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Editorial Reviews

In the second book of New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Nielsen's The Ascendance Trilogy, the newly crowned Jaron reels from the aftermath of an assassination attempt, with tensions ratcheting higher in the kingdom of Carthya. Talented actor Charlie McWade, best known for his role as Steve Gusler on NBC's Third Watch, uses his youthful voice to great effect, easily capturing Jaron's intrigue and bravery. After Jaron is forced to abandon the throne, his perilous journey to save his kingdom will leave listeners rapt.
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Publisher's Summary

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 soon it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it.
The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with The Runaway King.
©2013 Jennifer Nielson (P)2013 Scholastic Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Frances on 03-20-13

Jaron can take a punch

This volume starts slowly, but picks up speed as the tale progresses. The ending leads right into the final volume of the trilogy, and I can't wait to listen. Jaron needs to secure his kingdom before his body gives out! The reader is okay, but could be more expressive.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-28-14

A standout series that I could not put down!

What did you love best about The Runaway King?

This completes the story of Jaron very well. What I loved about this book was that it completed the series for me. Jaron has grown and learned from past mistakes, he shows he is a true royal and leader. The only drawback was that these lessons came so quickly, where in real life they would take years, for him its weeks to months but hey it's a book for young people only those of us that are older would recognize that. There were lots of comments about the battles being to rediculous, but I loved them, I am listening again to see the foreshadowing. I love stories that teach life lessons through well written adventure and this definitely checks that box. This is a perfect book of adventure and similar in the main character's growth to someone like Harry Potter.

Who was your favorite character and why?

In finishing the series Jaron grows and becomes my favorite character but each of the main characters was so unique. Princess Amarinda is wonderful in her ability to read a situation and "manage people". Imogen recognizes that you can't always have what you want-regardless of your hearts desire.

What does Charlie McWade bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved his character voices. My kids did not so much but I thought he did a wonderful job especially the accents from the various countries.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to re-read or re-listen to the story. I loved it in the same way that when I finished Harry Potter, I didn't know what else to do afterwards-a definite mark of a good read for me!

Any additional comments?

This series is definitely to be read as a series, though each book stands alone it's a wonderful story of growth for a young person. The language is wonderful, its a vocabulary builder for older grade schoolers. I'm definitely recommending it to my children.

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