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The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Series, Book 3) Hardcover – Illustrated, February 25, 2014

4.8 out of 5 stars 608 ratings
Book 3 of 4: The Ascendance Series

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In this conclusion to the Ascendance trilogy, the impulsive Jaron, former orphan thief and now King of Carthya, is facing down multiple enemies and his country’s invasion with his usual aplomb. There is always a trick up this royal’s sleeve, though setbacks involving those closest to him—and a surprise loss—almost push him to give up. (Almost is the operative word.) Battles, close shaves, daring escapes, and double crosses will thrill fans who have come to expect this kind of nonstop action. There is a sobering death toll, but the emphasis is not on blood and guts. Despite there being a war on, Jaron always keeps his focus on his true enemy, the King of Avenia, and not on common foot soldiers. Despite all the adventures, there is little doubt that the story will culminate in a happily-ever-after outcome, even if the subplot involving his intended princess veers away from the expected conclusion. It’s the journey to a gallows scene—that owes more than a little to Pirates of the Caribbean—that’s the draw. Fans won’t be disappointed. Grades 7-10. --Karen Cruze


Praise for the Ascendance Series:

A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Children's Book Selection
Winner of the Cybils Award for Middle-Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction

"A page-turner." -- New York Times Book Review

"Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel." -- Wall Street Journal

"A swashbuckling origin story . . . chock-full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys." -- Los Angeles Times

"An impressive, promising story." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Ruthless ambition, fierce action and plotting, complex characters, and lots of sword play keep pages flipping." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Should appeal to fans of . . . Suzanne Collins. . . . A sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense." -- The Horn Book

"A fast-paced and thrilling read with twists and turns that never let up." -- School Library Journal

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : 810L
  • Grade Level : 3 - 7
  • Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
  • ISBN-10 : 9780545284172
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0545284172
  • Product Dimensions : 5.86 x 1.11 x 8.57 inches
  • Publisher : Scholastic Press; Illustrated Edition (February 25, 2014)
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • ASIN : 0545284171
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 608 ratings
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