Double Monster Review: The False Prince

Double Monster Review: The False PrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1
Published by Scholastic Press on April 1st 2012
Pages: 342

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.


At first glance, The False Prince looks like it would be similar to the types of books that I grew up loving. Action. Adventure. And although, I usually prefer a female POV, I am at a reading point where I feel like I need something a little different.

Four boys. Four completely different personalities. Only one will be chosen.

The story begins with Sage. A teenage orphan who is street smart, knows how to push people's button, and an all round amazing MC. Through a strange twist of fate, Sage is selected to complete against three other boys for the ultimate role, prince of the realm. But only one boy will be chosen. And what will happen to the other three? Well, for the answer to that, you will just have to read The False Prince to find out.

The False Prince completely has me floored. The whole time I was reading this, I kept telling Kristen that she needed to start it ASAP. I am sorry if it feels like I am gushing throughout this, but seriously, I do not think I can find the words to describe how amazed I was with The False Prince.

Nielsen definitely knows how to work her suspense. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. Usually, I am very, very bad about flipping to the ending of a book to get a sneak peek at the ending. And when I say it took all of my restraint not to do this with The False Prince, I mean it. Nielsen crafts such a beautiful tale. With a lush world, fully realized characters, and plenty of intrigue, The False Prince had it all. Once I started page One, I was lost.

Final Verdict:

Find a nice cozy place and get real comfortable because once you start The False Prince, you will not want to stop. This book is incredibly addicting. I must say that Nielsen and The False Prince have been elevated on my shelves to the elite area. A place reserved for the likes of Tamora Pierce and Maria V. Snyder. You will not want to miss this one!


Even before Kate started to bug me about this book, I knew it would be awesome. I loved reading Jennifer's first book Elliot and the Goblin War and couldn't wait to see what she did for older readers.

I read this book in two days. I was tempted the first night to stay up reading, but was exhausted from the work week. So when the next day came around, I couldn't help but stay up until the story was over. My attention was captured from the first page, where young Sage was running for his life. I was laughing so hard at the descriptions of the slippery roast in his arms and the humor in this tale stayed true throughout. You cannot have a great book without some humor and sarcasm woven into it.

I predicted early on what would happen towards the end of the novel, as Nielsen drops hints about Sage's past and seriously loved the way this tale was written. It's a type of tale that unravels slowly, giving you hints at secrets to be revealed only to keep more from the reader until the very last moment. The adventurous nature of this story is one I love and liken to the Ranger's Apprentice, a series my husband and I both love and I told him he would need to read this book as soon as I finished it.

The characters were so wonderful to learn about. I am so glad this book is a trilogy because I cannot wait for more adventures with Sage and to see what will happen to the others as well. The story closed wonderfully, but with an ache for more stories about these characters and the kingdom. I seriously cannot wait for the next book.

Final Verdict:

If you love adventure in a traditional fantasy setting, this is your book. It will engulf you into the story and you won't want to put it down for long. I found even when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about the story. Read this one, you won't regret it.

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