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The Shadow Throne (Ascendance Trilogy Series #3)

The Shadow Throne (Ascendance Trilogy Series #3)

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by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.

His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighboring lands


War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.

His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighboring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country. Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
King Jaron of Carthya is constantly facing battles and imprisonment. The kingdom of Avenia is out to conquer Carthya, and King Vardan is personally focused on torturing Jaron. Vardan knows that if cannot get to Jaron himself, he will settle for someone he cares for. Jaron's focus is split between saving his friends and his threatened country. The final installment of "The Ascendance Trilogy" finds Jaron and his allies spread thin, but his clever optimism and planned recklessness are his sharpest weapons. In true Jaron fashion, some of his plans are intricately thought out, while others are full of luck and circumstance. Both types of plans elicit heavy sighs and reluctant participation from his friends, but participation nonetheless. The text is heavy with descriptions, battle plans, and brainstorming. There's so much planning, thinking, and traveling, it feels very much like a watching a strategy game unfold. Readers who enjoy military tactics, the business of running a country, and just a hint of relationships, will feel right at home. The ending is tidy but still satisfying. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess; Ages 12 up.
Kirkus Reviews
Jaron, irascible, incorrigible king of Carthya, faces the loss of his kingdom, his friends and his life in the gripping finale of the Ascendance Trilogy. Fresh from his foray to the pirates in The Runaway King (2013), Jaron learns than King Vargan of Avenia and allies from Gelyn and Mendenwal have invaded Carthya and captured Jaron's friend Imogen. Determined to save Imogen, Jaron attempts a rescue and fails, leaving him a prisoner and Imogen presumed dead. As he tries to cope with Imogen's death, captive Jaron discovers how much he loved her. Relying on the skills of lying, stealing and deceiving he honed as a child, Jaron outwits his captors and returns to Carthya to rally his outnumbered troops. Resolved to save Carthya, Jaron devises a series of improbable, dangerous and ingenious plans designed to surprise his enemies as well as readers. Through his self-reflective, first-person narration, Jaron confesses friendship and love have greater power to wound him than villains, plots and enemies. In the end, friendship and love win out, as Jaron and his loyal friends confront their foes to determine Carthya's future in a harrowing conclusion. From one cliffhanging episode to the next, wily Jaron's rebellious, undisciplined spirit carries the day as he battles to save everything he holds dear. (map) (Adventure. 10-14)
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Praise for the Ascendance Trilogy

A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Children's Book Selection
Winner of the Cybils Award for Middle-Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction

"A page-turner." -- 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." -- Wall Street Journal

"A swashbuckling origin story . . . chock-full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys." -- Los Angeles Times

"An impressive, promising story." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Ruthless ambition, fierce action and plotting, complex characters, and lots of sword play keep pages flipping." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Should appeal to fans of . . . Suzanne Collins. . . . A sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense." -- The Horn Book

"A fast-paced and thrilling read with twists and turns that never let up." -- School Library Journal

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Ascendance Trilogy Series , #3
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince, The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. She also wrote the Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thriller A Night Divided; and Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines. Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.

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The Shadow Throne (Ascendance Trilogy Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really excited for this book to come out. The first 2 were amazing. I love Jaron's wit, humor, and strength. I also like that there is not to much romance that makes the bokk boring. Instead there is lots of action and sword fights! If you haven't read this series you should really give it a try. I think any middle school aged kid will like this, even if you don't like reading. Sostop reading this review and go buy the False Prince!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE all three of these books so much, and they're well worth more than just $10! I loved every twist and turn, and loved everything about Jaron. This was definitely a perfect ending to the trilogy and I was very sad for it to have come to an end. But completely satisfied with the three wonderful gifts Jennifer Nielsen has given to us all! I know I will continue to read those gifts again and again. I cannot even begin to describe how well written and stunning this trilogy has been! Lastly, but most importantly, I love the messages she has put into these books, To always do what is right and by doing that we will see that doing the right thing will always, always prevail in the end. Yes it is hard, extremely difficult and faced with many challenges, but we've got to keep the strength and never bow to bitterness and hate. Perfectly true, I don't think anybody could have said it better! Thank you Jennifer Nielsen!!!!!!!! Please keep writing!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful end to the trilogy. Love, love, love!! The only thing that would have made this better...if I hadn't had to wait for it to come out. Keeps you hooked until the end, twist and turns.
ktlc1113 More than 1 year ago
With Carthya on the brink of war and his love Imogen captured by the enemy, King Jaron must decide between what is best for the country and what his heart tells him to do. Can either be saved? Even with his infamous scheming and the loyalty of his people, Jaraon doubts he will be able to keep Carthya from being taken over by the armies of neighboring countries. He may not even be able to save himself or the ones he loves.  The Shadow Throne is Jennifer A. Nielson's thrilling conclusion to the Ascendance Trilogy. As masterfully plotted as the first two books and with coy Jaron as narrator, The Shadow Throne kept me guessing what would happen right until the very end. Jaron proves to be as unreliable as always as a narrator, but I still love him and he never fails to surprise me. A fabulous fantasy series! I can't wait to see what the author's next work is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished the last book in the series and there is only one bad thing about it......and is that is over!!!!! Love every character, the books are all well written and the story is awesome! The love story between the characters is perfect!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and loved the ending. no spoils!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please don't stop the series. Its the best series ever!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
these books are so awesome. i really like the shadow thone because its pretty much a huge war. the ending is the best when the pirates come and save the day. You should read this trilogy it is so good. This is probably one of my favorite series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is adventurous with some twists and turns. In this book Jaron retraces some of his steps from the last book, The Runaway King. This book is still about King Jaron, Princess Amarinda, Tobias, Mott, Roden, Fink, and Imogen. In this book you are introduced to new characters too. Carthya is now at war and it isn’t pleasant. But Jaron has a plan. He asks Amarinda, Tobias, and Fink to go to Bymar and ask for their help. As the three of them are doing that, Jaron sends out his armies to hold back the armies from Drilliad, Carthya’s capitol. I really liked this book because of its twists and turns. I liked how Jennifer A. Nielsen made me believe one thing then have it turn out different. I thought I would like this book before I read it and I still do like it. This book is just as awesome as the first two books. I would recommend this book for middle-schoolers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
Read April 2014 5 Stars My Review: What a fantastic end to this fun trilogy!  If you enjoyed the other 2 books then you won't be disappointed with this one.  The story continues with the same feel as the other books.  Jaron is snarky, brave, makes mistakes, and fools you with what he is doing.  The secondary characters continue to develop and I enjoyed seeing them grow in their own ways, especially Roden. This is a satisfying conclusion.   Warnings: None I would let my 16 year old read this book.  In fact, my 13 year old read the book before me and she loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AWESOME!!!! I love this series if you like action youll love this. Please someone make this into a movie PLEASE!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, this author, the characters, the plot, the ending, and EVERYTHING. Please read!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My entire family has loved this triligy...we couldnt wait for the last book to come out. This was a grear book, full of suspense and adventure!! Nicely done!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read in my entire life and trust me i read alot and if you are thinking ONE of them yes because the other two are the first and second bok!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've already read the other books can't wait for the shdow throne does roden become friends with jaron again
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I love all the action in this book
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I laove all of Jaron's tricks
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