{Audiobook} Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

August 11, 2014 Book 18 ★★★★½

{Audiobook} Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Genres: Action & Adventure, Young Adult
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on April 1st, 2012
Source: Borrowed from Library, Own
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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 as a puppet prince. Four 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. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

In a divided and discontent kingdom, the only hope is to find the long-lost prince Jaron, the only heir to the throne. When a nobleman of the court takes three orphans from their “homes” and plans to make one of them into the Prince, he recruits a cunning and defiant boy named Sage. Sage is the boy who least has a shot in to be the Prince, but he knows that if he doesn’t get chosen, he will most certainly be killed. In comes a dangerous game where every day could be his last, where secrets and conspiracies are hiding beneath the surface. Sage must use his cunning skills to his advantage, if he doesn’t want to lose the game… and his life.

This story is one of the most wonderfully written stories I’ve read in a long time! It has a wonderful “slow-burn” kind of pace, but it’s wonderful.

The book is set in Carthya, a rundown kingdom whose enemies are slowly closing in. The world-building was completely believable! I could totally imagine myself in that place and in that time.

What I really loved the most was Sage. Sage was like the Sherlock Holmes of the story. He was always one-upping everyone. You thought you had him figured out, and then BAM! He surprised you again. I am totally in love with Sage. (Is it wrong to be swooning over a 14 year old when I’m 18? sigh) This mainly has to do with the fact that I “read” the audiobook, and Sage’s narrator was AH-MAY-ZING. He sounded so mature, but at the same time had a hint of mischief and innocence. I loved that about him. Sage is one of the most wonderful heroes I’ve read about in a long time.

This book also has some sweet, yet subtle romance. When I say subtle, I mean about a 3% romance, but what romance there is, it’s absolutely smile inducing and reinforces the general swoon over Sage. I’m glad that the romance doesn’t overtake the plot, because this plot is so complex.

This book teaches us that the most courageous heroes arise from the most unusual situations. It teaches us how important we are, regardless of our status or education.

“A person can be educated and still be stupid, and a wise man can have no education at all.”

You think that the book is going in one direction, but suddenly there’s this twist that you weren’t expecting and it takes you somewhere else. This book is classified as middle grade, but I guarantee you that this is appropriate for adults as well. There’s action around every corner, lies, deceit, romance, suspense, mystery… this book has it all.

Overall, if you want a story that basically has it all, with wonderful characters and an amazing storyline, then you should definitely pick this one up.

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  • I absolutely loved this one too!! I was really surprised how into it I was actually, but it was aaaaall the awesome I longed to read when I was about 14. Why wasn’t it around back then?!! -_- Are you going to read the rest of the trilogy? I want to, but I guess it’s not very high on my TBR. Sage sure has some awesome tricks up his sleeve. I was pretty surprised at the ending!

    • Yes I am going to read the rest, but like you it’s not my main priority. I loved the ending and the way everything was explained!

  • Thanks for the heads up about this book being suitable for adults, otherwise I would have totally passed it buy. I love a good twist ending, and that last GIF pretty much says it all. LOL

  • I heart this book! I also love that there is no cliffhanger. The twist was definitely WHOA-worthy. This was one of my favorite reads last year!

  • I’ve heard of this one but have to admit i’ve never really been tempted to pick it up but your making me reconsider that now! I love that you were invested in it and think it’s one of the better books you’ve read in a long time!

  • I haven’t read this book yet but omg. Sage sounds like a boy I’d love to meet!

  • ”This story is one of the most wonderfully written stories I’ve read in a long time!”

    For real??? Oh, I’m excited!! I did hear about this book before but I’m kinda in a 2014 published books marathon so HA 2012 is too old for me. XD Will pick it up when I reach my goal of 100 though. Also, Sage looks awesome.

    Great review! 🙂

    • Yes for real! I was surprised. There are some people who really disliked the slow pace but I enjoyed it! I thought it was interesting to read the details and whatnot.

      Haha I understand that. Read it whenever you can! Thanks, Lola.

  • This book is one of the best MG books I’ve ever read! That twist was EXCELLENT and WOW and yes, I really enjoyed the charming Sage character in it. I really need to read the sequel now, because I loved this one so much. I lent it to my nephew who also enjoyed it.

  • I’m so glad you liked this, Marianne! This is the ONLY middle grade book that I’ve read and liked in the past several YEARS. And I have the other two books as well, I just have to find the time to read them 😉 Fabulous review!

    • I have the other books, too, but like you I can never find the time. I really need to get to them! Thanks, Jessica! 🙂

  • Okay, Marianne, I’ve had this book for awhile and also downloaded it as a free audiobook over the summer, but your “this person is the Sherlock of the story” observation makes me VERY excited to start this sometime soon! I love Sherlock Holmes. *sigh* That’s a mighty pretty rating, too. 😉

    • Who doesn’t love Sherlock? He’s a high functioning sociopath 😉 As for the rating, considering it’s a MG book, it’s VERY high for me.