The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sigh. This was fun to read, particularly the parts when Sage is defying Connor and yet making alliances with Imogene and Mott and yet it was so predictable.
Sage is one of three orphans bought by Lord Connor; Connor's idea is that since the royal family is all dead (the King, Queen and Heir recently murdered, Prince Jaron died four years previously in a pirate attack on his ship), he can gain power and stabilize the kingdom by producing "Prince Jaron". Sage, Tobias and Redon will have two weeks to prove that they are the most prince-worthy (it's pretty clear that the losers will be killed so as not to give away the plot).
Can anyone else guess what happens? Yeah, thought so. Still, the writing is engaging and younger readers will probably not be as familiar with this story, so will not mind.
ARC provided by publisher.