Guest Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson

Monday, March 16, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I've heard much about this book from other bloggers. though I never knew much about it because I would only skim their reviews, I knew it was fantasy. If it's a good fantasy book, I have to at least try it. And I am so glad I did.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson
Publisher: Scholastic
Publish Date: April 1st, 2012
Format: Paperback
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
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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 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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Mehs:
Really, there isn't much in this book that I would complain about. At first the main character does seem rather detached. There's not a lot of internal monologue and so the first personal narration doesn't seem as personal as it would normally be. But there are reasons for this detachment, and after a while, it only added to my curiosity.

My Bookish Loves:
The plot is amazing. Seriously, after finishing this book I was in awe the rest of the day (actually, I still am).

The chapters are nice and short. I really like that, especially when the end of the chapter leaves you wanting more. The writing is concise and punchy. Tension everywhere!

The characters are very well done, especially Sage, the main character. It is rare that I love the main character more than a side character, but Sage definitely won the award for the best protagonist I have ever read. His cocky, defiant personality gets him into a lot of trouble. Then there's Mott. Mott is the ever-forgiving man of wise words. He's pretty smart too. Conner, on the other hand, is despicably wicked and manipulative.

There's a lot of duplicity in this book. It handles themes of manipulation and lies, the sacredness of life, and of course, the precarious chess game of politics.

I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads

About the Reviewer: 
Ashley G. enjoys reading and writing fantasy. She loves gray weather days and hiding out at the college library. When she's not doing that, you might find her practicing guitar, teaching clogging classes, or quoting movies on her blog.
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