“A child whose mother dies at her birth, a stepmother who cares nothing for the child, and a father that turns up missing and is assumed dead is more than any child should have to bare. This is eleven-year-old Cerys’ life, however. In addition to her family problems, Cerys is simple-minded, and she lives in a dark world of torment with the doll her father gave her before he disappeared. What is to become of a girl, a princess that is the rightful heir to the throne, but that no one understands?
The Forgotten Princess of Môna, a fantasy novel by Author Guy Donovan, set in a historical past, is a story of family, loyalty, betrayal, and trust. The characters are well developed, each one having his/her own agenda, especially Queen Lucia, ruler of Môna after her husband’s supposed death. Her son, Elian, Cerys’ younger half-brother, will be the future king, instead of Cerys taking the throne. Cerys is my favorite character. She tries so hard to speak, to be “normal” to please Owena, the young servant girl who has taken Cerys under her wing because she sees potential in the girl. Cerys also adores Domelch, the old priest of the Earth Mother, who has cared for Cerys most of her life. I love the way Cerys and Elian are friends, enjoying each other’s company, even though the queen is none too happy about their relationship. Power and greed also play an important part in the novel, as well as does religion.
Told from alternating points of view characters, the author adds a lot of unexpected twists and surprises to the novel, at least for this reader. I would not recommend this book for young readers because of a couple of violent scenes. But for readers that enjoy stories set in another time and place, in a fantasy world with mysterious caves that may be hiding secrets, I think you’ll enjoy The Forgotten Princess of Môna. So why not download a copy for your eReader and enjoy an evening in a world that’s sometimes happy, sometimes scary, but always entertaining?
beverlyjean wrote this review Monday, October 7, 2013.