The Shadow Throne

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

One war.

Too many deadly battles.

Can a king save his kingdom, when his own survival seems unlikely?

War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.

His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighbouring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country. Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya’s throne?

Rousing and affecting, Jaron’s adventures have thrilled and moved readers in The False Prince and The Runaway King. Journey once again with the Ascendant King of Carthya, as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings his story to a stunning conclusion with The Shadow Throne.

book 3 in the Ascendance Trilogy

#1 in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said, “This was a great ending to the series! I like the characters and how they’ve grown over the three books. I liked how the author was able to tie up all the loose ends, and connect all the hints given over the series into a nice resolution. I hate to see this one end!”

Miranda rated it ★★★★ and said, “4.5 Stars. Thanks to and Scholastic for access to this title. What a great ending! I loved that she gave a little extra information about what the characters did after the war ended and how they all had a happy ending. And the newly discovered ties between characters that had been hinted at but were finally revealed added a lot to the personalities and relationships of the characters. I’ve been recommending this series as much as possible and everyone I’ve given it to has loved it. A great sign of a lasting series. Now we just have to wait to see what she comes up with as a new story.”

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