The balding nobleman pays for the stolen roast and saves Sage’s life, leaving the boy more puzzled than grateful. But he’s furious when he learns the mistress of the orphanage has sold him into slavery to the very same Sir Bevin Connor.
Just what his duties will be are not of much concern to Sage initially, because he plans to escape at the first opportunity. His curiosity is piqued, however, when he realizes that he is the fourth boy Connor has bought from an orphanage, and they all bear an uncanny resemblance to each other.
As the title, The False Prince, gives away Sir Connor’s plan is to train one of the orphans to impersonate the true prince, thought dead these past four years. Then Connor will act as puppet master to the puppet prince.
With the rest of the royal family recently murdered, the false prince will rapidly become King. Sir Bevin Conner will rule from the shadows.
Sage decides to stay on after all. For one thing, any unsuccessful attempt to flee will be punished by execution. “Choose to lie… or choose to die.” But Sage also begins to fear for the kingdom should it fall into the hands of this scheming nobleman.
Jennifer A. Nielsen has created a world of intrigue and adventure in The False Prince, with just a tiny bit of love interest thrown in for good measure.
This is the first book of the Ascendance trilogy for ages 10 and up.