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The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy)

The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer A. Nielsen
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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The False Prince is a new jewel in the crown... Not since Megan Whalen Turner s hero in The Thief has an underdog been such fun to follow. --The Times

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If you love the danger and sword-fighting of MERLIN, you'll like this! 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. As Sage's journey continues, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally a truth is revealed that proves more dangerous than all of the lies put together.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0545284147
  • Publisher: Scholastic Fiction; 1 edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00872J3SS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jennifer enjoys old books, movies, hiking, and nearly anything made of chocolate. Learn more about her at her website, or follow her on Twitter @nielsenwriter.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Megan Whalen Turner/John Flanagan 5 Jun 2012
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This is probably a good time to admit that I'm a bit of a Merlin fangirl, and I only needed to see 'if you love Merlin' (I DO. I LOVE MERLIN VERY MUCH) to pick this book up. Although its actual similarity to Merlin would be little more than a quasi-mediaeval setting and a coming-of-age element, the real similarities lies in their shared light spirit and humour.

[ALTHOUGH, I also have to add that in my head, Conner had Charles Dance's face (the Witchfinder in Merlin; Vetinari in Going Postal). He has that scary look.]

Sage is scraping by at an orphanage at the edge of Carthya, far from important events and people. When a King's Regent, Bevin Conner, scouts him out because of a resemblance to the lost (presumed dead) prince of Carthya, Sage is thrown into a competition against three other orphans. They, too, have been chosen for their resemblance to the lost prince. Conner plans to pull off a crazy coup to prevent a civil war - a civil war which will destroy Carthya, as its bordering countries take advantage of their weakness and annexe them.

There are only two weeks before the regents convene to discuss the succession - only two weeks to turn the ragged orphans into princes, and pick the most likely among them for the job. But for the boys, being chosen to impersonate the prince becomes a matter of life and death. Tobias is bookish and clever but physically a bit of a wimp; Latamer is sickly and unwilling, Roden is strong and fast, but his wits are slow and he is easily led. Sage is not led at all, and is dragged into the contest kicking and screaming - the only one, apparently, who can see the plan for the madness it is.

Jennifer Nielson's writing style is pleasantly spare and direct, which makes it wonderfully readable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FAST MOVING, ABSORBING READ 23 May 2012
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Narrator is Sage, fourteen year old orphan with attitude - one of four possibilities selected by ruthless Regent Bevin Conner to pose as Carthya's long missing, presumed dead, Prince Jaron. Two weeks of rigorous training may produce a winner, the prize being allowed to survive - at least for a while.

Here is a tale where cunning is all - treachery rife, the foe formidable. Teenage readers may readily identify with Sage, he impressively streetwise and skilled at staying alive.

Some may regard the plot as old fashioned - mythical kingdom, the absurd concept that a fortnight can transform an urchin into a convincing royal. (Variations were tackled in such time-honoured classics as "The Prisoner of Zenda", ""The Man in the Iron Mask", etc.) Some may also feel uneasy about awkwardnesses in the final stages, with Sage twice temporarily no longer narrating.

The ultimate test, though, is whether the novel was enjoyed. Despite reservations, it certainly was by me - devoured in one sitting, as Sage ingeniously strives to outwit those who plot on all sides.

Recommended - full of excitement, twists and warmth.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The Overview

The False Prince is an action filled narrative. In every chapter Sage is getting into trouble, and also getting out of trouble, or going on some dangerous adventure. This book is never sluggish. After a few chapters, you discover that you understand the characters well. Not because you've been told that their personality is this that or the other, but because you've been shown in the narrative. Ms Nielsen actually achieves this goal without a show and tell, which so few authors seem to do today.

Our main protagonist Sage is self-confident. Or where he's not, he easily fakes it. He is not a person to be big-headed, conceited, irresponsible, or patronizing. He has a strong underpinning of decorum. He is an exceptional judge of character - sensing who is fundamentally good or bad. He does not suffer fools easily. Sage is a candidate prince alongside Roden and Tobias. The dynamic between them is fascinating. When they need to be they are comrades in arms, united against the same "enemy." However, they are also rivals - in a game where the stakes are as high as they get. All three need and want to win. In their own way, each works to undermine the other two. The three act as a team sometimes, while two gain up against one at others. Each was capable of desperate cruelty.

First Impressions

This book has universal appeal. This does not contain any swear words or romance, it doesn't feel juvenile. It does have a surprisingly amount of violence and cruelty, although I believe it is appropriate given the plot, and is never graphic.
My only slight critique is that late in to the book there is a shift in the narrative from first person to third person, which I found disconcerting. In summation then Prince stands out for its fabulous dialogue, enchanting protagonist, and well developed plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Entertaining 15 Sep 2012
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The exciting and entertaining story of `The False Prince' is full of realism, and though set in a mythical mediaeval kingdom that is threatened by neighbours and from conspiracy within, it is without fantasy and it is not clear why publicity blub for refers to Merlin. With its well written complex plot remaining rational and its scheming but credible characters it is a magnificent action packed story with much intrigue plus unexpected twists and turns. It is narrated by the main protagonist, an orphan boy Sage, together with other explanatory accounts as the story moves dramatically to its nicely constructed conclusion - leaving tantalizing loose ends to suggest a sequel.

Author Jennifer A Nielsen skilfully ensures past secrets lie buried and the future is uncertain, and always there is a ring of truth to her writing. The quick witted Sage is a source of considerable humorous dialogue as he demonstrates a range of attributes from honesty to deviousness and humility to arrogance to overcome numerous obstacles and challenges. In conjunction with revelations on other characters Sage's true personality is exposed as the strands of `The False Prince' are untangled and elements of mistrust, falsehood and treachery are revealed. It is a gripping and thrilling novel for all ages in addition to its targetted readership of 10+ years.
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