The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Release Date: April 1st, 2012
Format: Library Book
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THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.
As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.-Goodreads
The False Prince has become the best book I have read this year..once I started it I could not put this book down! At first, I wasn't sure how much I would like this book...I'm not a huge fan of all out fantasy types of books, but four hours later, I couldn't believe that I didn't pick this book up sooner.
One of my favorite parts about the book was the plot! Jennifer A. Nielsen does a fabulous job of creating a world that sucks you right into the story. Like I said above, once I started The False Prince I could not put it down. There was so much action and mystery packed into one book, that I never knew what was going to happen next! I really like reading books where I have no idea what will happen and this book definitely does just that. Another thing that is so great about the plot of this book is that certain details, while at first don't seem very important, end up playing a HUGE role towards the end of the book! I love when authors do that in books..it really makes the reader want to re-read the book and see the scenes with a different perspective. What really intrigued me about this plot was how Conner (the nobleman of the court) is able to come up with this whole elaborate scheme without anyone really finding out!
Of course, my favorite character has to be Sage. I really enjoy reading books from a male POV, especially one like Sage! He is very cunning, and very smart, but underneath it all he is a caring person. He doesn't submit to Conner's games like the other boys, which makes me like Sage even more. Seeing things from Sage's perspective was a really great aspect to this book, and made me as a reader feel like I was on Sage's journey with him.
Overall, I LOVED The False Prince. I don't want to give away any spoilers but Jennifer A. Nielsen adds an awesome twist close to the end of the book that makes me love The False Prince even more! If you are looking for a book with mystery, action, and a really great main character, definitely check this book out!!
My Rating: Five out of Five Stars