Deception's Pawn

Deception s Pawn Fortune favors the bold in this adventurous tale of broken friendships forbidden love and a fiery heroine s journey to escape the role into which she was born Perfect for YA fantasy fans of Shannon

  • Title: Deception's Pawn
  • Author: Esther M. Friesner
  • ISBN: 9780449818671
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fortune favors the bold in this adventurous tale of broken friendships, forbidden love, and a fiery heroine s journey to escape the role into which she was born Perfect for YA fantasy fans of Shannon Hale, Malinda Lo, and Tamora Pierce.Maeve, princess of Connacht, seems to have won her freedom Her father, the High King, is finally allowing her to explore the world beyondFortune favors the bold in this adventurous tale of broken friendships, forbidden love, and a fiery heroine s journey to escape the role into which she was born Perfect for YA fantasy fans of Shannon Hale, Malinda Lo, and Tamora Pierce.Maeve, princess of Connacht, seems to have won her freedom Her father, the High King, is finally allowing her to explore the world beyond his castle But Maeve soon discovers that being the High King s daughter doesn t protect her from bullying or the attention of unwelcome suitors.Struggling to navigate a new court, she must discourage the advances of her father s rival, who is vying with her host s son for her hand in marriage Maeve is a pawn trapped between these two boys Her bold defiance will bring her to the brink of disaster, but her clever gamble may also lead to her independence Though she faces danger and intrigue, Maeve will also discover what kind of person and queen she s destined to become.

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    About “Esther M. Friesner

    • Esther M. Friesner

      Esther M Friesner was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A s in both Spanish and Drama She went to on to Yale University within five years she was awarded an M.A and Ph.D in Spanish She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full time author of fantasy and science fiction She has published twenty seven novels so far her most recent titles include Temping Fate from Penguin Puffin and Nobody s Princess from Random House.Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Asimov s, Fantasy Science Fiction, Aboriginal SF, Pulphouse Magazine, Amazing, and Fantasy Book, as well as in numerous anthologies Her story, Love s Eldritch Ichor, was featured in the 1990 World Fantasy Convention book.Her first stint as an anthology editor was Alien Pregnant By Elvis, a collection of truly gonzo original tabloid SF for DAW books Wisely, she undertook this project with the able collaboration of Martin H Greenberg Not having learned their lesson, they have also co edited the Chicks In Chainmail comedy anthology series for Baen Books, as well as Blood Muse, an anthology of vampire stories for Donald I Fine, Inc Ask Auntie Esther was her regular etiquette and advice column to the SFlorn in Pulphouse Magazine Being paid for telling other people how to run their lives sounds like a pretty good deal to her.Ms Friesner won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story of 1995 for her work, Death and the Librarian, and the Nebula for Best Short Story of 1996 for A Birth Day A Birth Day was also a 1996 Hugo Award finalist Her novelette, Jesus at the Bat was on the final Nebula ballot in the same year that Death and the Librarian won the award In addition, she has won the Romantic Times award for Best New Fantasy Writer in 1986 and the Skylark Award in 1994 Her short story, All Vows, took second place in the Asimov s SF Magazine Readers Poll for 1993 and was a finalist for the Nebula in 1994 Her Star Trek Deep Space Nine novel, Warchild, made the USA TODAY bestseller list.She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, two rambunctious cats, and a fluctuating population of hamsters.



    912 thoughts on “Deception's Pawn

    • The bulk of this book takes place during Maeve's fosterage, and it's got a fair amount of bullying/mean girls going on, which I actually liked. I thought it was well done. Overall, I enjoyed it, although I do kind of wish every man didn't seem to fall in love with her. All of the one-sided relationships got a bit old. It would have been nice if her relationship with Kian had been strictly a friendship on both their parts, not just hers, or if she reciprocate his feelings. Then throwing Conchobar [...]


    • I was rather disappointed by this book, to be honest. All of Esther Friesner's books have drawn me in, made me fall in love with the characters, the setting, the story. I enjoyed the first book of the series, Deception's Princess, but as for this oneThe characters bored me. Even Maeve grew incredibly boring this book, doing next to nothing. She bore the abuses she received with next to no complaint, though the Maeve I knew first book would have taken them kicking and screaming. I liked Kian as a [...]


    • Copy received from Young Adult Books Central and reviewed there.In this sequel to Deception's Princess, Maeve, the favorite daughter of the evil High King is being fostered at Dun Beithe by Lady Lassaire. Maeve relishes the freedom of being away from home, but finds her fellow foster daughters to be rather tiresome. She has made her way to this location because she heard rumors that Ea, her falcon whom she thought was dead, had been nursed back to health by Kian, the son of Lady Lassaire and a p [...]


    • Last year I read Deception's Princess because the concept of it made me think of Warrior Daughter by Janet Paisley, one of my favourite books. It turned out these two books are vastly different, but I enjoyed Deception's Princess well enough to want to see how Maeve's story would conclude in the second book of her duology.Unfortunately, I find myself vastly disappointed.Maeve's story was always going to be about Maeve freeing herself of the prejudices against females that are present in her soci [...]


    • Maeve spends the whole of this book (and its prequel) trying to prove herself, and trying to make people take her seriously despite being female. But in the end she really only gains it through lies. (I know, I know, it does have "deception" in the title)And it was ridiculous how every male seemed to go on and on about how beautiful/charming/etc Maeve was. Having a few suitors, I could understand. She is the High King's daughter, so naturally a match with her is appealing. But everyone seems to [...]


    • Esther M. Friesner, in my opinion, just keeps improving her writing style. This new legendary princess story by Friesner is as bold, interesting, and inspiring as the heroine herself: Maeve. The plot is rich, the historical context fascinating, and the characters dynamic. I recommend this mini-series, and any of Friesner's other ones, for a reader looking for adventurous and legendary stories of the royal past.


    • For more of my reviews, visit my blog Imaginary ReadsWarning: contains some spoilers from the first novel in the duology.I loved Deception's Princess because it stepped out of the constraints of the brave, independent, kickass girl trope that is all too common in YA lit today. While Maeve is a courageous young woman who isn't afraid to fight for herself, she has proven to be clever and relational-oriented. She uses a daughter's wits to fight when she cannot use a son's weapons, and she has been [...]


    • Second in a duo of books about the Celtic princess Maeve, Deception's Pawn doesn't waste any time getting back into the story (theoretically) left off at the end of the first book; even though I haven't read that one, Deception's Princess, enough information is provided throughout this story that I had a clear picture of the circumstances that had shaped these events. The plot moves quickly and the story is compelling and even over the top; everything is a bit extreme and at times hard to believ [...]


    • Deception’s Pawn picks up shortly after Deception’s Princess leaves off, with Princess Maeve entering into fosterage at Lord Artegal’s home in hopes of finding Ea again and of preventing her father in using her as a pawn piece.Maeve is still that fiery girl who would willingly chase down a bull to prove a point, but she’s faced with new challenges during her fosterage and they are unlike anything she’s faced before. She makes new friends in her foster sisters, but learns that not all f [...]


    • Alright so, these books. First of all FINALLY a strong women who does not rely on boys or men to make her way in the world! I'm so sick of love triangles and indecisive silly girls and ridiculousness. Maeve makes up her mind and sticks to it. She's strong, but soft in ways, and I love everything about her. Second, the setting. I love the old world words and the way the story is spun. I love the connections to the first book, how it all weaves together. I love that she doesn't give up on things a [...]


    • This was oddly satisfying, yet unsatisfying. It's a good book all around, but probably my least favourite of Ms. Friesner's books because I feel like there should have been more. Maybe there was that she's not going to tell us. Any other author, I would have assumed that there would be a third book in the series, but of course, in the Princesses of Myth books, there won't be. But it was good. I love these books so much.


    • I think I am having bad luck with second books in series this year. This was not that great. If anything I started to dislike Maeve. She couldn't make up her mind about what kind of freedoms and liberties she wanted, or what kind of life she wanted. I know that we all have our prerogative to change our minds, but on her it looked more wishy-washy.2 out of 5 stars. Thanks Edelweiss.


    • This book wasn't that good but I really appreciated the way that she didn't have to end up with any specific guy. She learns, she grows and she gets to be a ruler in the end. I would have preferred more of her being an actual ruler by recognizing situations and turning them in her favor. It was frustrating that there had to be girl against girl.


    • I was very disappointed with this sequel. The choices the main character mad me mad and I did not enjoy that she made the choice to do something that shouldn't have happened before marriage. It really disappointed me because I have always loved this author. Don't know if I will read any new books by her.


    • Nope nope nope. I adore Maeve and Kelan and Kian and Odran but I pretty much cannot stand anyone else at all. Bryg makes me so angry I can't even fathom it, and I didn't like how it ended. Nope nope nope. I'm sorry I couldn't stick with you Maeve. It wasn't worth it.


    • Maeve welcomes a change of setting, but my feelings about the book stay the same, slightly more intense than Deception's Princess, and stays true to the core values in Maeve's heart, and in the reader's.


    • I feel like this was missing something that the first book had It felt pretty slow, and the "climax" was very rushed (and if I'm being honest I didn't like it very much) Oh well. It could have been a lot worse, and I still finished but it wasn't my favorite.


    • Decided to stay up to finish this book yesterday. I wasn't sure which direction this book was going and she ended up doing things I wasn't really pleased with. I feel like the plot was a bit scrambled and have also noticed Friesner writes similar ideas in her books.


    • I truly enjoyed some of her earlier books so picked this up expecting a good read. Was very disappointed It was disjointed and didn't flow well; I kept reading, hoping it'd get better but it didn't I will check out her next book with expectations of a good read



    • empowering novel for young women, about developing talents and strengths and realizing your dreams. not a huge fan that the teen heroine lives with her boyfriend temporally.



    • Initially felt a bit more light-hearted than the first novel, but the mood darkened as the story advanced. I found the love quadrangle (?) a little confusing but ultimately I think the author did an interesting thing with Maeve's love for Obran (if a little hard to understand - this could have used more development/explanation, I think). Presumably Kian was a red herring for the length of the novel and the final scene with Conchobar's arm around her shoulder is foreshadowing that she will end up [...]


    • The ending of this book was certainly not what I was expecting. Maeve proved herself once more to be a brave and fearsome young woman in a time when men dominated over the lives of the fairer sex. And perhaps it is the romantic in me that truly wanted to see her find some sort of peace in her heart. Unfortunately, I didn't quite get the satisfaction of seeing that happen. And I think that will forever be my greatest disappointment with this book. Now, that's not to say that I believe the romance [...]


    • In this sequel to Deception's Princess, the adventurous Irish Princess Maeve has left her home in Connacht. She feels being away from her father, King Eochu, will allow her the independence she craves.Maeve is the fourth of three longtime fosterlings in the home of a highborn family, headed by Lord Artegal and Lady Lussaire. As is the custom, the fosterlings will be educated as ladies. Although the first morning brings playful pranks, Mauve soon finds some of the other maidens-in-training can be [...]


    • If the first book was amazing, the second book was awesome! It took me at least 30 pages into the story to get occupied into the new shift of the plot-line but I enjoyed every minute afterwards. The passion, the fire, the anger, the resentment, the struggle was heart-rending to read about as the fiery Irish princess struggles to make her way in a world that has been shattered by her father. I also enjoyed the tiny hint of romance thrown in between her and the young Celtic king-to-be. It was kind [...]


    • 2017 Reading Challenge #24: Set in the wilderness. Stretching this one too, but she does spend a good amount of time wandering in the woods.


    • Esther Friesner's Princesses of Myth series has been with me for a long time; I can still remember eight years ago when my sister picked up a copy of Nobody's Princess from our local bookstore and handed it to me the minute she finished reading it. I was only ten years old, but I was hooked: an in depth narrative about the (fictitious) early years of Helen of Troy, before she became a pawn in the Trojan War. In her latest two books, Deception's Princess and Deception's Pawn, Esther Friesner lyri [...]


    • I wasn't too fond of the book but it did keep me entertained. It is the story of a girl who wants her freedom and friends. She gets two suitors and girls that claim to be friends instead. Maeve cares for neither of the boys and gets bullied by the girls. Trapped in a place where no one will do anything to defend her unless she marries the prince, she runs away to a previous lover. I didn't read the first book but I thought this book would make it so that Maeve chooses someone to be with. The ent [...]


    • I didn't love this book as much as the first,but I still enjoyed it a lot. Near the end I started to fear that the ending would be a typical second book in a trilogy—nothing good. But it wasn't. It doesn't finish Maeve's story, but it does wrap up a few things that I feel gives a second book satisfactory closure. It made me look forward to the third book.


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