- Series: A Princess of Roumania (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (August 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765310961
- ISBN-13: 978-0765310965
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,970,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Princess of Roumania Hardcover – June 23, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Sharp characterization and an unusual historical backdrop distinguish Park's charming leadoff to an intricate new fantasy series. In an alternate 18th-century world where England's been swamped by a tidal wave, America teems with blond savages and "Roumania" and Germany battle for European domination, a magic book concocted by conjuress Aegypta Schenck sends young Miranda Popescu, the "white tyger" descendant of ancient royalty and Roumania's hope of freedom from "black tyranny," to Massachusetts to escape the fiendish Baroness Nicola Ceausescu and the heinous elector of Ratisbon. With her best friend, Andromeda (turned magically into first a yellow dog and later a charismatic male Roumanian courtier), and her loyal teenage admirer, Peter ("really" the son of Roumania's bravest warrior), Miranda makes hard choices to start fulfilling her destiny. Park (Celestis, etc.) leaves some tantalizing loose ends, while the wily baroness and the necromancing elector promise dashing adventure and delicious heartbreak ahead. Blurbs from Ursula K. Le Guin and John Crowley testify to the novel's high quality.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
"The world is in two places," says Mirandas The Essential History. "One false and one real." You guessed it: were in the fake one. In his first of a planned series, Park borrows the idea of alternate worlds from J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, and even L. Frank Bauma trick tried and true. Not surprisingly, certain complications thwart Mirandas attempt to claim her rightful place in the "real" world. Despite Parks generic theme, he draws complex characters (even as Mirandas friends transform into new roles) and convincing political ploys. The tale stalls a bit when Park ventures deep into 18th-century life, but fans will anxiously await the sequel, The Tourmaline, due out next year.
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Never predictable and always intriguing, "A Princess of Rumania" is a most unusual coming of age story where a normal high school girl's life is turned upside down when she finds herself suddenly thrust into an alternate reality where she is a legend come to life. A short description of the plot can't begin to describe the vividly drawn, complex characters and richly imagined world that Paul Park has created in this remarkable alternate history. It's a charming, compelling, and surprising work that is destined to become a classic.
Publisher Tor has done a fine job with this novel, releasing it in a beautiful hardcover, with a beautiful piece of evocative artwork adorning the cover.
But what counts is Park's elegant prose, striking imagery, and three-dimensional characters. This is traditional fantasy done right, shot through with a mature depiction of good and evil (really, who is purely good and evil?). Buy this book!
The premise is that there's an adopted teenage girl in present-day Massachusetts who turns out to be the hidden princess of Roumania (aka Romania), or rather, the Roumanian Empire of an alternate 19th-century world in which England has sunk beneath the waves, and there is some kind of German plot to absorb Romania. The first bit of the book ably establishes the heroine and her two friends, before switching to this alternate world where various forces are seeking her.
The book's main problem is that much is made of the girl's importance, but it's awfully unclear why she's important, other than some kind of link to a legend. Similarly, the various machinations to find her feel completely ungrounded, and the geopolitical arrangements of this alternate world are confusing at best. It often has the feel of a book that's the second in a series and requires full and complete background from the first book -- but this is the first book, so it doesn't have that excuse.
As atmospheric as the book can be, and despite some compelling scenes here and there, the characters just weren't fleshed out enough for me to care -- especially their motivations. All in all, this was a dud for me -- although I could see that if you were committed to the whole series, it might be fine in that context.
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Good news: a brilliant book. What it does so well is evoke two separate worlds, one of which has a history very different from ours.Read more