Monday, March 11, 2013

The Runaway King

The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, #2)Goodreads Synopsis:    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:

-    Wholly cow! This story was brilliant from beginning to end! I'm never going to get over this book!

-    The story starts just a few weeks after The False Prince ends, and it is a thrilling beginning. It sets the mood for the whole book, and never slows down! 

-    I loved seeing old friends and characters from the first book, but I adored the new people I got to meet. Harlowe was especially a wonderful addition. He is such a tender person, and I just love him. My heart ached for him and rejoiced for him.

-    Erick and Fink were also fabulous new characters, and I hope we see lots more of them in the third book. Fink was a bit of a pest at the beginning, but he quickly grew on me. I liked Erick from the moment we met him. He reminds of the Erak from The Ranger's Apprentice series.

-    Sage is back and he is as stubborn as ever! How can he do some of the things he does!? His character is so fun and frustrating all at the same time. I don't know whether to admire him or smack him upside the head! He probably deserves both.

-    I love that Imogen and Amarinda are friends. I was so scared about there being a love triangle in this book, and there kind of is, but it is handled so well and so nobly. I love both these women! I wish there had been more of Amarinda, but she was doing her part.

-    I really love the dynamic between Roden and Sage. There is so much going on in their relationship, but I am SO happy with the way things ended.

-    The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but I think I might be able to live with it. What I can't live with is not being able to read more about the characters! I want to know what Jaron is scheming in his head next! 

The First book in the Ascendance Trilogy
(click on the cover to see my thoughts)

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)


  1. Do you think of him as Jaron, or as Sage? I like Sage the best. It was interesting the dynamic between the two girls. I still wonder, though, what will REALLY happen there. I'm with you on all the characters! So much fun!

  2. I loved this one too!! I agree - I admire Sage and want to smack him at the same time. He's such a fascinating character to read about. Just when I can't stand him anymore, he'll go and do something noble or sweet.