Saturday, March 2, 2013

ARC Review: The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Runaway King
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publication: Scholastic Press (March 1, 2013)

Description: 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!

My Thoughts: The adventure continues in this sequel to The False Prince. Jaron has been recognized as the new king of Carthya. However, his Regents don't trust him or think him capable. They want to appoint a Steward to oversee the kingdom until Jaron comes of age. Jaron finds this annoying but what angers him more is the Regents' failure to see the danger to the kingdom  that Avenia and the Pirates pose. 

After a failed assassination attempt carried out by old friend turned enemy Roden, Jaron decides to leave and neutralize the pirate threat. That seems like an impossible task but Jaron is incapable of accepting defeat and he finds that he has old friends in Imogen and Mott and new friends in Master Rulon Harlow and some thieves named Erick and Fink. 

There are lots of adventures, and Jaron faces lots of danger, on his way to the pirates' town. There are daring escapes, sword fights, and lots and lots of Jaron's smart-mouthed quips. Jaron is the sort of character who always has deeply hidden plans that only slowly unfold for the reader. 

I enjoyed this story and know that students who read The False Prince will be eager for this next book of Jaron's adventures. 

Favorite Quote:
It was as if everything about Sage returned to me once I stood again in his clothing. The instinct to trick when I could and lie when I must. The feeling that no matter how hard I tried, I would never be anything better than a sewer rat.
I received the eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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