Jennifer A. Nielsen crafts an incredible world full of in-depth characters that you love to love — and love to hate.
Sage is officially one of my new favorite characters. I was behind him every step of the way. I loved his defiant and arrogant nature. It reminded me so much of the Alex Rider series. I’ve been waiting a long time to find another series that fills the Rider void in my life.
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.
You just have to read it. It’s one of the greats.