2015 Rebecca Caudill Roundup: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

false princeHuzzah! The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, the first book of the Ascendance  trilogy, reminded me of all the the things I love about fantasy books. Sage is an orphan who has been plucked from the streets by a nobleman named Conner and forced to compete against other boys to find out who will best be able to impersonate the presumed dead Prince Jaron and save the kingdom from falling into the hands of an ambitious regent. Of course, there is much, much more to the story–including numerous twists and turns and breath-taking moments when you fear the worst will happen to Sage. And Sage is such a delightful protagonist–quick-witted, sharp-tongued, mischief-filled, and definitely more than he seems. It’s a must-purchase for middle grade readers, if you haven’t gotten it–and its sequels The Runaway King and The Shadow Throne–already. Don’t you love it when you can buy and read a complete trilogy and not have to wait for like what seems forever for the new installment to come out?

Anecdote (and SPOILER ALERT): The other day I was talking to an 8th grade boy who has burned through almost every fantasy series at my middle school library. I told him I assumed that he had read The Ascendance trilogy already, and he said it was a favorite of his. When I related how surprised I was by the great plot twist that Sage was really and truly Prince Jaron all along but that he had been in hiding, the student said he figured that at the very beginning of the book and it was kind of obvious but that it didn’t take away from him enjoying the book. So either my student is super sharp or I just lost a little bit of my edge on that one. Or both. Regardless, it was an awesome read for both of us 🙂

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