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This is book number 2 in the The Ascendance Series series.
Spring '13 Kids 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 Series takes readers on a roller coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King.
And don't miss the highly anticipated fourth book in the series, The Captive Kingdom, coming October 2020!
About the Author
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Children's Book Selection
Winner of the Cybils Award for Middle-Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction
"A page-turner." -- 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
"A swashbuckling origin story . . . chock-full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys." -- Los Angeles Times
"An impressive, promising story." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Ruthless ambition, fierce action and plotting, complex characters, and lots of sword play keep pages flipping." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Should appeal to fans of . . . Suzanne Collins. . . . A sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense." -- The Horn Book
Praise for The Runaway King:
"High adventure abounds with nail-biting drama." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Nielsen tells an exciting, breakneck tale. . . ." -- Publishers Weekly
"A fast-paced and thrilling read with twists and turns that never let up." -- School Library Journal
"As jammed with action and violent swordplay as its predecessor." -- Booklist
"A great read." -- The Horn Book