Jennifer A. Nielsen takes readers on an extraordinary journey in this final installment of the New York Times best-selling Ascendance Trilogy. War is coming.... Join Jaron as he embarks on his final adventure!
©2014 Jennifer Nielsen (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.
First hear me out... I too have been a giant fan of this trilogy. Thought the False Prince was a really really good book, loved The Runaway King, and couldn't wait for The Shadow Throne. ..Couldn't wait as in I checked audible several times a week waiting for it to show up, even contacted customer service to see why it wasn't listed even though the release date for hardcover was approaching. I was almost going to buy the audio book off Amazon and pay a lot of money because I couldn't wait. Then finally it showed up.
So in saying all of that, there's nothing left to say but..... I didn't think this one was good at all. I don't know if the performance was just too over the top this time, or the fact that it felt like one never ending bad scenario after another, in a never ending battle, fought all over the land with few characters together at a time. Whatever it was, I was over it half way in. I of course finished it, but yeah... major buzz kill on this one.
I wonder if I would think differently have reading it instead. If so, it just screams how much a performance can make or break even the best book, but I guess I'll never know. I just could not stand literally every sentence being said in tones that made me feel I was watching a bad SNL skit where they play drums and horns every when someone says something dooming (dun dun dun!!!!!!!!!!) The narrator was just pushing it to hard and I tired listening to him.
Also, though there were some good twists in this story that I didn't expect, the majority were really obvious and generic, and very unlike the first 2 books which delivered one great game changer after another.
Im really sorry to be writing a review that isn't 5's across the board for this one, and I really hope this doesn't influence anyone - because it totally may have just been me. I went on goodreads and looked at the reviews and most people gave 4 & 5 stars, which makes me again think it was the tone of the performance.
To sum up the trilogy - great plot, great characters, good twists, descriptive writing, and aside from said dislikes, the narrator does a fantastic job doing so many different characters through out all 3 books. Im interested to see what others will say on audible.
I love all three of the books in this series, the author is very creative, and clean. My kids (ages 7-16) and husband all enjoyed them too. It's not often we find a series that is captivating and appropriate for the whole family. Narration is well done also.
I loved everything about this book. The narration was amazing and the story line was exciting! It had me wanting more and more. I didn't want the story to end.
K. Long Hall
The narrater was great. It definitely surpassed my expectations. I loved the plot twists in this book. It loved how this book finished the trilogy. It was easily my favorite book in this trilogy. I would highly recommend this book!
I loved every single book in the series. They kept me guessing. Made me laugh. Made me cry. Charlie Mcwade was an excellent narrator and really brought Jaron to life for me.
Most of it. The first half was too rushed. The ending was practically a joke with all the coincidences the author piles on to bring about a happy ending. It felt rushed. Realistically, this last book in the series should have been two books, maybe three. That might have helped.
One of Rick Riorden's books. I won't bother with another one from this author unless I have nothing else to listen to.
The reader of these books is amazing. Incredible. Able to juggle multiple voices and accents. He managed to smooth out a lot of rough sentences from the author as well, making it worthwhile to listen to just for him. Hopefully I get to hear more of his work.
No. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. This book should have been split up and given more to it, and if anyone wanted to do that then i could understand the need to expand the existing story. Putting more storyline after it would be pointless. There's nothing left to tell.
Don't get me wrong I loved the first two books. They were amazing and well thought out. This book spends the first half of the story SOMEHOW managing to have King Jaron pop all over his kingdom in the blink of an eye, distances that should have taken days to accomplish at best. What was with the pointless scene of him blowing up the cannon? Why does he suddenly feel no remorse for killing when the first two books made a point of showing how taking any human life made him upset? The death of that one main character was done like it meant nothing more than a shrug of the shoulder. Oh, look she's dead. Moving on. Like I said, the author rushed this book, and it shows. The first two were brilliant.
Recently found a love for books and with Audible I can clean and keep going - I also use it in my classroom to urge kids to read.
It was a nice and neat ending to a great story of a boy who would be king.
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