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The Shadow Throne: Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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"Ruthless ambition, fierce action and plotting, complex characters, and lots of sword play keep pages flipping." -- Kirkus Reviews
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"High adventure abounds with nail-biting drama." -- Kirkus Reviews
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"A great read." -- The Horn Book
Top Customer Reviews
I really thought that The Runaway King was going to be as good as it got. That The Shadow Throne would wrap up the story, but that it wouldn't be as intense, fast-paced, or insightful as The Runaway King. You guys. I was wrong. So, so wrong. Because The Shadow Throne was probably my favorite book of the series, and had so much going for it. I don't know how, but Jennifer Nielsen managed to write a series that only gets better as it goes along, and grows as Jaron does.
I knew that Jaron was going to get himself into quite a bit of trouble in this book. I mean, what would a book in this trilogy be if he wasn't in some ridiculous predicament that seemed impossible to get out of? Before, there was pretending to be an orphan pretending to be a king. Then, there were pirates and thieves. And now, Jaron has to try to pull his entire country through a war where all of the odds are stacked against him. And THEN, to make matters worse, he experiences one of the greatest losses he's ever been through. He's pretty much an emotional wreck this entire book, but he still manages fight for his country and his friends and his life.
One of my favorite things about Jaron is how he always keeps everyone guessing. As readers, we all know he's got a plan stewing even when it seems like everything is hopeless. He drops hints and does things that should give away what he's going to do, but somehow Nielsen manages to add details that make it a surprise every time. I would love to spend a day in his head, or to be able to talk with him for an afternoon. That kid is crazy, and I loved every bit of it.Read more ›
the fighting starts out well. but things happen and Jaron has some unforeseen complications and the saddest moment is when he gives up. That part was horrible. Or does he really give up? We are left to wonder this.
Each action he takes brings us more outrageous things and more entertainment. The heart of Jaron for his people and others is seen throughout this book as is his craftiness. He shows why he is a survivor and will be king. I do enjoy how he breaks the mold in the end with the marriage and shows that love is more important and politics.
The story is a fun entertaining read that will have you on your seat with jaron and his antics and how he outsmarts those around him for his love of his people and Imogen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loved this third book. 15 years old. He said he had to finish the series, and he is glad he did!Published 26 days ago by Lori Schalk
All things considered it's fine. The book itself is great, I've read it before but my copy got lost and I wanted a full set again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ruth
Too much violence in these 3 books. Why is all the violence necessary? The descriptions of violence are graphic, involve both youngsters and adults. Read morePublished 1 month ago by trailhiker
Well, I'm not going to lie, I loved Jaron since the very beginning, I felt like he grown up and his character has a great development through the trilogy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gaby B.
Well, it got better.
I have loved the entire "Ascendance Trilogy", but Nielsen seems to have gotten a better grip on the characters she created in "The False... Read more