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Jennifer A. Nielsen returns to the world of The False Prince in this fourth book of the Ascendance Series! In a peaceful Carthya, Jaron leads as the Ascendant King with Imogen beside him -- but the peace he fought so long for is not destined to last. On a routine sea voyage, Jaron's ship is brutally attacked, and he is taken hostage. The mysterious captors and their leader, Jennifer A. Nielsen returns to the world of The False Prince in this fourth book of the Ascendance Series! In a peaceful Carthya, Jaron leads as the Ascendant King with Imogen beside him -- but the peace he fought so long for is not destined to last. On a routine sea voyage, Jaron's ship is brutally attacked, and he is taken hostage. The mysterious captors and their leader, Jane Strick, accuse Jaron of unthinkable acts. They are also in possession of some shocking items -- including the crown and sword that belonged to Jaron's older brother, Darius. The items unearth a past Jaron thought he had put behind him. Though it seems impossible, Jaron must consider: Could Darius be alive? And what does Strick want from Jaron? Against his will, Jaron will be pulled back into a fight for the throne -- and a battle to save his kingdom.


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Jennifer A. Nielsen returns to the world of The False Prince in this fourth book of the Ascendance Series! In a peaceful Carthya, Jaron leads as the Ascendant King with Imogen beside him -- but the peace he fought so long for is not destined to last. On a routine sea voyage, Jaron's ship is brutally attacked, and he is taken hostage. The mysterious captors and their leader, Jennifer A. Nielsen returns to the world of The False Prince in this fourth book of the Ascendance Series! In a peaceful Carthya, Jaron leads as the Ascendant King with Imogen beside him -- but the peace he fought so long for is not destined to last. On a routine sea voyage, Jaron's ship is brutally attacked, and he is taken hostage. The mysterious captors and their leader, Jane Strick, accuse Jaron of unthinkable acts. They are also in possession of some shocking items -- including the crown and sword that belonged to Jaron's older brother, Darius. The items unearth a past Jaron thought he had put behind him. Though it seems impossible, Jaron must consider: Could Darius be alive? And what does Strick want from Jaron? Against his will, Jaron will be pulled back into a fight for the throne -- and a battle to save his kingdom.

30 review for The Captive Kingdom

  1. 4 out of 5

    ella (alecsbow)

    alright this one might take a while so strap yourselves in, grab a snack and a warm drink, plug in your headphones (i suggest carrie & lowell by sufjan stevens because thats what i was primarily listening to as i read this book) and let’s get started *cracks knuckles* first i want to say i have been anxiously awaiting this book for, probably, half of my life. i first read the false prince in elementary school and reread it every year, multiple times. i am now a senior in high school for your refe alright this one might take a while so strap yourselves in, grab a snack and a warm drink, plug in your headphones (i suggest carrie & lowell by sufjan stevens because thats what i was primarily listening to as i read this book) and let’s get started *cracks knuckles* first i want to say i have been anxiously awaiting this book for, probably, half of my life. i first read the false prince in elementary school and reread it every year, multiple times. i am now a senior in high school for your reference. this series practically raised me and im not even joking when i say that jaron’s courage and selfless love inspired me as a young girl and has most definitely shaped me into the person i am today. it sounds funny to say but a piece of him will always live in me overall was it the strongest in the series? no, but i was hardly expecting it to be. the closest it can be related to is runaway king, the two felt pretty similar. however, one of my favorite parts of the series, the plot twists, were no disappointment. i figured out the first one pretty quickly but after that they just kept coming and i couldn’t keep up with them so kudos to the author she delivered exactly where we wanted her to my favorite part - jaron as i said before, i have a soft spot for jaron. he is by far one of the greatest, most well written and deep characters i have ever read about. and i LOVE his growth in this book. i think he gets away with a little too much in the first three, but he finally gets called out on his bs a little bit, which is good to see. there are two characters that he butts heads with quite a bit in this book, and it’s interesting to see their dynamic and jaron put into his place by them. he finally, FINALLY, is able to take a step back and really THINK about how his actions affect his loved ones and it was beautiful to read. this book allows us into his head and inner thoughts more than the others, and it’s fascinating watching everything unfold to him. sometimes it takes longer than it should have and you just want to give him a stern thwack on the back of his head, but he gets there eventually. and of course, his sense of humor was better than ever. he had me practically rolling on the ground with his little quips and jabs. no one can make me laugh quite like he does. other characters we got to see mott, roden, and fink shine the most in this book. some of mott’s past is revealed, and so is some of connor’s *wink wink* same as jaron, we got to see in roden’s head a little bit and see how he’s feeling. obviously, he’s tired of being in jaron’s shadow and he’s done pretending that he isn’t bothered by it and fink. adorable as ever. god, fink, you’re just the cutest imogen, tobias, and amarinda were kind of pushed aside a bit which was sad to see. i hope they shine through in the next book. what bothered me the most was that some characters did not return. they were nowhere to be found, not even mentioned. weird😳✋🏻 i am anxiously awaiting the sequel and if anyone of influence is reading this i totallyyyy would not mind being sent an arc. like at all. that’d be cool i think. chill. super fun. alright im done now but just, yaknow, think about it❤️sincerely jaron’s biggest fan (there might be more i need to say about this book but ill wait until after the release date and my thoughts are more put together) update: whew. what a ride. im emotionally drained and exhausted. rtc when im not crying so hard i can actually see what im typing update: WE ARE GETTING A FIFTH AND POSSIBLY SIXTH BOOK!!!!! my heart cant handle this i have never been so excited for a book in my entire life

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elijah

    no /way/ I had no idea she was going to continue the series O.o

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    I really liked where the series ended, but I'm still super excited to see the author takes the characters. Hopefully it's as good as the first 3 in the series! I really liked where the series ended, but I'm still super excited to see the author takes the characters. Hopefully it's as good as the first 3 in the series!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm basically already sobbing

  5. 5 out of 5

    FLABBERGASTED BANANA

    After you finish the last page, you just sit there for a bit, staring off into the nothingness, and you wonder. Was that it? Was that the ending? Is it really over? (No! It’s not over!) And all these questions are floating through your head, how, why, food(food is very important), when, and you're just in this state of awe( mostly because of books, but also because of food)because of the way the whole story ties together to unite in one ultimate ending. You're left reeling(I’m starving), not bec After you finish the last page, you just sit there for a bit, staring off into the nothingness, and you wonder. Was that it? Was that the ending? Is it really over? (No! It’s not over!) And all these questions are floating through your head, how, why, food(food is very important), when, and you're just in this state of awe( mostly because of books, but also because of food)because of the way the whole story ties together to unite in one ultimate ending. You're left reeling(I’m starving), not because the ending was a disappointment, but because it was so much better than anything you ever could have thought up, or hoped for. (I hope for some fooooooood) everyone probably thinks I’m insane, or fat now. Well, guess what? I'm insane, but I'm sane enough to know that I'm insane, therefore I'm not that insane, only half cracked. This is what this series, so far has done to me

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gods_little_book_geek

    What?!?! *falls on floor* I don't think I've ever been more excited for a series’ continuation in my life!!! *fangirl screams*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (Kathryn is looking for me)

    OH. MY. SWEET. GOODNESS.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    I loved The Ascendence Trilogy, but really The False Prince was my favorite. This one is right up there with it. So fun.

  9. 5 out of 5

    nicole

    YO WHAT......... i’m reeling..????? this was my favourite series in middle school !!! i didn’t even know another book was coming out all these years later... i discovered this completely by accident bc i was feeling nostalgic and wanted to re-read the false prince..... y’all i’m crying

  10. 5 out of 5

    Boba Island

    there's a fourth book? I don't know if I would say I'm excited or not or whether I will read it. But the Synopsis sounds intresting. Edit: but honestly this book has the potential to be really good cause no offense to the other books. Since it's been awhile the Author has probably improved which gives me hope.

  11. 5 out of 5

    A n n i e ⚔ | Mustachio Mozart

    firstly, cover glow-up win! secondly, and more importantly, ??!!!?!?! time to finally finish this book, my dudes. firstly, cover glow-up win! secondly, and more importantly, ??!!!?!?! time to finally finish this book, my dudes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    Wait, what? Middle school me is quaking I-

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kacie

    Jaron's ability to get himself into sticky situations will never cease to amaze me! He can be an idiot sometimes but I love him XD. I can't believe there's another one! I don't wanna have to wait a long time:(

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Shush! Up! I thought this was a trilogy!!! THERE'S ANOTHER BOOK!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! My gosh, this has got to be my favourite series. I am soooo glad she continued it! I can't wait! I put my hold already!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Céline

    Jaron is BACK, people! An enormous thank-you to Main Street Books in St. Charles for gifting me an ARC of this book, the fourth installment in one of my favorite series! This will be a short, spoiler-free review, though I'll update it with spoilers once the book is published. As a massive fan of the Ascendance Trilogy, delving into its expansion into the Ascendance Series was equal parts nervousness and excitement. After this trilogy, I read several of Jennifer Nielsen's other books as they came ou Jaron is BACK, people! An enormous thank-you to Main Street Books in St. Charles for gifting me an ARC of this book, the fourth installment in one of my favorite series! This will be a short, spoiler-free review, though I'll update it with spoilers once the book is published. As a massive fan of the Ascendance Trilogy, delving into its expansion into the Ascendance Series was equal parts nervousness and excitement. After this trilogy, I read several of Jennifer Nielsen's other books as they came out, but was very underwhelmed by The Mark of the Thief, The Traitor's Game and The Scourge. I worried that I was no longer clicking with her storytelling. Then I read her historical fiction, and fell in love with all three (A Night Divided, Resistance and Words on Fire). So I was relieved that it wasn't her storytelling I no longer clicked with, just some of the stories. (Which, in hindsight, may not be a bad thing...perhaps that will increase their chances of clicking with other readers who have different tastes than I do.) Jennifer Nielsen invites us to embark on another adventure, this one beginning at sea (which Jaron, with his affinity for the seaside, must have appreciated), and it is full of all of the action, twists, close calls and humor that we know, love and hope for in Jaron's escapades. I laughed out loud on multiple occasions, and one of my favorite comedic moments from the series would have to be from this fourth installment. One of my favorite things from the original trilogy is the friendships, and that was one of my favorite things to see in action in this latest escapade as well. Throughout the story, many chess pieces are being moved, and not always by Jaron, so it is definitely worth it to take your time reading the story to make sure you're following what's up; I was too impatient to know what happened next, and admit I didn't pay as good of attention as I should have to the details on my first read-through. I'm excited for the next read-through, and can't wait for fans to discover this latest installment in October, and I am PUMPED for book 5!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dejanira Dawn

    THERES ANOTHER BOOK COMINF OUT WHAT

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nandini Vakde

    NO ONE INFORMED ME THAT THIS WAS HAPPENING WHAT?!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Nonstop swashbuckling, treasure-hunting action with a huge does of "who is in charge here" vibes. A fantastic new chapter in The Ascendance Series. Nielsen has once again given us Jaron/Sage in a book that makes us want to root for him while shaking a little sense into him. Is older brother Darius alive? What does an obscure kingdom group want with Jaron and the rest of his support team? Who is the true king of Carthya? Will Jaron find answers in Belland? Journey with Jaron through the twists an Nonstop swashbuckling, treasure-hunting action with a huge does of "who is in charge here" vibes. A fantastic new chapter in The Ascendance Series. Nielsen has once again given us Jaron/Sage in a book that makes us want to root for him while shaking a little sense into him. Is older brother Darius alive? What does an obscure kingdom group want with Jaron and the rest of his support team? Who is the true king of Carthya? Will Jaron find answers in Belland? Journey with Jaron through the twists and turns of this fourth installment. Thank you to Scholastic Press and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    This series a holds a special place in my heart cause it one of the first series my son who now 16 remembers listening to as an audiobook. He was hooked from the first book all the way to the last. We also had the great honor of meeting Jennifer in Kennewick Wa a few years back. I had to do a whole re read for the series before i read the fourth one as it been awhile since i hung out with sage and refresher was due. This continuation of the story did not disappoint me at all. In fact it made me c This series a holds a special place in my heart cause it one of the first series my son who now 16 remembers listening to as an audiobook. He was hooked from the first book all the way to the last. We also had the great honor of meeting Jennifer in Kennewick Wa a few years back. I had to do a whole re read for the series before i read the fourth one as it been awhile since i hung out with sage and refresher was due. This continuation of the story did not disappoint me at all. In fact it made me cry yep tears running down my face. It also enlightens you even more how much Sage lost, uncovers and regains as he steps more into his role as king. When i reached the end the first thing i did was find out if we truly are getting more story. I instagrammed Jennifer asking if Sage was coming out to cause more mischief as i really need to know what he discovered at the end. Jennifer is a talented author and if your fan of the first three books you really need to pick this one up.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carson Lofton

    I received an ARC of this book and Y’ALL. I can’t wait for it to come out so that everyone else can enjoy it. wow. So amazing and captivating, per usual. An amazing way to continue the series. This entire series is GOLD. I finished The Captive Kingdom in 48 hours, meaning I literally couldn’t put it down. When I finished it, I was genuinely sad because it was over. Don’t you love books like that? Its going to be so hard to wait for the next one. I read the other 3 Ascendence books in the series I received an ARC of this book and Y’ALL. I can’t wait for it to come out so that everyone else can enjoy it. wow. So amazing and captivating, per usual. An amazing way to continue the series. This entire series is GOLD. I finished The Captive Kingdom in 48 hours, meaning I literally couldn’t put it down. When I finished it, I was genuinely sad because it was over. Don’t you love books like that? Its going to be so hard to wait for the next one. I read the other 3 Ascendence books in the series several years ago and I was OBSESSED. I’ve read them over COUNTLESS times. They never get old. Mrs. Nielsen is an incredible writer. Her characters, plot lines, plot twists etc...genius. I know it says that the books are for ages 8-13 but they definitely appeal to older kids too (like me and I’m 22. I started them when I was 16-17 and have been a massive fan since). Honestly they’re better than anything I’ve found in the adult section or young adult section of the library. Just good, wholesome, captivating and geniusly written books. I love how much thought she puts into all that she writes. You can tell that she’s thought out every single detail of each of the characters stories. She always knows how to keep you on your toes. At this point, I’ve read every single one of Mrs. Nielsen’s books, so I know that she’s a genius when it comes to plot twists so I expected them when I read The Captive Kingdom, and although I was expecting plot twists, she completely blew it out of the water. I was not expecting for the story to turn out the way that it did. At all. She did an amazing job. Thank you Jennifer, for continuing the series. Please, please keep going! I can’t wait for the next one! All of you Ascendence Series fans, please preorder this or get it as soon as it’s released. You’re going to want it...and Mrs. Nielsen, you’re going to have some very impatient fans waiting for the 5th one😉

  21. 4 out of 5

    Evona Evonica

    MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME IS BEING CONTINUED ALL THESE YEARS LATER and I am now way past the target audience age but I CANNOT CONTAIN THE EXCITTTTE *HIGH PITCHED SCREAMS*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jaci LaPlante

    I have never had higher hopes for a book. The original trilogy was my absolute favorite when I first read it at 10 years old and I still consider it my favorite, knowing that I can read it a thousand times and still love it every time. When I heard that Nielsen was gonna continue the series I was ecstatic. I was counting down the days for this release, but as it got closer I got more worried. I was afraid that it wouldn't be everything I hoped for or that I wouldn't feel the same way about this I have never had higher hopes for a book. The original trilogy was my absolute favorite when I first read it at 10 years old and I still consider it my favorite, knowing that I can read it a thousand times and still love it every time. When I heard that Nielsen was gonna continue the series I was ecstatic. I was counting down the days for this release, but as it got closer I got more worried. I was afraid that it wouldn't be everything I hoped for or that I wouldn't feel the same way about this one that I felt with the first three. Well, having finally picked it up and convincing myself to not be scared, I finished it. And I can say that I was right. It wasn't everything I hoped for and I didn't feel the same way about it as I had the others. But to be honest, I didn't even know what I was hoping for and yet I still fell in love with it. Yes I had many issues with this one. It moved fast, was kind of confusing at the beginning and had some aspects that I wasn't happy with. But for some reason I was able to look passed all that and still enjoy this story and feel all its magic that comes with reading about Jaron and his incredible adventures. It is almost like this is a filler book to get Nielsen started up again into this story, but I am okay with that. I will most likely not reread this one every year like I do the first three and I should have never expected it to be as strong as the other books. I did feel disappointment at first, but I couldn't help but smile throughout so much of it, and laugh and cry, because the magic was there, Jaron was there and I love it all the same. Can't wait for the series to continue and I know that it will only get better from here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Chandler

    *I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review* Jaron has returned with more trouble, but this time the stakes are much, much higher… If you think the first three books were exciting, then The Captive Kingdom will blow your mind with even more actions and emotions. Synopsis: After bringing peace to Carthya, Jaron and his friends are attacked by Prozarians and unfortunately held captive. What could Prozarians, a people that was believed to have gone extinct, pos *I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review* Jaron has returned with more trouble, but this time the stakes are much, much higher… If you think the first three books were exciting, then The Captive Kingdom will blow your mind with even more actions and emotions. Synopsis: After bringing peace to Carthya, Jaron and his friends are attacked by Prozarians and unfortunately held captive. What could Prozarians, a people that was believed to have gone extinct, possibly want with Jaron? Jaron is of course trying out crazy ideas to save his friends, but his captor, the Prozarian Captain Strick, seems to have just as many tricks up to her sleeve. Could Darius be alive, as Strick claims? Could Jaron save his friends? And could Roden finally, finally find a love interest? Review: For those who have read the trilogy and love Jaron, I’m happy to tell you that Jaron is exactly like we knew him from the trilogy. Even after so many years, the author did an excellent job getting back to Jaron’s voice. He is still naughty, mischievous, humorous, and ready for some trouble. (Speaking of humorous, I literally laughed out loud only two sentences into prologue!) The reading experience is like meeting a long lost friend. You will recognize him the first moment you see him, but you also get to see how he has grown into this person you always knew he would become. In The Captive Kingdom, we get to see more of Jaron’s past, know more of his thoughts and growth. As Jaron uncovered his past and secrets, he encountered self-doubt, friendship crisis, and inner struggles. It’s another great coming of age story that will excite you and move your hearts. Aside from Jaron, characters we love and hate from the trilogy have also returned with their backstory. I love Jaron’s interaction with others and how he developed empathy for his friends. I especially love Jaron and Roden’s! There are also new friends and enemies with distinct personalities. There’s also lots, lots of secrets between them. You’ll have to follow closely though, because this time, everyone seems to have secrets of their own. Also, The Captive Kingdom is full of twists and turns, ups and downs (mostly downs… after all, he’s Jaron), and brilliant plotting that will keep you on the edge of your seats. It’s a total page-turner. (I finished it in two days!) Something dramatic happens in nearly every chapter, making me want to shout, or cry, or scream. The story fits so perfectly and naturally with what happens in the trilogy, yet it’s still unexpected and surprising. You wouldn’t find the gap or awkwardness that usually happens in long-time follow-ups. I could totally believe only three months pass between book 3 and book 4. The Captive Kingdom is strongly based on the previous books, so you will have to read them first to understand. If you read them a long time ago, I would encourage you to reread the trilogy, but it’s not necessary as long as you remember major events. If you haven’t yet, I strongly urge you to pick up the first book, The False Prince! It’s definitely worth your time! The Captive Kingdom promises a roller-coaster ride about secrets and trust, family and royalty, friendship and love. Old readers will find themselves once again mesmerized by Jaron’s charm. For new readers, I recommend this series to people of all ages who wish to go on an epic adventure. (And *scream* I can’t wait for book 5!!!! I believe it will be epic!!!)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    A joyful return that falls far short of its predecessors. My sadness stems from Jaron’s absence of likability. The frustration that others feel with him, you feel as the reader, which is the intent. Unfortunately, there is no growth. Even the one “lightbulb” moment Jaron has regarding his Captain is shown to be fleeting at the end when he reverts to the same behavior. There is also a considerable amount of contradictory actions. One moment a character is fed up, but the next they are declaring lo A joyful return that falls far short of its predecessors. My sadness stems from Jaron’s absence of likability. The frustration that others feel with him, you feel as the reader, which is the intent. Unfortunately, there is no growth. Even the one “lightbulb” moment Jaron has regarding his Captain is shown to be fleeting at the end when he reverts to the same behavior. There is also a considerable amount of contradictory actions. One moment a character is fed up, but the next they are declaring loyalty. One scene they are shrouded in doubt, the next they’ve never wavered. These transitions aren’t gradual, they are one chapter to the next and without cause. My final disappointment was in the “twists”. In previous books the twists felt like truths you should have seen all along. In this book you’re meant to feel that Jaron’s compulsive secret keeping (including from you the reader) ends up benefitting everyone. Instead it just feels like the author forgot to leave breadcrumbs and now is at the end of the story and must quickly explain away a solution. I know this is negative and I feel badly since I really love this series and it’s characters. Rest assured, I’ll read the next installment without hesitation, I hope with better results.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    You know that nasty feeling you get in your gut when you find out a practically perfect and finished series is getting a new book? That nagging "it's totally going to suck and kill all the good vibes I had for the other books and I'm gonna want to die" thoughts? Worry not, dear reader! This was everything you wanted for Jaron and co. plus some. Battles, fights for the throne, pirates, more pirates, and of course, Jaron's big mouth and clever wit. The only negative thing I have to report is the fif You know that nasty feeling you get in your gut when you find out a practically perfect and finished series is getting a new book? That nagging "it's totally going to suck and kill all the good vibes I had for the other books and I'm gonna want to die" thoughts? Worry not, dear reader! This was everything you wanted for Jaron and co. plus some. Battles, fights for the throne, pirates, more pirates, and of course, Jaron's big mouth and clever wit. The only negative thing I have to report is the fifth book isn't coming out until 2021 and I'm salty about it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Heavy duty fans of this series will want to see more of Jaron, but I don't have as many readers for this anymore so may pass. My fantasty readers have gone away from the Anglo-Germanic type tales in favor of the newer, multicultural ones being offered by imprints like Rick Riordan presents.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juny

    Ahhh! I've always wanted to be one of the first to review and mark a book read before anyone else! *sweet contented sigh* Alas, I cannot give it a full review....yet. So I shall keep it simple. This book takes place in between the ending of the war of the third book and the epilogue of the third book (which is a year later when Jaron and Imogen get married). I had thought it would be several years later but, no. If you're looking for all your favorite characters to come back, then have no fear, th Ahhh! I've always wanted to be one of the first to review and mark a book read before anyone else! *sweet contented sigh* Alas, I cannot give it a full review....yet. So I shall keep it simple. This book takes place in between the ending of the war of the third book and the epilogue of the third book (which is a year later when Jaron and Imogen get married). I had thought it would be several years later but, no. If you're looking for all your favorite characters to come back, then have no fear, the whole gang is back minus (view spoiler)[gotcha (haha, sorry I couldn't resist (whoever even bothered to click on this: you shall see when you read) (hide spoiler)] . Then of course the new characters which one must have for a sequel book, all of whom keep Jaron on his toes. As for the plot, there were definitely surprises in the book that I didn't see coming. Much of it was a revisit to the past (mainly the first book) and shifted those events into a new light along with some additional info which we were not privy to before. Nevertheless it had a good ending :) I do wonder now if the 5th one will be taking place after the epilogue of the third book, or continue within this same year...I suppose we shall just have to wait and see.

  28. 5 out of 5

    sophia

    THIS WAS SO GOOD. REVIEW TO COME ONCE I STOP SCREAMING.

  29. 5 out of 5

    N.M.Beltran

    I can't believe this! The possibility of seeing Jaron again made my heart thump. The last book was wrapped up perfectly and I couldn't ask for a better ending to the trilogy, BUT A FOURTH BOOK?! This would surely mean there could be fifth and sixth! Ahhh...I'm so ready for this

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Roberts

    I received an advance copy of this book and will likely buy the Hardcopy to match my set. Jennifer Nielsen does it again with her twisty hilarious adventurous storytelling. It is hard to write good sequels. It is hard to keep a character true to himself though he changes through a book series. And how much harder when we consider trying to follow up on the flawless (I don't use that word lightly) False Prince. Somehow, Nielsen has bottled lightning. She knows Sage so well, she can return to his I received an advance copy of this book and will likely buy the Hardcopy to match my set. Jennifer Nielsen does it again with her twisty hilarious adventurous storytelling. It is hard to write good sequels. It is hard to keep a character true to himself though he changes through a book series. And how much harder when we consider trying to follow up on the flawless (I don't use that word lightly) False Prince. Somehow, Nielsen has bottled lightning. She knows Sage so well, she can return to his head and keep her readers in love with him no matter how he grows up. Maybe not the best book in the series, but Captive Kingdom was particularly funny. Maybe it is because I have the ARC, but I found some editorial issues like a bit of repetition and a few confusing patches of dialogue. If this book has any flaw it is perhaps the writing felt more rushed, less thoughtful, but the plotting is sure to please fans of the Ascendance Series and the characters we know and love return to delight us along with some fabulous new additions: Lump and Mercy, I'm talking about you two! The only reason it took me longer than two days to read is my husband begged me to read it aloud since it will be months before the audiobook arrives (he's an audio only kind of guy). I will say, it is a memory I will treasure. The moment I finished I wanted to start the series all over again. Thanks, Jennifer.

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