Nalia is the princess of Thorvaldor--heir to the throne and the only daughter of the King and Queen. After her sixteenth birthday, Nalia's world is torn apart. The only parents she's ever known tell her that she is a false pretender to the throne--a peasant's baby they raised as their own, secreting the rightful princess, their daughter, away in the countryside for her safety. Nalia is stripped of her title, her home, her parents, even her name--she is now Sinda, a penniless orphan who has a distant aunt who agrees to take her in. Sinda is not meant for the peasant life. She has been tutored in languages and court manners, not cleaning and cooking over an open fire. Sinda is homesick for the palace and her friend Keirnan.
Away from the palace and the spell that wizards put over her, Sinda realizes that she has some powers of her own. She travels back to Thorvaldor to seek out training to help her use her new abilities. It is there that a wise, if befuddled, wizard named Philantha takes her in and trains her to use her magic. Sinda and Keirnan discover that the princess Nalia may also be a fake. Who is the true princess? Where is she? And why would someone try to fool the King and Queen? It is up to Sinda and Keirnan to save the kingdom.
The False Princess has mystery, romance, intrigue, suspense, evil, trechery, magic--everything a reader could want. Readers who enjoy a mystery mixed with romance will love The False Princess.Highly, highly recommended grade 7-up.
Recommended by Pamela Thompson, Library Media Specialist.
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Once upon a time in the land of Thorvaldor there was a princess named Nalia. For sixteen years old she has lived in the castle with her mother and father, the king and queen, studied her lessons, and played with her best friend, a young nobleman named Kiernan. Suddenly, Nalia is called to the Hall of Thorvaldor to find her parents seated on their thrones. In this moment Nalia learns she is not the real princess after all. These are not her real parents. Her entire life is an illusion. The king and queen had switched their real princess at birth with a girl named Sinda and it is Sinda, who stands before them now, not Nalia.
In a matter of hours Sinda is carrying a few dresses, a small bag of gold and getting out of a simple carriage at the door of her Aunt Varil's cottage. This is Sinda's new life. She will help her aunt search for plants and learn to make dyes. Her friends and her memories are left behind.
Now begins a story of intrigue and undiscovered powers and love.
978-1606840795 319 pages Ages 11 and up
Recommended by: Barb, abookandahug.com