The Runaway King

It’s Kidlit Blog Hop day again! Hop over and take a look at all the books, interviews and more!

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Also, take a look at the Guys Lit Wire blog for pics of happy high schoolers with new books.

The Runaway King
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen.
This is the sequel to last year’s amazing Cybils-award winning book The False Prince. It will therefore be hard to avoid spoilers, but I’ll do my best. Sage, now known by his real name, Jaron, is now king of Carthya. That hardly means that all is well. As the story opens, the kingdom is finally having the official memorial service for the rest of Jaron’s family, who were murdered before the start of the first book. Before he can get to the service, Jaron deals with an attempted assassination attempt by his former friend Roden, who’s now joined the infamous pirates. Immediately after that, there are some not-too-veiled threats from the king of neighboring Avenia, which would clearly like to annex Carthya. Even his official fiancée, Amarinda, doesn’t trust him. His best friend is Imogen, but even now, he can’t trust anyone enough to tell her what’s going on or why he feels compelled to push her away. Because of course his first reaction knowing that the country is in trouble and his advisors don’t trust him is run towards what he feels to be the source of the problem and try to solve it single-handedly. In this case, that means taking down the pirates.

I felt a little torn about this book. On the one hand, I had very strong feelings of “what in the world do you think you’re doing, you idiot?! Go ask for some help! And have some respect for your own life!” (He won’t, and he doesn’t.) There also can’t be quite the same level of double narrative going as there was with the first book. On the other hand, Jaron still isn’t going to share all his secrets with us, and he is a smart and resourceful person. He’s still got plenty of tricks up his sleeve, and Nielsen does a very good job of making things come out good enough without being perfect. If you haven’t read the first book, go read it first. If you have, this one is well worth reading, especially if you’re a fan of tricksy plots or pirates. I’d say this is aimed at older middle-grade students, with lots of appeal for teens and adults as well.

Advertisements

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
This entry was posted in Books and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to The Runaway King

  1. Pingback: Armchair Cybils Round-Up: Middle Grade and YA Speculative Fiction | alibrarymama

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s