Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

 Synopsis (from goodreads.com):
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.

Jillian’s Review:
This was a well written Middle Grade read with an interesting plot. I loved how clever Sage was. It always makes for a fun read when you can depend on the main character to figure things out on his own and even have a few tricks up his sleeve. It annoys me when the kids in a Middle Grade novel lack intelligence and foresight (i.e. Harry Potter—don’t get me wrong, though, I LOVE Harry Potter!) Even though this was written from the POV of a boy, it didn’t feel like a boy’s book (like The Maze Runner).

This book reminded me of The Queen's Thief series but with less societal background information, which is just fine for MG. The False Prince had a really great ending and could easily be a standalone novel but I can’t wait for the second in The Ascendance Trilogy to come out (April 2013) to find out what happens to Sage and his friends.



Rosenbalm Photography said...

This one is already on my to-read list. :) Great review!

Jillian said...

Thank you, Jene :)