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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

In the country of Carthya, the royal family lies dead and civil war is imminent. The nobles of the country are grasping for power in their own ways, but one chooses deception. Conner is far from a place on the throne, but he plans to produce the missing and presumed dead Prince Jaron. In an attempt to create a false prince, Conner chooses three orphan boys near the prince's age and attempts to train them to become royalty. Through his chosen prince, he will rule the country.

Sage is one of those boys pulled from an orphanage and forced into Conner's treasonous plan. Even while he struggles to avoid enemies and fight against Conner's plan, Sage knows he must be chosen as the false prince to survive. The False Prince is a story of adventure and intrigue, but also about self-discovery and being true to what you believe. Both the characters and story are entertaining, making the book an exciting read for tweens and teens alike. I enjoyed the ending that resolved while still leaving room for further development.

Recommend for ages 11 and up.

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