Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review of The Forgotten Princess of Mona by Guy Donovan

Eleven-year-old Cerys is no normal little girl. The orphaned daughter of a fifth century Welsh king and queen, her only friends in the island kingdom of Môna are her old Pictish caregiver and a young chambermaid. The new queen wants nothing to do with her-- instead doting on her own son, who will one day rule Môna in place of Cerys. The people of Môna, royal and commoner alike, barely remember she even exists.

It’s hard being a young princess without a kingdom or even a mother and a father. It’s even harder for Cerys because in addition to her other troubles, she was born mentally impaired. She lives her life in a perpetual fog of loss and regret, wishing more than anything to be like everyone else…to be normal.

Then one day Cerys meets a new friend, one whose thoughts are as clear to her as speech, and she finds her own previously muddled thoughts growing clearer. It seems like a miracle to Cerys and the small circle of people who care for her. Now that her thoughts are clearer though, she knows she can’t ever tell anyone how she came by her incredible cure. In fact, she knows that if anyone found out her friend’s identity, it would surely lead to death for both of them. Like Cerys, her new friend is different from everyone else in the world.

“The Forgotten Princess of Môna” is the first book in “The Dragon’s Treasure” trilogy.

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

There were a lot of concepts in this book that I enjoyed. The characters especially. I loved the fact that Cery's was a special needs child. Having worked with special needs for many years I was able to relate to her caregivers and to Cery's. 

The story has a fairy tale like feel to it though it reads as a normal novel. I will admit though, the story moves fairly slow, but at a consistent pace. If the story moved a little faster I feel I probably would have enjoyed it more. Not to say I didn't enjoy it at all though! This book was right up my alley and I love stories like this one.

You can tell a lot of research went into this novel, not just by the names, but by the traditions the community has, the setting and the characters themselves. The clashing religions I found very interesting as well. This detail in the novel helps the reader transport themselves and understand the characters on a deeper level. 

Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy novels. 

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