Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Shadow Throne (Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer Nielsen - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Scholastic Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: The Shadow Throne (Ascendance Trilogy #3)
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Date of Publication: February 25, 2014

My The Runaway King (#2) Review

My The Runaway King (#2) Pre-Reading
My The False Prince (#1) Review
My The False Prince (#1) Pre-Reading

Paul's The False Prince (#1) Review

Synopsis: 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?

Rousing and affecting, Jaron's adventures have thrilled and moved readers in The False Prince and The Runaway King. Journey once again with the Ascendant King of Carthya, as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings his story to a stunning conclusion with The Shadow Throne.

Why?: Having read the first two books in this series, I have to know how the story ends for Jaron and Imogen and the rest of Carthya! I have so many unanswered questions, and I hope this book answers them and ties everything up nicely.

Expectations: I have pretty high expectations for this book after reading the first two. This is such an engrossing fantasy world, and I hope that it continues to be so. War, a failing kingdom, a king willing to sacrifice everything for his country... I just want this last book to do the series justice!

Judging a book by its cover: I really like how the covers in this series have stayed consistent but have still been their own. The red really makes this cover pop, and I really want to know what the significance of the key is. I also really like that on each of the covers in this series, the item on the front has been damaged in some way. It's really interesting, and I'm pretty sure I'd pick this up if I saw it on a shelf in a bookstore or a library.


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