I too have been waiting with baited breath for the final book of the Ascendance Trilogy, it is no secret that I have been a huge fan of the first two books and that the False Prince was a major contender for last year’s Global Read Aloud. In fact, I am reading it aloud to my students right now and they beg for more whenever I finish for the day. So when I was approved for an advance copy from Netgalley, I couldn’t wait to tell my students, and then I couldn’t wait to read it.
Let me start by saying; this book was everything I had hoped it to be. Plenty of action (that’s what happens when there is a war), great resolutions to stories, and of course, a few twists and turns along the way which the author does so well. I wanted the book to end so I could read the ending, but once I reached it I was sad to say goodbye to the characters. Jennifer Nielsen did it again, she wrote a great story, even if there was a bit too much action for me once in a while, and she created a solid trilogy that I would continue to encourage 4th and 5th graders (and up of course) to read. I am glad this series has been a part of my life the past two years.
Bottomline: A must read and a must add to your classroom library (3rd grade and up).
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?