The False PrinceBook - 2012
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"Carthyans, tonight I am home again. Let it be a celebration. Tonight we dance!" - Jaron
""You have the betrothed princess. She will support you."
"She hates me."
"So do I. And I just crowned you king."" - The False Prince
"I sometimes lack the talent of knowing when to speak and when to keep quiet." - Jaron
"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
"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
"Fair enough. So do you want to bow to me now or wait until we reach Drylliad?" - Sage
"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
"You should go to the castle, Highness. You should always choose to be on the side of hope." - Sage
""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
"I don't see why the upper class object to food with weevils in it. They're very nutritious." - Sage
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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.
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.
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.