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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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!

Mar 04, 2020

This book is so good. You never know what is going to happen next and it keeps you guessing. I would have never guessed who Sage really was. I read the book three months later and if you know who he is, there are so many hints.


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

Jun 04, 2019

The plot of this book kept me guessing the whole time and the ending was shocking!

Jan 08, 2019

I loved this book and I have to say that even if you don't enjoy this book, the trilogy just keeps getting better and better from here! The whole family enjoyed it as a bedtime story.

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violet_zebra_407 Apr 07, 2016

"You said you were my prince. Is this what it means to you?"
"I am your prince, but I am Carthia's king.You'll understand why, in the hierarchy of my titles,you must loose."
"Tonight I am home, tonight we dance!"

violet_zebra_407 Apr 07, 2016

"Hail His Majesty, the scourge of my life!" Conner said to Roden and Tobias as he stomped up the stairs."I fear the devils no longer because I have the worst of them here in my home!"
perhaps, but I'm handsomer, don't you think?
"do you offer mercy?"
"If you accept I win this challenge.I am Prince Jaron."
"If you were Jaron, you'd never fall for a simple trick like this!"
"I sometimes lack the talent of knowing when to speak and when to keep quiet."

violet_zebra_407 Mar 07, 2016

Tonight we dance!

violet_zebra_407 Mar 07, 2016

apparently the nagging voice hadn't visited Latamer's head.

"You're the craziest person I've ever met.Tobias may be more educated than you, but he's not the smartest of us."

"I definitely don't like pain," I said firmly. "So if you decide to kill me make it quick."

" I never said that the dirt detracted from your beauty highness, only that it was there."

"You're worse than when I last saw you"Mott said.
"You shouldn't have whipped me so hard."
" You shouldn't have gotten yourself stabbed."

"I trust you." Tobias paused, as if weighing his own words."I do, Sage. I trust you."

"I've always thought I looked more like myself than anyone else."

"There's your alm for forgiveness, Roden. pay to the gods or the devils,or to Conner, whichever alter you bow to.but don't ask it from me."

Conner's hand flew to his mouth. "How can I have been so foolish?The devils must be laughing, for I nearly ruined everything!"

violet_zebra_407 Mar 07, 2016

"They look angry," Tobias said to me."What did you do?"
"Is it always something I've done?" I asked."Don't you and Roden ever do anything to get their attention?"
"It's always something you've done." Roden agreed.

"you stole it from the master."
"Who stole it from me.What I did only set the universe back in order."

violet_zebra_407 Mar 07, 2016

"Nice trick." Tobias said.
"It helps me think."
"What are you thinking about?"
"Ways to get you to stop talking to me.'

violet_zebra_407 Mar 07, 2016

"The devils are punishing me for everything I've ever done wrong in my life," he said, marching to the stables to get the horses."They've sent me you three."

violet_zebra_407 Mar 07, 2016

"If he put us in dresses, we wouldn't suddenly become women,"I said."You're an orphan in a costume, Tobias. Nothing more."

violet_zebra_407 Mar 07, 2016

"If you want me to tell you I'm that stupid, I will. The evidence is there."

violet_zebra_407 Mar 07, 2016

My father had warned me about my quick tongue countless times. Perhaps he should have warned me more often.

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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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Apr 17, 2014

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

Mar 15, 2014

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

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