The False Prince: Book 1 of The Ascendance Trilogy: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book One by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince: Book 1 of The Ascendance Trilogy: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book One by Jennifer A Nielsen

The False Prince: Book 1 of The Ascendance Trilogy: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book One

byJennifer A Nielsen

Paperback | January 1, 2017

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The thrilling first book in a trilogy filled with danger, deceit, and hidden identities will keep readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

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.

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of The False Prince, the first book in the Ascendance Trilogy. She has also written The Underworld Chronicles, a humorous middle-grade fantasy series. Jen lives at the base of a very tall mountain in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.
Title:The False Prince: Book 1 of The Ascendance Trilogy: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.53 × 5.29 × 0.79 inPublished:January 1, 2017Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545284147

ISBN - 13:9780545284141

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read Great book! Lots of twists and turns.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great It was very cunning and witty. A humorous read!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun times! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The premise is easy but the ending is a twist. It was well written and kept you interested throughout. Definitely give it a try.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Really Great Book I first read this book at the school library and right away I wanted to by the whole trilogy, that's how good the book is. Definitely a good use for your money.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Idea Loved the book and its characters. Didn't see that plot twist coming
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my fave books this is one of my favourite books. the characters were great and the story was fantastic. while the prince might be false, this review isn't.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prince-riffic! This was a great book. I liked it so much I gave it to my sister and mother to read and they loved even more.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner I read this book a few months back and got hooked! There is so much action that happens in each chapter it always leaves you wanting more, with more questions! I finished the series and would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to read a good action novel.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Writing on behalf of my 10 year old... I previously wrote a review from my perspective, but my son (who prefers Star Wars and graphic novels) wanted me to write one for him. He positively devoured this book - I am so impressed! Great book for reluctant readers!!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unexpected and perfect i read so many books and i can predict the endings of so many of them. while maybe it was set up too well, i could not see the ending that happened and therefore i must love this book because it surprised me!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Good I don't give 5 stars freely, but this book deserves. I bought the trilogy for my 12 year old daughter, not knowing anything about Jennifer A Nielsen, just what I researched online. Other reviews said this trilogy was a combination between The Hunger Games and Harry Potter series, and after reading this first book, I can see why. The need for survival, and a true life-or-death situation has a Hunger Games feel. The hero of the book, Sage, is an orphan, like Harry Potter - and the clever writing has rumblings of JK Rowling. Make no mistake - although this is a YA read, the writing is very clever. I often read Mary Higgins Clark books and like trying to guess 'whodunnit', but I was kept guessing in this book. Who is a traitor, and who is a friend? Who is truly who they say they are? I look forward to reading the rest of the series, as well as other books written by this author.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING. I do not have enough good words for this book. I love Sage and his tricky first-person telling. I loved Mott, though he was very scary too. It was so well-written and gripping! I stayed up to 4am to finish. OKAY I NEED TO STOP BEFORE I FANGIRL AND FREAK OUT.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sage is a perfect delight That was pure delight to read! I started chuckling in chapter 1 and chuckled all the way through. Sage is a cheeky, proud little thief but so entertaining!! Lots of surprises in the book just make it all the better.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars ! My rating : 5 stars Overview : When I first read The False Prince a few years ago, I was still a inexperienced English learner. This book has a special place in my heart for two reasons : 1. I sort of learned English reading it. 2. HELL THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. Actually, I can't say it's perfect (but would gladly do if anyone asks me!), but it's so close to it it's frustrating. Sorry about the capitals, but that's the only way for me to show how much I love it. If I had different colors, the whole text would be in red (for emphasis!). The good points : First, The False Prince is a slow-paced book. Not the kind of boring slow-paced, but rather the I-read-one-chapter-when-I-was-in-the-bus-and-I-can't-concentrate-on-my-work-'cause-I-WANT-more type. Everything comes by tiny bits and you're always begging for more. Second, there's the main character, Sage. That boy is a MASTERMIND. He's always like 1000 moves before everyone, but still keeps getting into trouble. Which is a bad thing in his case, because in order to live, he has to please Connor (did I mention he NEVER does as people tell him to?). But, no matter how hard he tries, he can't see through EVERYTHING. And then, there's the plot. I saw NOTHING coming. Maybe is it because Sage is so much of a good liar AND lied for so long that he could lie to himself and WE WOULD BELIEVE IT. It's been four years, and that thing still amazes me EACH AND EVERY TIME I re-read The False Prince. The not-that-good points : I couldn't find bad points (which explains the five stars), so I tried to be A BIT critical and find lesser good points. Actually, there's only one thing : the romance. Because THERE IS romance. In a way, I loved it, because frankly, sometimes Sage is a jerk. But when he's around THAT girl (view spoiler), he gets all soft in the inside and stops being that HUGE jerk and just does what IS right. On the other hand, THAT girl is not a character I liked because she let people intimidate her and that made me angry.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining The False Prince is a delightful adventure about identity, secrets, and the burdens of being a ruler. The False Prince follows Sage and three other young orphan boys as they're trained to be an imposter prince. They face many grueling physical and mental challenges and learn was it means to have the weight of a country on your shoulders. This book was a thrill to read. From the first page to the last, Sage is delightful in his witty remarks and rebellious attitude. He's a brilliantly crafted character that middle grade children will immediately gravitate towards. The only issue I had with this book is the deceit that deliberately happens to keep the reader in the dark. This book is notorious for its twist ending, so the deceit is paramount for that ending. However, I felt cheated and quickly realized Sage is an unreliable narrator. While unreliable narrators have their appeal, I feel like the reader misses out on a lot potential character and world building opportunities. Overall, The False Prince was a pleasure to read because it will keep you entertained from beginning to end.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! A worker at Chapters recommend this and it is still one of my favourite books today.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love again!! It was my sister's book when I first read it and after I finished her copy, I had to buy one for myself. I love the characters it is defiantly something I will re-read again and again for pleasure. And what's not to love about a trilogy? (Expect that if it's too good, then there's less books for you to read which is depressing.)
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Wow. Jennifer Nielson's creative writing skills really shine through this work. I very much enjoyed the storyline and plot. The characters are detailed and filled with their own amazing personalities that Nielson captures perfectly. I can't wait to read the next books of the series!
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly amazing I have to admit when I first started this book I was like, here we go another book about the overdone idea of kingdoms with kigns and queens and pirates but I have to say I was really impressed with this book. The dialogue first off was amazing and it is really hard to find a book with good dialogue. Secondly the main character is amusing, witty, smart, and just about everything else you could want in a narrator. I could help but be astonished at the things he pulled. A great read, I'm excited to read the next two.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Revival of Good Literature Jennifer Nielson is amazing. The False Prince has the greatest opening lines I've ever read and they kept me riveted until the end and forced me to go buy the next two in the series without a second thought. She masterfully crafts daring, mystery, humor, and danger into one thrilling novel. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, but especially to pre-teens and teens. I have yet to read a work of literature written by a female author as good as The False Prince.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Middle Grade This should appeal to younger readers. It has danger, intrigue, action, and mystery, everything a younger reader should love. For those on the older side of the scale (think 16+) it's a little too simple and extremely predictable. I wouldn't recommend this for adults.
Date published: 2013-04-25

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The False Prince"A page turner..." -The New York Times Book Review"Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel." -The Wall Street Journal"[A] swashbuckling origin story... Sage is a quick wit, and Nielsen showcases it with terrific dialogue... chock full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys." -Los Angeles Times*"Sage is deftly characterized through humorous first-person narration, quickly establishing himself as a beguiling antihero... [A]n impressive, promising story with some expertly executed twists." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"[A] terrific story that carries readers along to the very (surprising) end and will leave them clamoring for the next book in her trilogy." -BookPage, featured "Top Pick" review"[M]ore Harry Potter (minus the magic) than Hunger Games... with authentic characters, a convincing sense of danger and a genuinely high-stakes plot." -The Hollywood Reporter"[A] surefire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense." -Horn Book