Monday, July 15, 2013

The Runaway King

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

....can I just have the third one now? PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE? I just want to read it and stay in love with the story. Eh? Eh?

In case you missed it, I reviewed the first book in the trilogy, The False Prince, HERE. amazon summary to gather my hyperactive thoughts, "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!" AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

Inevitably, as this is the second book in the trilogy, I have to give away some spoilers from the first book. I'm going to do a mini recap so everyone can stick together! ALL OF THE SPOILERS FOR THE FALSE PRINCE.

Sage is actually Prince Jaron and managed to successfully reclaim the throne.

Tobias went with Jaron as he requested, Mott is also a very loyal friend/servant person to Jaron.

Imogen went with Jaron per Jaron's request to protect her life and hopefully enable to her to have a better one.

Roden tried to claim the crown from Sage (Jaron) before Sage had gone through the process to claim his throne. He tried to fight Jaron in a duel much to the pressure from Cregan to do so. Roden lost and fled from the castle in a lot of emotions.

Conner got everything he wanted but only to be stripped of it and thrown into the dungeon as Jaron deduced that Conner was the one that killed the royal family; he also figured out that Conner had help in doing so.


The Runaway King begins with the funeral of the royal family. Jaron has sought refuge in the gardens as the funeral seems to be more for a public weeping rather than a true time for grieving. While in the garden, Jaron decides to climb the wall and as he gets settled, someone enters the gardens. Suspicious, Jaron watches them and realizes they are an assassin. He dives into action, gets the better of them before he comes toe to toe with Roden and nearly loses his life. Roden came with a message and an intense desire to kill him, but his message was for Jaron to surrender to the pirates of Avenia (the ones who originally tried to kill him four years ago in book one). If he doesn't, the pirates will destroy Carthya. They have some banter before Roden knocks him out.

The regents took it upon themselves to schedule a meeting to appoint a new steward to the kingdom until a time when Jaron is ready to rule Carthya. upset to say in the least.

Jaron begins putting together the clues as something about Conner doesn't seem right; there is someone helping him, but who?

Jaron has ten days to settle the pirates down so the King of Avenia cannot use them against him; for if the Avenia and the pirates fight together, Carthya will surely fall.

There's also a bunch of great relationship dynamics amongst the characters; especially between the prince and the princess. There's so much to this book that again, I feel a little tongue tied as to what to say without giving away any plot points that will come into focus later in the book.


I'm ready for the sequel.

It looks like I'm waiting until next year though. Expected publishing date according to the author's blog: March 1st, 2014.


Deep breaths.


Happy reading!

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