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The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Book 1) by [Nielsen, Jennifer A.]
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Praise for The False Prince
"A page turner...." New York Times Book Review
Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel. Wall Street Journal
This kickoff to her new Ascendance Trilogy is a swashbuckling origin story. . . . Sage is a quick wit, and Nielsen showcases it with terrific dialoguechock full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys. Los Angeles Times
\ Sage is deftly characterized through humorous first-person narration, quickly establishing himself as a beguiling antihero. . . . First in the "Ascendancy Trilogy, this is an impressive, promising story with some expertly executed twists. Publishers Weekly, starred review
Nielsen has written a terrific story that carries readers along to the very (surprising) end and will leave them clamoring for the next book in her trilogy. BookPage, featured Top Pick review
The False Prince is more Harry Potter(minus the magic) than Hunger Gameswith authentic characters, a convincing sense of danger and a genuinely high-stakes plot. . . . Hollywood Reporter
Sure to appeal to middle-grade readers, The False Prince is an imaginative, plot-driven adventure story with a classic feel. . . . Readers will be turning pages feverishly, especially toward the climax of the novel. Deception and betrayal abound! RT Book Reviews
The delight of Nielsen's story is the discovery of the true motivations of all the characters in a fast-paced plot with plenty of action, mystery and violence. Columbus Dispatch
The False Prince is a gracefully written fantasy that flows from beginning to end without a hitch. . . . In addition to dynamic characters, Jennifer Nielsen has created a plot with twists and turns in all the right places. Deseret News
Ruthless ambition, fierce action and plotting, complex characters and lots of sword play and hidden passages keep pages flipping. Readers of this multifaceted, well-crafted tale will eagerly await Sage's further adventures. Kirkus Reviews
Fast-paced and exciting, this book will appeal to readers who enjoy intrigue mixed in with their adventure. . . . Full of machinations and surprises, this book will keep students reading until the last page and eager for the second in the trilogy. School Library Journal
A sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense. The Horn Book

About the Author

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of THE FALSE PRINCE, the first book in the Ascendance Trilogy. She has also written The Underworld Chronicles, a humorous middle-grade fantasy series. Jen lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1244 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • 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 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Four orphans and lots of adventure, what more can one want from a magical adventure?

Duels, swords and friendships all come together in this tale that keeps you reading after lights out time. The names of the characters are not your normal everyday names but then again this is not your normal everyday adventure book, but one of pure magic! Well 'Magic' according to our youngest.

It explained someone's pain quite detailed when Prince Jaron was whipped and also when he was knifed (well this is what son said). Well boys well be boys and seem to like graphic details. It seems ours does but he liked the way it was described almost like could have been there and seen it.

Our ten year old loved the 'Hunger Games', so being offered this book to review I grabbed the chance to get it for him.

All I can say is that is up there as being a Five Star ...... Full of adventure Lord of the Rings Style, along with Hunger Games adrenaline. Quietness all round whilst this one was read, even if it was after lights out time.

The blurb sounded good, an all round adventure with bits of other good book ideas all tossed together and bought about to bring this one The False Prince. Certainly a book that will keep your ten year old entertained on a long car journey and more.

All I have now is son asking when the next one is out in this trilogy. Much searching has been done on the web by him even looking at the authors website to see if there is a date for the next one.

This is one that after reading it the next ones have to be bought, so getting this one to review courtesy of the Vine programme is costing me not only in time for things not done as son had his head in the book so much. But also in then getting the next ones.

Can you please tell us when the next one may be out!
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