Book 3 in the Ascendance Trilogy
Release Date: February 25th
Bang Rating: 4/5
War is coming and Jaron must gather his army to defend Carytha.
Dang, That was Good!
- There was never a lull in the action which means there was never a boring moment.
- Jaron stays true to his character. He is the same clever smart-mouth boy we came to love in the first 2 books. Neilsen writes a great character in Jaron. He is extremely likable.
- It is the last book in the trilogy and it is a war, so expect some sadness. Neilsen writes these scenes beautifully.
- Jaron constantly gets himself into bad situations. It was fun to see how he gets himself out of them.
That’s too Bad, Dang!
- It was a bit predicable. It is war and obviously someone might get hurt or die.
- It was a bit preachy. Maybe that’s b/c I’m not 12 and don’t need lectures on leadership and love.
- Although Jaron is likable, everyone is extremely stupid or he is uncannily more clever and always a step ahead of everyone. Jaron’s one-step-aheadiness was too unbelievable.
- I love a good happy ending but this ending was happy-ever-after drowning in sugar, honey, with cherries on top. Okay, maybe I’m used to reading dark historical fiction/fantasy like Throne of Glass and the His Fair Assassin Series.
- The cover. Unfortunately teens judge books by the cover and they don’t pick up this series b/c of the cover. The False Prince was #20 on the most check out list at my library but that was partially because I put it on every display and I book talked it at every school I was invited to last year.
The Shadow Throne was a great ending to a wonderful series that both boys and girls, MG and YA will love. I hope this series begins to get the attention is so truly deserves.
Book Clubs for Tweens/Teens-
Please stop reading if you don’t want to see spoilers!!!
I do this b/c I am a librarian that runs a book discussion group for 5th-7th grade. Parents of younger teens are expecting librarians to pick clean books and it is helpful to know if the book is okay for middle school. Otherwise, I am all for Intellectual Freedom.
- Sword fighting and death but not gratuitous.
- Appropriate for ages 10 and older