"Gushing over Jaron, I mean The Runaway King" {Book Review}

Sunday, September 20, 2015
The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen Review

I loved the The Runaway Prince and can't wait to read the third, even though there were multiple, and I mean many times where Jaren made me want to bang my head against a wall. Still I can't believe I didn't read this book series sooner, like I mean how can you just have such an amazing series under your nose for so long and not read it!


Title: The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2)
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen 
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #2
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, YA
Source: Library 

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive?

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.



Favorite Quote

“I thought you were from a civilized country," he said. "How have you come to look more like Carthya's whipping boy than its king?" "I have a habit of irritating some of our less civilized people," I answered. "But you seem like a civilized...pirate. I'd much prefer it if you didn't have me whipped." "And why shouldn't I?" With some effort, I forced a smile to my face. "Because it will hurt.”

The False Prince was amazing, I included it in a From The Desk of a Fangirl post, that was how good it was. I was willing to embarrass myself raving about it to the world. And I didn't expect The Runaway King to live up to the first because sequels rarely do, but The Runway King just killed it. One of my favorite aspects of the Ascendance Trilogy is Jaren (even though I said sometimes he makes me want to bang my head against a wall)

I just love that if he does something wrong while trying to complete one of his reckless plans (that he knows will benefit his people in the long run if he can accomplish it) he has to fix it, he can't let it go, Jaren just has to make it right. He is such a unique hero, like a new version of Robin Hood, only better. (Didn't say that... Please English professors don't harm me)

"He is such a unique hero, like a new version of Robin Hood, only better."

The plot is crazy, but in the good way. I think I understand exactly what Jaren is going to do, and then another obstacle gets thrown in his way, and the plot just gets crazier. Also, I had no idea what the plot twist would be till Jaren figured it out, and I was reacting to it as he was. Which was nice, because I didn't know something long before the main character did, and that happens a lot.

You know a book is good when you walk by my room and I'm either talking or rather, yelling at the book. Hey, when a book is good I get wrapped up in the story and actually get pretty mad at the characters. So if I yell at your book, take it as a compliment! And yes, I was yelling a Jaren on multiple occasions.

Final Thoughts

If I had to write a one sentence review for The Runaway King it would be... Why are you still reading this, go get this book now, you need this series in your life! So all in all, The Runaway King was spectacular and Jennifer A. Nielsen is now on my favorite authors list. On to The Shadow Throne! I basically fangirled through the entire review, sorry 'bout that.