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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: The Runaway King

Posted by Charlene // Tags: , , ,
The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2)
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YA Fantasy
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Plot Summary:

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen's blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE!

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?

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King!

Spoilers if you haven't read the first book!


I don't think I will ever get tired of characters who, no matter how terrible the odds against them are, will always have a trick up their sleeve, or plans that no one saw coming.  Jaron walks the fine line between doing reckless things on the spur of the moment and doing reckless things that are well thought out and planned from the beginning.  He's always unexpected in that way, and reading about his adventures is just so entertaining!

There are great secondary characters in this story who contribute to truly touching friendships.  Jaron surrounds himself with people who care about him, even as they are exasperated by his actions, and seeing that kind of loyalty in their group made me tear up more than once actually.  The romance aspect with Imogen is really touching as well because their relationship is born of actions and not words and it is particularly emotional I think that they feel a certain way for each other but never say it.

I think it was nice to see Jaron on his own and relying on his wits again in this - as there was a danger now that he is king that he would be so mired and hindered by the politics and his need to prove himself to his country.  The reader sees still more of his cleverness and resourcefulness as he comes up against some very daunting odds.  It's incredibly satisfying really to read every moment when he comes through on his claims despite how outrageous they may seem.  I just love characters who deliver on their promises, and Jaron always does.

This is such a fun book and a fantastic series so far, if you haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, I highly recommend you do and save it for when you need a diverting story where everything is possible as long as you have the will and the spirit to accomplish it.

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  1. Ivana @ BookishTeensApril 15, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Seems like my kind of book! Brilliant review and I'm glad you liked it :)

    Ivana @ BookishTeens

  2. I loved book one but this one isn't available in our local bookstore yet. D: I'm really glad Jaron's still really witty in this one, and that the romance with Imogen is endearing. I loved them both so much in book one and I really want to continue their story!

  3. This whole series is great, I think you will enjoy it if you like characters who deliver on their claims! :)

  4. Oh that is terrible! You need to read the rest of the series asap! :) I hope it comes in soon! I loved the last book as well (my review goes up on Friday) so I think you will still enjoy the series!

  5. I haven't heard of this series but it sounds awesome, especially since you loved it so much!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  6. I've been kind of iffy on reading this sequel, since I only vaguely liked the first book, but I'm really glad to see Jaron is still one step ahead of everyone else and entertaining, since he is what I enjoyed most about the first book. I'll have to give this one a shot, since you loved it! :) Great review Charlene!

  7. Great! And they are such quick reads, I'm sure you'll get through them fast!

  8. Oh well I hope the issues you had with the first book aren't in the rest of the series - but yes Jaron continues to be awesome! But I do really find these books enjoyable - there's so much action and adventure! :)

  9. Now this is not my usual read but you make it sound so good.

  10. Oh I hope you give it a chance - it's really entertaining! :)