The False Prince: Book Review
Plot: 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.
(from the book jacket)
What I thought:
This was very well written, planned out and executed book. I think this now ranks up there with my favorites. The author did a wonderful job of keeping me on my toes; I really wasn’t sure who was a bad guy and who was a good guy for a while.
Sage was a great character. Really funny and a very distinctive story voice. He was very clever and at a couple of parts made me wince with his honesty. His rivals were very different and also distinctive, even though they had the same end goal.
Connor is a very crafty villain. He actually had me fooled for a while as to his allegiance. I can’t say much more without ruining a lot of the surprises. (Weird fact: I imagine him like this guy:)
Big surprise at the end and a lot of little surprises throughout.
Highly recommend this book!