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The Runaway King

The Runaway King

Written by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Narrated by Charlie McWade


The Runaway King

Written by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Narrated by Charlie McWade

ratings:
4.5/5 (215 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Feb 1, 2013
ISBN:
9780545570114
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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 Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

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

And don't miss the highly anticipated fourth book in the series, The Captive Kingdom, coming October 2020!

Released:
Feb 1, 2013
ISBN:
9780545570114
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Jennifer Nielsen lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She wishes to make it clear that most Yetis are not as threatening as the one in this book. Sadly, she cannot say the same for Centaurs. Visit www.jennielsen.com


Reviews

What people think about The Runaway King

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215 ratings / 50 Reviews
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  • (4/5)
    I was looking forward to reading this book as I loved "The False Prince," but it was with some trepidation that I started it, as often the sequel doesn't live up to expectations. Thankfully, this wasn't the case with "The Runaway King." The second instalment contains all the action, excitement and humour of the first book, and Sage is still his usual reckless, pig-headed self who refuses to give in or give up regardless of the situation he finds himself in. I can't wait to see how this trilogy ends.
  • (4/5)

    This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

    Cover Impressions: I enjoy the covers in this series, they are clean and simple. The font works very well and I love the colors (blue, now green, hopefully red for number 3?). My only complaint is that they don't see to stand out as much - in my classroom, I don't see The False Prince getting chosen very often unless it is because of my recommendation.

    The Gist: Jaron has barely warmed his new throne when an assassination attempt alerts him to the danger that his kingdom is in. The murder of his family has left him with a council that harbors deceit and an army that is ill prepared for any attack. In order to secure the safety of his people, Jaron must abandon the throne and seek out this new threat head on. In returning to the world as Sage, he must ask if he is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save his kingdom.

    Review:
    I loved loved LOVED The False Prince. See my review and my Top Books of 2012. So there were some pretty high expectations for The Runaway King. I was not disappointed. I recently had a favorite student of mine as for a book recommendation. I handed her The False Prince and told her that "You will love Sage and want to strangle him all at the same time - that is what makes him such a wonderful character". This remains true in The Runaway King. I am 100% behind Sage, and because of this, I often cringe, shout or throw an all out temper tantrum to rival my 1 1/2 year old, whenever he makes a decision that I feel will put him in more danger. Sage never takes the easy way out. He is always willing to throw himself off a cliff (often quite literally) in order to do what is right for others. Now, that is not to say that he is completely selfless. The boy is one of the most arrogant characters I have ever read and he will often make grandiose statements that only seem to garner him more trouble. But, this is what makes him all the more likeable and enjoyable to read about. Sage is kind, clever, witty and stubborn. He captivates the reader and is easily one of my favorite characters in any series.

    I was a little worried about where this book was going when Imogen left the storyline. I always loved the connection between her and Sage and was disappointed to see her disappear so early. But have faith ladies and gentlemen, she re-emerges! The tension between these two characters adds an extra element to the storyline without delving into the romance sphere. I enjoyed the fact that both of them are faced with a very difficult decision and that there is no easy way out.

    In this novel, we also saw the expansion of some old characters and the addition of some interesting new ones. Jennifer Nielsen just doesn't do bland, one dimensional characters and each person that we meet, adds a little something special to the plot. Oftentimes, the characters that we might have overlooked or dismissed at first - turn out to be the most important in the end.

    This author continues to astound with her ability to seamlessly weave details together to create a plot that is rich and full of surprises. Having many years of reading experience under my belt, it is often all to easy for me to notice the foreshadowing of what is to come. Things that seem obvious to me (I am discovering) my students have often overlooked - leading to them being surprised at the plot twist and me having figured it out from the 5th page. This is the one series where I can depend on my being just as surprised as my students. In both books, I have been taken aback by the way pieces that appeared to come from several different puzzles finally dropped into place to create one complete, and beautifully detailed, picture.

    Yet again I need to commend Jennifer Nielsen for creating a series that contains enough danger and suspense to keep readers of all ages interested, but without approaching the issues of violence that would be inappropriate for a younger reader. Teachers and parents take note: THIS IS A BOOK THAT APPEALS TO BOTH GIRLS AND BOYS! Let's get those (sometimes reluctant) boys reading!

    Teaching/Parental Notes:

    Age: 12 and up (though there are no real issues with giving this book to a younger reader if they can handle the reading level)
    Gender: Both
    Sex: None
    Violence: Swordplay, Knifeplay, Whipping
    Inappropriate Language: None
    Substance Use/Abuse: None
  • (4/5)
    thumbs up.another allnighter for this one.
  • (3/5)
    This book drove me a little crazy. The first book was so good but this one fell short. It was all over the place. The plot didn't always make sense. My suspension of disbelief was pushed to the limits. Plus, the main character drove me a tiny bit crazy. I still mostly enjoyed it but can't help but be disappointed that it was nowhere near as good as the first one.
  • (4/5)
    Jaron is an idjit and I have no sympathy for any of the stupid predicaments he found himself in, but even still it was rather fun to follow him on his adventure. It was kinda like watching a trainwreck - "No, don't do th- ...dammit, I just warned you..." Of course, by the power of the pen, everything - no matter how ridiculous - always turned out in his favor, but, even still, it was just a page turner.
  • (4/5)
    Okay - middle of the road story and kinda predictable. Hope the last book gives a little more and not so predictable about Sage and his kingdom.