Fantasy Book Review: The Shadow Throne

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A Nielsen

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 neighbouring 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?

Jaron finds himself in one bad situation after another, as his friends are kidnapped and set up in traps. And despite his responsibility to his realm, he continually puts himself in danger for his friends. Which says a lot about his character and his rebellious nature against his duties as a king.

The Shadow Throne is the third installment in the The Ascendance Trilogy. The danger and excitement has been building to this climactic and seemingly insurmountable conclusion. As before, there is plenty of danger, suspense, humor, and a bit of romance. Jaron is a brash and amusing character who highly entertaining. Fantasy fans of all ages will enjoy this lighthearted adventure.