Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: April 1st, 2012
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.
A few months ago I started THE FALSE PRINCE audio book and didn’t get very far. Turns out I don’t have the attention span or multitasking ability required to listen for that long… However I was enjoying this story and had only heard good things about it so decided to get it from the library in book form. And I’m really glad I did.
Middle Grade fantasy isn’t something I’ve really ventured into before. I stick to the more adult and YA stuff, but THE FALSE PRINCE is in no way a lower standard. It is quite complex. The characters a questionable, you’re never entirely sure of the motives and it keeps you guessing. You can’t even trust what our narrator has to say.
Speaking of, I LOVE Sage. He’s such a sassy little… guy. Made me laugh so many times. And he’s so clever! His narration made the novel even better, though I did have a few issues with the way he interacted with Imogen. I just…. I don’t know. Something about it rubs me the wrong way
Another good aspect of this novel: there’s some fantastic twists. And I mean BRILLIANT ones. The things that are kept from the reader are just… HOW DO YOU KEEP THAT A SECRET BUT STILL MANAGE TO FORESHADOW IT THAT WELL??? Now, I must admit I did predict that major twist before I even started (because I’m just that awesome), but it would take a many of the target audience/less observant readers by surprise I suspect.
Overall THE FALSE PRINCE was really enjoyable. Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a nice, easy fantasy to read. Or something that makes you question ALL OF THE CHARACTERS.