Can a 16-year-old girl bring about the end of the world? According to Grendel Prophecy 5111, that is precisely what will happen should the Linevan queen give birth to a daughter. Of the twin boy and girl Queen Elmyr has, though, there is no record of the female, as she was sent off to be killed by order of the Kingdom - and so as the years went on, the child fated to harbor in the apocolypse became the legend of the Scrapped Princess - but the girl was still alive. The infant had been secretly smuggled out of Linevan to the neighboring city of Manurhin, to be taken in by the Casull family. Fifteen years later, Pacifica has no knowledge of her origin before being adopted, but when her adoptive father, Yuma, is killed, she and her siblings learn everything from letters he left for them. Shannon - skilled in swordsmanship - and Raquel - gifted with a strong capacity for magic - must now protect their younger sister; Pacifica's identity and existance has been discovered, and there are assassins that will stop at nothing to bring about her death. The three must go on the run to escape those out to kill her, all the while struggling to come to terms with the life-changing revelations and responsibilities left to them by their parents - what if the prophecy is true?
Ichiro Sakaki's SCRAPPED PRINCESS: A TALE OF DESTINY is the first of thirteen volumes in what looks to be a promising series. The themes of courage, sacrifice, and the true meaning of family enhance the action of the story, while humor works to lighten the mood. The three protagonists are highly likable, and the villains are very unique and fascinating. For a translation, the writing leaves little to be desired, and the few illustrations are a treat for readers. Overall, this little book is a pleasant surprise, and one that you'll be hard-pressed to put down.
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com
There is a legend in the kingdom of Linevan about a princess. More accurately, it's a prediction, made by the Oracle, regarding the princess. According to the prophecy, on the day of her 16th birthday the princess will bring about the destruction of the world. Therefore, the infant princess was destroyed. Though it is considered blasphemous to speak of her at all, she is referred to throughout the kingdom as the Scrapped Princess.
Pacifica Casull is as familiar with the legend and its surrounding rumors as most people. She's about to get to a lot more familiar with the reality of it. According to her adopted father's will she IS the Scrapped Princess. It's a lot for a 14-year-old girl to take in, especially after the death of the only father she's ever known. Not to mention that other people are starting to find out. Which means that there are some highly skilled assassins on their way to find her.
It's up to Pacifica's adopted brother and sister to protect her. If they're willing to take the risk, that is. And, if they don't think she's going to destroy the world, and they're strong enough and talented enough, and if they can all put up with each other.
With more than a year before her 16th birthday, and twelve more books planned, Pacifica's adventures seem to just be beginning.
Fell in love with this story line the minute I read the summary. It's a good sci-fi/fantasy novella.