Book Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

12432220Title: The False Prince

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Series: The Ascendance Trilogy

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: April 1, 2012


Book Summary: 

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.

I loved this book! It exceeded my expectations. The book was very well crafted. Jennifer Nielsen did a great job of not revealing everything at once. There were lots of turns and twists I didn’t expect. This book kept my attention the entire time. Sage was a fabulous character, along with many of the other characters. I look forward to reading the other books in this series and someday owning my own copy. Also, it reminded me a little of The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. 
Rating: 5 stars – I loved it!!!
Content: Clean – mild violence
Source: Borrowed from brother
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  1. So glad you loved this. Me too. I absolutely loved it and the entire series. And I nominated this for the Cybils and it won! And I agree that it reminds me of Megan’s books. Thanks for reviewing it.

  2. Adding this to my to read pile. It sounds, and looks pretty good.