The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)
Published by Scholastic on April 1st 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen is the first book a YA fantasy trilogy that came out a few years back. I’ve heard many good things about this series, so I thought I would give it a try.
Sadly, I was neither blown away nor disappointed with it. It was just meh for me. I feel like if I read it back in 2012 my opinions would be different, but after reading all the new titles over the last few years, The False Prince was nothing new or exciting.
I did like the characterizations for the mains, especially Sage. I found that I could connect a lot with him more than the other false princes. He was hard headed, strong willed and goofy. I found him interesting and his story compelling.
I also liked the premise of the story. A few aspects or plot-holes seemed odd or too convenient which I thought could have been handled better, especially the big reveal. Quite frankly I called it within the first few chapters and was let down at the end when I found out I was correct with my assumptions.
I am still interested to see what directions The Ascendance Trilogy is going to take and will continue on with the next book!
Have you read The False Prince? What did you think of it?
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Until next time,
JENNIFER A. NIELSEN lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door-to-door pollster. In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has forgotten to do that has allowed her any spare time.