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A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the thrilling sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen''s New York Times bestselling 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 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!

From Booklist

Jaron, aka Sage, is new to his throne and surrounded by intrigue in this follow-up to The False Prince (2012). As jammed with action and violent swordplay as its predecessor, the plot takes the headstrong Jaron into a pirate stronghold where dangers increase steeply as the young king, in disguise, wrestles with saving his kingdom. Needless to say, he is always, almost fatally true to his character—stubborn and determined to do things on his own. The ending introduces a cliff-hanger of a new threat and will leave fans clutching their skulls. It’s never an easy thing to wait out the writing of a multiple-volume series. Grades 5-8. --Karen Cruze

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Praise for The False Prince:

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
A Chicago Public Library "Children''s Books for Year-Round Gift Giving" 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

About the Author

  • Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Series: The False Prince, The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne, The Captive Kingdom, and The Shattered Castle. She also wrote the New York Times bestseller The Traitor''s Game and its sequels,The Deceiver''s Heart, and The Warrior''s Curse; the New York Times bestselling Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; and the critically acclaimed historical thrillers A Night Divided, Resistance, Words on Fire, Rescue, and Lines of Courage. Jennifer collects old books, loves good theater, and thinks that a quiet afternoon in the mountains makes for a nearly perfect moment. She lives in northern Utah with her family, and is probably sneaking in a bite of dark chocolate right now. You can visit her online at jennielsen.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @nielsenwriter.

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Nico Vela
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A fitting sequel
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2017
Following on the heels of the events of "The False Prince", the saga of Jaron continues. In "The Runaway King", threats come from a neighboring country that could mean the end of Carthya, and Jaron, in that particularly stubborn style that he has,... See more
Following on the heels of the events of "The False Prince", the saga of Jaron continues.

In "The Runaway King", threats come from a neighboring country that could mean the end of Carthya, and Jaron, in that particularly stubborn style that he has, insists in running to ensure that, not only will he keep the throne, but that his nation is safe.

Now, to ensure that I don''t add too many potential spoilers, I''ll keep it brief. Jaron and I split on what exactly a King should do. A King must always put his nation first, and it seems more than likely that Jaron may not be willing to do this. This is simply a matter of opinion on my part.

Other than that minor issue, this was an absolutely stunning sequel, with twists, turns, and one of my favorite historical groups, Pirates! I look forward to reading "The Shadow Throne", for the final chapter of Jaron and his journey.
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Denae C
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One thief with a heart of fool''s gold
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2015
Reader thoughts: I expected to be amazed, which is always dangerous with a book I want so badly to like. JN delivered; Jaron/Sage was just as good in this book as the last one. The first is still my favorite of the three because there are the most reveals. I started to... See more
Reader thoughts: I expected to be amazed, which is always dangerous with a book I want so badly to like. JN delivered; Jaron/Sage was just as good in this book as the last one.
The first is still my favorite of the three because there are the most reveals. I started to get used to Jaron''s way of keeping secrets from the reader by the end of the trilogy, and, while I was still impressed with his cleverness, I was less surprised.
Now, the Runaway King shows Jaron with more responsibility and even more readiness to sacrifice everything to save those he loves, which happens to include his entire kingdom. He is as witty as Alcatraz Smedry, as wily as Artemis Fowl, and as dedicated as Percy Jackson. He''s quite the gambler and repeatedly throws all into the conflict to gain the world or lose it. I just love that he has no trouble putting his life on the line for anyone he cares about, even those he just met.
I also love an MC in pain. Jaron is always getting injured and pushing through to resolve the conflict despite the pain of, say, a broken leg.

Writer thoughts: These stories are so well crafted. Somehow, readers get a sense of the outside world (the commoners, the other kingdoms, etc.) without JN having to mention anyone more than necessary. Even Jaron''s encounter with thieves toward the beginning turns into a main plot point later. It is clear that JN has a plan going and each scene accomplishes three or four things. Master storytelling, and in one of the funnest voices, too (next to Connwaer''s in The Magic Thief and Alcatraz Smedry''s).
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RaceMom
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Surprisingly Wonderful Read in a YA Novel
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020
We received the first part of this trilogy in a packet of summer readers for our kids and ended up reading it all together as a family, then we ordered this, the second book. Wow. We are ridiculously impressed. The story is interesting and engaging (and surprising even),... See more
We received the first part of this trilogy in a packet of summer readers for our kids and ended up reading it all together as a family, then we ordered this, the second book. Wow. We are ridiculously impressed. The story is interesting and engaging (and surprising even), and the writing is a big step above! The writing is so noticeably good, that after we had finished this novel and decided to take a break by reading from a different series that we like, my husband and I both were struck by how much we noticed the writing (that is, that it wasn''t as good as Nielsen''s writing).
Another thing that we thought was interesting is how well female author Jennifer Nielsen writes male characters--and the first two novels are predominantly male charactered. It''s irrelevant to enjoying the novels, but we thought it interesting nonetheless.
We will definitely be buying the third book in the series soon.
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S. L.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Even better than False.
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2016
He may have taken his rightful place on the throne, but Sage - now known to be the long lost prince Jaron - still has many problems ahead. Roden, the brilliant swordsman who used to be his friend, has joined the vicious pirates of Tarblade Bay, while the evil king of... See more
He may have taken his rightful place on the throne, but Sage - now known to be the long lost prince Jaron - still has many problems ahead. Roden, the brilliant swordsman who used to be his friend, has joined the vicious pirates of Tarblade Bay, while the evil king of Avania, Vargan, threatens invasion and war to Carthya. And, to Jaron''s dismay, even those within his own kingdom are quickly turning against him. Desperate, he flees the kingdom, to take the defense of his country into the only hands he believes capable - his own.

Book two of the Ascendance Trilogy is one of the few sequels that overshadows its predecessor. April Henkley did it for the Rebellion Series, and, to a lesser extent, The Sea of Monsters for Percy Jackson.
But Runaway is truly a masterpiece, filled with emotion and the wild-fully childish behavior of Jaron, who, in many ways, is still the thief he used to be. He is as masterful, funny and brave as before, even though the odds are even worse in this tale than in False.

But, no book is perfect...
Imagen. That''s not how you spell her name, but I don''t care. Allow me to go scream in the phonebooth.
...ok, I''m back. I HATE HER.

I''m not exactly sure how to end my review, so I guess I''ll just tell you the truth - this may be the best trilogy ever written for young adults - Imagen excluded - and all three books, False, Runaway and Shadow, are worthy of their fandom.
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Robin Snyder
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Pirates Beware when Sage is There.
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2015
The False prince was a fast and fun tale that had a nice twist at the end that made the book all the more enjoyable. While I liked the Runaway King it didn’t quite capture the same feel as the first book. Sage now Jaron is King of a land on the brink of war. But he isn’t... See more
The False prince was a fast and fun tale that had a nice twist at the end that made the book all the more enjoyable. While I liked the Runaway King it didn’t quite capture the same feel as the first book. Sage now Jaron is King of a land on the brink of war. But he isn’t quite the same boy, he is a little bit snarky with everyone around him to the point that it is almost annoying and slightly whiney. But I guess I might be a little hostile is someone tried to assassinate me in the very first chapter.

Jaron isn’t sure who is really on his side and who is plotting against him. He seems to be getting mixed signals from everyone at this point. The only thing he seems to know for sure is that someone wants him dead. Jaron made some classic MG moves and not much of the story seemed to be surprising. I am an adult though so I think I caught a lot of the hints early on.

I had more fun with the story once Jaron went back to being Sage and ran away to try and figure out how to stall the war. He was back to his mischievous self and causing trouble for everyone he met. There are a few new characters Fink being the most fun and possibly a younger version of our Sage in some ways. Street rat to the max he has a tender heart and just wants to find his place in the world too. While they have a rough start I like how Sage feels almost responsible for him later, almost like a big brother.

Imogen is still one of my favorite characters in the series as she is so loyal and always there to help Sage get out of the terrible trouble he gets himself into. But the ending leaves it very up in the air as to how her story arc will ultimately play out.

I’d like to get a chance to actually see Jaron as King and how he deals with pulling his country together for a war. I’m also very interested in the dynamic between Imogen Jaron and Amaranth and how the relationship aspect of the story will all work out.
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Britt R.
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Fantastic
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2014
I have been anxious to read this book from the second I finished The False Prince. After the amazing story told in the first novel, I couldn''t wait to see what happens next for Jaron. Nielsen did not disappoint. Jaron has just taken the throne, but his regents... See more
I have been anxious to read this book from the second I finished The False Prince. After the amazing story told in the first novel, I couldn''t wait to see what happens next for Jaron. Nielsen did not disappoint.

Jaron has just taken the throne, but his regents only know him as the reckless child always causing problems. They aren''t sure if he can lead a country. After an assassination attempt, the regents are even more convinced that the best way to keep the country safe is to appoint a steward until Jaron can lead. Jaron has a different idea about how he can save his country, one that takes him right into danger.

I''m not sure word I''d use to describe Jaron. He''s clever and smart, but not always in the perfect moment. He''s sarcastic and likes to act as though nothing gets to him. In reality, he uses his humor to keep people at a safe distance. He''s still hurt by what his family did to him, and if his only family could do that, what reason does he have to trust everyone else? He is a fascinating character and I''m so glad we have another book to spend with him.

The secondary characters are just as fantastic in this novel. They play major roles, even if they aren''t the main character. Jaron needs them; he wouldn''t be able to find success without them. Jaron might take the lead, but he''s nothing without his help.

The plot of this novel was perfect. It didn''t feel like one of those, "I have to sacrifice myself for the greater good" plots. Jaron is throwing himself to the wolves, but he''s doing it with the intention of fighting until he can''t fight anymore. And even at that point, the lowest of low, he will find a way to keep going, There''s eve a little romance thrown in there for good measure.

The Runaway King is a superb sequel that does not disappoint. It''s just as wonderful as the first. The action is there and now the stakes are even bigger. It was only Jaron''s life on the line in the first book, now the lives of those he cares about and his country are at risk. He knows what happens if he fails. Nielsen has another amazing novel and I can''t wait to see what she does in the last installment.
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Jennifer
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2nd book in the Ascendance series!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2020
The Runaway King is the heartpounding, action filled, emotion 2nd book in the Ascendance series. It is just as good as the first and I cannot wait to read the 3rd one! I highly recommend this for kids 11 and up!
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Charlene
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Relentlessly exciting - Jaron continues to amaze!
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2014
I don''t think I will ever get tired of characters who, no matter how terrible the odds against them are, will always have a trick up their sleeve, or plans that no one saw coming. Jaron walks the fine line between doing reckless things on the spur of the moment and doing... See more
I don''t think I will ever get tired of characters who, no matter how terrible the odds against them are, will always have a trick up their sleeve, or plans that no one saw coming. Jaron walks the fine line between doing reckless things on the spur of the moment and doing reckless things that are well thought out and planned from the beginning. He''s always unexpected in that way, and reading about his adventures is just so entertaining!

There are great secondary characters in this story who contribute to truly touching friendships. Jaron surrounds himself with people who care about him, even as they are exasperated by his actions, and seeing that kind of loyalty in their group made me tear up more than once actually. The romance aspect with Imogen is really touching as well because their relationship is born of actions and not words and it is particularly emotional I think that they feel a certain way for each other but never say it.

I think it was nice to see Jaron on his own and relying on his wits again in this - as there was a danger now that he is king that he would be so mired and hindered by the politics and his need to prove himself to his country. The reader sees still more of his cleverness and resourcefulness as he comes up against some very daunting odds. It''s incredibly satisfying really to read every moment when he comes through on his claims despite how outrageous they may seem. I just love characters who deliver on their promises, and Jaron always does.

This is such a fun book and a fantastic series so far, if you haven''t had a chance to pick it up yet, I highly recommend you do and save it for when you need a diverting story where everything is possible as long as you have the will and the spirit to accomplish it.
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Samurai S
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
the runaway king
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 27, 2015
The blurb was wrong when I bought the book so I''ll give an appropriate blurb. Jaron has claimed his throne, but he is not out of the woods yet. The Avenian pirates, who attempted to kill him 4 years ago, are back and together with Avenia itself, plan to destroy Carthya and...See more
The blurb was wrong when I bought the book so I''ll give an appropriate blurb. Jaron has claimed his throne, but he is not out of the woods yet. The Avenian pirates, who attempted to kill him 4 years ago, are back and together with Avenia itself, plan to destroy Carthya and everything in it. Join the young king as he plots to save his kingdom. I am 11 and recommend this series to all people.
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ArumLily
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The Runaway King
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2014
This was a Christmas gift sent directly to the recipient. It was an item that I know was wanted so it was well received. I don`t really know much about this item so I am unable to go into much detail so when I gave it 5 stars it was because the person I bought it for told...See more
This was a Christmas gift sent directly to the recipient. It was an item that I know was wanted so it was well received. I don`t really know much about this item so I am unable to go into much detail so when I gave it 5 stars it was because the person I bought it for told me they loved it.
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Julie Sheldon
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The runaway king who keeps running into trouble
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 22, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. The central character makes a worthy anti hero as you experience his new life as king, the threats that he faces and the decisions he must make to survive and save his country. If you like fantasy literature I''m sure you''ll like this.
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alastair
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Amazing!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 28, 2018
Wow! Such a good book. Thrilling from start to finish. I would recommend it to all 10 - 14 year olds.
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Mark Robinson
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Great!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2018
Brilliant book, highly recommended. I read a lot of this genre and style and this is one of my favourites!
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