The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
War is bubbling just under the surface in the obscure medieval town that serves as a back drop for the story. A low ranking noble, Connor, rides around the country to obtain boys from orphanages. He has devised a most treasonous scheme to overthrow the thrown and gain control. Connor intends to train the boys in the manners of the court and royal family and in the end have one of the four orphans pretend to be the long lost youngest son of the King which of course would make him the rightful heir to the thrown. However in his carefully chosen crew of orphans Connor has a boy named Sage. Sage is a spirited young man with a mind, personality and agenda all his own.
This is a delightful tale of mystery, survival and adventure. I was thoroughly engaged all the way through. Sage has to be one of the best written characters I’ve encountered in a very long time. Smart, sharp and engaging but also with obvious flaws and short comings, his character was very well developed. I love how Jennifer Nielson showed that Sage’s strongest traits, he’s quick witted and resourceful; also get him in heaps of trouble. There are plenty of plot turns and twists to keep things exciting but the pace isn’t so fast and furiously written that it leaves you feeling rushed or frantic.
The False Prince is book one in Jennifer A. Nielson’s Ascension Trilogy. It has an Accelerated Reader level of 5.1 and is worth 12 points. I think strong readers grade 4 and up would be equipped to enjoy this book.
Review Submitted by Crystal McKissick