Tag Archives: Jennifer Nielsen

A trio of trilogies : Volume 1

21 May

This spring, I’ve finished  three trilogies. Two were dystopian and geared at YA audiences. Today I will share the first of the trio, aimed at a middle grades audience.

Unknown

The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen

The False Prince  came out in 2012 with much acclaim. I didn’t read it until this year, however. I read the first one in the Winter, the read the last two in quick succession when the third book came out.

This is an action packed. Sage is  an orphan running the streets of Carthya,   depending on his quick wits and quicker mouth to survive. When he finds himself one of four boys bought by a wealthy nobleman with a dastardly plan to gain control of the throne, Sage must use every trick at his disposal to outmaneuver the other boys and convince the kingdom that he is fit to rule.

In  The Runaway King , Jaron escapes an assassination attempt. With rumors of an impending war, Jaron runs away in an attempt to prevent the war from happening.

In the final installment,  The Shadow Throne, war has come to Carthya. 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.

For readers who love action, this series is wonderful. I think reading them in pretty quick succession I was struck by Jaron’s impulsivity and tendency to get himself kidnapped or imprisoned. I had trouble suspending my disbelief at times and thought “Here we go again!”. Realistically, a king would not be permitted to act the way Jaron does, but this is clearly not realistic fiction. I do wonder how Jaron will take to ordinary life in the palace now that all the excitement is over. I see him as a King Henry VIII figure, loud and rowdy.

In any case, you should give this one a try if you kid you middle grade fiction full of action.

Randy Ribay

YA author, teacher, nerd

The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Knitting, spinning, and assorted awesomeness.

Global Yell Blog

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

Jone Rush MacCulloch

Deo Writer: Musings to Spark the Spirit

Klickitat St. Readers

Just another WordPress.com site

Readerbuzz

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

PLUMDOG BLOG

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

Gail Carriger

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

Kate Messner

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

Cybils Awards

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

Someday My Printz Will Come

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh!

Opening books to open minds.

Tundra Books

Home of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers and Friends

andrea gillespie

Inquiring My Way Forward

Kirby's Lane: A Place for Readers and Writers

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

The Horn Book

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

The History Girls

A blog about children's & YA lit, with some basset news thrown in

%d bloggers like this: