The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen Review

I’m sorry that there are two posts up today (which for some of you mean two emails) but I really need to post some reviews, I have got exactly a month’s worth stored up!

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)

Date of publication: April 1st 2012

Publisher: Scholastic

Number of pages: 342

Series: The Ascendance Trilogy (1#)

Source: Audiobook acquired through AudioSync. This is my honest review.

Date read: 4th November


 Goodreads synopsis:

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

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.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.



I love this book so much! Not only is this book my first audiobook but it’s heading to my favourites shelf. I don’t fangirl THAT much but I will seriously fangirl about this book to anyone who brings it up.

The best part of having it as an audiobook is that it went nicely pacing-wise. I got really familiar with the characters and the story. The characters really were amazing though. Especially Sage. He was so cool! The narrator did a fantastic job at doing his voice, and listening to Jennifer A. Nielsen describe him at the end, it’s clear that she managed to make us see him just as she does.

Still on the topic of listening to the audiobook, it really helped to not only familiarise me with the characters, but also the story and Carthia (is that how you spell it? I didn’t read it, I listened…). But that also worked against it in the fact that it gave me time to work things out – some pretty major things. That’s a little iffy though to be honest, I think I would have reached that conclusion anyway.

My favourite thing about the actual story was the competition to be the prince though. I just love that sort of thing in books. I mean, it’s one of the reasons why I love books like The Selection by Kiera Cass and Divergent by Veronica Roth. What really sets The False Prince apart though, is once again Sage. He is so different from Tris (Divergent) and America (The Selection).

I really enjoyed the ending. This is going to be difficult to expand on without spoiling anything but I think Sage handles that situation perfectly. He’s very wise, no matter how reckless he may seem. The last few sentences definitely brought this to my attention.

I am so excited for the second book! The author interview reveals that there will be more of Amarinda (spelling, again?) and she will obviously clash with Imogen. It will be great.

Please read The False Prince. Or better yet, listen to it. I’m so glad that this is a trilogy! I highly (multiply by 1000) recommend The False Prince!

5/5 stars!

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 Goodreads author bio:

Jennifer A. NielsenJennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door-to-door pollster. In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has forgotten to do that has allowed her any spare time.

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