The Runaway King: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book Two

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The Runaway King: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book Two

by Jennifer A Nielsen

SCHOLASTIC INC | March 1, 2013 | Hardcover

The Runaway King: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book Two is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
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!

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.53 × 5.8 × 1.13 in

Published: March 1, 2013

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545284155

ISBN - 13: 9780545284158

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Captivating Installment! "The Runaway King" is the exciting second installment in The Ascendance Trilogy that begins as war with the pirates, and the Kingdom of Avenia threatens Carthya. Having ascended the throne after the murder of his family, Jaron Eckbert III is faced with an assassination attempt, threats to his homeland and a plot to usurp his authority. With the Captain of the Guard and the Regents urging him to go into hiding, Jaron instead plans a life-threatening mission that will take him into the heart of his most dangerous enemies. This is a story that will tickle the reader's imagination blending in treason, murder, danger and high-adventure. The plot is well-written, fast-paced and absorbing as Jaron tackles Carthya's most dangerous enemies to save his kingdom from being pillaged and destroyed. This creative and imaginative fantasy weaves in strong messages about loyalty, enduring friendship, self-sacrifice and mercy as Jaron tackles his own insecurities to win new friends, recover a loss soul and gain reluctant allies. This is a thrill ride that has the reader riveted at every turn as events unfold and tension mounts. The core characters are well-developed and complex as they struggle to overcome their own inhibitions and gather strength from each other. Jaron Artolius Eckbert III alias Sage haunted by the murder of his family and insecure in his new role masks a clever, self-sacrificing, and brave heart behind a sharp-tongue, and an obstinate, impetuous and moody nature. Fink is a chatty, excitable, and energetic youngster who yearns for acceptance and friendship. Princess Amarinda of Bultain and Imogen, once a servant at Farthenwood are starkly contrasted; one hiding her need to protect her king behind disrespect and disloyalty, the other loyal, trustworthy and in love. In this story there are several antagonists including; Erik Loman,wily and manipulative; Devlin, a soulless, merciless and unforgiving, cowardly leader; Roden a lost friend thwarted in his attempt to win Carthya's throne, driven to act, disloyal and threatening until mercy overrules his bitterness; and Gregor Breslan, the highly competent, intelligent but annoying captain of the guards who disguises his disloyalty and political ambitions behind a placating and understanding manner. All these characters and more add power and intensity to a wonderfully inventive and intriguing young adult fantasy. I have enjoyed The Ascendance Trilogy so far and fully intend to read the last book in this captivating series
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Sequel! The Runaway King was everything I was hoping for going into this book and more. The False Prince was amazing, but it rang too close to The Thief (by Megan Whalen Turner) for me to call it one of my all-time favourites. However, The Runaway King was phenomenal in every way possible. The plot was twisting and suspenseful, Jaron went through the most amazing growth while still remaining true to his goals and learning from his flaws, and the ending was so so so crazy!! Jaron initially struggles trying to control his kingdom and his court. The Council isn’t on his side due to his age and his reputation as a reckless trickster, and Jaron suffers an assassination attempt by Roden, who has joined the Arvenian pirates in order to depose who he deems a fake king. Jaron is temporarily forced to go into hiding until the Council can vote on a steward, so he takes matters into his own hands and decides to infiltrate the pirates, which I was hoping for since I learned that Roden had joined the pirates himself. Everything from there turned into this amazing rollercoaster ride. Jaron has to become Sage, the talented and cunning thief, once more in order to destroy the men who tried to kill him and are threatening Carthya. Everything is this slow build up. Jaron constantly gets inches away from being discovered, and has to make some tough choices in order to keep his identity and save his kingdom. Jaron still acts like the Sage we know and love from The False Prince, but he’s less sure of himself. While in the first book we are thrown for a loop and are constantly in the dark about his intentions, Jaron’s goals in The Runaway King were more straightforward (with a few twists). Instead, the author focusses on Jaron surpassing his reputation while using his cunning and thieving to his advantage in trying to win over the pirates, and gaining the loyalty of his people. He isn’t as sure of himself, but he knows what his country needs to survive and he’s willing to get it, and simultaneously prove to the Council that even though he is a young king, he doesn’t need their help to attain peace and security. Because this is a middle grade book, there isn’t a focus on romance, but you do see the strengthening of Jaron and Imogen’s friendship and Jaron’s growing trust towards Ammarinda (who I thought was pretty fishy when I first started reading these books). The lack of romance doesn’t detract from Jaron’s relationship with these girls and other characters in this book. Jennifer A. Nielsen’s shining ability in both books is to create these beautiful friendships between characters that are sometimes marred by conflict, but eventually become stronger for it. I love everything that happens in this book, from page one to the very end. The final page was INTENSE! I don’t even know how the author could do that to her readers, but beware of the cliffhanger. It will make you tear your hair out. I can’t wait for the next book. Middle Grade Fiction, represent! It doesn’t matter how old you are, you need to read this amazing series!
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possibly even better than the first! I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy back in November, but sat on it for a while before I read it-mostly because I was busy, but also because a tiny bit of me was afraid it wouldn't live up to the awesomeness that was book 1 of the series, The False Prince. It' no secret that THE FALSE PRINCE was my absolute favorite book of 2012, so reading the second book was scary. What if it didn't hold up? Well, I needn't have worried. THE RUNAWAY KING was as good, if not (gasp!) better than the first book. The plot was fast-paced and exciting, the characters (especially Jaron, who I ADORED even more in this installment-which I hadn't thought possible) were well drawn and very sympathetic. 100 pages from the end, I was already getting pangs of sadness over the end of the book drawing near-a sure sign of a book ranking on my lifetime favorites list. My only complaint about this book was the long wait before I can get my hands on the third in the trilogy. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-02-17
Rated out of 5 by from Can't wait to read!
Date published: 2012-12-29

– More About This Product –

The Runaway King: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book Two

by Jennifer A Nielsen

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.53 × 5.8 × 1.13 in

Published: March 1, 2013

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545284155

ISBN - 13: 9780545284158

About the Book

The sequel to "The False Prince." Young King Jaron has taken the throne of Carthya, but after an assassination attempt and an invasion threat from a neighboring kingdom, he finds that he has no friends in the palaceNand his regents think it would be better for Carthya if he just disappeared again.

From the Publisher

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!

About the Author

JENNIFER A. NIELSEN is the acclaimed author of The False Prince, the first book in the Ascendance Trilogy. She has also written The Underworld Chronicles, a humorous middle-grade fantasy series. Jen lives at the base of a very tall mountain in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The False Prince

"A page turner..." —The New York Times Book Review

"Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel." —The Wall Street Journal

"[A] swashbuckling origin story... Sage is a quick wit, and Nielsen showcases it with terrific dialogue... chock full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys." —Los Angeles Times

*"Sage is deftly characterized through humorous first-person narration, quickly establishing himself as a beguiling antihero... [A]n impressive, promising story with some expertly executed twists." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[A] terrific story that carries readers along to the very (surprising) end and will leave them clamoring for the next book in her trilogy." —BookPage, featured "Top Pick" review

"[M]ore Harry Potter (minus the magic) than Hunger Games... with authentic characters, a convincing sense of danger and a genuinely high-stakes plot." —The Hollywood Reporter

"[A] surefire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense." —Horn Book

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