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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Win or die

The False Prince

Title: The False Prince
By: Jennifer A. Nielsen

What drew me to the first book of the as yet uncompleted Ascendance Trilogy by newcomer Jennifer A. Neilsen was the cover. (I’ll admit that I do judge books by the cover.) I was doubly intrigued when I read the summary on the inside flap, although I do NOT recommend that you read the it, as it contains a major spoiler. I never would have guessed the twist in this plot had I not read about it in the book flap. So, just read the book, and be surprised!

As for the (unspoiled) plot, the protagonist, a young teen named Sage, is plucked from an orphanage by a deceitful man with a dire purpose. Along with a few boys from other orphanages around the kingdom, Sage must compete for a chance to be placed on the throne of Carthya. Sage doesn’t want to be a prince, nor ever be king, but he is left with little choice when his options are compete and win; or die. This fast-paced book is set in a made-up kingdom, but is rich with true-to-life political scheming and street survival techniques. There is no glossing-over of the violent moments, but they are necessary in the context of the story. Although this is not a happy story, Sage is so likeable that the reader hopes that the trilogy will end well for him, despite all the rough times.

(Editor's note 2014: The final book in this trilogy has now been published, and the whole trilogy is available for hold or checkout.)

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Posted by berlinskit on July 16, 2013 at 2:52 p.m.


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