The False Prince: Book 1 of The Ascendance Trilogy (Audio): The Ascendance Trilogy, Book One (Audio…

Audio Book (CD) | April 1, 2012

byJennifer A Nielsen

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

Sage, an orphaned thief with a sharp tongue and a sharper wit, is one of four boys chosen to participate in a lethal contest. After being plucked from the streets by a nobleman named Conner, Sage learns that Conner plans to choose one of the orphans to impersonate a long-lost prince in the hopes of averting a civil war. Conner's rules of play become quite clear after he murders one of the boys who will not compete. Suddenly winning matters very much.

Sage is defiant and cunning and utterly irrepressible. He knows that Conner's motives are questionable at best, yet he also realizes that his life balances on a sword's point-he must be chosen to be the prince or he will certainly be killed. But the other two boys, Sage's rivals, have their own plans as well, and are competing as though their lives depend on it-which, they do.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a stunning twist raises the stakes to an even deadlier level. Nothing is sacred, nothing is predictable, and nobody can be trusted.

The first book in a new trilogy, this brilliant and heart-racing tale is taut with danger and adventure, lies and deadly truths that will take the reader's breath away.

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The thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger, deceit, and hidden identities will keep readers clinging to the edge of their seats.Sage, an orphaned thief with a sharp tongue and a sharper wit, is one of four boys chosen to participate in a lethal contest. After being plucked from the streets by a nobleman named Co...

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the author of Elliot and the Goblin War, the first book in a humorous middle-grade fantasy series. She lives at the base of a very tall mountain in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a naughty puppy.

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Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.92 × 5.07 × 1.12 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545391660

ISBN - 13:9780545391665


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic audiobook! There are a lot of things to love about this novel, but Sage is easily my favourite. He's the type of character that comes in and dominates the scene. He's funny and intelligent and I love his attitude. Sometimes young male protagonists can drive me crazy because their author's make them all attitude and no substance. But Jennifer A Nielsen delievers a layered and complex character, that you just want to get to know. He'll soon show you there's more to him than meets the eye. Whether in audio or print, the writing in this book really brings the story and setting alive for the reader. This could have easily been a movie playing inside my head it was so detailed and vivid. Though Carthia is an imaginary place, it felt really authentic when I was listening to The False Prince. In the beginning, when Sage is running away from a local merchant I felt like I could picture each street in front of me, as if I was running through them myself. Finally, this book is exciting, adventure filled and some amazing twists. There are some incredibly dramatic moments, some sword play and even a little bit of romance. It was an absolute joy keeping swept up in the action and I can't wait to see where the next book in the series will take me. Final recommendation: A fabulous middle grade read that can be enjoyed by all ages. Notes on the Audio Overall, Charlie McWade is a good narrator. His voice is energetic and interesting to listen to. There is also a clear distinction between each character. I had one issue/question regarding accents. The book specifically mentions how there are two distinct accents, that of the kingdom they're in (Carthia) and that of the land Sage is from. However, when Sage switches between the accents is voice never changes, which was slightly distracting. Even characters from the same area seemed to speak with different accents. While I appreciated the variety in character voices, I thought there should have been a bit more consistency, especially since it is mentioned in the text. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books -
Date published: 2012-07-08

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From The False Prince"Would you ever be on my side, even if I chose you above the other boys?" Conner asked."I'm only on my side. Your trick will be convincing me that helping you helps me," I replied."What if I did? How far would you go to win?""The better question, sir, is how far you will go to win."I looked him steadily in the eyes as I spoke. "You killed Latamer. So we know you're willing to murder to win." "I am." Conner backed up, speaking to all of us again. "And I'm willing to lie, to cheat, and to steal. I'm willing to commend my soul to the devils if necessary because I believe there is exoneration in my cause. I need one of you to conduct the greatest fraud ever perpetrated within the country of Carthya. This is a lifetime commitment. It will never be safe to back down from my plan and tell the truth. To do so would destroy not only you but the entire country. And you will do it to save Carthya."

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