Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in ARC, Ascendance Trilogy, contest, Giveaway, Uncategorized | 298 comments

TST_largeOkay, I’ve been promising this for several weeks. Here it is!

I am giving away a total of SIX galley copies of THE SHADOW THRONE.

You ask, what is a galley? A galley (a.k.a. ARC: Advanced Review Copy) is a paperback version of the book meant to be sent to reviewers and bookstore buyers. They are not for resale and sometimes have typos because they are printed early. Occasionally, the author gets her sticky little hands on a few copies and can give them away to awesomes out there like YOU!

The contest runs from RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE until Sunday Dec. 15, 2013. At which point I’ll get a notification of the winners and ship everything out as soon as you contact me with a mailing address. There are many ways to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I wish everyone could win, but alas, my hands are not sticky enough for all of you. If you don’t win just know that February 25, 2014 (the release date) is coming soon, and I hope everyone will have a chance to find a copy then.

Fight for the Future. Die for the Throne.

War is Coming…




  1. This is quite possibly the most well written set of novels I have had the pleasure of reading. I am hoping that Jaron will find contentment in final book. I can’t wait to read!

    • Hoping you don’t kill the dog. AKA, dont kill anyone

    • Hoping for a satisfying conclusion

    • I just hope for Sage\Jaron to make it through the series.เฒ โ–ƒเฒ 

  2. I already pre ordered. I just don’t want to wait:) and two copies in our class library means less waiting lists.

  3. So excited for book three! I read the majority of book two on my phone while my husband was plowing snow because I couldn’t wait and had to know how it ended. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The first two books were some of the best I’ve ever read. My class agrees also. I’m so looking forward to the third and final book in this series.

  5. I just want a thrilling conclusion to a great series.

  6. I absolutely LOVED The False Prince, but I’m waiting until I get my hands The Shadow Throne before reading The Runaway King – so I can binge-read the entire series and save myself some of the year-long wait heartache between books. Therefore, I have no idea what to expect in the final book, but I’m hoping for the same stellar writing and masterfully executed plotting that made the first book one of my favorite reads of all time!

    Thank you for the giveaway!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are a genius! wish i had done that

  7. Hello, is this international? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Looking forward to book 3! Reading it a few months early would be awesome.

  9. I’m hoping for more epicness!! More intrigue and mystery, hopefully love too!! A great conclusion and maybe a happy ending for my OTP? lol, ok I got a bit carried away xD

  10. Ooh, I want to read this early SO BAD! I’m having my second baby at the beginning of Feb and I’m very worried about not having time to read with two little ones!

  11. I’ve loved these books since there was only one wonderful, battered book sitting on my shelf. Now there are two, and once again I’m waiting for the next one. This time I’m a bit more on the ball, and have actually been waiting for ARCs, instead of forgetting about them until a week before the book came out . . .
    In Shadow Throne I want to see Jaron come into his own as a king, I want to see Imogen rescued and safe, and I want to watch Jaron once again save the day. Also, I have this sneaking feeling that the royal family isn’t quite as dead as we might think. I don’t know if that’s just me . . .

    • Oh my gosh! I had the same thought! It would be soooo cool to see the royal family alive!

    • I want the same for the 3 book(โ€ขโ€ฟโ€ข) soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!!!

  12. Conclusion! I LOVE series endings! They make me so happy, or sad, but I think Jennifer can pull this off! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I have high hopes that this book will be the oerfect ending as this series has been petfect! Cant wait to read!!

  14. Can’t wait to read this one! I’m hoping for a satisfying ending to the series, while at the same time I don’t want the series to end!

  15. I can’t wait to read The Shadow Throne! Just finished The Runaway King and loved it! @erinvarley

  16. Cant wait

  17. I am looking forward to even more twists and turns and “ah ha” moments! This series is fabulous, and I love that I can recommend it to so many age levels. Can’t wait!

  18. I absolutely love this series and can’t wait to see how you sum it all up! Thanks for writing this amazing series of books. ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. So excited for this opportunity to win the conclusion to a great series. Thanks, Jennifer.

  20. I want to see Jaron being completely awesome in this next book! I want him to bask into someone else’s castle. That would be awesome.

    • “Bask” was meant to say “break.” I also forgot to mention that I want to see his thief skills come in super handy in the war because I love that side of him, and if it were a plot device I would majorly fangirl!

      • same here i love sages side of jaron (โ€ขโ€ฟโ€ข)

      • i love sages side of him… amazing

  21. Can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I absolutely LOVE these books! Jaron/Sage is such an amazing character and everything he says and does is hilarious and brilliant. I’m so excited for the last book (although of course I wish this weren’t the last book ;( )!

  23. I am so excited about this third book. I am rereading the series right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. The kingdom united!

  25. Dying to see a happy resolution for everyone! LOVE the books! Gave copies as birthday gifts to several close friends this year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I adore this series of books! They are completely amazing and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series! Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. I’m hoping that you continue your amazing plot development in book three with a superb ending with shocking outcomes.

  28. I’m hoping for more twists and turns that wraps everything up in the end so we can be happy for how things turned out for the heroes we will miss.

  29. I do hope to win, I love the series

  30. My boys and I love this series. This book can’t come soon enough!

  31. I can’t wait to see Jaron come and take his kingdom back. He’s one of the best guys in all of YA

  32. I teach Sophomore English on a tiny island called Guam. When I received a grant a few years ago from our local IRA chapter, I took the opportunity to buy a class set of The False Prince and have since introduced my classes to the series. When The Runaway King came out in hardcover I ordered, savored, and then put it up for lending. The students quickly started a waiting list to read it. Thankfully Scholastic started offering both books in paperback. That book order was the most I’d ever put in! My students are all patiently waiting for this third and final installment. Thank you, Jen, for the series. It’s given me a connection to these students that I might never have had. Former students still check in with me to chat about them. Your fans on Guam can’t wait!

    • Warmest thanks, Christine!

      • Thanks for taking the time to reply. I wanted to advertise the release date and share the contest with my students and discovered with them that you had left a note. We were quite giddy for the rest of the period, and I can’t wait to tell my other students. We all love the books–even down to the most reluctant of my readers.

  33. This would be excellent! My students would think I am a rock star if I had an early copy of this book. Every week they are asking me when the new book comes out!

  34. This is an amazing series. I haven’t read a book in a while that I couldn’t put down until I read this series. It’s on top of my list with Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and the Hunger Games. I want to know if Jaron will be able to find happiness in his life.

  35. I can’t wait to read The Shadow King! I’m hoping for a conclusion that leaves Jaron more secure on his throne, and a (hopefully satisfying) resolution of his relationships with both young women. But I’m also hoping for Sage/Jaron to pull more rabbits out of hats, metaphorically speaking — to pull off something brilliant that brings about a solution to his and his country’s problems. And I have a sneaking suspicion that we haven’t seen the end of a few of those pirates and thieves, either.

  36. In the last book i think i want to see a somewhat happy ending for everyone, but with some sort of large problem that Jaron uses to resolve and I hope he and Imogen get married or are in some relationship and i hope things work out well for Amarinda and for Tobias and for all the characters

  37. This is one of my favorite series to share with my students! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  38. I’m hoping for a satisfying new entry in the series. And I’m not too worried I’ll be disappointed.

  39. SO excited for the final book! I would DIE if I won a copy! I really don’t care what happens as long as it is a satisfying ending (:

  40. Cannot wait to read the conclusion to the well written series.
    Who will end up with who?

  41. There are so many things I cannot wait to see in this final installment. First off I cannot wait to see how you will top yourself yet again, I can’t wait to see Sage/Jaron being more of a leader and watching this war unfold. Finally I can’t wait to see what that key on the cover symbolizes.

  42. I tell every kid who asks me to recommend a book to read The False Prince!

  43. I love reading your books! Sage/Jaron is such an amazing character! I really hope to see more of his Sage side! I love it when he gets on Mott’s last nerves!

  44. I fell in love with these books and I am so excited for the next one I hope I win you have no idea how excited I will be!

  45. Just another great read to recommend!! My 6th graders have been eating up the series!!! Can’t wait for the last!

  46. What I think will happen in the final book is that Jaron gets Imogen to become his Queen or his girlfriend. The war now is over because Jaron won the war so everything is now at peace and Jaron’s kingdom celebrates victory and they live happily ever after ^-^

  47. This would be the best Christmas present for my daughter! This is all Rilee has been asking for forever! She is hoping that Jaron’s parents and brother aren’t really dead so Jaron can marry Imogene.

  48. I really like the first two books, and I am excited to see everything get summed up it the final book.

  49. I can’t wait for lots of action and intrigue and for Jaron and Imogen to get their HEA.

  50. I’m hoping that Jaron can reconcile duty and romance!! It seemed impossible at the end of the second book (to my great upset), so I’m desperately hoping you’ll prove me wrong in the third book!! Jaron has always been great at achieving the impossible, and I hope he’ll put that to good use to win his true love!

  51. I’d LOVE to see more Fink and Sage interactions! Fink is the CUTEST ever- so I’m hoping he’s still going to take a role in the final book instead of just getting tutored. I love your books so much and me and my little sister are eagerly awaiting the (hopefully not, maybe not) FINAL installment in this series!
    Thank you so much and eeeeeeee!!! I’m so excited!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  52. My last years students, and myself, have been waiting for this title to be released since the Runaway King came out! I still have students come and ask me if its out yet, and if I can be sure to let them read it once it has come out ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. I loved the False Prince and the Runaway King. You literally left me speechless at the end of the story in the Runaway King. I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book The Shadow Throne. Keep up with the good stories Jen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. I can’t wait!!! I got all my students hooked. I’m positive it’s going to be a good one!

  55. loved reading the first two parts. the dutch translation of part one is selling really well in the bookshop in amsterdam holland where i work.
    very curious how it all ends in part three.

    • Awesome – thanks Niels! (I love Amsterdam! One of my favorite places I’ve ever visited!)

  56. I’m looking forward to seeing a great conclusion to the series, and then more books from you! Do you have other books in the works?

    • Definitely! The next series will be THE PRAETOR WAR, which takes place in Ancient Rome with an escaped slave, some stolen magic, and a battle for control of the empire.

      • Oooohhh, intriguing…

  57. My sisters and daughters and I were just talking about how we are looking forward to this on Thanksgiving! Hurray!

  58. I’m just excited to see what comes next. You’ve blown me away with the first two books so I know TST will be just as fantastic! Can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Jaron finds himself in this time around. He’s one of my all time favorite characters!

  59. My daughters and I have loved your books. We are so excited for the next one. We hope to see Jaron rescue Imogen!!!! We are hoping we see more of Mott in this book too. He is our favorite character.

  60. More exciting adventure!

  61. These are my favorite books and I am so excited for The Shadow Throne. In this book I am hoping to see a resolution between Princess Amarinda, Imogen and “Sage”. Also, I hope there is more of Sage being an “unreliable narrator” like the first book because I enjoyed guessing what was going to happen. I can’t wait to figure out what happens!

  62. I’m with Rebecca; I’m just way excited! My mom and I were talking about this just the other day! I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up (or maybe I can, since that means no more books…).

  63. I am just looking forward to a final conclusion.

  64. I am hopeful to see Imogen safely home ๐Ÿ™‚ I would really like to see Jaron and Cassandra build a deeper trust ๐Ÿ™‚ There are many things I would like to see ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. I am so excited for this book. I really hope to see at least a mildly happy ending for Jaron. He’s had it rough enough.

  66. Oh. My. Land. I cannot wait to get my hands on this!! I must! It must happen! These books are so good, and I need this one to go alongside my other two! I was so thrown for a loop at the end of The Runaway king that I yelled. You are an amazing authoress! Keep it up!

  67. I’m hoping for a satisfying conclusion to the series! I’ve read way too many series that were ruined by the third book.

  68. What do I hope to see in the last book? Well, I just hope to see more of Sage, Tobias, Fink, and Roden. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure there will also be enough action, adventure, and comedy to fit my taste. ๐Ÿ˜€

  69. I can’t wait! I am currently reading The False Prince aloud to a class of 5th graders and they are completely riveted. We are all excited to discover how the story ends in book three.

  70. I think I’m more excited than my students for this book to come out!!!

  71. I hope sage marries imogen!

  72. I’ve LOVED this series so far and I’m very anxiously waiting for the The Shadow Throne!

  73. My daughter and I love this series! It would be so great to be able to give it to her before it was released in stores! But, I guess February isn’t too far away . . .

  74. These books are epic. Some of the best writing I’ve read in the past year. I just hope that most of the characters get a relatively happy ending. (I know it won’t be a perfect “happily ever after” – I’d be disappointed if it was.) Oh, and Jaron needs to be awesome again.

  75. well i’m lucking forward to a great new book. at first i didn’t like reading but now i do

    • Looking

  76. I don’t know what to except. Jennifer is SO good at surprises. But I hope Jaron is happy. This is one of my favorite all-time series. Can’t wait to review it on my blog!

  77. Love your books!!

  78. I would want to see a happy ending, that Prince Jaron despite the obstables and trials that he faced, he will still be the King and restore the kingdom that was once destroyed because of the traitors.

  79. I am so excited to see what happens. I hope out of it all that Jaron ends up happy. I am so excited!!!!!

  80. I just read finished reading The False Prince after my students recommended it to me. Haven’t read The Runaway King yet, but it’s on my “to read” list! Just don’t want any cliffhangers in the final book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. I’m so excited to read the conclusion to this series!
    I don’t know what I want to see but I’m just happy to see these characters again.

  82. I hope to know Jaron final decision between his duty and his loved ones

  83. Oh my gosh I’m SOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!! I hope I get picked, but if not, I’M GETTING MY HANDS ON THAT BOOK!! lol

  84. Can’t wait for this one, yet don’t have it in me to properly say goodbye to either one of them. ;_;

    Thank you for writing these lovely books.

  85. I can’t wait for this to come out! Love this series.

  86. Not only do my children love Jennifer Nielsen’s books, but my husband and I do as well! She is also a huge advocate of children being readers and writers – We love Jennifer Nielsen!
    Wendy Rosen Johnson

  87. I SO want this. I know it’ll be amazing!

  88. I’m looking forward to more of Mott, I hope and whatever surprises you’ve got for the story.

  89. I also hope Jaron finds contentment in “The Shadow King”. I love this series and can’t wait to see how it concludes!

  90. Can’t wait for this! No matter what it will be great!!

  91. To see an amazing ending to a great series! And read more of Jaron/Sage’s tricks.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. Jaron being tricky and emerging triumphant!

  93. I’d like to see the same unexpected twists and turns in plot as the original three books. That’s one of my favorite things about the books.

  94. I hope Jaron gets his happy ending!

  95. I am SO EXCITED for the last book! I love her work and I hope she finishes with aplomb!

  96. I hope it’s very exciting and a great book!

  97. hoping for a happy ending for jaron

  98. These are the best book I have ever read.. Yes even better than the hunger games. I am really looking forward to the third book!

  99. I really hope to see a conclusion that’s every single bit as good and better than the first two books!! :D! I also want to see Amarinda develop more as a character, to really get a grasp at what her perspective on everything is. More than anything, I would love to see yet another epic adventure that will leave me speechless once again ๐Ÿ˜€

  100. I can’t wait to see what happens between Jaron and Imogen and Amarinda. I’m also on the edge of my seat to see how King Jaron deals with the oncoming war. It’ll be the best out of the 3 books I’m sure though the other two will be extremely hard to top.

  101. More action, more Sage! ๐Ÿ˜€

  102. I am so excited.

  103. For everything to come to a satisfying conclusion … not too neatly wrapped up but the only ending it could be ๐Ÿ˜€

  104. I’m excited about the conclusion of Jaron’s story. I’m hoping Jaron will end up with Imogen, in spite of the betrothal to Amarinda.

  105. I’m hoping for surprises! Thanks!

  106. Must have!!!

  107. How do you win? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • The computer program will randomly select from the total number of entries. And very funny on your second post!

  108. Must. Keep. This. Information. Away. From. The. Fangirls. At. My. School. O_o they eill go nuts, but I should tell my libarian…… I’m secretly dancing right ๐Ÿ˜€

  109. I’m hoping for Jaron to end up with Imogen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  110. I’m looking forward to reading more of your excellent writing, I already know the story is going to be good!

  111. I am so excited for the new book. An advance copy would be awesome. I hope I am lucky

  112. I think that Jennifer A. Nielsen is the best author ever. I am hoping to read the third book to the Ascendancy triology soon

  113. I want to see more Amarinda ๐Ÿ˜€

    • thank you Bibliophage

  114. I can’t wait to read The Shadow Throne. I hope Imogen will be safe.

  115. I hope Imogen and Sage…I mean Jaron get together and live happily ever after!

  116. Love this cover!

  117. I can’t wait for the last installment of the trilogy! I love Jaron and his mischievous ways. He never fails to amuse me, just as Nielsen never fails to surprise me! I am a bit of a book shrew, so figuring out book plots is my thing- not with these books!
    I was left in suspense at the end of “The Runaway King” and hope to get all my questions answered and more when I read “The Shadow Throne!”

  118. The series has been wonderful so far; I hope the story is tied up, and everybody gets what they deserve!

  119. I am so excited for this book! I own the first two in hardcover because I could not bear the thought of the paperback cover being bent out of shape from how often I read this series! They have a special place on my bookshelf, and so will the Shadow Throne when I get a copy, either an ARC or when it comes out!

  120. I love this series so much. I am praying that Jaron, Imogen, Roden, Tobias and all of the other characters that I have come to love will get the happy ending that they all deserve. I simply cannot wait until I can get my hands on a copy. The cover is simply beautiful.

  121. I LOVE THIS BOOK SERIES! My family reads it together in the hallway and we all need the 3rd book so bad it hurts! My bro came over while I was typing this and said he needed the computer for HW. I told him I was trying to win the 3rd Ascendance Trilogy book and he backed off gasping. The main things I hope to see in the 3rd book is the love triangle being wrapped up well, epic battles, and Jaron’s kick-butt attitude ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE JARON AND HIS WITTY COMEBACKS! I will cry (and faint) if I can get my hands on the 3rd book early. Literally.

  122. i want it

  123. that was a joke but i would love to get my hands on your new book! what i would like to see in it is some epic battle scenes (with armies and also Jaron fighting scenes),maybe some betrayal. that would be really awesome, i love your style in writing!:) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. I’m hoping to see Jaron save Imogen and they end up together and get married.

  125. Sorry, Jennifer, I’m not sure if you only wanted one thing we wanted out of the book or multiple things. If you’d rather have only one thing, then ignore my last comment! If I had to chose ONE thing I’d want in The Shadow Throne, it’d be Jaron and Imogen kissing for the first time!!!! It’d be so cute, and would probably lighten the mood on all the blood and grime war brings throughout the book.

  126. i hope imogen and jargon get to together and she becomes queen and become the most awesome rulers.

  127. I love the relationship between Jaron and Mott!! Need more of it!

  128. I would like to see more Tobias

  129. My class and I are so excited for The Shadow Throne. It’s the talk of the class.

  130. Can’t wait for this to come out! Super excited!

  131. One of my favorite books, excited to see how it ends.

  132. Hoping for a great ending!

  133. Amerinda falls for Roden or Tobias. Imogen marries Jaron. Carthya almost goes into war, but something prevents it. I’m not sure what yet, but I will figure that out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  134. This series is literally my favorite series ever! It is so suspenseful and I have been looking forward to the Shadow Throne ever since I first saw the announcement! I pre-ordered it to my Kindle three months ago, and I have kept a countdown on my iPad. Every day I tell my friends how excited I am, to the point where they are telling me to shut up. I am totally on Team Amarinda, and I really hope to see them get together! You are my favorite author EVER, and it would be my literal dream for you to at least read this, let alone reply. When I found out about this contest, I screamed and started slapping m friend who was sitting next to me. I am so thankful for you for writing this series, and really don’t know what to expect in the last book except a beautifully written adventure like the first two books! I recommended this book to my school librarian, and hopefully she is getting the final book when it comes out in February. It would make my entire life if I could get my hands on one of these!!!! I recommend this series to anyone who loves surprising twists and page-turning suspense. Finally, I love Jaron!! He is like my true love, and can’t wait to see more of him in the Shadow Throne!

    • Thank you, Sophie. I hope your friend has properly recovered from your contest excitement! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Oh my goodness you responded! You are so welcome, I really meant everything I said about you. I think my friend is recovering quite nicely! ๐Ÿ™‚

  135. Hoping for more Sage awesomeness!!!!!

  136. I wonder if Sage/Jaron and Imogen will get together… I kinda want Sage for myself…. =P *Jaron/Sage Fangirl<3*

  137. I cannot wait to see how the story will develop while Sage/Jaron is away from his castle. I was sad to see he had to leave, yet excited that he gets a glimpse of the reality outside of Carthya . I also I hope to see more of the romance between Sage and Imogen.

  138. I’m as eager to find out how this story will end as the journey our hero will be taking in order to get to that. I can’t wait for release day.

  139. I am looking forward to be surprised and hopefully see Sage/Jaron fix his relationship with Imogene.

  140. Jennifer,
    I just wanted to say that I absolutely love these books! I’m literally dying to read the Shadow Throne and it also comes out the day before my birthday. :)My favorite books in the whole wide world!!

  141. And, I forgot to say what I wanted to see in the final book. I hope to read about how Jaron using his cunning style of doing things, somewhat fights his way through conquering Avenia. I hope to also find betrayal because I think its key to the first two books( Partially Roden and Cregan in the first and only Roden in the second.)Sage also tends to betray in a unharmful way usually for the truth to stay hidden, but I like it that way! B.T.W. I would absolutely die to get my hands on The Shadow Throne wother your signature on it!

  142. I wonder if Tobias and the princess will end up together in the the third bookโ€ฆ.because Sage has to get Imogeneโ€ฆ.? Just a thought.

  143. Jaron and Imogen FTW! =D

  144. I csn’t wait to read the Shadow Throne! I hope I see Amarinda and Jaron get together, as well as secrets and betrayals!

  145. I haven’t win an ARC so far, maybe this would be the fist, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

  146. Can’t wait to read it. (And thanks for giving us an opportunity to enter the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  147. Not sure

  148. I CAN’T WAIT! So excited!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  149. I hope for a awesome plot twist

  150. I am so excited for The Shadow Throne! I have been obsessed with the series since day one, and am literally counting down the hours! I think this is amazing that Jennifer is having a give away for them! These books have changed my life so much, and every time I reread them, I love them more and more. Please come to Michigan soon!

  151. Though I honestly don’t think I’ll win, but there’s always that possibility. My brother and I look forward to reading The Shadow Throne. And then The Praetor Wars when it’s done.

  152. I think this book will be awesome as the first two have been!!!

  153. I love this series. I can’t wait to read the conclusion. I’m hoping for a lot of snarky cool Sage slash Jaron comments, he is awesome.

  154. I want to see how Jaron and his wild self handle being told to settle down – I’m guessing not well. Also, I’ve been sweating over this love triangle thing ALL YEAR.
    Come on, Shadow Throne!

  155. I think this book will be full of twists and turns because great authors like you are capable of doing them well! I think things won’t go very well for Conner…
    I REALLY hope something good happens to Imogen and Jaron! They are such a good couple! Maybe things seem to turn out right for Jaron first and then the next, he’s captured by the envious people who want the throne! Anyway, the book will be SOOO good! I think Roden might betray Jaron and steal the throne… and Tobias would be a great teacher! I really want to win!!

  156. Yay! I am always looking for ARCs to review. I absolutely loved both of your books, and one of the readers of my blog that had never read the False Prince tried it after I reviewed the Runaway King and they LOVED it.

    Just like they should have. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for bringing adventure into our lives!

  157. Hi Jen! I hope that Jaron will be able to secure a peaceful future for Carthya…and that he will marry Imogen. Although, I hope for a happy ending for princess Amarinda, too, but don’t know how…

  158. I’m not sure what I’m looking for, but I don’t doubt it’ll be amazing!

  159. I can’t wait to see the end of the conflict and to finally see the leader that Jaron becomes!

    • I KNOW, RIGHT?

  160. Man, I really hope I win. I’m relying on G-d and luck because I don’t have facebook or twitter. I’m not allowed to. So I’m praying…

    • Ok, I know it’s mean but if Jaron’s parents and brother are really dead, I hope Amarinda dies. i really want jaron <3 imogen.
      Really looking forward to the Shadow Throne.
      P.S. i also hope that maybe amarinda will marry roden or tobias but NOT Jaron
      King Jaron and Queen Imogen
      Long live the king and queen!!

  161. I want Jaron to stay true to his character, Imogene to be safe and Vargan to receive justice. TRK was an excellent sequel to TFP. Loved then both. After this story is complete, I will be looking for more great reads from you

  162. the countdown begins as i wait patiently for the most awesome series !

  163. I love this series and cant wait for the 3rd book! Ahhhhhh, It’s going to be so gooooood!

  164. I know the person who commented above…. I told him about it. Do I get extra points for that? .glad he got here… But he is more competition….

  165. I’m really looking forward to reading this!

  166. I love this series. It’s always hard to wait for the next book in a series, especially as I want to know what Jaron does next to save his kingdom.

  167. I cannot wait to see how the war is going to play out, and how Jaron will handle it with the help of his friends. I also wonder how Imogen and Amarinda are going to feel about it and him.

  168. soo excited to see what will happen between jaron and imogen

  169. I hope we see more of the girls.

  170. My students from last year cannot wait for the final book. We are going to have a recess book club to read it because they want it to be “just like old times”! These books have really inspired my students to become readers and writers!

  171. I love this series! I so cannot wait for the last book! I just wish that Imogen and Jaron get together. Also, I hope the see the royal familyโ€ฆ.

  172. When I first picked up The False Prince I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy it. It wasn’t my usual choice, but I immediately fell in love with Sage, and the ending was simply superb! In The Shadow Throne, I hope Jaron comes to realize his true worth and overcomes his self-doubt, yet retains his flippant attitude which makes him such an enjoyable character.

  173. I am excited for the third installment in the Ascendance Trilogy. I have been riding this roller coaster for about a year now, so I can’t wait to finish it. I hope there is mystery, suspense, and of course, action. Mrs. Nielsen, I know you probably don’t remember this, but I emailed you telling you about how big of a fan I was, how I wanted to meet you, and I asked if you were coming to Lancaster County. You told me you were in March and also said you might be able to come to my school. I would just like to inform you that I have written a letter to my school office and am doing other things to try to get them to invite you to come while you are here. I would just like to say thank you for being a huge inspiration to me.

  174. I would like to read more about Prince Darius.

  175. I really love these books and I really want to get this book

  176. OK — How many caught the humor in the best FINE PRINT EVER WRITTEN?

    “Lost or missing entries are not considered the fault of the widget or contest sponsors. . . . All reasonable attempts will be made to deliver the prizes, though post office failures sometimes do occur. It is also possible to have failed delivery of prizes due to any of the following conditions: . . . freak hailstorms, gift package hijacking, rhinoceros trampling, zombie infestation, international apocalypse, or government bureaucratic snafus.”

    Go Jarod! Go Moot!
    Imogen you may be the greatest hero’s love interest in literature. Smart. Strong. Loyal. Resourceful. In Love.

    If King Arthur had you instead of Guinevere his descendants might still be on the throne!

    Can anyone give me a better love interest in literature than Imogen?

    I love Natalie Portman (in general) in Thor, but she’s nothing compared to Imogen. Same with Spiderman’s main squeezes. Lois Lane is way down the list. Who else is there that comes close?

    Can’t even thing of who they get to portray Imogen in the movie. She needs to be above average looking, but not petite.

    My current first choice would be Selena Gomez (girl next door looks, sweet). With Dakota Fanning as Amarinda (classic beauty who also seems nice). Anyone else got thoughts?

  177. AHHH! I want to win this so bad =) I love your books so much!!! Your an AMAZING author!

  178. This is an awesome book with a whole lot of wonderful action. Can’t wait for the last book! hurry up February ๐Ÿ™‚

  179. THIS SERIES IS AMAZING! I’ve read the first two over 10 times!!. I have made all of my friends read The False Prince, and they have all loved it! This is one of my favorite books, and I can’t wait for The Shadow Throne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job, Jennifer Nielsen!!!

  180. I’m not sure if it’s possible to pack in more twists than the first book…

    • Jaron will probably find a way…

  181. I only need to win second place. I will do anything to get the signed copy to complete my collection!

  182. I can’t wait for The Shadow Throne!

  183. Can’t wait for the third book!!

  184. I can’t wait to see the conclusion of Jaron’s epic character arc. This is the series that inspired me to start writing again!

    • Rosie – I’m very glad you’re writing! Good luck with your endeavors!

  185. Well, obviously for Imogen to be safe. She’s such a sweet girl and doesn’t deserve what she’s gotten. She and Mott have been my favourite characters since the beginning, so hopefully they’re both safe at the end.

  186. I love these books! I finally got my brother to red them after much nagging, and he liked them as much as I did. Thank you for this chance (although with my luck, my chances are basically nonexistent ^_^)!

    • Whoops, I forgot to say what I want to see in the final book! I’m not quite sure, to be honest. All I know is that I want everything wrapped up nicely without too many loose ends. Also, I want Jaron to stay himself. I want him to regain much of his personality from the first book, while still growing up.

  187. Oh my god I can’t wait! When I finished The Runaway King I told my friend about it via her blog- she had loved the False Prince- then she had freaked out and instantly demanded it from me on return to school on Monday.

  188. In the final book I am hoping that Jaron remains king of Carthya . Imogen gets back to Carthta safely and. Jaron and Imogene end up together.

  189. I absolutely love this series and I cannot wait to see how it all ends. I was pleasantly surprised when I first read the book and cannot wait for my son to be a little older to read the book too. I’m sure he will love it!

  190. I am hoping for some closure in the final book. THe war is coming to Carthya, right? I’m hoping Roden will lead the Carthyan troops to victory, and Fink will give Tobias a tough time. I’m hoping that Jaron will come back from the war alive and since the threat is over, mostly, Imogen will return to live in the castle. I hope Amarinda and Jaron get married, because as my History teacher says, arranged marriages last. Marriages for love end in divorce 50% of the time, but arranged marriages last. Amarinda and Jaron seem commited enough to make it last. Really, I just hope there is a great ending that makes sense why it ended that way because I’ve read many books that had endings that seemed to be pulled from thin air, randomly, as if the author didn’t care how the book ended since it was over. To wrap things up, I hope that The Shadow Throne isn’t like that.

  191. Also, I created the first ever Ascendance Trilogy community on Google+!! Just FYI and if any of you are on Google+, join! Well, ask to join anyway. I promise I’ll let you!

    • I’ll try to join!

  192. Not reading any of the comments because I’m in the middle of The Runaway King. I’m sure I’ll love the third book no matter what happens. *fingers and toes crossed* I’m only slightly worried because of how many emotions burst forth when I read your work!

    Happy holidays and thanks for the opportunity!


    Tonette dela Luna

  193. hoping for a very happy ending =)

  194. I cannot WAIT for this book! I love every single one of the characters and am so excited to spend another adventure with them.

  195. LOVE this series and can’t wait to see how it ends!

  196. I want to see him realize that this is the life meant for him, and who he’s supposed to be.

  197. my most anticipated reads of 2014! I stayed up all night to finish THE FALSE PRINCE. In this final installment, I’m hoping to really see Jaron come into his own as king. And of course, more unexpected twists as only an unreliable narrator like Jaron could deliver! Thanks for such an amazing series.

  198. We have been reading The False Prince in my 3rd grade book club. It is a big hit. I plan to give away a copy of The Runaway King and can’t wait for Shadow Throne in February!! The kids are all very excited too. It is wonderful to get a buzz about books going in a school! :)Thank you for your fabulous writing.

  199. In the third and final book, I hope you will end the series on a high note, and also continue to write witty dialogue and shocking events that keep me on the edge of my seat.

  200. I really hope to see some resolution with Jaron’s conflicts in the last book!

  201. Argh, I just pasted an entire section of my WIP into the twitter post link! I feel like an idiot, but blaming it partly in the fact that it’s 11:30 pm – I forgot to tweet earlier, and wanted to make sure I got today’s tweeting in for as many entries possible. I did tweet, the link’s

  202. Over the summer, my township, along with many others, requires students to complete a summer reading assignment. It was a slightly cloudy day in the season of the Bard of Avon’s Dream where I fancied myself a trip to the library. I more or less stumbled upon your book, The False Prince, while I was browsing the teen side of the fiction wall. The shelves on the wall rose high, for they all had to be displayed on that one wall. As i pondered over which book I was to read next, on my long list of “To Read’s”, a glimmer of gold was caught in the corner of my eye. I turned and there, on one of the display tables, was a book. So beautifully was it bound and such a delightful cover had been bestowed upon it that in that moment, I realized that sapphire colored book was destined to be checked out from the library by me. And so, i took the book home and soon realized that the crown on the cover was broken and that it’s name was, “The False Prince”. I thought to myself, “let’s give it a try since it beckons me so.” Alas, after reading the royal blue and the emerald green tales, my mind was left in a desire for more. Day after day I would spend wondering, “But what happened to that lass?” until one day, I decided to look for spoilers. Ah, that forbidden word, how the mere mention of it pains me so, but it was all in a time of desperateness. I soon found out about this tournament which is being held until the fifteenth of the twelfth month. My hunger for another story line in the same manner has caused this message to be written as a monologue. I cannot help it. The excitement can only be contained for so long…. As for my answer to your question of what I am hoping to see in the final book, there is only one thing. I want to see a twist. A twist greater than all of your previous books. I want you to pour your willpower into this book, and give me something that I wouldn’t expect, even in my most wildest fan-fictions. That is all. Thank you for taking the time to read this awfully-written-i-don’t-even-know-thing. And thank you, for the excitement that you have given my mind over the past year. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • wow I just took it out of my moms book bag

      • i dont know why i typed that out. i posted it at 3 in the morning and i was in a state of i-dont-know-what-im-doing. i only realized that i posted it the next morning.

  203. Oh nice a giveaway, By the way Miss Jen thanks for the giveaway, I hope I win ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe

  204. I think that roden or tobias, and probably one of the girls
    are going to die

  205. This will give me a really really bad book hangover. I’m just not ready to say goodbye yet.

  206. I’m hoping for the continuation of this amazing story! All of these books are great and very well written.

  207. I love these books so much! I got 3 of my best friends hooked on them already! I can’t wait for the next one! Thank you soooo much ๐Ÿ™‚

  208. I want Jaron to end up with Imogen, with Amarinda’s blessing.

  209. I want the Priates to join the Carthyan army and for them to destroy Avenia until they turn over Vargan.

  210. SO exited! False prince is by far my fav series! hope I win, but good luck to all!
    Also, I hope that jaron doesnt die

  211. I hope that Jarons family ends up being alive. Or Imogen was all along part of the Avenian king and was using Jaron all along so Aramarinda and Jaron end up together.

  212. Hoping that Jaron can finally find closure and forgive himself for his shortcomings. Can’t wait!

  213. When do we find out the winners of the contest?

  214. So excited for this! I completely freaked out about the ending of the last one. Can’t wait, even though I’m sad it’s the last one. I always get a letdown after finishing an amazing series.

    • Also, I really want Jaron to end up Imogen ๐Ÿ™‚

  215. I hope to see as happy of an ending as possible, but not cliche.

  216. I’m really excited to see what happens next. One thing I don’t want to happen is Mott (or anyone else, for that matter) dying. I also hope Sage ends up with Amarinda and Imogen ends up with Roden. Thank you so much for writing these wonderful books. They are by far the best fantasy series I’ve read in years.

  217. I want to be able to predict, JUST ONCE, where this story is going… JUST KIDDING! Please keep surprising me!

  218. The suspense! 1 more day :O
    I thought I entered already, but it turns out that I didn’t really enter Dx Good thing I checked again! ._. Now it’s me vs. Jenn’s whole fan base to win…… I should probably think about preordering the book x.x

  219. I am so excited for the Shadow Throne!
    This is the first book EVER to have made me want to go in a competition like this.
    You are an amazing author, Miss Nielsen. Love it so far <3
    I think the book will be about Roden betraying Jaron again… just to twist it a bit!
    I also think that Imogen and Jaron will have a happy ending together… but right at the end. Tobias might teach Jaron, and their friendship bonds more. Maybe Darius is alive and Princess Amarinda lives happily with him in peace. The big war would be soon coming, and Jaron might fight for Carthya.
    It's so EXCITING!!

  220. In the next book I hope that all my unanswered questions are answered. I hope that Carthya becomes friends with Avenia

  221. In the next book I want their to be an amazing beginning and a happy ending

  222. I want Jaron to become the old Jaron . More brave and courageous

  223. You are an amazing author . All I want is to know if Imogene likes Jaron back.

  224. Can’t wait for the book! I’m excited for the chance to win an ARC.

  225. I’m excited to see how Sage handles the crisis of war in his role as king.

  226. I can’t wait to see how Jaron handles the outbreak of war and I hope he finds peace in both his kingdom and his path. This book is a favorite of our family and my classroom. ๐Ÿ™‚

  227. This is going to be epic! I hope there’ll be a happy ending.

  228. I’m looking forward to more action in the next book and how Jaron will handle the war that is coming. It’ll be interesting to see how loyal the people will be to Jaron in tough times.

  229. I am just hoping for more amazing writing and, of course, more awesome reveals I can try to guess at throughout the book. ๐Ÿ˜€

  230. Really Enjoyed meeting you when you came to Lexington Ky with Lisa McMann, I really hope to see you at Joseph Beth again when you release this book!!!! This has become one of my favorite series and my daughter and I can’t wait to reread the first 2 right before the 3rd comes out, very excited!!!!!

    • Thanks Amanda! I really enjoyed Lexington and I hope I’ll have the chance to come back soon!

  231. Love your books, and my 5th and 6th grade students do too! They would be so excited to have an ARC of Shadow King. They are constantly in line for your books! As soon as it is finished by one, it’s in the hands of the next!

  232. I’m hoping for a spectacular reunion with Imogen.

  233. My students and I are so excited to see what happens to Jaron, if he ends up with Imogen, and whether or not he will remain as the king. I teach Grade 8, and these kids have literally begged me to read aloud to them. They’ve offered to stay after school, just to hear more! We can’t wait to read the third book!

  234. Jen, I am so excited for this book to come out. Best wishes to the lucky winners! What I’d like to see happen in book 3? I’m hoping, like the other two books, to just enjoy the ride. It is a rare book that takes me by surprise and these books have done that. Congrats, Jen! *fingers crossed*

  235. Lots of action and humour. Both my son and I love this series. Sell tons of copies at work too

  236. I absolutely love this series!! It’s one of, if not my absolute, favorites! I’m anxious to find out what happens to Jaron (Sage) and his friends but I’m not excited about the trilogy being over. I can’t wait to read this!

  237. Okay, okay, I think I’ve already said this but
    I’ve already made 2 posts on my class blog about how I can’t bear cliffhangers (Cliffhangers Make me Mad and Cliffhangers STILL Make Me Mad) and I NEED to read the next book ๐Ÿ™‚

  238. I wanted Jaron and Imogen to end up together since the first book. So I hope it happens in this upcoming book.

  239. I can’t wait to read The Shadow Throne! Really enjoying this trilogy.

  240. I’m looking forward to/hoping for more of Jaron’s wit. I love seeing him using his brain (and his heart?) to get him in and out of situations. I’m curious to see how he’ll handle a war!

    • Me too!!! I have actually no idea what Jaron/Sage would do. He never stops surprising me. Which is awesome of Jennifer Nielsen. Awesome, I repeat, awesome.

  241. I honestly don’t know what I want to see in the final book. I just want to hang out with Sage! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to read the conclusion, and I have faith that it will be spectacular like the first two books in the series.

  242. Super excited just finished runaway king a few days ago!!!

  243. I just looking forward to spending more time in this world, but equally dreading having to say goodbye to these characters? Do you ever think you will write more about this world down the line?

    • It’s hard for me to say goodbye too. I would like to write more on this series eventually. I figure there is always more trouble for Jaron to get into!

  244. I imagine leaving 3-books’ worth of imagination is both difficult and liberating. Difficult because the characters are like family. Liberating because you get to turn your creative muse to new challenges.

    Good luck with the next project!

  245. My entry: I hope to see closure. If Jaron and Imogen can get together, (I don’t know, Does Jaron have a cousin the Princess can marry??) then I can’t wait to read it. I really hope to see just more of the awesome characters that light up the pages, especially Fink, since I just love him and his ability to get on everybody’d nerves just by talking, and I really want to know more about Jaron’s family and to read more about Nila and her grandfather. Tobias and Mott I hope have a big role in this book; as long as we still get to see them and their interactions. Basically, I hope for closure that comes with the end of a great trilogy!

  246. I just hope to see more of Nila, Harlowe, Tobias, Mott and the others for a final goodbye. If there is any way that Imogen and Jaron could be together (I don’t know, maybe Jaron has a cousin the Princess could marry??) then I can’t wait to read it. Right after reading the Runaway King (which was awesome by the way) I’m dreading the war for Carthya, and am wondering how this will be written. I hope everything gets mostly resolved (hopefully everything gets covered) and overall, I just hope for a great closure the an entertainingly wonderful trilogy.

  247. What I really want to see in this book: a happy ending for Jaron, a dramatic finale, lots of action, a book that leaves me satisfied when I’m finished with it. The previous two books were very good! I have high expectations for the last enstallment!! I’m sure it won’t dissapoint!

  248. I am so excited for the 3rd book! Ever since I’ve found out date it was going to come out, I’ve been counting down the months and soon it will be the days and hours. Ever since I got my hands on the first book, this series has been my favorite.
    Gosh, what do I think will happen in The Shadow Throne? I think someone big will die, as sad as it would be. Someone like Princess Amarinda or Imogen, just to solve the love problem for Jaron. I also think that somehow, Conner is the one who saves the day at the end.
    Its hard to predict what will happen, though, because there could be so many different outcomes. Thank you so much for creating a wonderful book for me to read! This series has made my life. I’m going to be very sad when this series ends but I will cherish these books forever.
    Thanks so much and I’ll be looking forward to your new series coming out in 2015 or so!

  249. I. Can’t. Wait.

  250. I tried to submit a comment and I’m not sure if it worked.?

  251. Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t wait to see who won!!!!!!!!!!!

  252. Just wondering how the confirmation was sent out…by email or fb message? Because my email apparently was unverified, according to a message I just got from Facebook…ah well. Congrats to the winners!

    • Sorry, Sabrina. Yours wasn’t the other winning name. ๐Ÿ™

  253. this series is amazing im on the 2 book cant wait for the 3rd one to come out i wish it was sooner……

    • I wish that too, Kayla – but it’s getting so close now! (Eek!) War is Coming…

  254. hello,I am from Spain.When the book come to Spain?

    • Sorry, Cova – I do not know when it will come to Spain. I hope it will come soon!

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