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Sunday, June 30, 2013

[DNF] My Thoughts: The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
  • Age Range: 10 and up 
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545284147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545284141

"In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes.

Choose to lie...or choose to die.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. 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.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats."-Amazon
My Thoughts:
The False Prince. They were many reasons why I didn't like it, and most of those were edited out because they were too Ranty. So, instead of going on a tirade, I'm going to give you my #1 reason for disliking TFP.

It was unbearably banal.
I cannot think of a plot more mundane than the plot of The False Prince. It's set up in a completely different world that has nothing to do with ours. Normally this isn't a problem, because books like those tend to have supernatural accents; or vivid new realms that suck you in. However the False Prince had none of that.  Set in a time/place reminiscent of the 1400’s, The False Prince appeared bent on treating us to wonders of medieval-like politics and every-day squabbles.  

I wished I could watch paint dry.

As a byproduct of The False prince being set in an “medieval-like” land, without any connection to our life- I didn't really care. I couldn't bring myself to be intrigued by royal calamities, in a ordinary; feudal state.
 I realize that Historical Fiction has the same "ordinary human/ non supernatural" aspect as TFP does, however TFP is not historical fiction (Its Adventure-Fantasy). Even if TFP was historical fiction, seeing as its set in an alternate land; it wouldn't have the same appeal to it anyways.
Rating: 2/5
What to expect?
  • Death
  • Kingly affairs
  • Connor


  1. Although I greatly enjoy historical fiction, I hate slow moving plots with too many details and bland descriptions without much action. I think I will still read this but it will not be at the top of my list. Thanks for an honest opinion!

  2. I haven't read many historical but the best I've read would be Clockwork Angel. And I agree with Alise, slow moving plots are unbearably boring... Funny cause I also DNFed a book last week and slow pacing was one of the reasons. Well, I'll be avoiding this book then. Thanks for the review!