Deception's Princess by Esther FriesnerDeception's Princess by Esther Friesner

Deception's Princess

byEsther Friesner

Hardcover | October 22, 2015

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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 win the right to decide her own fate. In the court's deadly game of intrigue, she uses her wits to keep her father's friends and enemies close--but not too close. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the son of a visiting druid, Maeve faces a brutal decision between her loyalty to her family and to her own heart.

Award-winning author Esther Friesner has a remarkable gift for combining exciting myth and richly researched history. This fiery heroine's fight for independence in first-century Ireland is truly worthy of a bard's tale. Hand Deception's Princess to fans of Tamora Pierce, Shannon Hale, and Malinda Lo.
Nebula Award winner ESTHER FRIESNER is the author of over 40 novels and 150 short stories. Educated at Vassar College and Yale University, where she taught for a number of years, she is also a poet, playwright, and the editor of several anthologies. Her Princesses of Myth books include Nobody's Princess, Nobody's Prize, Sphinx's Prince...
Title:Deception's PrincessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.6 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:October 22, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0449818632

ISBN - 13:9780449818633

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Political Intrigue This book features strong female characters, which is a plus, but these characters are rather shallow and cliché. The book itself did little for me, but perhaps Friesner's writing style just isn't for me. I imagine this book would greatly appeal to someone who has read and loved her books in the past or holds a deep love for historical fiction and/or stories set in Ireland.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 325 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 0 (technically 1) I bought this book for $5.99, so I can’t really complain, but this book is awful and boring. I am distantly Irish (plus, give me a dress and a bird of prey and I could recreate the cover fairly exactly), so the premise intrigued me.  ON top of that, numerous reviews on Goodreads compared it to the movie Brave. Allow me to tell you how different Deception’s Princess is from Brave. Maeve is extremely whinny and uninteresting. It sucks to be a woman in ancient times, I get that, but how about you do something to change that instead of whining about your situation and going about your day as normal. Merida in Brave does something to change her fate. Yes, Merida whines a little and she does make some mistakes, but at least she takes control and says “no, this isn’t what I want in life” (this is not a direct quote). Don’t whine about how your father doesn’t respect you, do nothing to earn his respect, and then go whine to daddy dearest about another problem and then whine when he doesn’t fix it for you. Maeve’s mother even told her to change her fate as much as she can, and Maeve blatantly ignored her and continued to whine about her life as a pampered princess. Having your character dislike her situation as a female is not enough for it to count as female empowerment if all she does is complain. Also, I don’t think you would be able to see the plot of this book if you were using an electron microscope. I read 100+ pages of Deception’s Princess and nothing happened. Well, I guess a lot of complaining happened, but that’s pretty much it. Overall, I could not bear to finish Deception’s Princess, earning it a DNF and 0 stars.
Date published: 2016-07-16