The Runaway King
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Description: Hardcover, 331 pages.
How I got it: Personal Purchase
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?
What I Liked About This Book:
- I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy and I thought that the second one was equally interesting. Lord Conner doesn’t play a huge role in this novel. Instead, a new enemy is introduced: the pirates. Oh, and Roden is back.
- I enjoyed that Ms. Nielson introduced athe pirates as the new antagonists. After Lord Conner was captured, Jaron would have had virtually no opposition if he tried to do something. Also, I liked the idea of The Pirate Code. Even though the pirates are fine with the idea of murdering men when they sleep, they have laws that prohibit them from harming children or innocents and I thought that their code made them seem more human.
- Since the start of THE FALSE PRINCE, Jaron has matured quite a bit and instead of being completely impulsive (he hasn’t utterly lost this aspect, though) he is starting to comprehend that his actions can and do affect his entire kingdom.
What Could Have Been Better:
- I thought that this book relied too heavily on coincidences. Roden just happens to have teamed up with the pirates and that’s exactly where Jaron is going. After he is captured, Jaron’s cell is conveniently unguarded so that he can escape to freedom. Imogen just happens to be working in the kitchen of the pirates so that she can give him advice. I hope that the next book in this trilogy has fewer coincidences that help Jaron save the day.
- The Runaway King is definitely worth reading and I thought it was fantastic! The Runaway King is the second book in the Ascendance trilogy (Book 3, The Shadow Throne releases March 1st) and I am thrilled that I will receive an advanced copy of final book. It hasn’t arrived yet but stay tuned to learn what I will think of it.
Hey! What’s Up Next?:
Next I am going to be reading The Time Thief.
This is the second book in the Gideon Trilogy and I thought it was a great read!