A “Round Two” review is a review of a book that I have already read and reviewed. It is a re-read.
The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen
Also by this author: The False Prince
Series: Ascendance Trilogy #1
Published by Scholastic Press
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
I re-read the The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen because I really want to start wrapping up some of my series. I read this awhile ago and I wanted to refresh before moving on. I remember now why I enjoyed this one so much.
The main character is an orphan named Sage. I liked Sage right away. He is such a smart ass. Not only can he be sarcastic but the boy is generally four or five steps ahead of the rest of them. I really enjoyed his character because of this.
The secondary characters varied in likability. I really only enjoyed Mott. Imogene annoyed me more than made me feel sympathetic. The other two candidates I certainly felt sorry for but I didn’t particularly root them on either.
While this book is a re-read for me, I had originally guessed where the plot would end and how Sage’s past would be included in that. Of course I didn’t know the particulars, but I had guessed the end game. It’s probably one of the biggest reasons why The False Prince didn’t get a full five stars.
In this book there is a lot to enjoy: people in disguise, courtiers, murder, palace intrigue, and honor. The pace is even and I was able to finish this book fairly quickly. While there wasn’t much in the way of surprise I still really enjoyed this book.