The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Five stars

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.

You know how all bookworms can never decide on their favorite book? I thought I was the same until I read this. The False Prince is now my all time favorite book and one that I have read and reread and still plan to read again!

It’s more than just the story for me. Yes, from the very first sentence there’s grip-the-edge-of-your-seat action and that action remains steady throughout the whole story. And, yes, there is a lot of intrigue, suspense, and a mystery you wouldn’t have even guessed was there! But, beyond all that, it’s the characters. Or, should I say, character.

From the beginning we can see that Sage is a rebellious, do-it-his-way-or-not-at-all kind of boy, but we can also see that he has a compassionate heart. He is hilarious, cunning, and all together mysterious. He stands up for what is right and fights for it no matter the consequences. I think anyone who has read this book can agree that Sage is pure awesome sauce!

(And, of course, his relationship with Imogen is super sweet! So what’s not to like, right??)

“If I had to do it all over again, I would not have chosen this life. Then again, I’m not sure I ever had a choice.”

― Jennifer A. Nielsen, The False Prince

Your Turn!

What’s your opinion of Sage? Have you read The False Prince? Do you love it as much as I do?

Blessings, Allyson


2 thoughts on “The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

  1. I recently read The False Prince after seeing how much you loved it! I loved it too because of Sage! He was SO smart! The ending blew my mind! It really was such a good book. Love your review!

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  2. Yay!! That makes me so happy!!! Yes, Sage is just the best! 😍 He’s totally a younger version of Sherlock Holmes! I’m so glad you liked it!! Thanks!


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