The Runaway King

// February 10th, 2013 // Book Reviews

Title: The Runaway King

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen


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 Review:

Thanks to the kind people at NetGalley and Scholastic, I had the privilege of reading this book before it came out. Yippee! I had already read the False Prince, which is the first book in the series. I really liked the first book, so I was really excited to receive an early edition.

The Runaway King continues where book one left off. It is about a king named Jaron who wants to kill a pirate king. When his friends try to tell him to not go, he is really stubborn and refuses to go back to
the castle. Then, in the middle of the night, he sneaks away to meet the pirates.

I like the character of Jaron. He always wants to get his way, and is really stubborn but in a way that helps people. Although he runs away, he always keeps thinking about Imogen, who is his best friend. She followed him to the pirate camp, and was always with him. The thought of Imogen keeps him persistent, even when he is locked in a cell with a broken leg. Jaron is very humorous and always likes to use jokes, even when he is in danger. Jennifer A. Nielsen does an extraordinary job on character development.

The story contains a lot of action. When you think the action stops, after a short interval of time it starts up again. In some books which contain a lot of action, the scenes may be boring and drag because the scenes seem to feel the same every time. In this book, the action isn’t boring and each action sequence is unique.

This book is extremely well written. There is good story development and always something that makes you want to read more. There was a steady resolution and even though there was a cliff hanger at the end, not large enough of a cliff hanger that you need to lie down in bed because you have a headache because there are so many thoughts in your head. I don’t like those types of cliff hangers.

I recommend this book to people who like action and adventure stories. Overall, I rate it 10 out of 10 stars. At first I thought that the sequel to the False Prince wouldn’t be better than the first one because it was already amazing, but Jennifer A. Nielsen accomplished it!

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