A Royal Birthday by Eilis O’Neal was a fantastic dip back into Thorvaldor. This short story is told from the point of view of Kiernan. He’s one of those characters that you really love to love. Kiernan is a sweetheart, and he’s mischievous, and he doesn’t much care for his rank. It was so nice to get a little bit more of the world that O’Neal created in The False Princess.
The only real problem that I had with A Royal Birthday is that it wasn’t a full length novel. I would have no trouble reading another book set in Thorvaldor. Basically the story was too short, the plot a little sluggish, and I just wanted MORE! I’m really hoping that a short story being published is an indication that O’Neal does indeed have more planned for the citizens of Thorvaldor. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see!