book Review

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Audience: 10-14

How I Got This Book: Advanced copy from Scholastic (release Feb. 25th 2014)

About This Book:

The Shadow Throne

One war.
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?

My Review:

The Shadow Throne is the final novel in the Ascendence trilogy. I absolutely adored the first two books and I thought that it would be challenging for Ms. Nielsen to write a concluding book better than The False Prince and The Runaway King.

I was wrong.

The Shadow Throne is absolutely fantastic! This novel ties together all the subplots of the previous two books which results in some disappointments for Jaron as he struggles between his duty and the people he cares about (namely, Imogen). I could really feel his passion while I was reading. Despite that I regularly dislike romance, I enjoyed not knowing who Jaron was going to end up with (this may have had something to do with the fact that multiple people die in The Shadow Throne).
Something that I mentioned in my past reviews of The False Prince and The Runaway King is that in each book Jaron really develops as a character. In The Shadow Throne this applies not only to Jaron but also to the other  major characters like Amarinda, Roden, Tobias, Imogen and Conner.

In the first book Lord Conner was the clear antagonist. In The Runaway King, Lord Conner is off stage for most of the story. The pirates are the next villians. I appreciated how in The Shadow Throne, the obvious antagonist is King Vargan but there is always the threat of someone turning on Jaron and stabbing Carthya in the metaphorical back.

One thing that I can always count on with Ms. Nielsen’s novels is a spectacular twist at the end. Yep, that is back! I had really hoped that the final book would be longer than the others but it isn’t. Oh well. Even though it isn’t longer, this is one book you need to read! . Full of adventure, backstabbing and plot twists, The Shadow Throne deserves the 5 Stars I am giving it!

About the Author:

jenifer a nielsonJennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once.

She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door-to-door pollster.  In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has forgotten to do that has allowed her any spare time.

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