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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,448 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen Narrator: Charlie McWade Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ascendance Trilogy Release Date:
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In a discontented 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. Three 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A page turner.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[A] swashbuckling origin story…Sage is a quick wit, and Nielsen showcases it with terrific dialogue... Chock full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Sage is deftly characterized through humorous first-person narration, quickly establishing himself as a beguiling antihero... An impressive, promising story with some expertly executed twists.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pam | 2/13/2014

    " I love books about royalty and everything royal so I picked up this one for my Nook. I actually read it on my iPhone with my Nook app and I was very please. Filled with short chapters, making it easy to read on-the-go. I found myself wanting to read more and more about Sage and his adventure into the underworld of his county's high society. Looking forward to reading book #2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mellodi Parks | 2/12/2014

    " 200% loved this book. I couldn't put it down and it ended up being a pretty fast read. A fantasy YA page turner that everyone should at least try to read once and see what you think. Give this book a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books) | 2/11/2014

    " Sometimes a book comes along and you kick yourself for not reading it sooner. This, my friends, is a fine example. Orphan boys all playing against each other in a "be the Prince or die" game is pretty entertaining to read about. I absolutely loved Sage and, of course, rooted for him to win the crown the entire time. His determination, wit, and street smarts are without a doubt one of the best parts of this book. He doesn't have much of a choice to play along with Conner's evil plan to take over the kingdom, but Sage certainty makes life difficult for Conner and his cronies He manipulates others and pulls off some pretty sweet cons of his own. Young readers will love Sage's will to stay alive and his ability to turn things around to his favor on a dime. Dare I say he is the fantasy version of a young James Bond? (minus the high tech gadgets, of course) The supporting cast, two other boys who are all competing to become the false prince, a servant girl, and the confidant are all amazing characters as well. They each bring something original to the table and in the end your feelings go back and forth about them. Good guys, bad guys? At times the lines are blurred. The twists and turns around every corner will keep readers of all ages tuned in. Charlie McWade does an outstanding job providing the voices for so many characters. His Sage voice is my favorite, although I do wish he had a little variation when he switched to his Carthian accent. Still...excellent! Can't wait for book two and hope you jump on this one soon. Ages 8+ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 2/5/2014

    " I really, really liked this book. Very innocent (going to let my 9yo son read it and there is absolutely nothing that he would be "grossed out" about) and a little predictable but I love how she did it all. "

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