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This review is from: The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy (Hardcover)
3.5 Stars, but rounding down because the story wound down the further it went.
It's the story of an orphan boy who gets selected to replace the missing heir of a kingdom's royal family. The scope of the story covers the boys training and competition with two other boys, also selected as possible princes.
The writing was excellent. I really liked Sage, he had a very engaging voice. The secondary characters were also interesting and well developed.
I thought the author did a wonderful job of showing us clues as to what was really going, without telling us what was really going on. It made Sage that much more of an interesting character (he's a sneak and a liar, and he sneaks and lies a lot).
But... What was really going on (big picture rather than small) was so incredibly cliche that I ended up being disappointed. The more of the 'real' story that came out, the more my interest in the story waned. I would have loved for the ending to have twisted things up and surprised me (as I was expecting it to do). As is, the twist was pretty obvious from page one.
Still, I enjoyed it. It's worth a read and the author is one I'll keep an eye on.