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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
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Jun 24, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, history, favorites-of-2012, middle-grade-fiction
Read in June, 2012

An orphan named Sage is recruited to impersonate the prince to prevent the kingdom from collapsing in civil war. If he refuses to do the job he'll be killed, yet if he does as asked, he'll be committing treason. I absolutely loved this book, and it felt perfectly written. Sage is a believable, engaging character who likes to cause trouble and yet stay out of everyone's way. There are elements of mystery throughout, and lots of really nice twists and turns, some expected, some surprising.

This book is fantasy in the sense that it has a medieval setting on another world, somewhat similar to ours. It explores the court as well as poverty. Everyone seems to be categorizing this book as fantasy, but if you want magic or a magic system, it's completely not there. To me it's more historical fiction with made up countries, that will appeal strongly to fantasy readers.

This story is a great exploration into self-identity and deception, as well as a story about making your own decisions and deciding your own path. I absolutely could not put this book down and now know why my friends have been raving about it. I'm excited to read the rest of the trilogy (when it comes out) and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Young Adult fiction, fantasy, or historical fiction.
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Trent Mikesell How many books are planned? Are they all written yet? This sounds like a great book that I'd be interested in reading, but I can't get into any more series that aren't completely written yet. :)


Katherine Cowley Trent wrote: "How many books are planned? Are they all written yet? This sounds like a great book that I'd be interested in reading, but I can't get into any more series that aren't completely written yet. :)"

Two out of three books are written. The first came out last year and the second just came out, so my guess is that the third will come out next year.

It may be wise to wait. While the second book has full closure for its plot arc, the last page throws in a zinger cliffhanger for book three...


Kristine Also it won the Cybils award, I'm really excited for this series.


Katherine Cowley Kristine wrote: "Also it won the Cybils award, I'm really excited for this series."

And apparently this first book hit the New York Times bestsellers list a few weeks ago. I can't wait to see what happens in the third one...


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