Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 2012 by Scholastic
Source: Purchased
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.

You all know how much I love fantasy right?  Well, if not, I love fantasy!  And this book was no exception!  While it was a bit slower paced with not much travel involved, it still held my attention and my eyes glued to the pages.   And there’s a map!  I love those maps!

Sage is a character that I loved from the get-go.  He’s a character that totally pops off the page.  He says exactly what’s on his mind and is completely fearless.  Well, most of the time… Sometimes his words come out before he thinks and it’s a major mistake.  But many times it made me giggle because even if he knows he made a mistake he doesn’t back down.  I was surprised that he’s lived as long as he has with the way he shoots things out of his mouth!  And while we get things right from his brain he still manages to keep secrets from us and as they are revealed you will be shocked!  I have to admit that one thing I did have figured out, but the surprise wasn’t ruined because there was so much  more to it that I had no idea about.

This is one that is more character driven, but I honestly really loved the plot as well.  And I really loved the surprises!  I most definitely recommend you read this book, even if it’s just for Sage, cause he is one character that you don’t want to miss out on knowing!

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  1. It sounds like this was a really fun read that you really enjoyed!! I am so glad. There is nothing better than a great book you get immersed in. :)

    Thanks for the heads up by the way about my review LOL! That is the first time I have done that but sadly, I know it probably won’t be the last time. ;P

  2. I like fantasy too :) It’s wonderful to learn that Sage is a lovable character and if this is an enjoyable-read for you, I’ll add it to my TBR list. Thanks, Candace!

  3. Middle grade fantasy isn’t normally my cup of tea and the reviews for this book thus far have been pretty mixed, but your review is a good sign, Candace. :) Nice review!

  4. I agree! This book was so riveting, even when they weren’t traveling or “doing much” per se. But wow – that twist was totally unexpected! And still…I must admit…I felt a bit betrayed by Sage. I know it’s in his character to not get “too close” but I really threw my heart into the mix, and it came out a bit disappointed that I wasn’t privy to all his secrets. And still…I really did love the book! :) Looking forward to book 2!! 😀

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  5. Fantastic review, Candace! Unfortunately, this book didn’t work out for me because it was too similar to Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief Series which had far more depth to it than this book provided, so I was a bit let down, but I’m glad it worked out for you. I’d definitely recommend MWT Series too though…I think you’ll love them! :)

  6. I’ve been hearing some great things about this book! I know I should pick it up because I too love fantasy. I do love fantasy adventure more, but fantasy is still awesome.

    Just another review that tells me I should read this book!

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