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Publisher Description

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.

Young Adult
April 1
Scholastic Inc.
Scholastic Inc.
Grades 1-5

Customer Reviews

Owl & dragon & rodent lover ,


This is one of the best books I've ever read, and since I spend most of my time reading, that's saying something. It's clever, fun, mysterious, and beautiful. With a hidden identity, a confusing touch of romance, and a LOT of lies, this book is well worth the read.

😝Pickle Bottom Boots😝 ,

Best book I ever read

I loved this book and all of its action and plot twists. The journey Saige goes through to become king is breathtaking. I loved this book sooo much that I suggested it to friends.

Catlover041008 ,

Cool, but I’ve read better

I really enjoyed this book for the book project, but honestly it’s not really my favorite, like I like mystery and adventure, I’m more into the animal, mystery and adventure books. Not saying it’s bad... but... I enjoyed it. - Deku’s #1 fan

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