The False Princess

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

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.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 336
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.6
Reading Counts! Points 22.0
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF019040, YAF001000, YAF053000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.1875 x 8
Lexile 860
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 142270
Accelerated Reader® Points 15.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2011
  • Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2011



“This novel crackles with adventure and suspense and will delight fans with its blend of wizardry and court life.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“[A] wild ride of deception, mystery, and young love.” —starred, School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Debut author O’Neal offers up an appealing blend of political intrigue, emotional drama, magical elements, and just a touch of romance.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Shannon Hale will enjoy this compelling fantasy, which is filled with magic, political drama, and romance.” —Publishers Weekly

Author: Eilis O'Neal

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