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The Runaway King: Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy (original 2013; edition 2014)

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Title:The Runaway King: Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy
Authors:Jennifer A. Nielsen
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2014), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Your library, e-book
Tags:middle grade, young adult, fantasy, political conspiracy, pirates

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The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen (2013)



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Sage (or Jaron) and company are back for the second installment of the False Prince trilogy. Jaron faces new foes, an attempt on his life and run-ins with a band of pirates who have some unfinished business with him.

Just as in the first book, The Runaway King takes the reader on a wild ride with twists and turns that surprise and delight. Unlike the first book, this one has a bit of a slow start and though there is action from the very beginning, the real story doesn’t begin until Jaron sheds this kingly attire and becomes Sage once more.

The things I loved about the first book were still present in the second, the humour, the wise-cracks and the sarcastic manner that Sage speaks kept the narrative moving. The reader is privy to all of Sage’s internal dialogue and he has a lot to think about, so sometimes this came over as overwhelming.

I don’t want to spoil the book, but I will say that while there was a great twist, I was a little surprised at the ending. Even though I saw how Sage got there, I was still surprised at how it happened and I’m hoping that more is explained in the final novel.

Like [b:The False Prince|12432220|The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)|Jennifer A. Nielsen|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1333227435s/12432220.jpg|16221764], The Runaway King is a quick and easy read, great for the young/old adventurous heart and a great book for the entire family ( )
  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
Jaron is an idjit and I have no sympathy for any of the stupid predicaments he found himself in, but even still it was rather fun to follow him on his adventure. It was kinda like watching a trainwreck - "No, don't do th- ...dammit, I just warned you..." Of course, by the power of the pen, everything - no matter how ridiculous - always turned out in his favor, but, even still, it was just a page turner. ( )
  benuathanasia | Oct 27, 2016 |
Okay - middle of the road story and kinda predictable. Hope the last book gives a little more and not so predictable about Sage and his kingdom. ( )
  MrNattania | Sep 5, 2016 |
Okay - middle of the road story and kinda predictable. Hope the last book gives a little more and not so predictable about Sage and his kingdom. ( )
  JeffreyNattania | Aug 29, 2016 |
It continued to be an exciting adventure story, but it struggles with plausibility. It was very convenient, and Jaron is a bit of a junior Jack Bauer in his unbelievable ability to survive and continue fighting when he's injured. But I think the kid appeal is there, and readers of the first book will probably enjoy the second. ( )
  EuronerdLibrarian | Mar 30, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545284155, Hardcover)

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!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:21 -0400)

Young King Jaron has taken the throne of Carthya, but after enemies attempt to assassinate him, and a neighboring kingdom threatens invasion, he finds that he has no friends in the palace, not even his bride-to-be, princess Amarinda--and his regents think it would be better for Carthya if he just disappeared again.… (more)

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