Title: The False Prince
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy
Publication Date: April 1st, 2012
Synopsis: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.
Review: I loved this book. While things aren’t that complex, and it was not hard at all to figure out what was going to happen it was still a very enjoyable book. I love Sage’s character, he’s witty, clever, sarcastic, he’s just amazing. There’s a lot of witty banter, and some not so witty banter, in this book. This is a fun, entertaining read, and while this was a re-read for me I didn’t want to put it down even though I knew what was going to happen. It’s a good start to the trilogy and I look forward to reading the next ones in the series.
Recommendation: Definitely! This is one of my favorites!