The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) – Jennifer A. Nielsen

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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 I t will keep you entertained from beginning to end.

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