August 1, 2012

Review of The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen


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.

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publish Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher:  Scholastic
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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion ** 

Lies, deception, trickery…the first three words that come to mind when I think of The False Prince.  Another three words?  Awesome, intriguing, stunning…

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and it ended all too soon.  Told in the point of view of an orphan named Sage, who was bought by a nobleman by the name of Conner.  Connor has scoured many orphanages throughout the kingdom looking for young boys with a certain…trait.  Connor plans to pass off one of the three boys chosen (Sage, Tobias, and Roden) as the missing, thought to be deceased, Prince Jaron in order to maintain peace and in hopes of preventing a war since the remaining members of the royal family have been murdered.

Sage, Tobias, and Roden must compete amongst each other in hopes of convincing Connor that they would be the most convincing false prince.  The winner gets the spoils (become the king), and the losers may lose their lives.  It is during this two week span that Sage learns horrible truths, suffers torturous discipline, and perhaps finds one or two persons in which he can trust, and hopefully will help him survive the final test.

Jennifer A. Nielsen has created a world in which the ways of the court are exposed for what they truly are, behind the scenes.  It’s not all fancy dresses, good food and wine, and pleasantries.  There is much deceit, lies, and murder for those vying to climb up the ladder and become king.  I loved that the story was told through a male point of view, and through such a powerful character and voice such as Sage.   The descriptions of his life as an orphan and what he needed to do in order to survive was very convincing.  There was so much life poured into all of the characters in The False Prince that you can’t walk away without wanting to think twice about them.  All have their own distinct voice and agenda, The False Prince is a story that readers of all ages will want to know more about.

At times, it was difficult to grasp the fact that the voice of Sage is that of a 15 year old boy.  His thought process and actions seemed to be more of an older teen.  But after reading the book, it comes together why he seems so much older than he really is.

The different twists and turns that are found hidden throughout this fantastic read is enough to keep a reader’s attention.  When I thought that all was lost, Nielsen throws in another curve ball that had me wanting to fly through the pages even faster to know what else could possibly happen next.  Slowly, the pieces of the puzzle are revealed, and even though I knew well into the book what was bound to happen, that didn’t deter me from wanting to read how Nielsen would weave it all together.  And weave it she did.  Nielsen weaves a tale of hope when there is only despair…of light at the end of the tunnel, and to face a past that was thought to be dead and gone.

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  1. kimbacaffeinate

    This sounds like an interesting read..and a male POV yay!

  2. Shelver506

    Squee, I love this book!

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