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The Shadow Throne

The Shadow Throne

Book - 2014 | First edition
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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 neighboring 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 lost what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne? -- From
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545284172
Call Number: j NIELSEN 2014
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 03, 2021

Reading the Shadow Throne was really interesting and was mysterious throughout the middle and the end of the book. I loved how Jaron sort of helped his friends but also sacrificed himself in many situations. He never tried to give up and always tried to think of a solution quick enough to save his people. He cares so much about his people. Although he has challenges throughout the war, he tries to find a resolution and tries to think of ways to solve the problems.

SAPL_Teens Mar 01, 2021

The Shadow Throne was captivating. I couldn't stop reading it. I love how the adventures always change throughout the different books, yet, they are all incredibly breathtaking in their own way. I really liked the difference in the storyline and adventure in contrast to the other books. In were as to the first two books where the adventures are more along the lines of adventures or problems for a small group of Jaron and his friends. The third book has more of an issue for all of Carthya. This book was an emotional rollercoaster for me. So much happened between and with Jaron and his friends throughout the story. Even if you think you know everything about the characters you learn even more about what's happening in their heads and pasts. I really enjoyed the twist that was thrown into this book and kept me wanting to read more and more. I would rate this 4.5 stars as I enjoyed it but it was not my all-time favourite in the series though it's probably up in second-place. Overall, I enjoyed this book and it kept me hooked throughout the entire story. 4.5/5 stars - Kailey, 14, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Sep 30, 2020

The third book of the ascendance series, The Shadow Throne, is one of my favourite books ever. The entire series is absolutely amazing. This book is so funny, I laugh so much. I love the characters. They really come to life. The setting of the series is also amazing. It takes place in a medieval time with different countries. This book is so creative and it’s full of plot twists and turns that you never see coming. I am always surprised by what happens. I also find it impossible to stop reading once I've started. I would recommend this book to anyone. 4.7/5 stars
@ToastieTaco of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

lgmosher Sep 23, 2020

Throughout this entire book I stayed in a state of denial.

Denial that characters were gone.
Denial that Jaron was hurting so much.
Denial that he wanted to be with the stupid princess. (I've had that denial from the first book. I don't like her and I don't trust her. She can bump off...)

But ya know..... Jamogen!

Denial that above the crippling odds that he would make it through.

And above all else, denial that there would be a 4th book.

Everything was wrapped up so perfectly in this 3rd book that I was confused after finishing it to find that they're is a book 4. And honestly, I don't know how I feel about reading it....

You have to stop while you're ahead (someone should have told Cassandra that with her shadowhunters.)

Anyways.... This book was everything a final book should be!

"Your plan sounds reckless and dangerous, and is I know right at all it's probably impossible to." -Mott

"That sounds about right." -Jaron

Yuppp. It sure does. It's what makes Jaron so appealit. But if we're being honest, Jaron has to be sick of being captured and escaping. This is book 3, and I believe that he's now in the double digits on being captured now.

"The irony was that if he knew my plans, Mott would ride from his bed and crawl here to stop me."

Freaking Mott!! Loyal to the core. At his kings side till the very end. There was a point in the book where I was in denial (and I'd I'm being quote honest with myself, at the point of rioting).

"It's very shameful, it turns out I'm one of your one hundred weakest men." -Mott

As if. Everyone has fallen for the king, I have fallen for his most beloved friend and body guard Mott! He's everything you want in a secondary character and possibly a main character. I want to know so much more about him.

Screw the next book being about Jaron, I want a book about Mott's background!

All in all Nielsen does it again. She took odds and threw them in our face in the most interesting of ways.

Sep 03, 2020

Read all 3 books from this trilogy. Excellent writing, keeps your attention from one page to the next. Jaron is a true hero of the wittiest kind. All sons should be like him. This series should be given to students as study material on how to be brave, smart, kind, and courageous especially in our world today. Hats off to this incredible author.

Aug 23, 2020

The Shadow Throne is the epic ending of Nielsen’s Ascendance Trilogy. All of Carthya’s neighbors have come to invade. King Vargan of Avenia has stolen Imogen from Jaron. With the odds stacked against his nation, Jaron must play every single card he has to save Imogen, his people, and win the war. Will he succumb to the overwhelming invasion, or be able to outwit the enemy once more? The Shadow Throne is a good book, keeping its twists and elaborate plans, as well as its good witty characters. I recommend that you go read it right now!

Dec 21, 2019

So so so good! Words can’t describe how amazing this trilogy is! No matter your age, if you love action, trickery, romance, self reflection, and best of all getting duped you will treasure this series! Please please read!

Sep 26, 2019

On page 71, I was literally in tears, when Imogen died. I'd only cried reading a book two other times before. It took me along time to pull myself together afterwards, and I almost put the book down, but I'm very glad I saw it through to the end. Seeing Jaron so broken in the following chapters was heart-rending. I'd been shipping Imogen and Jaron early on in the series and I was devastated when it was all over.
When Jaron asked Mott if there was any possibility that Imogen still lived, I was crushed. I'd been hoping the same thing before, but Mott's answer really didn't look good.
When it turned out the girl still lived, my mood really improved. I wasn't really surprised, but I was elated. I was so happy for Jaron, but saddened by the fact that he was to hang the next day. Imogen just rose from the dead, now Jaron was going to die?

I am very happy with the whole trilogy and will definitely recommend it in the future. I found the plot so riveting, that I inhaled all three books in less than two weeks.
The end felt a little rushed, and I would have liked more with the two newlywed couples. I also missed a reunion of Roden and Harlowe. If anyone else missed the same things, there a few fanfictions that aren't too bad. They do a decent job of filling in those empty spots.

Jun 14, 2018

This was the best trilogy I have ever read because the whole book had a lot of action. It was really sad though because Sage had lost lots of his best friends throughout the chapters but at least they were all rescued. I recommend this book to lots of people who enjoy fantasy and action. Nielsen has lots of other books that are great like "A Night Divided". If you are looking for other great trilogy's I recommend "The Mark of the Thief" by Jennifer A Nielsen.

This is the best trilogy I've ever read!

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Oct 09, 2020

"Here lies Imogen of Bultain. Whose death prompted a revenge that marked the final days of King Vargan." - Jaron

Oct 09, 2020

"I't should be obvious. They're waiting for the lake to come back. Perhaps you can join them and go swimming." - Jaron

Oct 09, 2020

"I hated the thought that we might be defeated by soldiers who looked as if they were wearing daisies." - Jaron

Oct 09, 2020

"I wasn't exactly sure how I could steal a cannon, but I loved the idea of trying." - Jaron

Oct 09, 2020

"The whole of what strength? Gelyn fights like bedridden grandmothers, only with longer knitting needles." - Jaron

Aug 13, 2015

Thus was a time when I was an idiot, I still am.

Jul 14, 2014

over the past several months I have come to understand that love can only expand to allow any number into it's circle.
- Jaron


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