Book Review: The Shadow Throne
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
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.
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Adult Point of View
The Shadow Throne is well worth reading to finish the series. The action is fast paced and will keep readers turning pages quickly. There will be an audible gasp from readers at Imogen’s dilemma. (I’ve always liked that girl!)
The main problems include, the romance, Jaron’s level of maturity and the implausibility of the mechanics of war. I was initially quite shocked that Imogene would face such a predicament. I have never felt a connection between Imogene and Jaron, so that worked itself out. There’s another romance for the future queen, also a digression from the typical YA fantasy. I’m so happy it’s not a love triangle and I like to see new ideas.
Jaron makes complicated plans, has to make heart-breaking decisions and has to manage (manipulate) his peers and elders. The positions Jaron is put in seem impossible for a 15 year old to navigate! Jaron was prepared through being an orphan and having to make his own way in the world. I have liked Jaron through the whole series, and found moments when I would chuckle over the crazy things he says. His snark is one of the big pluses in the series.
Plans to circumvent war were convoluted, but I read quickly and easily could have missed the intricacies in the plot. Some of the fun in an adventure story is overcoming impossible odds. I like a satisfying conclusion, but with a little ambiguity similar to real life.
My favorite book in the series was the first, The False Prince. This is a perfect series for children from about age 11-14 because Jaron is snarky, the excitement and clean content.
4out of 5 stars
- the Mother
If you liked this series try The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner and A Cast of Stones by Patrick W Carr.