After a ton of awesome adult reading for my China trip, I was having a hard time getting back into kidlit land. Then along came The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen and I’m back in the groove! What a fabulous engaging story!
Conner, a nobleman of Carthya, kidnaps four teen boys and plans to choose one to impersonate the long-lost prince. Pitted against one another, the boys take very different approaches. Tobias is cocky, but devious, Roden openly eager and compliant, Latamer sick and scared while Sage is defiant, mischievous and smarter than he lets on. Sage is our narrator and we see the two weeks through his eyes, but he keeps plenty of secrets from his readers as well as Conner. Packed with action and suspense, The False Prince is a fantasy book upper elementary and junior high students are going to love. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Ascendence Trilogy.
This book counts for my goals in the 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Reading Challenge.