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Oh this was another fun one! I've wanted to read this book for some time now, and I was finally able to! Totally worth the wait!
The kingdom of Carthya is on the brink of civil war after the murder of its entire royal family. But there is still one hope left. Prince Jaron, who was lost at sea four years ago, could still be alive. A nobleman named Conner has chosen four orphan boys (well, really three) with physical similarities to the lost prince, in the hopes that after two weeks, one can be presented to the court as Jaron. Sage is one of the boys picked. He definitely doesn’t trust Conner, but also realizes that for the good of the kingdom, he must be chosen as the false prince.
I loved the character of Sage. He was such a smart alec, defiant boy, but you could tell that underneath, he was really very clever and would always pick the right path when it mattered. He is kind to many, but also just and fair. Many of the other characters tend to underestimate him, but he ends up surprising them all, including the reader!
So, I’m one of those horrible people that looks at the end of a book to see the outcome, so I kind of knew how the story was going to end, but I loved seeing how the author took the audience from point A to point B. It was brilliant! I wish I could say more about this, but I don’t want to give everything away. But Nielsen does an excellent job steering the reader in one direction, and then, at the last minute, pulling them into a different one.
This is a book that I have in my school library for my older kids to read. I will definitely be book talking this one the next chance I get! I loved it and am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series!