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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
ISBN: 978-0-545-28413-4
Suggested Ages:
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Description: 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 Good Stuff
  • A truly remarkable and epic adventure story
  • Once I started reading, I just couldn't put it down - it is just one of those amazing books that readers of all ages will enjoy
  • Most of the Characters are realistic and intriguing - no one dimensional characters in this
  • One of my favorite protagonists to date. I wanted to adopt Sage I loved him so much. He's a smart ass and would totally fit in with my boys and husband
  • The author is a gifted storyteller which to me is far more exceptional than a so called "good writer". She takes you into a world and makes you believe that it is real and that you are part of it -- that is talent my friends
  • I was talking so excitedly about it to Jake, that he actually asked if he could read it -- makes me a happy mommy when he does that 
  • Some good smart alecy humour 
  • Lots of danger, intrigue, red herrings and so much more -- sort of Game of Thrones without the gratuitous nudity and violence (and so far no dragons)
  • You know what I am not doing this book justice, go out and buy it - trust me you will enjoy
The Not So Good Stuff
  • It was so engrossing I didn't want to put it down - and hello I am a Mom, I got stuff to do - ok, whose kidding who -- totally ignored the house work so I could finish the book and let Jesse watch 3 episodes of Caillou so I could keep reading (yes I am a bad mommy)
  • These trilogies are killing me -- I have to wait so long in between books and I'm old, the memory isn't what it used to be -- that and I am impatient
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Errol's gentle manners were not reflected in his bathing assistance. It surprised me how much dirt came of the second time. While he busied himself with a brush on the bottom of my feet, I looked at my fingernails. "I don't remember them ever being this color," I said then yanked my feet away. "That tickles. Are you finished yet? I don't like having a man help me with my bath."
Errol grinned. "Shall I have a women sent in?"
I laughed and told Errol I wouldn't need anyone's help for my future baths. "Obviously, Master Connor has a different standard of clean than the orphanage did. Now that I know you want the entire body washed, I'll make the necessary adjustments."

"I made a face and thrust my sword at him, but he parried it. "Not bad," Mott said. "But be bolder. Prince Jaron was known for that."
"Sounds like he's dead. So whatever boldness was with a sword, it obviously didn't save him."

"Don't give up, Sage, and don't give in to him. Please. A lot of us are watching you, and we need to see it's possible to win."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • FYI Nieces and Nephews I am getting you all a copy for Christmas
  • Perfect for both young and old readers (10 + as there is some violence but not overly graphic)
  • Male and Female readers will enjoy equally
5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review - thanks Nikole, this one was truly spectacular


  1. Yay I love good fantasy!!! I saw this book in stores recently and fell in love with the gorgeous colours of the cover. Glad to hear its an engrossing read.

    1. It is so good, I was totally hooked into it
      If Jake gets it done before we leave I will send it your way