Who will wear the crown? The False Prince giveaway!
By Lauren on April 26th, 2012
We’ve been pretty excited about Princess Week here at OOM. So far we’ve discussed the value of princesses and suggested some fun royal reads to help you celebrate. With all the imperial fuss we’re making over our fair maidens, I want to make sure we’re not forgetting someone very important… the prince!
Just in time for the weekend, I’m super-excited to tell you about a book you won’t want to put down—The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen. The first book in a new trilogy, The False Prince has it all—danger, adventure, and twists and turns that will leave at the edge of your seat, breathlessly turning pages until the end. BookPage has featured it as a ‘Top Pick,’ saying,“Nielsen has written a terrific story that carries readers along to the very (surprising) end and will leave them clamoring for the next book in her trilogy.” Even The Hollywood Reporter has gotten in on the action with a glowing review that says,“The False Prince is more Harry Potter (minus the magic) than Hunger Games. The lack of the supernatural allows Nielsen to keep the reader focused on the political intrigue, scheming and court conspiracies at the center of the story. Even though the novel is set in a mythical kingdom, it feels ‘real’ with authentic characters, a convincing sense of danger and a genuinely high-stakes plot…Sage is one of the strengths of the book. Often surly and reckless, he is also bold, courageous and decent. He’s a three-dimensional character and a hero worth rooting for.”
So what’s it about? I’m glad you asked. In a faraway land, 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. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Conner’s rules of play become quite clear after he murders one of the boys who will not compete. Suddenly winning matters very much. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are questionable at best, yet he also realizes that his life balances on a sword’s point—he must be chosen to be the prince or he will certainly be killed. But the other two boys, Sage’s rivals, have their own plans as well, and are competing as though their lives depend on it—which, they do. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a stunning twist raises the stakes to an even deadlier level. Nothing is sacred, nothing is predictable, and nobody can be trusted.
There’s also the awesome trailer:
Are you intrigued yet? If I’ve whet your appetite, you can check out the first chapter over at The Hollywood Reporter.
If you want to know more, you’ll have to check out the book! Don’t have a copy? Well, we can help you out…
GIVEAWAY: We have two copies of The False Prince to give away! To enter to win, leave a comment (don’t forget your email address so we can contact you!) and tell us why you’re excited to read the book. The giveaway runs from today through 5pm ET tomorrow, Friday, April 27, 2012. Read the complete legal rules here.
UPDATE: Our two lucky winners have been randomly selected! Congrats to Alma and Cristal C., and thanks everyone for participating!