The False Prince
The False Prince
Author Jennifer A. Nielsen
Published on April 1, 2012
Published by Scholastic
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N/A The Runaway King

The False Prince is the thrilling first book in The Ascendance Trilogy. A story filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end, The False Prince focuses around Sage (Jaron) and two other orphans who are forced to compete for princehood.

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Choose to lie... or Choose to die

Book SynopsisEdit

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Bevin 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, Roden and Tobias, 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.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

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Chapter one: Edit

The book begins with 14 year old Sage, who is attempting to steal a roast from the butcher. He almost makes it back to Mrs. Turbeldly's Orphanage for Disadvantaged Boys,but the butcher catches up an starts to kick Sage. He is stopped by Bevin Conner, who pays for the roast and helps Sage to his feet. The two make their way back to the orphanage. When they arrive, they go see Mrs. Turbeldly. Sage mentions how they do not get along well at all. Conner asks Sage if he has any training and what his father did. Mrs. Turbeldly tells Conner about how Sage got into the orphanage by paying her a silver coin and saying that he was the son of a dead duke from Avenia. He continued to give her coins for two weeks until he took with a fever, and confessed to Mrs. Turbeldly that he was not the son of a duke, but he stole the coins from one to trick her into giving him a place to stay. Then Conner asks Sage a series if questions, if he can wield a sword, if he farms, hunts, and if he can read. Sage says that he doesn't want to go with Conner, but Mrs. Turbeldly tells him that Conner has already bought him. Sage attempts to escape but is caught by Mott and Cregan.

Chapter two: Edit

Sage wakes up in a wagon with his hands tied behind his back. There are two other boys with him, Roden and Latamer. They are on their way to pick up Tobias at another orphanage. Sage recognizes the orphanage as the one he stayed at for a time when Mrs. Turbeldly kicked him out. While Conner and his vigils go to collect the next boy, Sage, Roden and Latamer talk about what Conner could possibly want them for. It is then revealed that Conner is a friend of the king's court. Sage attempts to escape, but Cregan catches him. Then Conner and Mott come back with Tobias in tow. Sage asks once again what Conner wants them for. Conner doesn't tell him, but instead says, "Screw you Sage". s them for, but what that is not directly revealed. Sage concludes that they are all in danger.

Chapter three: Edit

Sage recognizes the boy they just picked up, Tobias. He once sayed at his orphanage, Gelvins Charity Orphanage. Tobias noticed that Sage was bleeding but Sage responded saying that it was mostly stopped. Following Tobias' pickup, they rode for an hour. Soon, it got dark and Mott suggested to set camp for the night. They set camp in a small clearing surrounded by tall willow trees and thick brushes. Mott then gave orders to each of the young boys. While the boys worked, Conner sat on a fallen tree and pulled out a tattered leather book. As they worked, Conner would look up and observe the boys then went on with his book. Cregan created a fire, then Mott instructed the boys to gather around it so that Conner could talk to them. Conner expressed the danger in his plan and how he would only choose one boy. He then gave the option to leave with no feelings of cowardice and regret. Latamer raised his hand to leave, saying that he could not compete with the other boys. Conner said that he could leave and offered that he would let Cregan drive him to the nearest town. Latamer gave an apologetic smile to the boys and thanked Conner for his understanding. Latamer started walking to the wagon, but Sage noticed that Cregan wasn't with them. Sage yelled for Latamer to stop, but as Latamer turned around, and an arrow whooshed by, and pierced his chest. Latamer fell backward, dead. Sage charged toward Cregan and tackled him. Mot had to pull Sage off of Cregan. Sage was clearly angry. Conner tried to give an excuse, saying that he wasn't gonna get better and was a lesson to all of them. Conner gave orders for Cregan to bury Latamer, deep.