|Posted by BookGirl on July 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM|
The False Prince by Jennifer Neilsen
I encountered this book first when I went to the library to get my prize for the summer reading challenge. They had an awesome prize this year- a book! I picked this one up because it looked interesting. I read it all night long......I looked up when I was done and saw that it was waaaay past when I was supposed to be sleeping!
The book begins with Sage, an orphan, stealing a roast for the children at his orphanage. He's a 14 year old pickpocket, son of a barmaid and a failed musician. He is sold to a mysterious man who has a plan to kill the royal family, train a boy to pretend to be the prince, who supposedly died some years ago, and become the real ruler. He's ruthless and makes 4 boys fight to become the prince, for the losers die by his hand. Sage is rather cocky and defiant, so he ends up in some troubles along the way. (Think Han Solo but worse.) His fellow contestants try to kill him, he sort of runs away, and stands up for a girl pretending to be a mute. It's a gripping story with a super surprise twist near the end. So yes, I would read the next book. It's a great book.