The Shadow Throne Book Review
The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3)
War is coming swiftly to Carthya from three fronts. Avenia captures Imogen, Roden struggles to lead the Carthyan armies, and Tobies accompanies Amarinda in a desperate attempt to plead for aid ...
Warning! This review will contain spoilers for the first two books in the series (The False Prince and The Runaway King)! Haven’t read them yet? Check out my review for the first two books:
-As in the previous books, the occasional prayers/references to “the devils.”
-A reference to a woman being violated (but no descriptions).
-As in the previous book, there are wounds and blood, but nothing too grotesque.
-Older characters drink occasionally.
What a wonderful conclusion! It wrapped the loose ends from the rest of the series and closed the series beautifully with a satisfying ending. Each book was concise yet action-packed and thoughtful. Every major and minor character is developed throughout the series. Jaron, Roden, and Imogen have perhaps the most remarkable journeys. The relationships between characters are as multidimensional as the characters themselves. Throughout the trilogy, the pacing is even and smooth. Additionally, the series’s themes of sacrifice, friendship, honor, valor, duty, coming-of-age, good vs. evil, and family give this book series an element often lacking in today’s literature. One of my all-time favorite series, this little known gem with depth beyond that of ordinary middle-grade books is well-written, clean, and an incredible discovery for any fantasy lover.
The author recently announced that there will be a fourth and fifth book in the series, and while I’m ecstatic, I’m also a bit nervous. Trilogies with additional books written years later usually don’t turn out well, but I’m cautiously optimistic. And I can’t wait to see my favorite characters all these years later!
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