The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Series: The Ascendance #2
Release Date: 03/01/2013
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 of The False Prince
Jaron is definitely the highlight of this whole series. He's a calculating and funny kid. I like the way his mind works, always thinking ahead of the enemy. He's loyal to his friends and would do anything to protect them. Just listing a few likable characteristics here :) Jaron never fails to make a serious situation funny either with his witty quips. He's just the best :3
Jaron aside, the adventure is awesome! Nielsen is rocking the plot! There was never a dull moment in the book and I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. Was it worth reading until 3 AM even though I have to go to school at 8? Definitely. Jaron's plans were foolish but nonetheless enjoyable. That kid is tough.
In this book we got to meet the pirates! Argh! Even though they were the bad guys, they were still awesome. Meeting them for the first time brought me the chills. I was like, "Uh.. Jaron. Dude, I'm doubting your ability to take them down." I'm just like, how's a kid gonna take on those scary pirates? Do you even know what's hiding in their beards? *shudders*
Last thing I love about this book is the lightness of their banter no matter how the serious the situation is. One moment I'm gritting my teeth, the next I'm laughing because Jaron just said something funny to the pirate even though his head will probably get chopped off the next second.
I can't list all the ways I love this book! There is nothing negative I have; only the positive things! This series rocked my socks off!