The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 1)


Civil war is brewing in an unhappy kingdom. To unify the people, Connor, a nobleman of court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and use him as a puppet prince. For Connor, there is no other option. Four orphans are recruited to complete the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage suspects Connor’s motives, yet his life balances on the edge of a sword. He must be chosen to be the prince, or he will die ...

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lots of action and an amazing twist at the end will have readers wanting the next book right away.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. Teen notes that there is some mild fantasy violence.

Young Reader Reaction

I have to say right away that the plot twist ending is worth reading the entire book! The beginning of the book is is a bit slow, and the story wasn’t as interesting as I thought it was going to be at first. By the time I got to the end and everything is revealed, the whole story makes sense. I also loved the mystery behind it! The whole book is a mystery, even if you don’t know it is. Aside from the slow start, the only other thing I didn’t enjoy was the main character. At times, he was annoying to follow around. Since this is a middle grade book, it is an especially young protagonist. Other than this, I will definitely be picking up the next book!

Type of Book:
The False Prince launches this action / fantasy series for middle grade and young adult readers. It has potential as a high interest / low readability series.
Educational Themes:

Have fun reading and solving the mystery!

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! Once you get past the slow start you'll be hooked. This book would be a great gift to anybody interested in fantasy, royalty, and plot twists.

Title The False Prince

The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 1

Author Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher Scholastic Inc. © 2013
ISBN 9780545284141
Material Hard Cover
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
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