Author: Jennifer A. Nielson (USA)
Age group in store: 12
Briefly, it's about:
In the mythical country of Carthya, Sage is a 14-year-old orphan whose life will be changed forever when he meets a nobleman named Connor. War is brewing in the land and Connor has a plan to set a new king on the throne. To carry out his plan, Connor has recruited three orphan boys (including Sage). Sage can see that Connor is not to be trusted, but his life depends on playing the part Connor has set for him. That is, unless Sage can learn to turn the game to his advantage…..
I was into the story from the start. It's full of action and danger right from the get-go. Sage is an intriguing character with a mind of his own. He's smart and seems to have a plan for every twist that Connor throws at him. I really like the idea of the story and think it will be a hit.
It's perfect for:
Fans of The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland, fans of the Thief of Eddis series by Megan Whelan Turner, fans of Mimus by Lilli Thal, future fans of A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
# of stars: ***1/2