I read the first one, The False Prince, and it was amazing. I had to read the sequel! Luckily, Amanda offered to give it to me to read and review here.
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: March 1st, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive?
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? (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
I love this series. The main character, Jaron, is one of my new favorites. he seems arrogant and hard to get along with, but he's also hard on himself. He thinks he's the least capable person to be king. Yet he doesn't trust anybody else to take up the responsibility adequately either.
One of the great things about this book is that something is always happening. The stakes ar high. Jaron willfully gets himself into the most impossible predicaments and he always has everything to love. (He is kind of dramatic like that.) Dull moments just don't exist with Jaron around.
I think one of my favorite parts is that Jaron refuses to change. He knows he's a pain to be around. He knows his failings. TO the people who matter most to him he actually apologizes for not being what they want or deserve, for his actions and miscommunications But he can not and will not change who he is at his core. He refuses to conform to what society thinks he ought to be, because it isn't who he really is. As difficult as he is, I respect that.
The book has a few passive sections, where things are just told straight to you, but for the most part, the book is action all the way through.
I gave this book five out of five stars.
About the Reviewer:
Ashley G enjoys reading and writing fantasy. She loves gray weather days and hiding out at the college library. When she's not doing that, you might find her practicing guitar, teaching clogging classes, or quoting movies on her blog.
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