Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: EgmontUSA (January 25, 2011
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.
I loved this book! It was just a really original read altogether! Sinda spends 16 years as a princess, but is suddenly informed that she was a decoy to protect the real princess. She moves "home" to her aunt's house, but is not welcomed with open arms. Her aunt is a dyer, someone who dyes wool, fabric, etc. Sinda learns to do back-breaking work that is new to her. She meets a boy only to find out that he's a pig. Her best friend is in love with her, and she is in love with him, but she doesn't know it yet. She foils a plot to lose the throne for the actual princess, whom she had to rescue, but I won't spoil it for you! I love the names in this book: Sinda reminds me of Mortal Kombat days, Nalia reminds me of the Lion King (close to Nala), and Kiernan is very Irish! It was a refreshing book to read, since a lot of books these days only deal with vamps and other supernatural forces. Yes there is magic in this book, but she is taught to control her power by a trained female sorcerer. If you are looking for something new to read, then this is the IT book!
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