Four orphan boys are chosen by nobleman Bevin Conner to
compete for the chance to impersonate Prince Jaron, missing and presumed
dead for four years. It quickly becomes clear that whichever boy is
chosen, the other three will not survive to give away the secret of the
false prince. Sage, an unusually clever orphan boy with quite a talent
for thievery, takes issue with this plan and decides that he will not
allow Conner to get away with murdering three boys. He soon learns that
Conner is responsible for far worse deeds than his plot to install the
false prince on the throne of Carthya. Luckily, Sage has plenty of
secrets of his own, and it will take all his ingenuity and the help of
his competitors to thwart Conner's plan and expose his treachery
— Adrien, Compass books
In a discontent 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. 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 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. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous 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 taken together. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.
About the Author
Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince, The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. She also wrote the Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thriller A Night Divided; and Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines. Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.