Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy) BK. 1 / Jennifer A. Nielsen / 342 pgs. / Dec. Challenge "Lords-a-Leaping"

To avoid civil war (and gain power), Nobleman Conner gathers four orphans to train them for one of them to go on to impersonate the Kingdoms long-missing prince.  One orphan Sage, has the street smarts and wits to convince the nobles that he is the missing prince, but his willful nature and stubbornness may lead to his undoing.

Engaging, with lots of twist and turns as the story unfolds and you learn more and more about the plot to replace the prince.  The main character Sage is very sure of himself, similar to Eoin Colfer's "Artemis Fowl", which at times can be annoying.  However, Sage does have a softer side as he gives his opponents second chances and helps them try to save face.

Recommended to any YA reader - even young/middle YA readers.

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