Goodreads Summary: The False Prince is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end. In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a 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 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 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 put together.
My thinking: The characters come to life in this book, especially Sage, and as a reader you empathize and worry about their safety and their every move. The suspense hooked me and at times, I was completely shocked by some of the truths revealed in this story about the characters and events. I love when I am surprised by events and character actions/decisions instead of being able to predict what may happen. This is a suspenseful, action packed story is perfect for students in 5th grade and up and will leave them hanging at the edge of their seats. It will hook readers who crave action, suspense, and adventure.