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The Shadow Throne: Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy Hardcover – February 25, 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 317 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Ascendance Trilogy 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


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Winner of the Cybils Award for Middle-Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction

"A page-turner." --  New York Times

"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

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

"As jammed with action and violent swordplay as its predecessor." -- Booklist

"A great read." -- The Horn Book

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Product Details

  • Series: Ascendance Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545284171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545284172
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Last summer after school got out, my husband and I were worried about our son and his reading level. It had been something that had been occupying our minds for quite some time. We've been searching for a book series that he would enjoy. He's always had a problem with reading in school. Out of desperation I contacted my friend who is an author (Melanie Atkinson) and asked her if she had any advice on books for boys ages 12 to 14. She gave me a list of ideas and at the top of the list was The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. I immediately got the book and asked my son to start reading it. To our utter shock and amazement he finished the book in 2 days. I literally wanted to cry. I had never seen him enjoy reading this much. I immediately went and got the second book The Runaway King. Once again he picked up that book and read it within a couple days. Sadly, we had to wait for another nine months before the third book of the trilogy came out. These books by Jennifer Nielsen have given me hope that my son could read and that he would enjoy it. After he finished reading the last book tonight, he came to me and said, "please tell me that this author has other books". He is actually going to start from the first book and read them again. His reading levels this last school year have increased dramatically. I truly believe that The False Prince, The Runaway King and the Shadow Throne have been the catalyst that helped him find enjoyment in reading. I highly recommend this book. I will be forever grateful to Jennifer Nielsen for writing this trilogy.
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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.
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Each book in this series goes further and further in the fantastical. And when I say fantastical I mean outrageously unbelievable ways a story goes. Here Jaron is back from the Pirates and is their king as well as king of Carthya. War is about to occur and Jaron must now fight. Imogen has been kidnapped and he is conflicted with his feelings about her. He is betrothed but in love with Imogen.

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.
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I ADORED this series! I had never heard of this author before and had downloaded The False Prince a few years ago when it was the deal of the day, and then I did what I always do and I hoarded it waiting for the others to go on sale. I really wish I wouldn't have waited so long. I can't even tell you how fantastic this series is. There is wonderful world building, character development and quite a bit of humor! There is absolutely zero swearing which is another plus for me and I have already recommended to many others and bought the whole series for my niece recently! I don't want to give a thing away which makes it hard to write reviews sometimes. So I will just leave you with this, if you like fantasy, adventure, humor, a story that will leave you flipping page after page that you don't want to put down, and even some romance you will love this series. I highly recommend it and can't wait to read more by this fantastic author!!
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