I just finished reading this book, which I had been interested in reading for quite some time. All I can say is: It blew me away. It's perfect for readers who like things to be fast-paced. There's never a stop to the action, intrigue and secrets. There are some violent scenes and ideas (Sage's torture scene, the boys threaten each other with death). However, the competition between the boys is fierce but enjoyable to read. They're all desperate to become the prince, but find time to sometimes crack jokes and plot. Each with their own unique personality, Sage, Roden and Tobias (the boys, but the other characters as well) are entertaining characters. Sage in the end is an admirable person, just wanting to do what is right for Carthya, his country. A twist, lie or betrayal at every turn, this book is perfect for any thrill-seeker (or Game of Thrones fan).