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"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.


Young Adult
I so often blow through book after book and then eagerly pick up the next book as if my hunger is rarely satisfied, but this was definitely a delightful surprise to read that is guarenteed to satisfy! I really enjoyed the twists and turns Jennifer Nielsen took with the characters and the plot in The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy. She took you to a whole other world and kept feeding your interest the entire time. The character development throughout the book of each and every single one of the characters gave me enough to root for some, hate others and feel crest fallen when they made decisions that I wished they hadn't made but knew that if this was real life, the characters would have done the same even still.

We follow quick-witted Sage, an orphan boy who is picked out by nobleman, Connor for a potential "false" Prince along with 3 other boys that might pass as the real Prince Jaron and then to use as a puppet for his own advantage as the royal family has all been murdered besides this once-thought-dead missing Prince. This is a tale of missing princes, unexpected friendships and revelations! This fast-paced, thrilling book is a must have for your kindle or book shelf!

this is a good book and a book that will keep you guessing its liike who knew that konner would take sage i mean i didnt i just thought he was helping sage pay and he felt bad for sage cause he was poor but i was wrong when i found out he wanted to take sage and have him lie i was thinking to my self will sage do it im not done with the book but by then i hope i have answers

I'm absolutely stunned.I first liked this book from the cover ; I always choose books based on their covers , but then I read the summary and became interested. It's about a man whose name is Conner has collected four boys from orphanages to let them compete against each other, to win the status of being the crown prince.I immediately got engrossed in this fascinating tale.The main character , Sage , which is a one of the orphan boys, has an interesting personality and is a bit of a rebel but nevertheless a likable boy.The twist that was revealed was a nice touch although a predictable one, from the beginning I hoped that sage would be the one to spite Conner in the end.It's a very page turning story , It won't let you be bored or to want to skip some pages ;because I'm one of those who always skip,anyway I'm excited to read the sequel - The runaway King - which will continue Sage's adventures.

Also posted on The Procrastinator's CornerI gave this book a standing ovation as soon as I finished reading it. It was that gooooood! Ever since I read Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series, I've developed a soft spot for books with a historical setting and a sneaky thief for a protagonist - a genius sneaky thief.In The False Prince, our protagonist, Sage, is an orphan who is seen as a disrespectful petulant kid with a brash attitude and a sharp mind. Although stealing is almost second nature to him, and most of the time uses this skill for his own amusement, sometimes he also uses this to help bring food to the orphanage. But don't get the wrong ideas. Sage is not necessarily the type of character with an aggressive front but with a very kind heart. It's one of the reasons why I love him so much.Along with three other orphans, Sage was bought by a man called Conner. At first, it was a mystery as to why a noble man would buy orphans who seemed to have the same features as each other. But as the story progressed, the secrets started to be unveiled one by one. I wasn't totally surprised by these secrets, to be honest, though I can say that these weren't totally predictable either. What I found the most surprising was the twist - the very-most-ultimate-secret twist - that came after those secrets. It was one of those rare "WTH moments" where you are WTH-ing because it was sooo awesome. But I admit that at first I was WTH-ing because it was confusing and I felt so lost, but after a couple more pages and more revelations were unfolded, - when the things that didn't make sense started to make sense and when those events I took for granted proved to be of great importance to the plot - I was left exhausted by all the cleverness in this book.The characters, minor and major alike, are all very complex and well-rounded. Those characters you liked at first, you'd hate them toward the end. Those you trusted at first, you'd end up wanting to kill the traitors out of them. This book has a knack in fooling its readers into believing ideas that pertain to the mystery of the plot. I mean, just look at the title. It gives us an idea what this book is about, but don't be fooled. There's more to it than just a spoilery title. The fact that this is told from Sage's point of view makes it difficult for the readers to decide who or what to believe since we only see things from his perception, but do we? If we see what Sage sees, does that mean he's not capable of lying to the readers? Needless to say, The False Prince is truly a cleverly written book with a solid plot that's perfectly executed. If you loved Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief, you have to read The False Prince. And if you loved Eugenides's character, you will love Sage too.


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