Fantasy Book Review: The Runaway King

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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?

Jaron is the reluctant king of Carthya. But until he’s older, the Regents really rule the land. Jaron has matured since obtaining the throne and is unwilling to leave Carthya in the hands of possibly corrupt leaders. Meanwhile, a neighboring kingdom is threatening war with the power of a pirate army behind them. Jaron feels the only way to take back control of his realm and stand up to an oncoming war is to run. But instead of running away, he runs towards danger with a daring and seemingly impossible plan.

This is the second installment in The Ascendance Trilogy. A fast-paced and action-packed swash-buckling adventure, this sequel is even more exciting than the first. Jaron reminds me of a younger version of Alex Bledsoe’s Eddie LaCrosse – smart, funny, and always has a plan. Adventure and mystery, mixed with humor, The Runaway King is involves unforgettable characters, a complex plot, and a compelling story.

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