THE SCOURGE is released!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 92 comments

It’s today, today, TODAY!


Wondering what to do today? Well, you could…

  1. Buy, borrow, or check out your copy of THE SCOURGE!
  2. Open the copy of THE SCOURGE that you have bought, borrowed, or checked out!
  3. Tell a friend about THE SCOURGE!
  4. If you’ve already read THE SCOURGE, you could review it online!
  5. Take a nap. Because yay – sleep! But when you wake up, choose steps 1-4!

Thank you readers, for your support of me and my books. As long as you are out there, I will always keep writing more, but I could create these stories without you.

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  1. Ohmygosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Put on hold at my library, cannot wait to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Congrats!! I can’t wait to read it!

  3. I’m going to read it from my library, then I’m going to ask for it for my birthday that’s coming up. I love your books and I am glad you keep writing more new books. You’re my favorite author!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

    • πŸ˜€ It’s supposed to be that one.

    • Thank you very much, Jamie!

      • Your welcome!

        • I just got The Scourge!And I’m going to start it!

          • Woot! Happy reading, Jamie!

          • I finished it!!!!! It so good!!!! I love the ending!!!

          • Thanks so much, Jamie! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it!

  4. Congrats!!!

  5. I can’t wait to get my copy! Thanks so much for writing it and the giveaways you offered. I’m so excited! Have a great release day!

  6. Happy Book Birthday!!

  7. I loved the Scourge! It was absolutely amazing! I was soooooo happy that I got to read it before it was even released! Thank you Mrs. Nielsen for signing it with not only your name but also the message “live with courage!” I really appreciated that. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks very much, Faith! I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed it.

  8. YAAY YAAAY *throws confetti*
    CONGRATULATIONS MS. JEN!!!! We are blessed to have found an author like you who writes enjoyable, lesson-filled and exciting plots. I am so excited to read this once my school term is done. More power and God bless you!!!!!

  9. YAY!! So excited to read The Scourge! I’m getting ready to buy it because our library will take forever to get it, and forever is too long to wait. πŸ™‚ You’re an amazing author and your plot twists always keep me on the edge of my seat! Thank you!
    (Ascendance Trilogy is my favorite series)

  10. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait to read it!!! congrats!

  11. I just finished it Loved all the characters and their personality! I also loved the ending!
    It’s SO AMAZING!

    • Thanks very much, Katie! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the book!

  12. I’m getting The Scourge today!!!!!!!! I’m going to own The Scourge!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • πŸ’œ Thanks, Jamie! Happy reading!

      • You’re welcome, and thank you!!

  13. I read it and I really enjoyed it. My cousin is planning on reading it now, as soon as he can get a copy of it from his library. I can’t wait for the rest of your books to come out!!

  14. I have a quick question; if we’re writing a story and want to use the name of the store, would we have to get that store’s permission first?

    • Usually it’s okay. Since it’s a public store, there’s a fair use of the name. However, if you’re going to say bad things about the store, I’d just make up a fictional name, just to avoid trouble.

      • Okay. Thank you so much!

  15. Hii!!!!! I saw your book in the library sitting beautifully on the shelf. Might I say… I had a fan girl attack in the library! I am super duper excited to crack open this book and get swallowed by all the characters and adventures that await me! I’m going to read it now ^_^. Congrats Jennifer!

  16. I just bought the book yesterday, but is tamed up all night to read it! It is an amazing book! Congratulations on another very successful release πŸ™‚

  17. I finished reading the Scourge!!! Yayyy πŸ™‚
    I love your books, and can’t imagine a better author than you. Us readers are blessed to have an author like you! Thank you so much for making my days with your amazing books!

    • Thanks very much, Charley. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!

  18. I read this book. I think it’s great. But, every time I read a book, it’s my new favorite. This was an amazing experience, and I feel like it could not be any better. This book inspires the pent up writer inside me, who is h held down by my lack of dedication. All that my inner writer wants is to escape, but, saddly there are good reasons it can’t. Numero uno, I’m twelve. Numero dos, I don’t feel like it. Numero the third one, I am so shy I can hardly show my stories to my mom without having a panic attack. Four, I ramble.

    • Thanks much, grateful reader! But there are some things your pent up inner writer should know. Numero uno, twelve years old was when I started writing. It’s a great age to start because you’re at that perfect balance between endless imagination and enough knowledge of writing rules. Also, you don’t have to write well at age 12. You only have to write what you enjoy. Numero dos, if you don’t feel like it, that’s cool, but when you are in the mood, if you try putting a story together, I bet you’ll enjoy it! And numero third one, you don’t have to show your stories to anyone, not yet. But when you do, remember that you will always be your own greatest critic. And besides, even if someone does have a criticism, it’s only of the words on the page. It’s not a criticism of you. Four, I ramble too. I totally understand! Thanks for reading!

      • Thank you for the advice. The next time that I would rather be playing video games, I will remember how Ani would rather be at home then in the colony. Have a nice rest of your life.

  19. I am so excited to read it! You are an amazing writer Ms. Nielson! You, along with all my other favorite authors really inspired my friends and I to write! We use a website named Wattpad. I really really loved your Ascendance Trilogy books!

    • Thank you very much! And I’m super excited that you are putting out your own writing – keep going!

  20. Wow. I just finished The Scourge and it was absolutely AMAZING! I read it all in one day. I couldn’t put it down! It was so suspenseful, entertaining, and inspiring! I love Ani’s determination and courage, and Weevil’s kindness and loyalty. Are ever going to make a sequel for it, or a series? Or is it a stand alone? I hope it is a series!!!! Thanks for all the amazing books!

    • Hi Angelina! I might one day write more of this story, but for now, it’s a standalone. Thank you so much for reading and I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it!

  21. Asked my mum to buy this! Can’t wait for it to arrive!
    From where did you get the name “Ani” and “Weevil”?

    • Thanks, Coral! Ani’s name doesn’t have any particularly unique origin – I just liked it. Weevil’s name came because I wanted something that was just a horrible name that no one would want, because I knew he would be a kid who liked his name anyway.

  22. Just finished it and it was so amazing. Even better than amazing. I got so into the plot and the characters that I completely lost track of the time.
    Thank you for another wonderful book.
    Now all I have to do is wait for mark of the theif 3rd book.

  23. I just finushed reading the scourage. I LOVED it! Jennifer i have never read a book of yours i didn’t like. Your my favorite author! My favorite of your work is the assendance trilolgy. Dont ask me to choose which, i love them all! I wish you well. God bless.

  24. Dear Mrs Nielsen,
    Just wondering, when will the paperback Rise of the Wolf come out? I have the paperback MoTT and I want all my series to be the same type!

    • Thanks for asking, Cara. The paperback for Rise of the Wolf will be out on December 27.

  25. Hi!!
    I just have to say that I LOVED The Scourge. Thank you for writing it! I gave it to my mom to read after I finished it and she loved it too! I agree with Angelina- it would be amazing if there were to be a sequel to it at some point! Are you going to be working on another series soon? I cannot wait until your next book(s) come out! Great job!!! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much, Hailey. I’m so glad you and your mom both enjoyed it! I am currently working on a brand new series called THE TRAITOR’S GAME that I will begin talking about soon. I think you’re going to love it!

  26. Hey,
    Quick question,
    Is there a way to subscribe to your blog or get alerted whenever a port is posted? I would really like to know!

    From Scully

    • Yes, that would make sense for me to set up a feed like that. I’ll work on it!

  27. Hey,
    I have decided that I’m going to be Imogen for Halloween. I’ll post a comment with a link to the picture later. I’M SO EXCITED!


  28. I loved “The Scourge,” and I am so excited for “The Traitor’s Game”! When exactly will you give more info about that upcoming series, pray tell? Or is it confidential? πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Kat! The Traitor’s Game is just starting on edits, so I won’t have many details to offer until we get further along in the process. But I can tell you that I love the story and I cannot wait to say more about it!

  29. Dressed up as Imogen for Halloween. Not my best work, though. With I did better.

    • Sorry for the terrible quality

    • I love it! You did a great job!

  30. Hey
    Since I am a major Harry Potter nerd I have to ask, what hogwarts house would you place these Ascendance Trilogy. (If you don’t know the house traits, just look them up. It’s all over google)

    1. Sage/Jason
    2. Tobias
    3. Roden
    4. Imogen
    5. Amarinda
    6. Fink

    • Interesting question. Okay, here goes:
      1. Sage: Sage would’ve chosen Gryffindor, but could’ve also gone to Ravenclaw or Slytherin.
      2. Tobias: Ravenclaw
      3. Roden: Gryffindor
      4. Imogen: Gryffindor
      5. Amarinda: Hufflepuff
      6. Fink: Gryffindor

  31. I just started “The Runaway King” for the fourth time since 2015. I just love the series so much!!!

  32. When was The Ascendance Trilogy set? (Time and place wise)

    • Time would be in the approximate 1400’s. The place is Carthya, a fictional kingdom.

  33. I am FREAKING OUT about the Mark of the Thief trilogy ending AGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. SUPER frustrated!!! all i have to say is… IT BETTER BE GOOD… (my sister is looking at me weirdly) But I love your books (RIP Imogen and Jaron) devour them whole when I get them and love everything about them (esp. the Ascendance trilogy!!) . Keep writing!!! I

    PS I loved the Scourge
    PPS Do you like the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit? If so who’s your favorite character ( do you also like Pirates of the Caribbean. If so which is your fav movie/ character, mine is At worlds end AHH will turner)(Pride and Prejudice???)
    PPPS UGGHH Now do I have to say RIP, My OTP…O.T.P (let that sink in for a moment) Aurelia and Nic.
    PPPPS i Should really shut up… but It would be really cool if you resurrected Imogen and all the Ascendence gang and wrote an afterthewholevarganthingandfeelfreetoincludoffspring type book or short. Just an idea πŸ˜‰
    PPPPPS i’ll for real be quiet

    • Thank you very much! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them.
      PPS Yup, huge fan. Frodo is my favorite character. I also like Pirates of the Caribbean and the first was my favorite. Favorite character is the British guard who keeps getting tricked by Captain Sparrow.
      PPPS πŸ˜‰ #EvilAuthor
      PPPPS Perhaps one day I will.
      PPPPPS Thanks for posting here!

      • Let’s not forget


  34. Is there a new discussion link?

  35. I saw The Scourge at Costco and it caught my eye because a character from another book I love is named Scourge πŸ˜‚ And coincidentally I was shopping for books and I bought The False Prince then landed here! The Scourge is next on my shopping list!

  36. OMG I have just read The Scourge and A Night Divided and I love them! They are both amazing books (as yours always are) and are up there with my favorites!!! Your plots are always really clever and amazing and I love all your characters!!!
    I was just randomly wondering… What Harry Potter house do you think you would be in?

    I cannot wait for your next book!!!

    You are my all-time favorite author!!!

    • It autocorrected actual to actually…
      Autocorrect can be annoying sometimes… πŸ˜€

    • Wow, thanks very much, Ani (and I Love that that is your name and its spelling)! Which Harry Potter house? Well, the very scientific quiz I once took on the Internet said I was a Gryffindor, and since that’s probably the exact same thing as a sorting hat, I think that’d be my house! πŸ˜‰

  37. I LOVE the Scourge! My older sister got me hooked on the Ascendance trilogy and I just had to devour all of your books! You’re my favourite author!!:)

    • Well then, please thank your big sister for me! I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, Melli!

  38. Soooo exited. The cover looks amazing!

  39. HI

    I absolutely love this book!
    The plot and characters are amazing and it is so well written!
    I was wondering where you got the name “Ani” from. Did you make it up? I have never heard it before myself.
    Again, I love The Scourge (and all your other books) sooooooooooo much!!!
    Looking forward to your next book!

    Odysseus πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Odysseus – I’m very proud of this book so it means a lot to me that you enjoyed it too. Ani is just a name I Ade up, no real magic, but I liked it. Best wishes –

  40. My library just recently got this book and I absolutely LOVE it!! It’s different than any other book you’ve written, and still just as good. I do have one question, though. How old is Ani? Thanks, Ellie

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