The Runaway King: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2

Book review by Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Young king faces pirates, thieves in swashbuckling sequel.

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age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 10+

Not as dark as first book.

While some parts of the first book I found to be a little heavy for a children's story (the plight of orphans and memories of their parents and the fact that they were being "bought" to carry out a plan and would be killed if they did not comply", this story, thankfully, is just a fun fighting the pirates tale. Yes, some violence, but without the "dark side" if that makes sense. There is a choice that has to be made between the King choosing the previously- betrothed princess, or the girl he has come to care very much for. And the king has to choose whether to kill his enemy once he finally confronts him. The first book I feel has some pretty major themes that could be discussed with your kids, like how the kids perception of his father's actions differed from the father's. But this one I think was more adventure, and more appropriate for a ten year old.
age 10+

A well-written page-turner

The Runaway King was a great addition to the Ascendance Trilogy! It has a wonderful, captivating plot that leaves you eager to see what will happen next. The main flaw was that it was rather annoying how he could literally do everything: challenge pirate kings, climb cliffs with a broken leg, etc. However, it is a fictional book after all.

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