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The False Prince

Nielsen, Jennifer A. (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The False Prince
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In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
Authors: Nielsen, Jennifer A.
Title: The false prince
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
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ISBN: 0545284139
Statement of Responsibility: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Subject Headings: Imposters and imposture Fiction. Secrets Fiction. Courts and courtiers Fiction. Orphans Fiction. Princes Fiction. Impersonation Fiction.
Topical Term: Imposters and imposture
Secrets
Courts and courtiers
Orphans
Princes
Impersonation
LCCN: 2011006692
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This book is more than AWESOME!!! This has been my favorite book so far in life and ive read a lot of books but this is number one. The main character is soooooo clever in this one and in the last one : the shadow throne.

Aug 02, 2014
  • Scourge rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a page turner, brain blower book that I LOVED to read!

I just LOVE this book soooooo much!! I could spend the whole day on re-finishing it!! [second time reading]

The False Prince is a thrilling book! I just started to read the second book: The Runaway King. I'm waiting for the third book, can't wait to read the whole series! :)

i loved the book because i was right about sage being the prince
:)

Jun 17, 2014
  • litriocht rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Move over, Little Orphan Annie, there's a new plucky child on the scene. Snatched from an orphanage by a ruthless nobleman named Connor, Sage is streetwise, agile, and wary. His companions on this forced journey are cold-blooded, ambitious adults and three other parentless children. As the group travels toward the kingdom of Carthya's capital city, the similar-looking orphans realize that they are pawns in Connor's plan to place one of them on the throne as a puppet king. Whoever is not chosen will be deemed... dispensable. With that threat looming over their heads, the boys compete to be chosen as the false prince. Each of them share at least one characteristic with the prince who has been missing for years: an affinity for horses, a natural ability for swordplay, an aptitude for sleight-of-hand, an understanding of political ramifications, etc.

An solid adventure story with some surprising plot twists, Nielsen's novel was thoroughly enjoyable. Recommended for as a read-alike for juvenile fans of Suzanne Collins or Garth Nix.

May 27, 2014
  • blue_bear_1243 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is by far my most favorite book of all it was to thrilling to see my favorite person was mott he was to inspiring and i liked lattermer because he stood up for what was right even though it was the wrong chocie.

I had a strange feeling that Sage would be the actual prince...

Apr 29, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm of two minds in reviewing this because I was of two minds reading it.
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On one side was the experienced, critical adult reader who was thinking things like:
- (Cringe) This dialogue is so hokey and unrealistic. These characters wouldn't think, talk, or react like this based on the settings and backgrounds that have been created for them. The dynamics of their interactions don't reflect real people in the least.
- The character is baldly lying to us in his narration. If the surprise reveal that I'm expecting occurs (it did), then he is not only being cagey in his responses to the other characters, he's being false with us readers in ways the author doesn't seem to intend.
- The surprise reveal is so obvious!
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On the other side was the enthusiastic reader who was willing to suspend disbelief and criticism for a fun story. That part of me got caught up in the narration, was thrilled by the suspense, and cheered for the character(s). And it's the part I suspect is most like the average young reader who will engage with this book.
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I can't say this was a perfectly told story for me, but I think it's one that will work for its intended audience quite well and I will recommend it with that thought in mind.

Apr 03, 2014
  • JCLJaredH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a fantasy gem that doesn't rely on magic to tell a magical story. There is adventure, intrigue, humor, deception, loss, and even a little bit of romance. The characters, both primary and secondary, are well fleshed out in their reasons for doing things. The best part of the story, hands down, is the likeable and snarky hero, Sage. Fans of Megan Whalen Turners "The Thief" will see a lot of Gen in Sage, an engaging narrator whose sarcastic quips never quite tell the reader all that he is thinking. While the ending may be slightly predictable, the story has enough twists and turns to draw the reader in till the very last page.

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Jun 22, 2014
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Jun 02, 2014
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May 28, 2014
  • Frost_Byte rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 15, 2014
  • Allegiant rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 31, 2014
  • Red_Wolf_23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 02, 2014
  • Man123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good

May 27, 2014
  • blue_bear_1243 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

sage has to go on a long quest to become a false prince. one his quest he meets enemys and freinds who will help him to become who he is ment to be.

Mar 18, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sage has never been keen on the fact that he was an orphan but usually the trouble he got into was something he could handle.  No longer.  When Sage finds himself essentially sold to a nobleman named Conner it doesn’t take long for him to discover that he is now a pawn in a dangerous game.  Alongside three other orphans of similar age and build Sage is in the competition of a lifetime.  If he wins he will be crowned as prince (the real ruler having died years ago).  If he loses he will be killed.  It’s the ultimate competition and the stakes are as high as they can be.  Part mystery novel, part psychological war, you may see where the book is going at times but you’ll never forget the journey.

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Mar 15, 2014
  • Allegiant rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Whipping, hand violence, sword fighting and some killing.

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Aug 02, 2014
  • Man123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

good book

Jun 16, 2014
  • ssantoso rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“A person can be educated and still be stupid, and a wise man can have no education at all.”

May 27, 2014
  • blue_bear_1243 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"i am your prince".

Apr 02, 2014
  • gdan24 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

No it's gold

Sep 05, 2013
  • Frost_Byte rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I am your prince"

Jun 14, 2012
  • 21221012528714 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Carthya's not my country," I said, reaching for the doors to leave. "Frankly, I hope Avenia destroys it."

Mar 18, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“She was too fat to credibly claim she starved along with the rest of us, but strong enough to beat anyone who complained about that fact.”

Mar 18, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“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.”

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Mar 22, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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