3 Jun 2008 97 Comments
Title: Scrapped Princess: A Tale of Destiny
Author: Ichiro Sakaki
Illustrator: Nakayohi Mogudan
Licensed by: Tokyopop
Reviewed by: Matt122004
Well, one of TokyoPop’s earlier light novel launches was of the series “Scrapped Princess” by Ichiro Sakaki. Most will probably know this series because of the anime that was based off these novels, I have not seen it, so once again, this was my first introduction to the story and characters. I had seen the book in bookstores since 2006, and recently tried ordering it without luck. So when I found it at a Used Book Store, books 1 and 2, both half off, I went and got them.
Scrapped Princess is the story of an infant baby girl, who has a death sentence proclaimed on her because of a prophecy proclaiming she will bring about the end of the world on her sixteenth birthday. However, the baby is snuck away safely while the world believes her to have been killed. Fifteen years later, she is feisty and very much alive, living with the people that saved her (although she knows nothing of her true identity). The story opens right up with her adopted father being killed (later discovered as being murdered), and she find his will. Soon she discovers her true identity and that’s when the action starts. Not only because she now finds out she is a princess, but because the royal family learns she is alive and starts to send out assassins to kill her and her brother and sister.
Filled with lots of battles, it’s a fast paced reading adventure that you are sure to enjoy. Now, when I say fast paced, I’m serious. The book is very short, and only has the same size as other light novels because TokyoPop increased the font size. It’s the fastest light novel I ever read, since I finished it within 3-4 hours. It’s however, a sad drawback, since the story is so good. It’s like reading half of a true light novel.
However, the book is undeniably enjoyable and a wonderfully exciting read. You will not be bored and you will enjoy it.
I hate however the NEW cover TokyoPop gave the book. They should stop trying to market the books for a broader audience and just keep the original covers, which look way better.
So, my recommendation? Go and buy the book. However, if this will be your FIRST light novel, do not buy it. I do not recommend this book as anybody’s FIRST. Go choose Kino no Tabi, Ballad of a Shinigami, or Full Metal Panic for your first light novel, not this.
However, if this isn’t your first light novel, go ahead and get it, you’ll enjoy adding this book to your collection.
Until book 2, which is staring at me on the table, sayonara!
My grade for this light novel: B+