The Runaway King (Hardcover)
Chris's November 2013 Staff Pick: The Run Away King is the second book in The Ascendance Trilogy. Jennifer continues the story of the “false prince” but now there are pirates and action and more action. I just love the characters, and the voice of “Sage”. This really is a great middle reader series. Book three comes out in February and I can’t wait to read it too.— From Chris's Picks
January 2013 Indie Next List
“Jaron is off and running again in the second volume of The Ascendance Trilogy, this time not as a false prince but as the newly anointed King of Carthya. And he's running for his life! With few friends and plenty of people, including pirates, who would rather see him dead, Jaron decides to run straight toward the trouble that lays in wait for him. Who can he trust? Who will become his ally? Nielsen once again keeps up a breakneck pace in this very satisfying fantasy.”
— Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
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?
The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King.
About the Author
Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince, The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. She also wrote the Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thriller A Night Divided; and Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines. Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.
Praise for THE FALSE PRINCE
"A page turner. . . ." --THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel." --WALL STREET JOURNAL
"This kickoff to her new Ascendance Trilogy is a swashbuckling origin story. . . . Sage is a quick wit, and Nielsen showcases it with terrific dialogue . . . chock-full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys." --LOS ANGELES TIMES
* "[A]n impressive, promising story with some expertly executed twists." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review
"THE FALSE PRINCE is more Harry Potter (minus the magic) than Hunger Games . . . with authentic characters, a convincing sense of danger and a genuinely high-stakes plot. . . .” --THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"[A] well-crafted tale . . . Ruthless ambition, fierce action and plotting, complex characters, and lots of sword play and hidden passages keep pages flipping." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
"[A] surefire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense." --THE HORN BOOK
"THE FALSE PRINCE is a gracefully written fantasy that flows from beginning to end without a hitch. . . . In addition to dynamic characters, Jennifer Nielsen has created a plot with twists and turns in all the right places." --DESERET NEWS