The Shadow Throne

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

Summary: 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 withThe Shadow Throne. (Source of Summary and Book Cover: Goodreads)
Rating: 5 Stars

Review: My heart is still racing…HOLY MOLY!

The action started immediately and never let up. I was completely engrossed in this book – I was dying to know what happened next and at the same time trying to savor every moment of the final installment in this wonderful series.

I love Jaron. He is one of my all time favorite characters. He is young, lives in the moment, and is absolutely, consistently true to himself. The other characters in the book are equally likeable. You can’t help but love each of Jaron’s (somewhat motley crew of) friends.

The plot moves at an incredible pace and kept me guessing at all times. I was blown away by the cleverness of Jaron’s actions and decisions. This book is more than fantasy and adventure – it was suspenseful and action-packed. There were times that I felt Jaron had worked himself into an impossible situation and I thought for sure the book was heading towards a very specific ending; thank goodness Ms. Neilsen has better writing skills and more imagination than me!

The ending feels right. I don’t want to say more than that and give it away, but I will say it’s very rare that I am happy with the way the last book in a series ends.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book and highly recommend it!

I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other Books In This Series:
The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, #2)

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