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Release Date: January 25th, 2011
Hardcover: 323 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult
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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.
First Paragraph: The day they came to tell me, I was in one of the gardens with Kiernan, trying to decipher a three-hundred-year-old map of the palace grounds. We were sitting on a stone bench, the delicate roll of fabric lying between us. Instead of looking toward the gardens, however, we faced the gray wall that seperated the northernmost edge of the palace grounds from the streets of Vivaskari.
After reading the summary for this book so many months ago, I was dying to read it. I requested it for my library and when they got it in I put it on hold to make sure I'd get to read it. When I finally got my hands on it I started reading it and was hooked from the start. It has definitely lived up to my expectations. Though when I first started reading it, I thought if might become a bit predictable, but it didn't! I was never able to figure out what was going to happen next.
Sinda changes so much from the beginning of the novel. She has lived her whole live believing she was the princess named Nalia, but then she finds out her real name is Sinda and is cast away from the palace and has to learn who she is all over again. But this time, she finds out who she really is. After feeling as though she never fit in her whole life.
Sinda annoyed me at some points, but she was a great main character and she really grew on me.