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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen: Children’s Book Review

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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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This brilliant book was captivating from the very first page. Despite being a little predictable the story flowed beautifully and I found I could not put it down.

This is a popular book in our school library!

4 Star

Recommended age 10 +

The False Prince
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy – Book 1
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publication Date: 1 April 2012False Prince
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Purchased

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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 run-down 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. –Extract from Goodreads.com


  1. This is one of my favorite series! Great review =)

  2. I’ve had The False Prince on my TBR list since the novel came out but like so many other it keeps getting put on the back burner, but I think I might have to move it up on my list 🙂

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