Review: The Ascendance Trilogy #2, The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

15703770Blurb from Goodread

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE!

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!

Kindle Edition
Published March 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press
language edition: English
series: The Ascendance Trilogy
genre: Fantasy, Children
My Thoughts
I expect this book will be better than its prequel, The False Prince or at least as good as it is, but I’m so disappointed that it cannot glue me to the story. Most of the time I’m bored with Jaron/Sage.

This time Jaron is back as Sage in order to save Carthya from Avenia, while the regents think that he is too young to become a King and suggest a Steward to replace him.

I know he is indeed still young but I was kinda expect that he will be more mature, because he’s a royal after all and he is a King. But he acts only as he wants, never consider of what other think. He is more act first think later. Despite there are people who want his throne, he surely has someone who loyal to him. He never hears what his side suggest, instead he just does what he think right without second thought and then he regret it. And by the time he changes his mind, it’s already too late. He’s also reckless and cannot learn from his mistake.

And the most annoying thing is he seems always in the right place at the right time. There are too many coincidence and lucky in his part. I think it makes his “adventure” easier that it’s supposed to be.

I still want to read the last book, though. But I don’t know when. It isn’t in my top priority anymore.

Result: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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