The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
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The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)

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THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

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...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic
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Small Review
The False Prince is *THAT* book! I stayed up way too late in order to finish it...and I'm seriously considering throwing all notion of a sleep schedule out the window and rereading the whole book right now.

Originally posted at Small Review

I call dibs on Sage
(seriously ladies—don't underestimate me 'cause I'm small. I'll fight dirty.)


I knew this was going to be a Special Shelf book as soon as I "heard" Sage's voice narrating. Really, the story could have been downright awful (it isn't) and I st...more
Catie
This book makes me want to put on my blandest Mr. Darcy voice and declare it “tolerable…but not handsome enough to tempt me.” This book is fine. I think many of you will notice its exercise-brightened eyes and charming irreverence and fall for it. But for me, it was just okay.

If you’ve read any amount of young adult fantasy, you probably know where this book is heading just from reading the synopsis – or hell, even the title! I had a lot of hope that this book would go in an unexpected directio...more
Experiment BL626
CAUTION: Long Review, Slight Spoilers

Feeble Latamer. Boastful Roden. Bookish Tobias. Defiant Sage. Four boys. One throne. Who will become America's Next Top Model Carthya's Next Reigning King? In ANTM the reality TV show, the contestants choose to participate and if they lose then they are sent home. In The False Prince, the contestants are coerced to participate and if they lose then they are sentenced to death. At the end, there will be only one one winner, one survivor.

The False Prince is tol...more
Zabet The Dark Empress of Dark Chocolate

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Cover Impressions: The cover doesn't stand out as much as I would like. It is simple and clean and I do like the gold crown and lettering on a blue background.

The Gist: As an orphan running the streets of Carchar, Sage has learned to depend on his quick wits and quicker mouth to survive. When he finds himself one of four boys bought by a wealthy nobleman with a dastardly plan to gain control of the throne, Sage must use every trick at his...more
Vinaya
There is no way you can read The False Prince, and not have the inevitable comparisons to Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief crop up. Both are stories of young men, obscure nobodies charged with a greater purpose, subject to distrust and contempt and ridicule, involved in complicated matters far above their station. However, The Thief is, without doubt, the better man, so to speak. Unlike Gen, Sage, the protagonist of this story, is neither subtle, nor particularly clever. And neither is the story...more
Keertana
Rating: 2.5 Stars

In all honesty, The False Prince contains nothing within it to warranty such a low rating – its writing is easy to read, its pace is swift, and the plot is a page-turner. In fact, to many readers, The False Prince will no doubt be a breath of fresh air – something new, unique, and original in the genre of fantasy. However, to me (and I’m sure numerous other older readers), The False Prince is nothing but a disappointing rip-off of Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief...more
Nafiza
All right! It is almost midnight and this is when I write my finest reviews (oh stop laughing) so I shall write the galumptious (how can galumptious not be a word? I feel affronted) (well, it is a word now) (hmph) review that The False Prince deserves because let me tell you this, the book is pretty freaking fantastic. Okay, before I go forth with this review, let me tell you that it is Finals time and I am rather batty (battier?) during these times so the following review maybe be interspersed...more
Crowinator
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

First Line: “If I had to do it all over again, I would not have chosen this life. Then again, I’m not sure I ever had a choice.”

Cover Story: Lessons in Perspective

Meh. The crown features in the story, but this is still a pretty boring and abstract cover, and the color shading on the crown messes with my depth perception. It doesn’t look quite right. Is it floating? Is it resting on something? Where is the light coming from?

Style & Substance:

There are some books that a...more
Adrianna
This book...I loved this book. I can't even find words right now, so my speechlessness will have to suffice for my "review".
I really, really need book 2 now. As in now.

EDIT:
Okay, I've gotten some sleep and am ready to write something describing this masterpiece. -ahem- (please excuse any misspelling of names. I listened to the audiobook)

The royal family of Carthya has been murdered, this includes King Eckbert, Queen Erin and the crowned prince Darius. The throne is now up for grabs and so a n...more
Duchess Nicole
Slow going but Ah!! The plot twist!!! This one is most definitely written for young adults. I didn't do a lot of research on it, just saw it available from my library's digital site and wanted a fantasy story.I think expectations played a lot into my lack of enthusiasm for this. I'm not sure why this is labeled fantasy other than it's not written with real places in mind. It's more medieval fiction, in my humble opinion. There is nothing really fantastical about it...no magic, no strange creatur...more
Betsy
Notes Jotted Down While Reading This Book:

Note #1: “Really fantastic first page. Authors take note.”

Note #2: “I’m only four pages in and already I like what I see.”

Let it be known that as a children’s librarian I read a lot of malarkey meant for the kiddos. On the down side it makes me a jaded reader. On the upside it has given me the gift of a 10-year-old’s impatience. If I’m struggling to read a particularly dull section in the first chapter then I can usually bet dollars to donuts that a...more
Jonathan

4.5 stars

The False Prince may not be the most revolutionary fantasy concept however what it does is execute its premise to perfection. Where the tendency for YA novels has been to patronise the reader Jennifer Nielsen's novel is instead a remarkably mature work of fiction that does not resort to comforting or helping the reader along. There is relatively little 'infodumping' and what 'infodumping' exists is brought about through the plot. All of which leads to a remarkable beginning for a series...more
Sherwood Smith
Jun 01, 2012 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
I would have loved this fast-paced book at age thirteen: it hits all those adolescent id kinks right on target, in particular the "I'm secretly special" one. The thirteen year old still inside me kept reading far too late last night until I finished.

Things the adult me appreciated: the emotional spectrum of Sage, the first person narrator, specifically the PTSD. I loved the family traits as we learned more about Sage's background. Though most of the characters are male at the beginning, this is...more
Anne
Warning: This is a middle-grade reader
Not that there's anything wrong with that...

I'm mentioning the MGR thing, because I don't want someone to look at my four star review, and think this is a four star review for an adult book. Or even a young adult book.
See, I actually didn't realize I was picking up a middle grade reader, because it was classified as fantasy in my digital library. Still, no harm done, since I'm always on the lookout for something the kids might like.

I gotta say, I was pretty...more
Jocelyn
There is little I can say about Nielsen's work that sounds original enough to provide any meaning for you. It was exciting, fun, suspenseful, and playful...well, what can I say? It was a delight to read, and I loved it.

Nielsen always seems to know the right word, the right way to twist the plot, the right everything. There's just an undertone of witty purposefulness permeating every corner of the story. And she's impressively aware of her audience, too--perhaps that's why every plot point and ch...more
Conor
The False Prince is an okay young adult book. It's surprisingly complex and intriguing characters prop up an otherwise straightforward plot with practically non-existent world building.

Sage is a tough orphan with a quick wit and a sharp tongue. He is taken from the relative safety of his orphanage to compete with other boys in a brutal contest organised by a ruthless nobleman. The plot is fairly straightforward and the late plot-twist is easily predicted.(especially due to the awkward evasion o...more
Monica!
I read The False Prince expecting to REALLY ENJOY IT, and was surprised when I kind of didn’t.

So I put it aside! Because sometimes I like books more when I’ve had a few days to recover from any minor but incredibly irritating bits of plot that might be grating on me.

And now I have returned! Returned to write the review! And after much deliberation, I’ve come to the conclusion that… I was definitely correct in my original assessment. I did not particularly love this book.

Spoilers.

Everyone else...more
Kami
- It was a nice change to read from a male perspective. Most of the books I read are from a female point of view. I think it is because I read more female author's books. Sometimes a female author just can't pull off a believable guy. I thought Nielson did a great job at capturing a believable rebellious boy.

- I like Sage's rebellious attitude. At times, he can be a bit too stubborn though. I have a bit of a rebel in me, and I always enjoy a good rebelliousness at times.

- The book was never du...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: http://bit.ly/HpTgmA


An orphan and gifted sneak thief, fifteen year old Sage has managed to get by since the death of his barmaid mother and drunken musician father. Passed from orphanage to orphanage, Sage has a wry but upbeat outlook on life. He steals what food he must to survive, and doesn't get caught. Well, he manages to talk his way out when he is caught. Most of the time.

Returning from his last unsuccessful heist (word to the wise: stealing a hot...more
Jessica
A truly enjoyable adventure in the spirit of Lloyd Alexander's Westmark Trilogy. It reads like an excellent historical fiction, but it's a made-up world, with no magical elements. A nicely twisty plot, full of political intrigue, and an endearingly roguish main character. I've heard a couple of librarians say this was an honor book in their Mock Newberys, and I can see why.

I really want to learn how to roll a coin across my knuckles now.
Jennifer Estep
The False PrinceBook: The False Prince

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Series: Ascendance Trilogy #1

Genre: Epic fantasy young adult

Summary: Sage is an orphan who's just trying to survive. However, fate has other plans for Sage, who is recruited along with three other boys and given a daunting task: learn how to impersonate a long-lost prince -- or else. Sage and the other boys travel to a country estate where they spend their days learning everything from sword fighting to etiquette in hopes of being...more
Allison
The False Prince is one of those books where the reader is in the dark for a long time and doesn't realize the significance of many details until they finally learn a piece of the puzzle that puts everything that came before in a different light. This kind of book is usually clever, and I do love the way everything shifts and clicks into place in that one moment.

But, I also struggle with this kind of book at first because without the smaller clues I don't get hooked right away, and find that it...more
N.T. Embe [Against GR Censorship]
Apr 22, 2012 N.T. Embe [Against GR Censorship] rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like deception, hoodwinks, fun, and strong, awesome characters!
Recommended to N.T. Embe by: Library
This book was so much fun! I really enjoyed it! It was like eating your favorite candy, it was so delicious and went by so fast!! And not only was the writing smooth as silk--with absolutely nothing to complain about--but the entire story was executed so well that you were fully absorbed in it the entire time! It ran like water! It was smoother than a baby's bottom! Trust me on this, it was gooooooooood.

PLUS. THE STORY!!!



My God, the story!

WHY DID IT END SO QUICK!? You'd think 350-ish pages would...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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The False Prince tells a riveting story about Conner, a noble who kidnaps four orphans to fulfil his cunning plan of training one of them into becoming the lost Prince. One of these boys is Sage, a trouble maker, pickpocket, and trickster who refuses to bend to Conner’s will. His defiance may ultimately lead to his death, but will he become The False Prince in the end?

With its multiple layers of deceit and trickery, this...more
Meridythm
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Justin
I'm sure by now you all know how much I love Fantasy books (If you follow my blog), and how picky I can be when it comes to reviewing them. The False Prince embodied everything I like to see in a Fantasy novel, Jennifer has created a story that will easily catch your interest from the very start.

The story itself is extremely complex, once you finish it you will look back and think how did I not see certain things throughout the book coming? I found Conner to be not the brightest character, it to...more
Cara Olsen
I expected to like this book; the ratings for it are supremely high. I did not, however, expect to love it.

The highest compliment I can pay this author is to say I would rank it among the likes of The Hunger Games. Yep, that good. And like Collins, Neilsen masterfully crafts book one of a three-part series, leaving her readers hungry - pardon the pun - for book two, The Runaway King. (It's on its way to me now!)

The only reason I did not expect to love The False Prince is because I don't usually...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I picked this up as a sort of..."looks interesting and I'd like to have something light today" book.

It's surprisingly good...or maybe it's that it's good and I was a bit surprised.

This is a major spoiler *(view spoiler)*

The story picks up as "someone" is going from orphanage to orphanage and picking up boys, boys of about the same size, age, and coloring...hair, eyes, complexion. The boys are lo...more
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
If you don't have time to read my entire review, base your decision on whether to read The False Prince on this paragraph. After I read the last word on the last page, I set the book in front of my husband and said "Read this. Now." Not a request. A command. As the smart boy does in most circumstances, he immediately complied and loved the book. My copy of The False Prince was from the library. I waited until the last moment to return the book, re-reading favorite passages multiple times. Before...more
Nathan
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Two thirds of the way through The False Prince came a reveal that pissed me off. I had dealt with a whole lot of good and suddenly the nature of this tale was laid apparent. It took a book I thought was going one way with all kinds of intriguing possibilities and turned it into a tale that really had only one possible outcome. Five minutes later I decided to forgive everyone involved, take what I was being given, and just finish up a story I had been enjoying quite a bit. It t...more
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Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door-to-door pollster. In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has f...more
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“Master Graves was incensed and said, as punishment for my disruption, I would have to write my letters an extra ten times that day.
"Ten times the better I'll know them, then." I said. "How strange that you should punish me by ensuring I come out more educated than Roden, who has tried to obey you.”
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