Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
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.


I read a review that described The False Prince as simplistic. I agree but I think that the simplicity of it worked it its favor. This book reminds me of two of my favorite fantasy books, Finnikin of the Rock and The Thief. While it has a similar plot, I think this book will be easier to follow.

This was such an easy read and I could not put the book down. There is so much I loved about The False Prince and one of those things were the characters. I was intrigued with the story and Sage from page 1. Sage was a great narrator and I could tell that he was hiding some things and wouldn’t let me know until he decided it was time to tell. I loved this. The secondary characters were very well written and full of surprises as well. I’m very excited to see how they fit in the next book.

The plot sometimes was a bit predictable. I think the majority of readers can guess the big secret but that’s the only thing I saw coming. The rest of the book was a nice surprise. I thought the book was beautifully executed and I liked how the author wrapped up the ending. I can’t wait to start reading the sequel! If you like fantasy and adventures in your books then I recommend you read The False Prince.

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