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Summary

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. 

Return to Carthya to uncover new secrets, high-stakes action, and Jennifer A. Nielsen's signature breathtaking twists.

©2020 Jennifer A. Nielsen (P)2020 Scholastic Inc.

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  • 22-11-20

The Worst Cliche Ever

This story is a conglomeration of nonsensical tidbits & inconsistent characters that attempts to combine the success of Nielsen's past novels & current films, but results in a mess of idiotic, unintelligible, slapdash hiccups that make no sense & throw back ridicule on anything previous Nielsen has written. The ending is worse than a comic book series. An attempt to keep the series going & fan the flames of frustration for anyone hoping for a real story. Not recommended

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  • 09-11-20

A much needed sequel!

An interesting listen that covers the year between the winning of the war and the wedding of Jaron and Imogen. This book expands the world of Carthyia to new horizons and introduces a variety of twists that harkens back to the original trilogy in ways that are, in many ways, unexpected. A great listen, and the narration is, as always, amazing!

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  • Ahzlcts
  • 29-10-20

My kids love them

cute stories, my girls love them! It is always weird hearing the story from Jaron's point of view but never actually getting all of his plans until they happen.

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  • Turbolisa
  • 11-10-20

Twists and Turns

Like the others in this series, this book was well written and was full of some great twists and turns. The readers performance was also fantastic!

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  • jazmien brambila
  • 08-10-20

Soooo Amazing!! Can’t believe I finish it 😭

This was an amazing continuation to the series! This is a must to read and you will find yourself again immersed into Nielsen’s plot twists, unexpected revelations, and captivating characters. The narration was amazing but I’m kinda sad that Roden’s voice sounds different. Besides all that, this was a great listen and everyone should hear this! Just a fyi, be emotionally prepared for this book ;)

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  • S. Cooper
  • 08-10-20

Fabulous!!!

Another fabulous addition to this wonderful series, with amazing narration by Charlie McWade!! I preordered this the second it went on sale and it worth every second of the wait. Watching Jaron come into his own as king, and seeing how he constantly evolves in his relationships to those around him is a pleasure to watch (read?). HIGHLY recommended.