Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #3
Published by Scholastic Inc. on February 25th 2014
Too many deadly battles.
Can a king save his kingdom, when his own survival seems unlikely?
War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.
His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighbouring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country. Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne?
Rousing and affecting, Jaron's adventures have thrilled and moved readers in The False Prince and The Runaway King. Journey once again with the Ascendant King of Carthya, as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings his story to a stunning conclusion with The Shadow Throne.
I set a goal this year to finish at least one series a month in 2015. The Ascendance Trilogy was one of the three is finished in January. For some reason I am forever putting off reading these books. I am so glad I finally read this one. It was a fitting end to a series I really enjoyed.
I listened to each of these on audiobook. I really like the narration style overall, however, I ended up picking up the physical copy of this one for two main reasons. One, it seemed like the narrator put way more emphasis on every. single. word. Like, every line was super dramatic. It started to get on my nerves. Two, I just couldn’t wait to find out what happened!!!
In The Shadow Throne the events from books one and two are finally all coming together and wrapping up the loose ends. It was interesting to see how the author made everything come together. I always like it when things I didn’t think mattered end up being crucial to the story. And, of course, knowing how it all ends leaves me feeling satisfied as a reader. I will say, there were a few things that wrapped up a little too perfectly for me. I think this is more acceptable in middle grade so it didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the series overall.
The Ascendance Trilogy is one I can see myself recommending to students for years to come! If you like a fun, interesting middle grade fantasy, this one is for you!