The False Prince

The False Prince

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In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545284134
Branch Call Number: J NIELSEN
Characteristics: 342 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Mar 22, 2021

5th out in October.

SAPL_Teens Jan 19, 2021

I really enjoyed this book and I found the adventure to be very entertaining to read. I liked the different characters and learning the little bits about their backstories and lives. The ending surprised me but in a very good way and made me excited to continue the series. I also really liked the differences in the settings throughout the adventure. The main character Sage I think was written really well, along with all of the others who were with him on the adventure. I think the False Prince was a great start to this series and it got me hooked on the series. One of my favourite things is all the twists and turns throughout, I think it just added an extra bit of excitement to the story. I would definitely rate this book five stars cause I was always wanting to read it any chance I could and I was always wanting to see what was going to happen next. 5/5 stars - Kailey, 14, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Dec 12, 2020

I loved it

Sep 12, 2020

The False Prince is an incredible book that I recommend to everyone. I love that book because the characters really come to life. I love when I can connect to characters and this book makes it so easy. I don't mean that I can connect with the events of the book, because it takes place in a different time period, but with the personalities of the characters. This is a really fast paced book. It is impossible to put it down. The False Prince is an amazing book full of twists and turns, and I definitely recommend that you read it. 5 stars
@ToastieTaco of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

lgmosher Sep 12, 2020

This book, was THAT book...

That book that you stay up reading till 3am.
That book that you put down and then grow sad that you had to put it down.
That book that you just... have... to.. finish.

This book was just, a really good book.

It was well written, it held your attention, and it goes BOOM in your face. You would think that you could figure it out... and perhaps you think you have. But oh no, this book is so well written that you figure out NOTHING until Nielsen wants you to figure it out.

You may have your assumptions, but they probably aren't right.

Sage was so well written, his mind shown off in the most subtle of ways, that you can't help but fall in love. Sage is one of those characters that acts like things just happen to him and it was just a mistake when really, hes ten steps ahead of you. He makes himself look the fool so that he doesn't actually become one like you are.... playing straight into his hands.

"Just because it's called than a hailstorm doesn't mean it's calm."

This book is nothing but calm. It may seem calm, it may seem like things are just lousing by for Sage but oh we find out that there is so much more to the False Prince then we ever anticipated or even knew we wanted.

This book wasn't fasted paced, but it wasn't slow either. It was perfectly paced for exactly how Nielsen wanted you to read it.

Again I repeat.... very well written book.

When I finished this book it saddened me to turn the last page. I just looked at my hands, wishing there was more.... then, then a tiny little thought popped into my head....

Book 2!

and now there is joy back into my life.

Yall.... Read the book!!

Aug 02, 2020

The leading book in Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Ascendance Trilogy, The False Prince is a terrific way to start the series. Sage, a fourteen-year-old orphan and thief, is stolen off the streets of Carthya along with three other orphans. It turns out that the entire royal family has been assassinated, and Lord Bevin Conner, their captor, has a plan to help them unify their kingdom. His plan is to have one of the four orphans impersonate the long lost Prince Jaron. However, Sage has fierce competition in two of the orphans, Tobias and Roden. With each twist and trick, the stakes rise. Will Sage be able to beat his competition and trick the entire kingdom? The False Prince is a great story, full of twists, actions, treachery , and interesting characters that will keep you reading.

Jun 13, 2020

I have read many of Jennifer A. Nielsen’s books and absolutely loved them. But then I found the False Prince. What amazing plot twists and surprise endings! If you haven’t already, please read this book! Five stars for me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jun 11, 2020

I haven't been this excited about a book, let alone one in a series, in quite some time. I am so excited! After quite a lull in reading, a book here, a book there, I feel this might be just the trilogy to bring me fully back to such fantastic places and temporarily away from a mind of mine that could use just that.

I first heard of this book from a YouTuber's husband who loved it. Granted, with technology at our fingertips, everyone now feels the need to voice their opinion. I didn't know this guy from Adam, but I did know one thing. He was a devout lover of all things Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson. That, my friends, is a reader akin to my own taste. So I had to give this trilogy a shot, given all he had to say about it and damn it to hell am I glad I did. Even having then looked at the reviews, and not having seen such highly consistent reviews of a trilogy on Goodreads in a while, I'm now not at all surprised by the praise it's gotten.

It was quick, smoothly paced and clever. Characters I would love to know and hate, I could be a fly on the wall of this story time and again.

Mar 16, 2020

The Ascendance trilogy is absolutely spectacular! When I read this for the first time, I was so shocked when I found out who Sage was. Loved the fast-paced adventure and thrilling plot. Cliffhangers everywhere! Five stars!


The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen is the first book of the Ascendance Trilogy. Fourteen-year-old Sage is forced to compete with other orphans for the role of impersonating a prince. I would rate this book 5/5 stars because of how fabulous it was. Sage’s voice was beautiful, and I adored the protagonist himself. The rest of the characters in the story were also quite interesting. The plot was unique, the pacing was great, the plot twist blew my mind, and I liked the romance. The worldbuilding was elaborated on just enough to suffice the plot; it wasn’t that complex, but it didn’t need to be. Overall, this book was phenomenal. Alana, grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

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Nov 12, 2020

"Carthyans, tonight I am home again. Let it be a celebration. Tonight we dance!" - Jaron

Nov 12, 2020

""You have the betrothed princess. She will support you."
"She hates me."
"So do I. And I just crowned you king."" - The False Prince

Nov 12, 2020

"I sometimes lack the talent of knowing when to speak and when to keep quiet." - Jaron

Nov 12, 2020

"Roden looked back at Cregan, then to me. "Okay, the winner advances to the throne. Please give me the crown, Sage. I don't want to kill you."
"Lucky coincidence. I don't want to be killed."" - The False Prince

Nov 12, 2020

"Hail His Majesty, the scourge of my life. I fear the devils no longer, because I have the worst of them right here in my home!" - Conner

Nov 12, 2020

"Fair enough. So do you want to bow to me now or wait until we reach Drylliad?" - Sage

Nov 12, 2020

"He took one for himself and tossed me the other. I jumped away from it and it landed in the dirt.
"Afraid of a wooden sword?" Mott teased.
"Just demonstrating my skills in evading an attack," I said, a grin tugging at the edge of my mouth. "Impressed?"
"No. Pick it up."" - The False Prince

Nov 12, 2020

"You should go to the castle, Highness. You should always choose to be on the side of hope." - Sage

Nov 12, 2020

""Cregan hopes Conner chooses me, and he wants me to be reasy for when he does." Roden's voice raised in pitch. "What's wrong with that?"
"Nothing. I'm just glad you're practicing for Conner's benefit and not mine. I'm running out of places to get hurt."
"I don't see why that's funny. I think you must like the pain, because you're constantly pushing people until they hurt you."
"I definitely don't like the pain," I said firmly. "So if you decide to kill me, make it quick."" - The False Prince

Nov 12, 2020

"I don't see why the upper class object to food with weevils in it. They're very nutritious." - Sage

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olive_bird_01 Jun 13, 2015

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Jun 04, 2015

Sage is a fourteen year-old orphan who steals a roast from a local butcher, but is saved from his wrath by a nobleman named Bevin Conner. Conner is visiting different orphanages, and buying teenage boys who resemble the missing Prince Jaron, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Carthya. Conner is a minor regent of the circle that surrounds the King. The King's wife and oldest son have been murdered. Conner is a patriot who wants to see the kingdom of Carthya preserved, rather than fall into civil war at the hands of Prime Regent Veldergraft. He therefore concocts the plan to place a fraud on the throne to avert the coming war. Jaron has been missing for years, and is presumed dead following a pirate attack.

Over the next two weeks, Sage and two other boys compete against each other to become Conner's choice for the imposter. By the end of the two weeks, Sage emerges as the choice, but spares the lives of his two competitors. Sage reveals that he is indeed Prince Jaron himself, stunning all those around him, including the king's court. It is further revealed that Conner is responsible for the murder of the royal family and led the pirate attack aimed at claiming the life of Sage/Jaron. Conner is arrested and Jaron assumes his rightful throne.

Aug 02, 2014

sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good


Sage has never been keen on the fact that he was an orphan but usually the trouble he got into was something he could handle.  No longer.  When Sage finds himself essentially sold to a nobleman named Conner it doesn’t take long for him to discover that he is now a pawn in a dangerous game.  Alongside three other orphans of similar age and build Sage is in the competition of a lifetime.  If he wins he will be crowned as prince (the real ruler having died years ago).  If he loses he will be killed.  It’s the ultimate competition and the stakes are as high as they can be.  Part mystery novel, part psychological war, you may see where the book is going at times but you’ll never forget the journey.


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Mar 15, 2014

Violence: Whipping, hand violence, sword fighting and some killing.

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