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Jennifer A Nielsen,The False Prince,The Runaway King. S CHOL AST IC PRES S NEW YORK,Copyright 2014 by Jennifer A Nielsen. Map by Kayley LeFaiver, All rights reserved Published by Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Publishers since 1920 scholastic scholastic press and associated logos are. trademarks and or registered trademarks of Scholastic Inc. No part of this publication may be reproduced stored in a retrieval system or. transmitted in any form or by any means electronic mechanical photocopying. recording or otherwise without written permission of the publisher For. information regarding permission write to Scholastic Inc Attention Permissions. Department 557 Broadway New York NY 10012, Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data. Nielsen Jennifer A, The shadow throne Jennifer A Nielsen First edition.
pages cm The ascendance trilogy book three, Summary Young King Jaron has had nothing but trouble with his advisors and. regents since he ascended the throne of Carthya and now King Vargan of Avenia. has invaded the land and captured Imogen and Jaron must find some way to. rescue her and save his kingdom, ISBN 978 0 545 28417 2 jacketed hardcover 1 Kings and rulers Juvenile. fiction 2 Rescues Juvenile fiction 3 Battles Juvenile fiction 4 Adventure. stories 1 Kings queens rulers etc Fiction 2 Rescues Fiction 3 Battles. Fiction 4 Adventure and adventurers Fiction I Title II Series Nielsen. Jennifer A Ascendance trilogy bk 3,PZ7 N5672Sh 2014. 813 6 dc23,2013021841,10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 14 15 16 17 18. Printed in the U S A 23,First edition March 2014,Book design by Christopher Stengel.
To Pat and Barry,whose warm hearts encircle the finest of families. and brought me in with cookies hugs,and a landing on a cliff. Half Moon Pass,Eranbole Isel s,Sea Dichell,Jaron Destroys. Thieves Swamp a Cannon,Avenian Libeth,Tarblade Camp. Bay Farthenwood Tithio,ov Carthya,Navenstill Benton.
Thr ee W eek s B efor e the Wa r, I n my life I d had my share of fights sometimes with fists. sometimes with knives occasionally with a sword I d. faced opponents twice my size twice as mean and as a. general rule uglier than I ever hoped to be But nothing had ever. topped the ferocity of the argument now going on in the center. of my great hall, Bringing you to this castle was the greatest mistake of my. life I yelled My fists were curled so tightly into balls that it. felt as if my nails might pierce my skin And I would order your. hanging right now except that your neck isn t worth the price. of the rope, The target of my threat was none other than Roden In the. few short months we had known each other he and I had been. through a lot together including him trying to kill me twice. three times if we counted the broken leg and me risking my. life to convince him to come back to Carthya as the captain of. J en nifer A N iel sen, my guard Obviously we d had our share of disagreements But. none were half so loud as this current argument, I would gladly die Roden yelled back if the order came.
from less of a fool for a king, Gasps echoed around the hall at the insult Words like that. easily justified my ordering Roden s arrest but I didn t There. were too many things that still needed to be said or yelled if. Do you think your position as captain makes us equals. I asked You may command our armies but you do not com. mand me And I will lead them my own way, Roden pointed down at my right leg which the surgeon. had ordered to remain tightly wrapped for at least another few. weeks You can t lead anything on a broken leg,Then maybe you shouldn t have broken it I said. I should ve broken your jaw instead Roden countered. Then I wouldn t have to listen to your ridiculous orders. There were more gasps from the regents in the room and the. passing servants and he appealed to them to continue the argu. ment Our soldiers are scattered throughout this country If. Avenia invades from the south they will crush us,My high chamberlain Lord Kerwyn hurried toward us. and in hushed tones said My king could we continue this. conversation in the privacy of the throne room Everyone. is listening, Yes they were Not only those who had been in the room.
when it started but many others who had heard the yelling. Th e S h a d ow Thron e, and come to see the commotion for themselves Kerwyn may. have felt embarrassed for me but I had no intention of making. this private, I stepped back from Kerwyn and said There s nothing. to continue Lord Kerwyn The captain of my guard thinks I. should have no say in the way my armies are trained. Kerwyn looked at Roden clearly appalled by his dis. respect but Roden only tightened the muscles on his face. We all bow to the king s will Captain So must you, Kerwyn s scolding tone was so sharp Roden actually flinched. But before Roden could speak I said No Kerwyn I won t. have him bow to me and secretly insist he s in the right Then. to Roden I said If you think you can train our men better. then I dare you to do so Take whomever you wish train them. in whatever way you want Then we ll compare our two groups. You ll see I m right, Never Roden yelled I ll begin training in the courtyard. Not in my courtyard or even in my city I retorted, If you do this you will leave Drylliad Leave with all your.
arrogance and high hopes and come back when you finally. understand your place, Kerwyn put his hand on my arm Jaron I beg you to think of. what you re saying You two must make peace You are still injured. and if war is truly coming then we need your captain here. I only brushed off his hand and leaned in to Roden then. hissed Get out,J en nifer A N iel sen, Roden stared back with an anger so fierce it worried me. Then he announced that within the hour he would leave tak. ing forty of the men who had been assigned to him Despite the. things we had said to each other I hoped he would go with only. the best of luck, I watched him leave and then stared around at all those. who had gathered to watch our exhibition They were trusted. members of the court servants and citizens of my country. And quite possibly at least one of them was here as a spy. for our enemies who would now report that the armies of. Carthya were broken and divided, Ever since the day I returned from the pirates Carthya. had begun making preparations such as had not been seen in. a generation We were storing up food forging weapons and. building our defenses but for all that the thing I needed most. would be the hardest to get time, As it turned out we had even less time than I d expected.
Only three short weeks later the war would begin,Thr ee W eek s L at er. I received news of the attack on Libeth at sunset while stand. ing on a wide grassy field near the castle walls Facing me. were Kerwyn Amarinda and Mott but I barely saw them. Libeth was a peaceful town long insulated from the trou. bles that had plagued other settlements near Avenia Its citizens. were the families of farmers and traders and the raid certainly. would ve come without enough warning for even the strongest. to form an adequate defense I couldn t begin to comprehend the. horror of what they d faced in the night the destruction left to. them now The thought of it sucked the breath from me. And there was more Imogen had been taken during the. Everyone seemed to be talking at once none of them real. izing that my head was swarming with questions that no one. here could answer Did we know if she was still alive If so had. she been harmed What would they do to her if they thought it. J en nifer A N iel sen, could hurt me For that was surely the reason King Vargan had. sent his armies after her, If Imogen was still alive then Avenia would seek our. total surrender in exchange for her return They would know I. couldn t grant that so I would have to attempt a rescue She was. nothing but bait to them and I their prize, Beyond that the war I d been anticipating for several. months had finally arrived But everything I had so carefully. planned seemed irrelevant now So little of this news was what. I d expected And Kerwyn was steadily making it worse. We ve also just received word that Gelyn and Mendenwal. are advancing from the north and east he said This was a. coordinated attack and we are surrounded Jaron the war has. They all returned to talking again but I couldn t hear any. of it or at least I couldn t separate one word from another It. was impossible to comprehend what they wanted from me. Amarinda touched my arm Jaron you ve gone pale Say. I stared at her without seeing and began back stepping. Forgive me I mumbled Then I turned and ran led blindly. by some force inside me that had to get away I needed a place to. think to understand Somewhere to breathe, I sprinted toward the castle only vaguely aware of the.
sharp pain that still came to my right leg whenever I worked it. too hard The broken bone from Roden remained soft and yet. Th e S h a d ow Thron e, I pushed myself faster If anything I wanted to feel the pain to. give my panicked emotions somewhere to go, Servants and soldiers were blurs beside me as I ran I wasn t. sure where I was going or what I hoped to find there Only one. thought remained locked in my mind that Imogen had been. taken And they would demand everything for her return. I soon ended up in the King s Gardens the one place I. could be alone Hoping to hide myself on a ledge I tried climb. ing the vines of the castle wall Up there I could think With. enough time I could piece together this disaster into a world. that made sense again But I wasn t even halfway up the lowest. wall before the muscles of my weaker right leg failed me and I. fell back to the ground I rolled into a sitting position and leaned. against the wall but made it no farther, Maybe it had been a mistake to come to the gardens I d. find no more answers here than anywhere else As I looked. around the walls loomed over me It was dizzying and I. couldn t put any single idea in front of the other Instead the. worries plans and choices all swirled around me like smoke. suffocating me just the same,Your Majesty forgive me for invading your privacy. I stood when I saw that Harlowe had come After bowing. he walked forward, I thought it d only be Avenia that attacked I said Maybe.
Gelyn too but not Mendenwal And not this way,None of us saw that coming. The shadow throne Jennifer A Nielsen First edition pages cm The ascendance trilogy book three Summary Young King Jaron has had nothing but trouble with his advisors and regents since he ascended the throne of Carthya and now King Vargan of Avenia has invaded the land and captured Imogen and Jaron must find some way to

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