Book Review: The False Prince

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Title: The False Prince (Ascendance #1)

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 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.

My Review

GAH! THIS BOOK! Soooooooooooo good!!!

Firstly, I’m loving the trend toward high/epic fantasy in YA/MG books. It is hands down my favorite genre and YA was too busy obsessing over paranormals for a long time to do much else. Since I’ve kind of overdosed on paranormal romance, I’m so happy that trend is changing!

The big thing I loved about this book was the biased narrator. As I’ve often said, my favorite part of reading is trying to figure out what will happen next. The best stories are the ones that keep me guessing and a biased, or at least not entirely truthful narrator is a great way of doing that. I didn’t guess the big shocker until a few pages before it came out and even then I wasn’t sure I was right. GoodReads tells me this is an MG novel but I never would have put it there (unless basing it only on the age of the main character) because of the complexity of the story line.

I also really loved Sage as a character. There were so many things he did that I didn’t agree with – lying, stealing, cheating etc. And yet, I couldn’t help but love him at the same time. He is so resourceful and yet so sassy. I admire his “devil may care” attitude – I certainly wouldn’t be that brave, given the situation.

It is incredibly difficult to review this one without giving anything away, so I’ll just say – you should read this if you like high fantasy AT ALL! Now let me go back to waiting anxiously for book 2!

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  2. I’m also VERY VERY happy with the YA fantasy trend! I do like my paranormals, but fantasy <3 Gosh, I love them. I recently finished Rae Caron's first book and it was awesome (have you read that one already? You should definitely pick it up!) I can't wait to read this book as well. Saga sounds really good 😀


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