Sunday, February 23, 2014

Kaniesha Reviews: The Shadow Throne ARC by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Title: The Shadow Throne
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #3
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Release date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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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?

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.

Review: I received a e-copy of The Shadow Throne through Netgalley for an honest review, thank you! (Warning this is a tiny bit spoilery if you haven't read the previous two books).

I don't know why I originally picked up The False Prince but I believe it had to do with the cover. I am constantly picking up books with nice covers. Half way into that book I knew that I loved it and the main character, Sage/Jaron, and everything about him. He is witty, he is clever, he is talented, he is strong, he is brave, he is kind. If I could choose any king to live under, it would be him without a doubt because with him leading the way there will always be a wonderful ending. (Even if there's a lot of pain and suffering down that path).

The Shadow Throne was no different than the previous two books in this trilogy showing what an amazing character Jaron is and going through his story realistically and rather beautifully. Though admittedly, I did have a hard time staying focused during The Shadow Throne.

I'm not sure if the final copy will be more edited, but the arc was quite a bit wordy here and there. I know at one point I sighed while Jaron was describing where a battle was taking place. There were entire paragraphs giving extreme details of Jaron's plans and honestly, things like that are always hard to follow without an actual map in mind.

Everything else done, from the dialogue to the fight scenes was done well and easy to read.

Thank you so much for an amazing story and I'm glad I've gotten to read it to its incredible end. I look forward to reading more books from Nielsen!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars


  1. I haven't heard of this series, but it sounds really interesting!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. It's a middle grade so that might be why! It's a high fantasy so I'd definitely recommend if adventure and a sarcastic main character are your thing!