinda. In an instant, her life is turned upside down. She is starting to put it back together and find a place she can be content, when she learns of a plot to put a usurper on the throne. There is no one she can trust but her childhood friend, Kiernan.Well-written, with an appealing heroine and some interesting twists.
ACQwoods on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This young adult novel generated a lot of buzz and it's easy to see why. The story is a familiar one: a young woman who, at 16, learns that she is not the princess she was raised as but a changeling brought in to subvert a prophecy. Sinda is thrust into a new life as a peasant, but she soon finds that even though she isn't a princess, she is still special. She has to try to learn where she fits in, which is not an easy task. It's rare for me to recommend this, but I think this is a book that could have a great sequel. That said, the book stands wonderfully on its own and should appeal to adults of all ages.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could not resist picking this one up after reading the synopsis. How much would it suck to go from being the pampered princess for 16 years to being sent off to live with a relative you never met before in a tiny town full of strangers. To top it off you find out you were put in place of the princess as a decoy because someone was supposed to try and kill the princess before she turned 16. Just ask Nalia, or as she finds out her real name is Sinda. She finds she has few skills that help her fit into a life with her aunt and she finds herself missing her best friend Kiernan even more than her life as a princess.You cannot help but feel sorry for Sinda when she finds out who she really is and that her "parents", the king and queen, so easily send her off and bring their real daughter home once the threat of murder is past. We follow Sinda's journey as she tries to master this magic that was long suppressed while she was living the life of the princess, she realizes what life is like for those outside of royal courts and she realizes that there is more going on than anyone realizes. There are times that despite what she's gone through I did find myself disliking her quite a bit because of the choices she chooses to make and yet I cannot totally blame her after all she's been through. What was great about this book was Sinda is forced to deal with the consequences of the choices she makes instead of everything magically turning up roses.You can see the romance coming between Sinda and Kiernan but it was nicely done and the romance does not over power the rest of the story. They work together to try and solve the mystery over who is trying to topple the queen, king and princess Nalia before it is too late. The villain was not too much of a mystery but there are a few twists that I did not see coming.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just after she turns 16, Sinda learns that she was only a stand-in for the real princess. Returned to her aunt's village, she finds herself trying to adjust to a totally different life, until she discovers that she has the ability to perform magic. Sinda returns to the city hoping to find a teacher, and discovers a secret that could change the course of her homeland's history.
ceci.m.foster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SUMMARY- "The False Princess," is a book about three girls who are all part of a plan to save the princess gone wrong. Taking place back in medieval times, this story takes you back to kings and queens and knights and wizards. The main character of this story is a girl named Sinda, taken as a baby to play the role of a princess. The oracle has foreseen blood and death for the Princess when she turns sixteen, and so with the help of Wizards, Sinda is made to look as the Princess, so as to protect the real princess until she is sixteen. When Sinda is told that now because it has been sixteen years, she must be sent to live with her aunt in a village, after being raised as a princess and being told that she is Nalia, heir to the royal throne. Now as a peasant, Sinda tries to fit in, but makes only one friend, a boy who later betrays her. Sinda begins to feel an odd feeling in her stomach as if something has been growing inside her, and when she realizes her only friend has betrayed her, she burns a bush on accident, and realizes the feeling is magic, and she has it! Sinda leaves her aunt and goes to the city to try and find a way to train her magic so that it will not get of control. In the city, Sinda finds out a secret. Sinda is not the only false princess, The wizard Marian is of royal blood, but her ancestors did not get the crown, and holding a long time grudge, had cast a spell over only child Orien, and made her to look like the princess, and has the whole kingdom, including Orien, thinking she is the real deal.Sinda goes on a quest to find the real Nalia, and uses her magic to correct the spell, and restore peace to the thrown. REVIEW- I really like this story and I wish Eilis O'Neal should make a sequel. I really like the placement in the medieval times. I especially enjoyed this book because instead of showing the happy princess, or the peasant who discovers she is a princess and lives happily ever after, we see the story of the girl who discovers she is a peasant and has been used by the crown to die in place of the real princess. We are shown the story of a girl discovering who she is after spending her whole life as another person. I would suggest "The False Princess" for people interested Medieval times and mysteries. I think "the False Princess" would be good for people interested in magic, and for those looking for a good long read. "The False Princess" is truly a magical book!
jasmine.gomez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book!!!!! I could not put it down. I was so ready to see what would happen on every page I read. I read it all in one day. A princess was living her life like a princess, when she got told she was not the real princess. The real princess came home the the castle. Or so they thought. The "real" princess took the false princesses spot and every one thought she was the real princess. Later on the false princess realized the "real" princess was also a false princess. Them both (including a young boy who is in love with the first false princess) go out to find the real princess and save the kingdom from evil.
foggidawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nalia has grown up in the palace, being trained in everything she will need to know as future ruler of Thorvaldor. Then, one day, she is called in to the throne room, where she is told that she is not the princess after all -- her father was a weaver, her real name is Sinda, and she was brought to the palace in place of the real princess because a prophecy indicated that there was some danger of assassination before her sixteenth birthday if the princess remained in the palace. Now that the danger is passed, Sinda is being sent to her only living relative, a dyer in a small town, with thanks for her service to the crown. Sinda is depressed, angry, and confused . . . until, with the help of a friend from her princess days, she discovers a plot against the royal family. What can she do about it in her reduced circumstances -- and will anybody believe her?This was an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to fans of fantasy and fairy-tale retellings. While this isn't a fairy-tale retelling in its own right, it has a lot of similarities to many I've read.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here's proof that you're never too old for your mama to buy you a book! Author Eilis O'Neal lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I grew up, and my parents went to a book signing event there in January. Mom sent me the signed copy, and oh, what a wonderful, unconventional fairy tale this is. Quiet and studious Princess Nalia is heir to the throne of Thorvaldor. She's lived her entire life in the royal castle, with the finest of everything and an adventurous prankster of a best friend in earl-to-be Kieran. Just after she turns 16, her life is upended: she's finally told that since she was a few days old, she has been a stand-in for the true princess, for whom a prophecy stated she would die violently before her 16th birthday. Now that they are safely past that date, there is no need for the false princess since the real one can return, and Nalia becomes Sinda: orphaned and dumped on the doorstep of her one relative: a poor, workaholic aunt who has little use for her niece. Sinda discovers from her that her long-lost mother had magical abilities, and that she does too... though they are difficult for her to control and they scare her. She returns to the capital city to search for answers, gets a scribe's job as well as training by an oddball master wizard, and reconnects with Keiran. Something's up with the new Princess Nalia, though... and the twists and turns in the second half of this story are quite the wild ride! Excellent character-driven action and a fully imagined fairytale world setting. Gail Carson Levine has a potential heir to the YA fairy tale genre here. This is an amazing first novel, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else Eilis O'Neal writes. 7th grade and up.
AvlyTopaz20 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The False Princess is filled with murder, mystery, and magic. It was simply not what i was expecting. The story follows the false princess, Sinda, who finds out her whole life is a lie. She was just a target so that the real princess wouldn't be killed before her 16 birthday, as an oracle foretold. The ungrateful royals, send her to her true aunt. Sinda tries to come to terms, but has no skills for the outside world, or so she thinks. Magic runs through her viens and she discovers a plot for the throne, 16 years in the making.