The Runaway King (The Ascendance Series, Book 2) (CD-Audio)

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“Jaron is off and running again in the second volume of The Ascendance Trilogy, this time not as a false prince but as the newly anointed King of Carthya. And he's running for his life! With few friends and plenty of people, including pirates, who would rather see him dead, Jaron decides to run straight toward the trouble that lays in wait for him. Who can he trust? Who will become his ally? Nielsen once again keeps up a breakneck pace in this very satisfying fantasy.”
— Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the thrilling sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen's New York Times bestselling blockbuster The False Prince!

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Series takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King!

And don't miss the highly anticipated fourth book in the series, The Captive Kingdom, coming October 2020!

About the Author

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Series: The False Prince, The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne, and The Captive Kingdom, coming in Fall 2020. She also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the stand-alone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thrillers A Night Divided, Resistance, and Words on Fire; the second book in the Horizon series, Deadzone; Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines; and The Traitor's Game series: The Traitor's Game, The Deceiver's Heart, and The Warrior's Curse. Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their children, and a perpetually muddy dog.

Praise For…


"This kickoff to her new Ascendance Trilogy is a swashbuckling origin story . . . Sage is a quick wit, and Nielsen showcases it with terrific dialogue . . . chock full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys." --LOS ANGELES TIMES

"[A]n impressive, promising story with some expertly executed twists." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

"[A] well-crafted tale . . . Ruthless ambition, fierce action and plotting, complex characters, and lots of sword play and hidden passages keep pages flipping." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

"[A] surefire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense." --THE HORN BOOK

"THE FALSE PRINCE is a gracefully written fantasy that flows from beginning to end without a hitch. . . . In addition to dynamic characters, Jennifer Nielsen has created a plot with twists and turns in all the right places." --DESERET NEWS
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545497695
ISBN-10: 0545497698
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: March 1st, 2013
Language: English
Series: The Ascendance Series