The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)

Posted: July 6, 2013 in Reviews, Young Adult
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Author:  Jennifer A. Nielsen

Paperback, 342 pages

Published in 2012 by Scholastic Press

Reader Category: Targeted to the younger reader, use judgement

AR Book Level: 5.1

From the Publisher:  War is brewing in the kingdom.  Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him on the throne.  Four orphans, including Sage, are recruited to compete for the role.  Sage knows that Conner’s motives are 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, and as Sage moves from the rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold.  Finally, a truth is revealed that may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together!

My Review:  I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.  To be honest, I was a little surprised at the brutality that appeared at the onset, but it definitely made it easy to decide which side I was rooting for.  Jennifer Nielsen has created an unlikely hero in Sage.  Not only will you be cheering him on in his quest to save his country, you’ll be left scrambling to your library or favorite bookstore itching to read The Runaway King (book #2).

Caution:  This book is listed for 5th graders but does contain some violence.  It may be inappropriate for younger readers.

  1. Book Blather says:

    Still, sounds like a great Middle Grade read, I’ve seen lots of 5 star ratings for this one. What did you think of this one overall?

    • I really loved this book and like I stated, couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second one. I think that it is a middle grade read, not sure that every 5th grader is ready for this type of action.

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