Book Talk: The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielson

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Book Talk: The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. NielsonThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1
Published by Scholastic
Published On: April 1, 2012
Genres: Adventure, Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: MG/YA - some violence
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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.


I loooooooved book one of this series. Book two and three were ok but the first book was amazing. I highly recommend this to any kind of fantasy lover. I’m still excited about it even though it’s been a while since I read (or listened) to it. You should feel excited while starting this book and you won’t expect that ending to the first one. The rest of the series was pretty good too but it didn’t have that sense of mystery like the first book had.

My absolute favourite part of this whole series was Sage, our main character. For whatever reason I find I can’t connect to male characters when I’m reading but this character was done so well that you couldn’t help but want to be best friends with him. He’s probably the most sarcastic and optimistic character I’ve ever read about. If you’ve read the Curse Workers series by Holly Black then think Cassel x2. Not only that but he’s always coming up with these in depth schemes and plans to get out of any situation he gets himself into. It’s actually really admirable because he’s always thinking about what could possibly go wrong which is pretty impressive to me.

It’s hard to say what else I liked because I loved Sage so much. The other characters were also very well done and I loved some of them almost as much as Sage. The plot to all three books were kind of the same but completely different at the same time. They all involved Sage trying to get out of some sort of mess and end up surprising everyone at the end. I think the surprises that he gave us readers was one of my favourite things about the plot.


The reason I didn’t like books two and three as much as one, was the scheme. That’s about it though. The whole plan Sage had in the first book was amazing and it was so intense and complicated that I never would have guessed what was coming. Though closer to the end I had a little feeling about what was going to happen. I didn’t predict the other two books either but it just didn’t have the same level of epicness that the first book had. It was still a great trilogy and I’d recommend you read the whole thing.

One other thing I didn’t like, though it wasn’t a deal breaker, was the romance. I just found it a little strange and I didn’t like Imogene very much (who was the love interest). She was super boring compared to how epic Sage was so that made me feel like they didn’t fit together very well. Oh well. The story didn’t revolve around romance though so it wasn’t so bad.


I’d recommend this to anyone who loves sarcasm and who loves to laugh out loud during a book. There’s a lot of serious parts but the way certain events end up make you laugh. I’d highly recommend listening to the audiobook because the narrator (Charlie McWade) was incredible. He had voices for everyone and was perfect to read what kind of mischief Sage was getting into.


This was a epic series full of epic stories and characters. There was mystery, action, adventure, pirates, kings, and even a little romance. I think it would be extremely difficult to NOT like this book. The plot flowed so smoothly but the story was full of action and mystery. You never knew what Sage would think of next and that’s what made the story so much fun to read. It’s quite literally a laugh out loud kind of book.



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