Title: Deception's Princess
Author: Esther Friesner
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Series: Deception's Princess, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A fun, deeply researched tale of a princess in first century Ireland, I really enjoyed Deception's Princess--a wonderfully, multi-layered adventure!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Maeve is a princess, independent, spirited, the youngest of five. Her father's favorite of all because of her courage and strength, she wants nothing more than to live independent, free to choose the path for her own life. But when a visiting druid comes to the stronghold, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with his son. Forced to choose between family loyalty and her own choices, Maeve discovers that even the strongest girl must fight against being broken..
What I enjoyed:
-I really liked the way the cover and premise reminded me of the film Brave--it drew me in immediately
-Maeve, and her fierce independence, despite being 'just a girl'--her determination and bravery, and wanting to live her own life, was refreshing--but it was also nice to see her somewhat softened by romance
-The pacing of this novel--I couldn't put it down!
-The rich, intricately researched setting of first century Ireland
-Odran, the tender druid's son who becomes a dear friend to Maeve
-The ending--it was perfect and I cannot wait to read the sequel!
What could've been better:
-I really didn't like Iobar--he was awful
-Maeve's father pissed me off to no end, doing everything he could to own Maeve
I really, really enjoyed Deception's Princess--a refreshing read! Next on deck: The Fire Wish by Amber Lough!