This is the first in a trilogy that follows four young orphan boys as they are pitted against one another to try to assume the thrown of the long-thought-gone crown prince. A scheming nobleman believes that if he can train one of these boys, he, too, can step into power and control the young "prince." Jaron, one of the orphans, isn't sure he wants to be a part of this traitorous plan, but readers will want to keep reading to learn of Jaron's own secrets.
Author Jennifer Nielsen has a website that features this series, as well as other books she's written, including The Mark of the Thief, her newest book which is also popular in the library.
If you're looking for adventure, revenge, mystery, and intrigue, the Ascendance Trilogy is a series to try!