Review: The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2)

Posted: August 25, 2013 in Reviews, Young Adult
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Author:  Jennifer A. Nielsen

Hardback, 331 pages

Published in 2013 by Scholastic Press

Reader Category:  Young Adult

AR Book Level: 5.0

From Goodreads: Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

My Review:  In the second installment of the Ascendance Trilogy, Jennifer A. Nielsen does not disappoint.  Her ability to capture the reader’s attention from the first page makes this book hard to put down.  Told in the first person, we journey along with young King Jaron in the fight for his life – and his country.

I had been waiting quite some time to read The Runaway King, afraid that maybe this second book would not stand up to the first – The False Prince.  Not only did the story continue flawlessly from the first novel, but Nielsen was able to flash back without weighing down the reader with redundant information.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait for The Shadow Throne, although it will be a little bittersweet as that will mean the end of the series!

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