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Hi everyone, it’s Fiction Friday time!  It feels like it’s been a long time since I did one of these. For today’s post, I’m going to talk a little about The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

In a kingdom threatened by civil war, a nobleman devises a plan to find and train an impersonator of the old king’s long-lost son. He takes three boys from different orphanages to train and use whichever one is best. One of these boys is Sage, a clever trickster. Sage doesn’t trust the nobleman, but he knows that the orphans not chosen to play the part of the prince will be killed to keep his secret.

I liked this book, it was really entertaining, and I could get behind Sage as the main character. This book in a lot of ways reminded me of Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief series, which if I haven’t already talked about, I’ll be talking about in a later post. The character development was well done, and while the setting wasn’t as built up, there was just enough detail that you could imagine what was going on and where they were without the pace getting bogged down by too much detail.

Interestingly enough, like Turner’s series, this series was not firmly a middle grade book or a young adult book, but somewhere in between. While it’s hinted at that there could be some romantic interest between the main character and the two major female characters, it doesn’t play a large part in the story. In other words, anyone who needs a bit of a hiatus from standard YA love triangles, this is the book for you.

So, if you’re looking for a fun fantasy read with a bit of a trickster as your protagonist, this book might be a good fit. If you’ve read this book, let me know what you think. Did you like it? What did you think of the ending? Did you see it coming?

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