Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Neilson

17667561Description (from Goodreads) -
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.


Review -

I think this may be the most content I have ever been with an ending to a favorite book series. I am not overwhelmingly sad that it is over, even though I love it very much, the way I was when Percy Jackson ended. I'm not frustrated the way I was with the end of Hunger Games. I am not angry the way I was with the ending of Pendragon. I am happy and content. I honestly don't think there was one thing I did not like about this book, I'm not saying it was perfect, but it's pretty damn close.

I think Jaron grew a lot in this book, and I came to love him even more. I loved the romance between Jaron and Imogen, it was sweet and innocent, and it didn't take precedence over the whole story but was still kinda in the background and you knew it was there throughout the whole book. The secondary characters are just as important in this book as Jaron is and again my love for them only grew, especially Roden, I loved seeing he become the Jaron's captain and growing into his position, I almost wish he had been in it more though because I love him so much! Same with Fink.

Surprisingly there were a few twists and turns that I did not see coming. This book was very good at misleading the reader without it becoming irritating, it just kept you turning the pages long into the night.

Over all I think this book was the best in the trilogy and everything I wanted it to be. It's fast paced but not so fast that you feel cheated or that it's hard to keep up with the plot. It's lighthearted and funny just like the other two books in the trilogy but you still feel all the sadness Jaron feels about the war and everything, it gets serious when it's time to be serious, you know? It's the perfect ending to a series and everything that you want a final book to be.

If you haven't read this series and you love mid-evil type fantasy then pick this up, now!

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