Book Review: The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nelsen

            Scholastic    Published April 1, 2012             342 Pages
Published April 1, 2012
342 Pages

Civil War is threatening to tear a kingdom. Conner, a nobleman has a plan to find some to impersonate the King’s missing son in order to use him as a puppet. Four orphans are taken; one is quickly killed while the remaining three compete against each other to prove they can impersonate the prince better.

Sage, the orphan that causes the most trouble is aware of Conner’s plans and is completely against it. But he goes along with it because he doesn’t want to be killed. Living in Conner’s palace, Sage begins discovering the lies of not only Conner but the royal court.

This was a good and exciting read. Firstly, the story was well written; Nelsen began at a very high start which is always great. She was able to keep that pace for quite a while until the middle of the book in which things slowed down and got so redundant that I had to pause.

For what Nelsen did with the story, as in twists and turns, I didn’t certain things about Sage. I did like his fighting spirit; didn’t like the fact that he rarely could back up what he said. I also didn’t like the fact that he played dumb throughout the entire book until the last few chapters. I understand why Nelsen did it that way but It felt forced when she added the dramatic twist.

As for the other characters . . . they played their part well. Some of them were predictable but the Nelsen made that up in the plot which did seem overly dramatic. But in this sense what saved the book is it stopped being boring.

Overall, this book gets 8 out of 10. Don’t think I will read book two; read the preview and still don’t like Sage.


Love, Pickles

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