In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes.
Choose to lie...or choose to die.
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.
About the Author
Jennifer A. Nielsen is the author of The Underworld Chronicles, a humorous middle-grade fantasy series. She collects old books, loves good theater, and thinks that a quiet afternoon in the mountains is a nearly perfect moment. She lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.
Praise for The False Prince
"A page turner...." New York Times Book Review
Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel.” Wall Street Journal
This kickoff to her new Ascendance Trilogy” is a swashbuckling origin story. . . . Sage is a quick wit, and Nielsen showcases it with terrific dialoguechock full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys.” Los Angeles Times
\\Sage is deftly characterized through humorous first-person narration, quickly establishing himself as a beguiling antihero. . . . First in the "Ascendancy Trilogy, this is an impressive, promising story with some expertly executed twists.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
Nielsen has written a terrific story that carries readers along to the very (surprising) end and will leave them clamoring for the next book in her trilogy.” BookPage, featured Top Pick” review
The False Prince is more Harry Potter(minus the magic) than Hunger Gameswith authentic characters, a convincing sense of danger and a genuinely high-stakes plot. . . .” Hollywood Reporter
Sure to appeal to middle-grade readers, The False Prince is an imaginative, plot-driven adventure story with a classic feel. . . . Readers will be turning pages feverishly, especially toward the climax of the novel. Deception and betrayal abound!” RT Book Reviews
The delight of Nielsen's story is the discovery of the true motivations of all the characters in a fast-paced plot with plenty of action, mystery and violence.” Columbus Dispatch
The False Prince is a gracefully written fantasy that flows from beginning to end without a hitch. . . . In addition to dynamic characters, Jennifer Nielsen has created a plot with twists and turns in all the right places.” Deseret News
Ruthless ambition, fierce action and plotting, complex characters and lots of sword play and hidden passages keep pages flipping. Readers of this multifaceted, well-crafted tale will eagerly await Sage's further adventures.” Kirkus Reviews
Fast-paced and exciting, this book will appeal to readers who enjoy intrigue mixed in with their adventure. . . . Full of machinations and surprises, this book will keep students reading until the last page and eager for the second in the trilogy.” School Library Journal
A sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense.” The Horn Book