The False Prince

Nielsen, Jennifer A.

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The False Prince
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. Three 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.

Publisher: [United States] : Scholastic : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780545477222
Branch Call Number: Streaming audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 14 min.)) :,digital
Additional Contributors: McWade, Charlie
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In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

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Apr 29, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm of two minds in reviewing this because I was of two minds reading it.
On one side was the experienced, critical adult reader who was thinking things like:
- (Cringe) This dialogue is so hokey and unrealistic. These characters wouldn't think, talk, or react like this based on the settings and backgrounds that have been created for them. The dynamics of their interactions don't reflect real people in the least.
- The character is baldly lying to us in his narration. If the surprise reveal that I'm expecting occurs (it did), then he is not only being cagey in his responses to the other characters, he's being false with us readers in ways the author doesn't seem to intend.
- The surprise reveal is so obvious!
On the other side was the enthusiastic reader who was willing to suspend disbelief and criticism for a fun story. That part of me got caught up in the narration, was thrilled by the suspense, and cheered for the character(s). And it's the part I suspect is most like the average young reader who will engage with this book.
I can't say this was a perfectly told story for me, but I think it's one that will work for its intended audience quite well and I will recommend it with that thought in mind.

Apr 17, 2014

I loved The False Prince! The main character's personality is like the grabbing point for the story. I like the storyline, and how Sage gradually discovers his true past. I also like when Conner said, "Do whatever you want with me," and then once again, Sage had a trick up his sleeve.

May 13, 2013
  • TheGrinder rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

best book ever

Mar 01, 2013
  • samdog123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

First book in the Ascendance trilogy. this is a great read. Three orphan boys are taken by nobleman, Connor, in order to make one of them into a fake prince who will take over the vacant throne in Carthia. Sage is one of the precocious orphans who thwarts Connor every step of the way. This book will make you wonder, and keep you guessing. Sage is a terrific character and I can't want for the next in the series!

Jun 12, 2012
  • hannahgood rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was an adventeris novel, but for me it needed a bigger kick.


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Apr 17, 2014

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Apr 17, 2014

Violence: Whipping, hand violence, sword fighting and some killing.


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