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Young King Jaron has taken the throne of Carthya, but after enemies attempt to assassinate him, and a neighboring kingdom threatens invasion, he finds that he has no friends in the palace, not even his bride-to-be, princess Amarinda—and his regents think it would be better for Carthya if he just disappeared again.

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The Runaway King (Ascendance Trilogy Series #2)

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Young King Jaron has taken the throne of Carthya, but after enemies attempt to assassinate him, and a neighboring kingdom threatens invasion, he finds that he has no friends in the palace, not even his bride-to-be, princess Amarinda—and his regents think it would be better for Carthya if he just disappeared again.

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

    This blurb doesn't tell nearly enough about everything that happ

    This blurb doesn't tell nearly enough about everything that happens in book two of the Ascendance Trilogy. As I've just finished it, I'm still attempting to decide what's worth mentioning, and what isn't. What I think, bottom line, though, is that it's important to know that no matter what you think about anyone in THE FALSE PRINCE, you need to have an open mind in THE RUNAWAY KING. So many things are not what they seem in TRK!!!
    I'll be honest--I'm the first person to admit that I like things wrapped up in a pretty little bow and completely resolved. So, going into THE RUNAWAY KING, after having so much happen in THE FALSE PRINCE, I wanted to enjoy the fact that things had finally been fixed and Jaron (or is it Sage???) was the ruler of Carthya. (YAY) So when conflict arose (almost immediately), I was a little frustrated. I mean, really, Ms. Nielson? Could we not, I don't know, simply celebrate the arrival at the point the entire previous book worked so hard to get us to for at least a little while?
    But, the further I got into the book, the more I enjoyed it. As in THE FALSE PRINCE, the chemistry between Jaron and Imogen was still there. I'm not going to say much more about that except that the way he treated her at first made me want to scream; but he did something later proving he'd learned from that action, and that really redeemed him for me. Jaron (Sage?) learns a lot in this book, actually--especially how to see other people's feelings, and how to better share his own. And he continues to have such quick wit that I found myself laughing at his responses.
    As I said, the blurb doesn't say enough about everything that goes down in TRK. He infiltrates the most unlikely group of people, and one person you'd never expect to come against him wants him dead. I wish I could say things were wrapped up in that perty little bow, but as usual, the moment things seemed wrapped up and resolved and I had that "yay to this ending" smile on my face, another issue arose.
    Which brings me to my conclusion: Why must I insist on reading books the second they come out? The final book in the Ascendance Trilogy is sure to be full of action--it'll probably be a year until that's a possibility, but I can't wait

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

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    I had totally forgotten how much I loved The False Prince, the f

    I had totally forgotten how much I loved The False Prince, the first installment in The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen.  I had also forgotten how much I absolutely loved the cocky attitude and personality of main character, Prince Jaron.  The minute he opened his mouth, and the first one liner came out of his mouth, I was instantly caught up again in this fabulous world created by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

    The book continues pretty close to where the first one left off.  Prince Jaron is now King of Carthya, but he doesn’t seem to have the backing of his regents or those who are supposed to advise and support him, as they did his deceased father.  The story opens up during the funeral of his family.   But in true Jaron style, rather than being at the actual funeral, he is scaling the walls of his castle where he happens to catch a glimpse of a figure lurking in the bushes.  A figure he knows is hiding and awaiting his appearance so that they can assassinate him.

    But to his surprise, his former friend and now new enemy Roden is keeping company with those that want Jaron dead, and with him he bears the bad news of an impending war.  After much deliberation with the head of his guard, it has been decided the Jaron must hide and have the regents appoint a Steward who will act as King until Jaron comes of age.  And as we’ve learned in The False Prince, Jaron does not follow rules all that well.

    With his own agenda in mind, Jaron faces the danger that threatens his people and his land.  Truths surrounding the death of his family come to light, and allies are found in the most unsuspecting places.  But will Jaron’s actions be enough to save all he has left safe?  Or will his out of control behavior and his speak before speaking ways get him in more trouble than he was bargaining for.

    The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen is another hit!  Once I started reading, I was swept away again and the ending came all too soon.  Authoer, Jennifer A. Nielsen, weaves her magic yet again and produces another installment that has just as many twists and turns as the last.  I loved how little bits thrown into the story come back around and into the light as actually meaning more than what it originally meant.  It was all these little surprises that made The Runaway King what it is…a work of genius.

    We are reunited once again with all the characters that we love (and hate), and we’re also introduced a new cast of characters that will also find a way into your heart, and when you start reading it’ll feel like you never left.  And for those of you who fell in love with Jaron’s attitude and free spirited ways, you will surly get your fill from him again in this next installment.

    There are many gasp worthy moments in The Runaway King and many parts especially near the end where Jaron’s master plan and facts that led to it that will make you go “ahhhh…”, and have you flipping back to those moments in the book and see them in a new light.

    Fans of The False King will devour The Runaway King.  I recommend this series to fans of fantasy reads, smart ass male leads and told in a male POV will thoroughly enjoy The Ascendance Trilogy.  I can’t wait to see what the final installment to this trilogy will bring!  Hurry, hurry, I need more!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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    I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy back in November, but

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Awesome

    This book is one of myy favorites. The suspense, action and plot are AMAZING! Thanks J.A.N for this book!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Im impressed

    These books were quite impressive. The author is not afraid of conflict and the character development was really good.

    For me 5 stars is tolkien, 4 stars is HP and 3 stars is worth reading. If you liked Rangers Apprentice, or other series of that genre,you will enjoy this.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    One of my favorites

    Amazing sequel. Can't wait for the third book. -S

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Love it!

    Great book, great series. Can't wait for the third!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved it but the first one was better,cant wait for next one to come out is it in stores yet?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

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    I anticipated this one a great deal. I loved the first one and

    I anticipated this one a great deal. I loved the first one and had extremely high hopes that the sequel would live up to the build up. I was so pleased to have it be exactly that!

    Jaron really captured my heart. I believe his desire to rule his people is true. The problem lies in the fact that he is head strong. His regents aren't use to having a king that might actually rule for the good of the people. They want a docile king so that they can continue to enjoy the kickbacks that come their way. However, I knew that Jaron would not sit back and let his country be taken from him.

    What I did not expect were the lengths he would go to ensure the safety of his kingdom. He's able to cross his countries borders and integrate into the very group that could do some of the worst damage. He has to prove himself over and over again. His wiliness to go through some of most excruciating circumstances becomes the stuff of legends. In the end, he earns back the person he wants most to lead his army. What remains to be seen is who will at his side to rule as Queen.

    I think one of things that makes this series so enjoyable is the dialogue. Nielsen has a way with words that make the characters seem alive and real. The story may be fantasy, but it rings true. I can't wait to read the next in the series!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    I couldn't wait to read book two of this series, and now that I

    I couldn't wait to read book two of this series, and now that I did I can't wait for book three.
    There is some rehashing of book one so this could be a stand alone book, but do not miss the excitement of book one.
    The complex plot has many twists and turns, and many surprises.  Pirates make the appealing to  YA readers.  There is a war coming and fighting before, but this book has discussion of the problems of war and doesn't just glorify
     it. This would a good book for discussion in class.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Awsome

    Lots of action

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    I loved this book, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I

    I loved this book, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Is the #3 out? Can somebody please tell me?

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Awesome

    This series is super good. I LOVED it. Jaron is super tough, witty, resourceful, and he always makes me laugh. His balk-talk and fiery attitude always get him into trouble. He reminds me a little of Day from Legend with his all his sneaking around and building climbing. I love when he goes to the pirates and has to do all this crazy stuff like fight with a broken leg and untie his hands while he is underwater. It just shows how strong he is and what he will do for carthya. I'm super excited for The Shadow Throne. CAN NOT WAIT! If u haven't read this series go and buy it. The best 20$ for two books you will ever spend

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

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    Well, as soon as I finished The False Prince, I requested The Ru

    Well, as soon as I finished The False Prince, I requested The Runaway King at the library.  I figured I would do the same as I did with the first book and listen to it on the way to work.  This worked well: my commute was faster and more interesting.  However, this time around was a bit different than with The False Prince.

    Julia, my 12 year old, read these books this summer.  She was so excited I was listening to them and asked if we could listen when we were running errands.  She would also often ask me where I was in the story.  Last week was the Scholastic Book Fair at her school.  All she wanted was The False Prince and The Runaway King.  What deal!  They were paperback and on sale.  

    Well, one day after we bought them she said, "Where are you in the story?"  I had been listening to the story and told her where I was.  As I made dinner, she read aloud to me.  She was just so excited for me to keep going.

    The story was very exciting.  I never knew where the author was going to go with it.  I couldn't figure out how this story was going to end.  There were twists and turns and sometimes it made my stomach hurt with anxiety.  There were times that I thought the author made some pretty big leaps, but at the same time, that is why this is a fantasy.

     When it got down to the last couple of chapters, I couldn't wait until I was driving to work.  So instead, I pulled out my daughter's new copy of the book and read the last few chapters instead of listening to them.  This was another great story and I can't wait for the third book, The Shadow Throne.

    Warnings: Stabbings, murder, sword fighting, thieving

    I would let my 12 year old read this book.  She read it before I did!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Oh My Gosh

    This book is absolutaly Amazing! I cannot wait for the third one to come out.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Great read for all ages. Can't wait to read the next.

    Great read for all ages. Can't wait to read the next.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Great book

    Best series i read both books and thought they were great tha song cruise helps a lot to

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Epic Book

    Sage is a yotal smartass and a badass...best book ive read in years plus the writing is amazing. Cant wait for book three.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Click here

    Great book and twists at every corner and you got to read this book because it is great and you got to buy it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    so exciting, great read for boys (and girls)

    This is the exciting book 2 in a trilogy and is so exciting and appealing to boys as it takes place in "medieval sort of England/Europe" although the countries have imaginary names. Girls will have a crush on Sage, and the boys will be so engaged while reading about times before computers, cell phones, and so on. Swords fighting and some terrible living conditions make the book a little difficult to read for some sensitive children. Students are waiting anxiously for book 3 to become available. Sage is in a run down orphanage at the beginning of book one, and he has become king (I can't give a spoiler) by book 2. He runs away to live with nasty pirates, but it is to try to save his country. So interesting, many plots twists and turns, and the author resolves so many situations that appear to have no escape.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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