The False Prince

The False Prince

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Find it at: Your library! | Amazon | Indiebound

Published: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic (April 1, 2012)

Recommended Reading Age: 11 & up

In a nutshell: It was about a month ago when I came home with a bag of books after work, sharing my loot with my husband who was cooking a late dinner for us in the kitchen. I was reading aloud the jacket flaps of a few books I was especially excited to start reading, so he could help me decide which one I would devote my precious reading time to next. After reading The False Prince’s inner-jacket, he perked up from stirring the soup and said to me, “Ooh! That sounds good. Read that one! I would read that one!”

Reader, let me tell you, the the jacketflap does this book justice. It does more than that.

Fifteen-year-old, rebellious orphan Sage lives in a world of thievery and lies. Barely living on what he can by stealing and what the orphanage provides, he is paid for and forcefully plucked from the orphanage by a mysterious noble-type with four other orphan boys of similar age from neighboring orphanages.

It is quickly revealed to Sage and the other orphan boys the identity of the mysterious man, Bevin Conners, a regent to the king of the land of Carthya. Carthya is on the verge of Civil War, and to stave off a bloody and long battle Conners has a secret, yet deadly plan. In just two weeks time he will train the orphans to impersonate the lost prince of Carthya, who disappeared 5-years ago and is thought to be dead. The one who can most successfully mirror this lost prince will claim the throne and rule as King of Carthya. But, only one boy can become Connor’s false prince. As for the the others… well… It’s a fight to claim the throne as much as it is for their lives.

Adventure, secrets, lies, political turmoil, and friendship forged in desperation; this fast-paced, page turner has it all. It’s deliciously entertaining and so much fun to read. Upon finishing, I now join the other anxious readers enduring the wait until March 1, 2013 when The False Prince‘s  much anticipated sequel, The Runaway King, is released. Only 45 more days!

Don’t take my word for it: 2012 Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies Winner, Los Angeles Times


6 Responses to “The False Prince”

  1. molly says:

    Oh, I will have to check this one out! And nice to know the sequel will be out soon.

  2. Brandy says:

    Yes. I’m so ready to read The Runaway King but then we will just have to wait for the conclusion.

    (If you liked this and have never read The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner you really should.)

    • Rebecca says:

      I know! Right? I have not read The Thief, but have added it to my reading list! Still waiting on Navigating Early to come in so I can start reading that ASAP :)


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