Audiobook Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Series, #1)The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

Warnings: child abuse and trafficking

The basic premise of this novel is so – Sage, along with a couple of other boys, is bought by a nobleman from orphanages, to train to impersonate the missing second prince of the kingdom. In the wake of the death of the royal family, one of them is to be installed as a puppet king for the nobleman, Conner, to control. Given the choice between death or impersonation, Sage has to chose the training. They are all taken to a country manor for them to have a crash course in education and princely etiquette, and it is basically a competition between the 14 year old boys.

Sage is a clever and self-assured character who has quippy remarks and an interesting voice. He explores the manor during the night, and struggles with his classes during the day. He is witty enough to know what Conner wants to hear, but he is also a bit reckless at times, which lands him in trouble. Towards the end, there is a twist which I was sorta expecting but not, but it was played out very well, considering I initially thought it would be too obvious. It has a wonderful ending that has me interested into what Sage will get up to next. The narrator does a good job with the character and the different voices, even though Sage still sounds a little older than expected. Overall, my experience with reading the audiobook was very good.

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