Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Princess in the Opal Mask - Jenny Lundquist

Title: The Princess in the Opal Mask
Author: Jenny Lundquist
Publisher: Running Press Teens, 2013 (Paperback)
Length: 350 pages
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy
Started: April 16, 2014
Finished: April 17, 2014

From the back cover:

Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria's royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face - including Wilha herself.

When an assassin attempt threatens the peace of neighbouring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face...with a chance at champing new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

The premise of this book sounded interesting, so I picked it up. I figured out the plot almost immediately (think Man in the Iron Mask except with girls), so I assumed it was going to go downhill as soon as I realized what was going to happen. Thankfully, the author has created enough character development in Wilha and Elara to carry the story even after I essentially called it on the plot.

Wilha took a little getting used to since she starts out as very meek, but thankfully she gets a bit of a spine as the book progresses. Elara is fiery and prickly but softens slightly towards the end of the story. There is a sequel planned for later this year, so I'll be picking it up to see where this story is headed.

Very similar to Man in the Iron Mask, so if you liked that story but always wanted female protagonists, then give this a shot.

Thoughts on the cover:
Very pretty. I appreciate how the colour scheme of the blues and purples match the royal colours of Wilha's family the book.

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