Title: The False Prince
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Reading Source: Library
Reading Level: 13+
Grade Level: 7+
Length: 342 pages
Cover Art: 4/5
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.
We start off with an orphan named Sage. Sage is somewhat of a troublemaker. He does not follow rules and is quite the rebel.
When he meets Conner, a nobleman, who kidnaps him. He is not the only one, there are three other boys about his age, all orphans. There names are, Roden, Tobias, and Latamer.
No one knows why or where they are being taken.
They soon learn that the entire royal family has been murdered, and the kingdom is on the edge of war. Regents have their beady eyes on the throne. But Conner has his own plans.
That is where the boys come into play. Conner will do anything to get what he wants, even kill.
I loved the twist at the end, I never saw it coming at all.
Characters are extremely important in stories like this, for me and these characters were great. Conner was ruthless, cold-hearted. Sage is clever sharp witted;He is one of my favorites of the books I've read this year.
Now I need to get my hands on the sequel, The Runaway King soon!