The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3) | Written by Jennifer A. Nielsen
This was an action-packed page-turner and a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. It did’t feel quite as notable to me as the prior books, and I think this is mainly because now that I know this character and how his story tends to go I am anticipating and prefiguring the types of plot twists that had been genuinely surprising to me in the first two books (The False Prince and The Runaway King.) I can’t say any more about it without spoilers, but if you read it like I did your own brain will be spoiling it for you as you read. I’m not sure what could have been done about this issue, because the author has to give you enough hints to make the twists believable and acceptable when they are revealed. On the other hand, it would have been really out of character and and a departure into another type of story if there had not been the sane kinds of surprise twists and selectively withheld details in this book.
It’s still fun to follow Jaron along, and it’s especially satisfying how the “immature” antics and audacious plans he comes up with to save his friends end up working in his favor. While his obnoxiousness and ego remain intact, his love and loyalty to his friends only increases, and since he now counts the entire kingdom as his friends and his responsibility, it all works out in everyone’s favor.
Okay, I’m tired of being critical and particular about this book. It was a fun conclusion to a great middle grade trilogy. I’m glad I read it and I still think about it from time to time, and it’s been at least a week or two. It makes me want to read more classic fantasy type stories, which I haven’t read much of since I was myself in the middle grade age group. So ignore my earlier comments, it’s a win.