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The Runaway King: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2 | [Jennifer A. Nielsen]

The Runaway King: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls and soon it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with The Runaway King.
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Audible Editor Reviews

In the second book of New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Nielsen's The Ascendance Trilogy, the newly crowned Jaron reels from the aftermath of an assassination attempt, with tensions ratcheting higher in the kingdom of Carthya. Talented actor Charlie McWade, best known for his role as Steve Gusler on NBC's Third Watch, uses his youthful voice to great effect, easily capturing Jaron's intrigue and bravery. After Jaron is forced to abandon the throne, his perilous journey to save his kingdom will leave listeners rapt.

Publisher's Summary

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls and soon it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it.

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with The Runaway King.

©2013 Jennifer Nielson (P)2013 Scholastic Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A standout series that I could not put down!"
    What did you love best about The Runaway King?

    This completes the story of Jaron very well. What I loved about this book was that it completed the series for me. Jaron has grown and learned from past mistakes, he shows he is a true royal and leader. The only drawback was that these lessons came so quickly, where in real life they would take years, for him its weeks to months but hey it's a book for young people only those of us that are older would recognize that. There were lots of comments about the battles being to rediculous, but I loved them, I am listening again to see the foreshadowing. I love stories that teach life lessons through well written adventure and this definitely checks that box. This is a perfect book of adventure and similar in the main character's growth to someone like Harry Potter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In finishing the series Jaron grows and becomes my favorite character but each of the main characters was so unique. Princess Amarinda is wonderful in her ability to read a situation and "manage people". Imogen recognizes that you can't always have what you want-regardless of your hearts desire.


    What does Charlie McWade bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved his character voices. My kids did not so much but I thought he did a wonderful job especially the accents from the various countries.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to re-read or re-listen to the story. I loved it in the same way that when I finished Harry Potter, I didn't know what else to do afterwards-a definite mark of a good read for me!


    Any additional comments?

    This series is definitely to be read as a series, though each book stands alone it's a wonderful story of growth for a young person. The language is wonderful, its a vocabulary builder for older grade schoolers. I'm definitely recommending it to my children.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne West jordan, UT, United States 09-26-13
    Marianne West jordan, UT, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Runaway King the most enjoyable?

    Narrator did an amazing job at placing you in the the story. Great voices for the many characters.


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    Frances 03-20-13
    Frances 03-20-13
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    "Jaron can take a punch"

    This volume starts slowly, but picks up speed as the tale progresses. The ending leads right into the final volume of the trilogy, and I can't wait to listen. Jaron needs to secure his kingdom before his body gives out! The reader is okay, but could be more expressive.

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    Jesse 05-28-15
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    "The most amazing book ever!!"

    This is the second of the books I had listened to in the Trilogy and it was the best one yet. This book kept you on the edge of your seat with constant mysteries being made and reviled. The book also does a great job of leading into the next book. Having read the Lord of the Rings series I firmly believe that this series is much better. However this series is much different without the supernatural factor in it, it does have unbelievable battles and and amazing factors the characters have overcome.

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    angela 04-25-15
    angela 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great series for the whole family"

    I love the characters in this series, and Charlie Mc Wade really brings them to life.

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    Paul 04-20-15
    Paul 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    This book is amazing.
    The best I have read. If you like the lord of the rings you will like this.

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    Tim Challies Oakville, Ontario 04-20-15
    Tim Challies Oakville, Ontario 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    I loved it really good book but I always wonder how roden got to the Pirates very very good story

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    Latresa 04-14-15
    Latresa 04-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great series."

    Second time listening and it was even better this time. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure and mystery.

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    zhee 12-24-14
    zhee 12-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Same Heartgrabbing story as in book 1 even BETTER"
    Would you listen to The Runaway King again? Why?

    I just couldn't stop myself after started listening. The story line is so interesting and the narration is perfect! I love it!


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    Dog Friend 04-21-13
    Dog Friend 04-21-13

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    "Can't wait for book 3!"

    I enjoyed this book even more that the 1st book (The False Prince). The characters drew me in and the plot twists and turns kept me listening intently. My 10 year old son listened to part of the book with me on a car trip and it captured his interest too.

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