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Publisher's Summary

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 neighboring 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?

©2014 Jennifer Nielsen (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.

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Excellent trilogy

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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.

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One of my favorite series of all time!

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.

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Best series ever

Love the ending the Book brought me to tears grate performance by Paul The book in general is great

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Amazing book!

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!

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Not lovin it....

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.

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Very clever

Nielsen is at her best when her hero is up against impossible odds and has to come up with impostor plans. The narrator does a good variety of voices and has kept them consistent throughout the series.

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Amazing series for the whole family!

Our entire family (kids ages 7,9,11,13) LOVED this entire series!!!!! Highly recommended! The performance was fantastic as he had just the right tone for the main character. The story itself had many twists and turns and our family constantly gasped with surprise!

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A great end

A great ending to the original Ascendance Trilogy (at least before the publication of Captive Kingdom) that brings us the true genius, and pitfalls, of Jaron Eckbert!

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One of my favorite books

I first read the books in high school and fell in love with Jarron/Sage and Imogen and the rest of the crew.
These books have so many plot twists it makes it more enjoyable to read.

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Best book ever

Absolutely loved it I have never heard anything this amazing the ending was amazing Mott was played perfectly imagine was great so sad that this is the last book in the trilogy thank you Jennifer Nielsen for such a great book