SPOILER ALERT: This review contains spoilers for The False Prince (Sorry, it can’t be helped!). I won’t spoil The Runaway King for you though, I promise.
Flee the throne…to keep the crown.
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?
After years in hiding, Jaron has claimed the throne of Carthya and the many responsibilities that go along with it. But winning over the respect of his kingdom, his betrothed, and most importantly his regents is proving difficult. As if that isn’t trouble enough for the young king, a neighbouring kingdom is preparing for war and has allied with the pirates. Now the pirate king who was supposed to kill Jaron all those years ago, is after his blood once again. Jaron has two options: go into hiding or step down from the throne and appoint a steward. But since when has Jaron ever done what is expected? No, he’s taking option number three.
Oh. My. God! I love the Ascendance Trilogy! And I love Jennifer A. Nielsen for writing it! The Runaway King (Scholastic) is the second book in the Ascendance Trilogy about Sage/Jaron and it is just as intriguing as the first, if not more so. Jaron has quickly become my all-time favourite anti-hero. He is sarcastic and entirely too clever for anyone’s good. He’s daring and stubborn to a fault. He comes off as reckless, and ok, yes, he is… But he is a really good guy. He’s just always three steps ahead of everyone else. LOVE!
In this installment, we get to see another side of Jaron as he struggles to save his kingdom. It isn’t just about his survival anymore; it’s about his people. Even though Jaron’s methods may seem mad, he really comes into his own in this book. I can’t wait to see how he develops in the next one.
The Runaway King is at times moving and often surprising, but from start to finish it is an absolute rush. I couldn’t put it down. This is a very smartly written series. Bring on Book 3!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5 hearts)
This book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.