I teach middle school, and I use summers to catch up on what's hot in adolescent fiction. I spent a lot of time this summer with books in the "Hunger ..Show More »Games" vein, but this one was a welcome change of pace. This is my favorite kind of book--driven by fascinating characters with complex motives. It also has a well-crafted plot and intriguing politics that left me hungry for the sequel. It reminds me in all the best ways of Megan Whalen Turner's "Thief" series, but is not derivative of that. It involves a "Prince and Pauper" scheme to usurp the throne of a completely believable fictional kingdom, but layers of secrets and plot twists keep the story consistently engaging. The main character has a compelling mixture of strengths and weaknesses, and the more the reader knows, the more he/she can identify with him.
The reading was fabulous--perfect for the characters. I listened on a long drive and was completely lost in the book.
The False Prince will be among my top recommendations to my students, but it was certainly no chore to read it. I hope there's another Nielsen/McWade treasure out by next summer!
This completes the story of Jaron very well. What I loved about this book was that it completed the series for me. Jaron has grown and learned from ..Show More »past mistakes, he shows he is a true royal and leader. The only drawback was that these lessons came so quickly, where in real life they would take years, for him its weeks to months but hey it's a book for young people only those of us that are older would recognize that. There were lots of comments about the battles being to rediculous, but I loved them, I am listening again to see the foreshadowing. I love stories that teach life lessons through well written adventure and this definitely checks that box. This is a perfect book of adventure and similar in the main character's growth to someone like Harry Potter.
I love all three of the books in this series, the author is very creative, and clean. My kids (ages 7-16) and husband all enjoyed them too. It's not..Show More » often we find a series that is captivating and appropriate for the whole family. Narration is well done also.