Review: The False Prince – By Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Title: The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Summary: 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.

Genre/Pages: YA Fantasy/342

Rating: ★★★ (6 of 5)

My Review: I know how it is. You have upwards of 50 books on your To Be Read list, so why should you add this one? What is it about The False Prince that will make your time worthwhile? How do I know that you will love this book? Well, let me tell you, because, at first, I had some of the same questions…

The characters. They are all so in-depth, intriguing, and complex. Sage is, of course, my personal favorite. He really makes this story. Sure, the plot is incredible, and the story fascinating, but Sage just brings a whole new level of awesome to this  book. He is (as one of my friends most eloquently put it) “The definition of sass.” His character, and his inner dialogue are just so… satisfying, so perfect. Yeah, sure, this book is placed in a different time, a different world, but still, Sage is a character that you can really relate to. He wasn’t wishy-washy, he wasn’t annoying, he wasn’t flat and lifeless, if anything, he was infuriatingly realistic.

The plot. Oh, my gosh, the plot. This book was just… beyond perfect. On so many different levels. It was perfect by how not-perfect the characters were. It was perfect by how complex the story was. It was perfect by the crazy-out-of-this-world-never-saw-that-one-coming curve balls Nielsen throws your way. The plot is dark, exciting, intense, and yet, Sage’s snark kept you laughing all the way.

Content Advisory: Several people are killed / are almost killed. The whole plot is kinda intense.

To Sum it Up: If you haven’t yet read The False Prince and it’s sequel The Runaway King, you need to. Though I read it months and months ago, it still remains one of the best series’ I have ever read. The perfect combination of adventure, fear, danger, romance, suspense, and laughter, you will not regret reading The False Prince – By Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Jennifer A. Nielsen will be at this year’s TeenBookCon in Houston, TX. If you can make it, I’m sure it’ll be a great experience! Personally, I’m hoping to be able to attend this year! :-)

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

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