runaway king

Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2)
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Format: Ebook
Page Count: 352 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 11+

Summary: Jaron has inherited a kingdom that is politically unstable – he has one ally, with a princess his throne must marry, and a slew of enemies eyeing his kingdom for it’s wealth of resources and prime location. After an assassination attempt led by an orphan he

Why I started this book:

Because The False Prince was epic.



  • Jaron/Sage – An imperfect hero who runs after harebrained schemes and comes out smelling of roses. If you’re not rooting for him then you must want his kingdom too! You have to love his wit too!
  • Imogen – A girl who thinks on her toes, and while she has every reason to be mad at Jaron she works to protect him in ways he might be too stupid to comprehend.
  • Jaron’s time with a noble and his granddaughter and Jaron’s time with the pirates are the best parts of the book and guess what! They make up most of the book! The final sword fight is wicked!


  • Cliff-climbing with a broken leg – I thought it was very cool in the book but some recent rock-climbing experience makes this totally farfetched. Free climbing would be very difficult and you need to be able to move and sustain yourself.

Last minute thoughts: A great start, a great middle, and I hope a really great end!

Buy: The Runaway King: Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy

Rating: 5 Treasure Chests

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