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The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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One war.
Too many deadly battles.
Can a king save his kingdom, when his own survival seems unlikely?

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?

It's always a little sad to come to the end of a good series, especially so soon after I finished another series I was following, but it can also be a thrilling and enjoyable experience when the story wraps up perfectly like this one did. This final installment in Jennifer Nielsen's Ascendance Trilogy, The Shadow Throne, did not disappoint. The author always has a clever way of writing which fits so well with the clever way Jaron goes about things. He is one of my favorite characters in Young Adult Literature and seeing him grow and learn in this last book was wonderful.

The story itself was very engaging and, considering that it involves war with several countries, pirates, rotten kings, and tom foolery...it was definitely action packed. Just like the first two books, I had a hard time putting it down. I found myself yelling at characters when they were being stupid, cheering them on when they were successful, and just really getting into what was happening. This series, as a whole, is a wonderful story for young adults and adults like me. I love how easily the reader can relate to Jaron no matter their age or gender. It's a great series to start weaning kids who aren't big on reading off of the simpler books like Daniel X.

I recommend this book and this series to anyone and everyone...unless you hate a really good story full of whit and adventure, then I guess I wouldn't recommend it to you. Hopefully most, if not all, of you do not fall into that category. You can find the book on amazon or your local book store. Please, please, please pick it up! You won't regret it.