Book Title: The Shadow Throne
Author: Jennifer Nielsen
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Action Adventure, Romance
Books like it: House of Secrets by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus
My favorite quote: NA (sorry, not releasing any sneak peeks for this book!)
Brief Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
Rousing and affecting, Jaron's adventures have thrilled and moved readers in The False Prince and The Runaway King. Journey once again with the Ascendant King of Carthya, as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings his story to a stunning conclusion with The Shadow Throne.
*An advanced readers copy of this book was provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book will be released on February 26, 2014.
I did it, guys. I checked off my first New Year’s Book Nerd Resolution and got a NetGalley account. SO, you can imagine my excitement when I got an email announcing I had been approved to get an ARC from my favorite action-adventure series.
***THIS IS MY VERY FIRST ARC***
*Crosses “Get an ARC” off Bucket List*
Then I actually read the book, and it was even more of this:
I was so excited when I got this book. And for those of you who have not read the False Prince, (which is very, very sad) or The Runaway King (again, very very sad) I encourage you to go binge-read this series. This review will contain MAJOR SPOILERS for the other two books.
****READ AT YOUR OWN RISK******
The Shadow Throne picks up right where the Runaway King left off, with Carthya on the brink of war. Recently, series in the young adult genre have stumbled with their grand finales, but with The Ascendance Trilogy, this was not the case. Nielsen does not disappoint. The Shadow Throne is full of twists and turns, action, and a pinch of romance. I am actually quite sad to see this series end.
Jaron, the king that we know as quick-witted and sarcastic, faces his biggest challenge yet. Avenia advances towards his kingdom, readying for war, and his former allies pose as a threat as well. Jaron knows that he cannot give up his kingdom up, but he isn’t sure how long his forces can survive.
On top of this, Imogen, his best friend, has been captured and held for ransom. If he does not turn himself in, she could die. The country can’t win without him, but he doesn’t want to lose the girl slowly stealing his heart. Although he is denying any feelings for her, he can’t help thinking about her in ways he has never thought about anyone.
Nielsen is one of my favorite authors of all time because she knows how to spin humor, mystery, and love into a beautiful book that you will never regret reading. You will need a box of feels tissues for this book, definitely.
This book is fast paced, funny, and a very satisfying conclusion to a very satisfying series.
I apologize for this extremely short review, but I couldn’t say much without giving away the plot. Just read the book!