Shadow Throne by Jennifer Neilsen

shadowShadow Throne by Jennifer Neilsen

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

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