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Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it's revealed, 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 of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.
Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.
Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever.
What I thought:
Oh the intrigue! When I read about this book, I wasn't sure if I'd really enjoy this. I tend to lean more towards urban fantasy, instead of novels that have that historical feel to them. But this, this was gripping. I had such a hard time putting this down. With a good book, sleep is overrated!
Loved, loved, loved the story. I actually didn't see the triangle thing coming (for those of you who have read it), and when I figured it out, the intrigue doubled. I did think it started off slow, with the return to her roots, even if she didn't remember. But I thought it was important. Sinda had to relearn to station. She was no longer a princess, but a poor peasant who had to learn to contribute in order to support herself. Not only did it help Sinda, but I think it helped the reader to truly understand what had just happened to her.
Sinda is a great character. She's a lot stronger than I would have been. She didn't have to do what she did, but because it was the right thing, she was willing to sacrifice herself in order to save the country. Loved her, and Kiernan. This is a great YA read, if you haven't, give it a try!