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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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  • Amy Krahe
  • 26-09-21

I am hypnotized

I can’t stop reading your books they are the best books ever created thank you for your service of writing good books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-21

One Awesome Story

Loved it.
Jennifer is an amazing author who leaves me in suspense wondering what will happen next.
When I listen to one of her books I don't stop listening until I finish the book.
Can't wait to start the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-21

Love this Author and Narrator

I have listened to it twice before writing this review and love it both times. It is full of twist and turns, and a great addition to the original trilogy.

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  • Sarah Lenker
  • 25-06-21

Feels closer to fanfic than original story

This story is fun, I’ll give it that. I was so excited to see Jaron return. I grew up on this series. I loved following Jaron’s story. Hell, I even made freaking fan art for this series (the only fan art I’ve ever made). So I was disappointed to listen to this book and hear all the retconning, the flimsy plot, and unrealistic characters. “Jaron is the pirate king” isn’t a valid motivation for the pirates following Jaron’s nonsensical orders when he’s shown multiple times he doesn’t really care what happens to them. Strick’s motivations for being interested in Jaron don’t hold up under scrutiny. The plot twist was predictable. Jaron doesn’t feel clever here, it feels like he’s throwing darts blindly, hoping something sticks. All of that being said, it’s still Jaron. It’s still enjoyable for what it is. I definitely don’t think it holds up with the original series, but it was still fun to revisit this world.

On another note, Charlie McWade, as always, gives an amazing performance in this. I always enjoy hearing his accents. There aren’t many audiobooks where the narrator is able to distinguish who is talking simply by the way they talk. I do think some of Jaron’s humor is lost in his delivery, and I think a deadpan delivery for some of his lines reads much funnier, but I chock that up to a difference of opinion.

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  • Ryan Brown
  • 16-06-21

Captive Kingdom

Best series ever! I don't know how she does it, but these are my favorite books ever!

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  • Durant
  • 19-03-21

good

it's a good boom that is entertaining and will be a good quick listen for anyone

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  • Jacob M.
  • 27-01-21

Amazing

I love love love this book and I love all Jennifer A. Nilsson books and I recommend reading all of them!!!

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  • W. Hamilton
  • 20-01-21

My favorite series!

I love this series! So many twists and turns that keep me engaged and wanting more. My 5th grader read, The False Prince, and couldn’t stop talking about it. I decided to read it myself. I quickly surpassed her and have finished all four books now.

The reader of this series, Charley Mcwade (Spelling??) does a fabulous job! He has different voices for each character and nails each one! I now want to listen to other books he had read.

I hope the Author keeps these stories coming!

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  • Catholic Mom
  • 03-01-21

Amazing

In many times in the book I feel like I was watching a movie! Same with the rest of the book series before!

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  • Jaclyn Clements
  • 19-12-20

Fantastic Read.

I loved this story. Found myself laughing outloud often. The humor is amazing and I loved the way the narrator brought Sages sarcasm and quick wit to life. so well done for both author and narrator.