I love twisty intrigue-filled fantasy, I really do, and The False Prince offered a wonderful serving of it.
The author's goodreads page states one of...moreI love twisty intrigue-filled fantasy, I really do, and The False Prince offered a wonderful serving of it.
The author's goodreads page states one of her influences is Megan Whalen Turner, and I definitely got that vibe reading this story. Much like the incorrigible Gen, Sage isn't exactly what he appears to be--though I have to admit that I was far more suspicious of Sage than I was originally of Gen. Just some of the things Sage said (or didn't say) and what he left to others to assume and presume got my brain going, "Something's up with this orphan boy..." and the further into the story, the closer I got to guessing the truth, though I couldn't have guessed the whys and wherefores of the truth. (Hopefully all that's not too spoilerish to say.)
And then the side characters... I love it when secondary characters, and not just the protagonist, evolve throughout a story, their roles and motives changing (or at least being revealed to the main character & the reader, little by little); and the secondary characters definitely did some changing and evolving--sometimes for the better, sometimes not.
Another plus: this was a very clean book. I don't recall any swear words (though I might have missed some), and there wasn't really even innuendo within its pages, let alone anything more risque. For someone like me, finding a really good story that is also free from stuff I find morally objectionable (Well, aside from the thievery. There was a lot of pickpocketing and the like. What's up with thieving main characters in these sorts of fantasies? Gen, Sage, Digger...tsk, tsk. *wry grin*) is worth rejoicing over.
Anyway, regardless, The False Prince has joined the ranks of my favorite YA fantasy... Yay me for finding a new author to voraciously read into the not-so-wee hours of the morning. :)(less)
Much like the first book, this one wasn't quite what I expected it to be. Unlike the first book, though, this one was more of a disap...more2.5 stars, alas.
Much like the first book, this one wasn't quite what I expected it to be. Unlike the first book, though, this one was more of a disappointment to me. I'll try to put into words why, but I can't promise clarity of thought and articulation.
Mostly, I did not like the "romance". I'm a romantic and I like romance in stories, but I would've preferred this book to have zero romance instead of what was in it. It just didn't work for me. Part of it was, I couldn't ever see the all-encompassing appeal of Dari. I found her annoying in this book. She reminded me of the princess (I forget her name) in Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms series--and not at all in a good way. (I hesitate to use the word hate, but I definitely disliked that princess.)
I had issues with the ending and some of the "moral debates" (I guess you could call it) that added way more angst than was, in my eyes, called for.
I don't know. I wanted to like it. I certainly didn't hate it. But I was disappointed.(less)
This was pretty much my ideal type of fantasy novel: it had magic, adventure, intrigue, conspiracies, secrets, betrayals, romance, and enough plot twi...moreThis was pretty much my ideal type of fantasy novel: it had magic, adventure, intrigue, conspiracies, secrets, betrayals, romance, and enough plot twists to keep me on my toes. I read it in one afternoon, and while the ending was satisfying and had enough closure to make the story stand on its own, it left me wanting more, and I hope there's a sequel, or at least a revisit to the world of Mistwood, in the future from Leah Cypess. (less)
So, I really liked this one. :) It was sweet and magical, with some, ah, angst (for lack of a better word) and intrigue thrown in, and spackled with r...moreSo, I really liked this one. :) It was sweet and magical, with some, ah, angst (for lack of a better word) and intrigue thrown in, and spackled with romance and humor. A wonderful combination, in my opinion. :) All in all, it was a very enjoyable read.(less)