Monday Book Recs—Jennifer A. Nielsen’s The Runaway King

The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, #2)

This book is a breathless ride, with so many twists and turns, you will never guess what happens next. Sage is the quintessential hero, who does things that should be impossible, but when they happen, you absolutely believe that he managed it. There are a couple of awesome moments with the pirates—because PIRATES! What book isn’t better with pirates!

I am normally not a fan of love triangles, as you know, and there is a bit of one here (princess/servant girl). But it works. That’s the thing. Love triangles can be really, really effective at getting reader interest up. They can make readers root for things to happen, and that is a great thing. Love triangles can also raise the stakes. The problem is that they are so often done badly, and then you want to hit everyone involved, whether they are real or not. Needless to say, I did not want to hit anyone here. I like both of the female points of the triangle and I would be happy for Sage to end up with either of them. I also LOVE that they aren’t rivals. They are friends. That’s the way you do it.

I have some ideas about what will happen next, but I think that is one of the best things about a must-read series. You just happen to buy the next book to find out if you are right.