The False PrinceDownloadable Audiobook - 2012
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In this opener to the exciting “Ascendance” trilogy, an orphan thief must compete in a lethal contest where the future of the land may rest with someone who is not really what he appears.
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"You said you were my prince. Is this what it means to you?"
"I am your prince, but I am Carthia's king.You'll understand why, in the hierarchy of my titles,you must loose."
"Tonight I am home, tonight we dance!"
"Hail His Majesty, the scourge of my life!" Conner said to Roden and Tobias as he stomped up the stairs."I fear the devils no longer because I have the worst of them here in my home!"
perhaps, but I'm handsomer, don't you think?
"do you offer mercy?"
"If you accept I win this challenge.I am Prince Jaron."
"If you were Jaron, you'd never fall for a simple trick like this!"
"I sometimes lack the talent of knowing when to speak and when to keep quiet."
apparently the nagging voice hadn't visited Latamer's head.
"You're the craziest person I've ever met.Tobias may be more educated than you, but he's not the smartest of us."
"I definitely don't like pain," I said firmly. "So if you decide to kill me make it quick."
" I never said that the dirt detracted from your beauty highness, only that it was there."
"You're worse than when I last saw you"Mott said.
"You shouldn't have whipped me so hard."
" You shouldn't have gotten yourself stabbed."
"I trust you." Tobias paused, as if weighing his own words."I do, Sage. I trust you."
"I've always thought I looked more like myself than anyone else."
"There's your alm for forgiveness, Roden. pay to the gods or the devils,or to Conner, whichever alter you bow to.but don't ask it from me."
Conner's hand flew to his mouth. "How can I have been so foolish?The devils must be laughing, for I nearly ruined everything!"
"They look angry," Tobias said to me."What did you do?"
"Is it always something I've done?" I asked."Don't you and Roden ever do anything to get their attention?"
"It's always something you've done." Roden agreed.
"you stole it from the master."
"Who stole it from me.What I did only set the universe back in order."
"Nice trick." Tobias said.
"It helps me think."
"What are you thinking about?"
"Ways to get you to stop talking to me.'
"The devils are punishing me for everything I've ever done wrong in my life," he said, marching to the stables to get the horses."They've sent me you three."
"If he put us in dresses, we wouldn't suddenly become women,"I said."You're an orphan in a costume, Tobias. Nothing more."
"If you want me to tell you I'm that stupid, I will. The evidence is there."
My father had warned me about my quick tongue countless times. Perhaps he should have warned me more often.
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In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
Sage is a fourteen year-old orphan who steals a roast from a local butcher, but is saved from his wrath by a nobleman named Bevin Conner. Conner is visiting different orphanages, and buying teenage boys who resemble the missing Prince Jaron, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Carthya. Conner is a minor regent of the circle that surrounds the King. The King's wife and oldest son have been murdered. Conner is a patriot who wants to see the kingdom of Carthya preserved, rather than fall into civil war at the hands of Prime Regent Veldergraft. He therefore concocts the plan to place a fraud on the throne to avert the coming war. Jaron has been missing for years, and is presumed dead following a pirate attack.
Over the next two weeks, Sage and two other boys compete against each other to become Conner's choice for the imposter. By the end of the two weeks, Sage emerges as the choice, but spares the lives of his two competitors. Sage reveals that he is indeed Prince Jaron himself, stunning all those around him, including the king's court. It is further revealed that Conner is responsible for the murder of the royal family and led the pirate attack aimed at claiming the life of Sage/Jaron. Conner is arrested and Jaron assumes his rightful throne.
Sage has never been keen on the fact that he was an orphan but usually the trouble he got into was something he could handle. No longer. When Sage finds himself essentially sold to a nobleman named Conner it doesn’t take long for him to discover that he is now a pawn in a dangerous game. Alongside three other orphans of similar age and build Sage is in the competition of a lifetime. If he wins he will be crowned as prince (the real ruler having died years ago). If he loses he will be killed. It’s the ultimate competition and the stakes are as high as they can be. Part mystery novel, part psychological war, you may see where the book is going at times but you’ll never forget the journey.