Friday, November 28, 2014

The Shadow Throne (Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The countries of Avenia, Gelyn, and Mendenwal have joined forces to invade Carthya. Soon after the invasion, King Vargan of Avenia kidnaps Jaron's closest friend, Imogen. When Jaron tries to rescue Imogen, he is captured and Imogen is shot down. Thinking he has lost Imogen forever, Jaron sinks into a deep depression while Vargan's soliders torture him into surrendering his land. Only Carthya's plight and his unconquerable spirit can help Jaron pull through his despair to fight for his country's future.

Nielsen beautifully completes her trilogy with The Shadow Throne. In this book, Jaron deals with some of his greatest conflicts: the possible defeat of his kingdom,  the deaths of his subjects, and the loss of his love, Imogen. In previous trials, Jaron's body was badly wounded, but his reckless spirit endured. When Jaron believes he has lost Imogen, his spirit is defeated and his future seems purposeless without her. However, when great sorrow occurs, great joy follows. A rousing series for readers ages 10 and up.

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