Fantastic! Sage and two other orphans are picked up by Regent Conner. He wants one of them to step in and become the lost prince Jaron, and trains them to become princes. At first Conner's intentions seem to be for the good of the country, but as the plot progresses, it is more apparent that Conner may be thinking of own interests. Sage is very likable. His toughness and street smarts make him brave enough to face any challenge. This reminded me a bit of the Ranger's Apprentice series, especially the setting-the country of Carthya, but there was definitely less action and more behind the scenes intrigue than you see with RA.
The audio version was great-read by Charlie McWade. The audio also included a 'deleted scene' and author interview.
Summary: Sage was just a young orphan in the kingdom, until a nobleman by the name of Conner chose him to be part of a devious plan. With the kingdom on the brink of civil war, Conner needed something to unite the people, and he found that something in Sage. By making the boy pose as the long-lost son of the king, Conner hopes to use him as a way to avert war. But Sage begins to suspect that Conner's plans may involve more than he is letting on.
Of course, this is the first book in a planned trilogy. I look forward to more adventures with Sage.