Series: The Ascendence Trilogy, #1
Publication: 1st April 2012 by Scholastic
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 is a fun adventure story that I flew through. It was such a quick read and I really enjoyed every minute of it.
Sage is such a fun character to read about. He is so sassy and clever. His voice is so distinct, the author did an excellent job with his narration. I was hooked from the first page.
Over the course of the story Sage builds relationships with the other boys. Some could be considered friendships but others are more like enemies. There was lots of backstabbing, alliances, secrets and lies going on that made relationships more interesting and complex.
The plot was enjoyable for the most part. It was predictable at time but it was fun to read. There was a good few twists and turns and while I predicted what would happen I think a lot of readers will be shocked at some of the plot twists.
The False Prince isn't really Young Adult but isn't really Middle Grade either. It bridges the gap between the two. Sage, the main character, is only 14 making it not YA (YA MCs are usually 16+) but MG MC's are usually younger.
There was no romance in The False Prince which was refreshing to read. The majority of books I read have a romance and it sometimes overshadows the plot which I hate. The girls in the story are very minor characters and the interactions between them and Sage are in no may romantic. A relationship may develop in later books but at the moment in glad there wasn't one included in the first book.
The ending that shocked everyone else didn't surprise me. I predicted what was going to happen pretty early on. Had I not predicted the ending I would have given the book a 5 out of 5.
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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