The False Prince
by Jennifer A. Nielsen Year Published: 2012
"War is brewing in the kingdom. Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans, including Sage, are recruited to compete for the role. Sage knows that Conner's motives are 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, and as Sage moves from the rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold. Finally, a truth is revealed that may well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together!"