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Deception's Princess

(Deception's Princess #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,306 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Some lies lead to true adventure. . . .

Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it's her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father's favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle--it's easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom.

Yet Maeve is more than a prize to be won, and she's determined to
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Princess Debz
Apr 01, 2014 marked it as to-read
This looks slightly familiar...

Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I admit it. I read this book only because of the cover.

And I told myself several times not to judge the book because of the cover...

*repeats mantra* I will not compare this with Brave.

But now that I think about it, I should have had expectations! Maeve is every bit as smart and strong as Merida; without going into Mary-Sue territory. She has her strengths and she has her weaknesses, she acts like a wise adult sometimes and she acts like a spoiled child sometimes; she
*sees the word Ireland used in the blurb, sees all the green, sees the falcon on her arm, then stares judgmentally at girl's hair*
Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)
The cover chick makes me think of Brave and it's almost as if Merida is getting her own book. Either way I'm stoked, it's looking good!
Aug 13, 2015 marked it as to-read
That is Merida. There is no power on this earth that can convince me that the girl on the cover is not Merida.
Jan 03, 2014 marked it as to-read
Wow. That's an uncannily close resemblance to Merida from Brave. Especially since that was animated.
Chelsey Wolford
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Did anyone else think of the movie Brave when they saw this cover? I know I did, and the heroine, Maeve, is just as strong-willed, confident, feisty, and determined as Merida was. Maeve became her fathers favorite, she is one of six girls, at the ripe age of six when she dared to chase her father prize winning bull. Her father immediately fell in love with her clever spirit right away, and when all of her other sisters were sent away to live with other families, as was custom for them, Maeve was ...more
Also posted on my blog, Luthien Reviews.

What a dreadful book.

I dont often give stuff one star, and I feel like Im going to be too hard on it because its not only young adult, but the recommended age range is 11 to 14.

It deserves one star anyway.

I picked this up because I liked both Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize, and because hardly anybody writes historical fiction about Ireland at all, much less Iron Age/medieval Ireland. It wasnt a pretty or romantic time, but one of cattle raids,
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Deception's Princess by Esther Friesner
Book One of the Deception's Princess series
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: Public library

Summary (from Goodreads):

Some lies lead to true adventure. . . .

Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it's her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father's favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men
I enjoyed Friesners take on Nefertiti ( Sphinx's Princess and Sphinx's Queen ), and Celtic mythology is fun. In Deceptions Princess she does a great job of capturing the over-the-top nature of ancient Irish bardic songsthe part where King Eochus bard writes the song about the slave-boy finding the dead owl in the rafters made me laugh out loud; it seemed like just the sort of thing he really would have made up.

I wish that the book had more of these honestly funny moments. I also wish Friesner
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! I completely devoured this novel in one sitting! What a story! Talk about a story that really has it all! Esther Friesner does it again and captivates audiences with Deception's Princess!

If you're looking of an excellent period piece with a headstrong, determined, sharp-tongued, strong-willed, intelligent and quick-witted heroine, than this is the book for you! Maeve is all that and more!

If you're a lover of Irish Mythology or event if you're not, Friesner will quench your thirst for rich
I loved this book. Of course, I love all of the Princess of Myth series but that's beside the point. The best part of this book was that it was set in Ireland and since I am 75% Irish, it was perfect for me. Action, adventure, princesses and a beautiful country with an interesting religion and culture. What more could you ask for?
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
I like how the story starts with a younger Maeve and follows her as she grows and learns from her experiences. It's been a while since I read a book does this. Initially, time moves at a more rapid pace, as the focus of the story is on an older Maeve, but it didn't feel rushed at all. And looking back on the story as a whole, I can say that the parts of Maeve's childhood that we learn about are important to understanding what happens in the present.

In some ways, Maeve reminded me of Aileana from
Tiffany Holme
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am glad that this series of books is more of a duology for each girl. I was really attracted to the synopsis of this book, but was concerned that I might be missing out by not having read the other books. However, to my relief the books take place in different places and different times. This was also a shock to me because I loved Friesners writing and couldn't believe that I had not picked up anything of hers prior to now. She spins a captivating tale with a heroine that you can really ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Edelweiss, for providing this book from Random House Books for Young Readers for review!

Maeve's life is over-exaggerated -- for better or worse -- in bards' songs. Sure, she was a daring five-year-old when she chased after her father's prized bull. Yes, she learned how to use weapons against threatening beasts. And it's true she speaks her mind, in a witty, intelligent, and clever manner. But Maeve is a princess in first-century Ireland, and an independent, headstrong young woman is
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
Set in first-century Ireland, Deceptions Princess is an enchanting tale of courage, intrigue and love. Maeve, princess of Connacht, became a local legend when she cleverly outwitted her father's fiercest bull at the age of five. Her father's favorite daughter, this feisty princess strives to help her father in his position as high king. Unfortunately, her efforts are thwarted time and again by those who think they know better.

This captivating book paints a vivid and enthralling picture of life
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
When I picked up this book, saw the fiery ringlets and read the 'father's favourite because of her spirit and courage' and 'determined to... decide her own fate' in the synopsis, my initial reaction was no thanks, we don't need this all over again: a feisty heroine loved by her father, unable to become the demure little princess her mother desires, and in the end does something fantastic which suddenly resolves everyone's problems.

Ring a bell?

Yep, the book's cover and blurb bear striking
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: retellings
While this book has a lot of fun ideas and a less-traditional heroine, it's lacking a strong narrative purpose. I kept waiting for the plot to happen, and I felt like the author had to explain too much why something was important or would cause so much issue. The research got pretty clunky. I also was bugged by the fact that one of the major moments in the book occurred because the main character and her friend were acting out of character (the duck incident). Why couldn't the author have found ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Most people have seemed to let the idea of Merida from brave get in the way of Maeve. But really Maeve is quite different than Merida if you think about it, Maeve had a giant obsession over animals especially that one owl, when Merida kept her focus on her mom and not animals. Also this book seemed to have been published before the movie brave came out. But who knows the movie brave and this book might have just accidental have similar things that happen in their stories. But overall this book ...more
Susan Pola Staples
Apr 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Maeve of Connaught was an actual living queen. I was happy to request this book from ILL as I enjoyed her other princess books.

I am only 52 pages into it and I am not sure I'm going to finish. Why? Ireland's women had rights under Brehon Law, they were able to be bards, judges, rulers of kingdoms. Ms. Friesner has forgotten that and the book suffers.

Tried several times to finish this. Only 10 more pages, but yuck. will count as read. CANNOT RECOMMEND.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I will say that I liked this one much better than Spirit's Princess, but it feels like the author has come to lean too heavily upon the modern-day thinking for her heroines, which doesn't always balance so well against her research and historical setting.
May 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish

I stopped reading around 40% of the book.

The book itself is not that bad. The writing is good actually. It was just not for me.
May 14, 2014 marked it as to-read
Excited! Loved her Helen of Troy series.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can be found at:
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of the books this year that I have been most excited to read so it was always going to be a must buy-must read book for me. I went into it knowing that the book was based on the same legend that Disney based Brave on and I adored Brave so the book was something I was desperate read. I hadn't heard of Esther Friesner before finding the book so I've never read any of the other Princesses Of Myth and had nothing to compare this book to, this meant that I went into Deception's Princess ...more
Becky Keir Grace
Having read Nobody's Princess years ago I decided to give this one a try. Maeve is the youngest daughter of the high king of Ireland living in the Iron Age of Ireland. She is girl beyond her years with her longing to be more than a pretty princess. She wants to fight, to be able to protect herself and does not want to be someone's prize. Sounds a bit like Merrida from the movie Brave. Brave takes place in Scotland, where Deception's Princess is in Ireland. Both are spirited young women, ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Deceptions Princess is a story that may now seem familiar thanks to Pixar/Disneys movie Brave, but dont like that discourage you its simply based off of the similar tale but doesnt read like the same story. In fact this is pure historical fiction that still brings all of the whimsy of Brave while maintaining the reality of the historical Ireland. This book is part of a duology, this being the first, but it also a part of a bigger series which is a collection of dulogies and can be read in any ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review Posted at Rachael Turns Pages

I'm like a lot of other people with this book. I was attracted to read the book because of the cover resembling Merida from Brave. This book is not to be confused with Brave because it is a lot different. The main character Maeve and Merida did have a few things in common. They are both fearless, brave, headstrong, and a bit stubborn.

The beginning of this book had a lot of story building and was rather slow moving. I have to admit it took me a while to fall
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Maeve, Princess of Connacht, is the youngest princess of the High King of Èriu. She is also the most spirited princess. From a young age, when she took on the prized bull, Dubh, and lived to tell about it, her red-hair wasnt her only fire. As Maeve grows, she realizes that she is a warrior, but her father only sees her as the youngest and most prized of his daughters. Maeves adventures defeating wolf-hounds, warding off suitors, and mending the weak force her to grow as an independent young ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Premise- (4/5) I love Ester Friesner's Princesses of Myth because I'm a sucker for mythology--particularly strong women in mythology. I was excited to see who she would take on next. I'm not as familiar with Maeve of Connacht as I was with Helen of Troy (very familiar) or Nefertiti (somewhat familiar), but I wasn't too put off because I was totally unfamiliar with Himiko (whom I really liked), and I liked that Maeve was from Ireland. (And it didn't hurt that she had red hair...)
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Esther M. Friesner was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A's in both Spanish and Drama. She went to on to Yale University; within five years she was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish. She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full-time author of fantasy and science fiction. She has published twenty-seven novels so far; her most recent titles ...more

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