Thursday, August 1, 2013
Book Talk Thursday-The False Prince
If you have not read this book yet, RUN, don't walk to your nearest bookstore and pick it up. I say bookstore because it's so good I imagine there will be a LONNGG wait list at the library. Would you believe me if I say this is more than likely the best fantasy book I have read since The Hunger Games? I know, The Hunger Games isn't technically fantasy...but I think you get the idea. It is really, really, really good!
Ok...on to the synopsis.
Sage is an orphan in the kingdom of Avenia. You can tell right away that he gets into a lot of trouble, but it always seems like it is for the greater good. A wealthy man buys Sage from the orphanage and Sage quickly realizes this man has a purpose. There are three other boys with him that were also orphans and they all somewhat look alike. The man tells the boys right off the bat that he is looking for a boy that will replace the prince of Carthya, who was thought dead four years ago when his ship was overtaken by pirates. He wants the prince to become king so that he will be able to rule Carthya from the background. Sage and the other boys are taken to the man's home in Farthenwood to train and become The False Prince.
Right away, you will fall in love with Sage. He is feisty, but you can tell has a good heart. I like his spunk and his attitude. The character development in this book is amazing. You will also find some twists and turns in this book. I predict a lot when I'm reading, and I'm often right, which sometimes ruins the book for me. I did not predict a few plot twists, which made me love the book that much more!
The chapters in this book are also very short, which I think makes the book great for a read-aloud. After I gushed and gushed about this book for a few days, my husband very quietly snuck it into his carry-on so he could take it on his next business trip to read!
And guess what? This book is the first in a TRILOGY! Yay! The Runaway King is already out (and I am currently reading it!) and the third book, The Shadow Throne is due out March 1, 2014. Also, I was checking out Jennifer Nielsen's website and it looks like The False Prince has been optioned by Paramount Pictures!! Go read this book RIGHT NOW!