The Shadow Throne is the third and the last book in The Ascendance Trilogy. Avenia and Mendenwal are waging war against Carthya.
Front Cover Edit
Fight for the future...Die for the throne.
Book synopsis Edit
War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.
His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighboring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country. Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne???
Book Summary Edit
The story opens with Roden and Jaron having a fight about how the soldiers should be led. The fight was staged however, so that any spies within the castle will report false information to Vargan, the king of Avenia. The people think that Roden is just training soldiers outside of Drylliad, but Roden had actually left to the northern border between Mendenwal and Carthya with a group of Carthya's soldiers.
Chapter one: Edit
Jaron is receives the news that Libeth had been attacked and the Avenians have taken Imogen as prisoner. Lord Kerwyn tells Jaron that Mendenwal is advancing from the North and Gelyn from the east. Unable to take the bad news about Imogen, Jaron runs away to the gardens. There he tries to climb the ivy on the wall but his injured leg fails him and he falls back down again. There Harlowe finds him. He asks Jaron to give orders so that the country may have a plan. Jaron lashes out unintentionally and says that he cannot win this war, that he couldn't even protect Imogen. She was supposed to be safe if she was far from him. Harlowe pulls Jaron into a hug to comfort him. Having calmed down, Jaron tells Harlowe to gather his [Jaron's] most trusted people for a meeting in one hour.
Chapter two: Edit
In the throne room Jaron, Kerwyn, Amarinda, Mott, Tobias, and Harlowe have congregated. Kerwyn tells of the countries advancing to Carthya. He says that the armies of Bymar can help to hold them back. Amarinda says that her country will answer the call for help, but only if they can get a message to them. Mott mentions that Mendenwal definitely is ordering it's armies to advance, according to the Carthyan spies. Jaron realizes that Kerwyn must be taking the news hardest, after all, he was good friends with King Humphrey. Kerwyn said he has been sending letters of apology but none of them have been answered. Jaron asks Kerwyn to go to Mendenwal to reason with the king. He may be the only one who can sway him. Kerwyn agrees. Jaron suggests that he and Mott should go rescue Imogen. Mott objects, saying that it is a trap and he should be the only one to go. They continue to argue. Although the matter has not been resolved, Jaron changes the subject to Amarinda and how to protect her. Amarinda says she would like to go back to Bymar to deliver the message of distress. Tobias suggests that they should use the escape carriage that he designed. It looks like a church carriage that carries food for charitable causes. It has a false bottom however, which the princess can hide in. Jaron says to bring Fink. Then Jaron tells Harlowe to spread the word of the war and to bring the citizens to Drylliad for safety within its walls. All able bodied men are to participate in protecting the city. Finally, they talk about how in the case that Jaron should die, they need to pick a successor. Jaron says that it has been, and always shall be, Amarinda. But they must get married to make it so.
Chapter three: Edit
Amarinda requests a moment alone with Jaron so that they could talk. Jaron tries to convince her that they must get married to preserve her rule. Amarinda asks him if he expects to die in the war. Jaron acknowledges that they do not love each other as to want to get married, but that they must do it, for the good of the kingdom. Amarinda tells Jaron that she wants to know the details about Jaron's fight with Roden. She knows that it was fake, she says. Jaron tells her about the spies and where he went. She asks Jaron to bring him back so that he could go save Imogen in his place. After some discussion, Jaron agrees to not attempt to save Imogen. Then Jaron says that he releases Amarinda from the betrothal. If she wants to marry him, it will be of her own choice. When they leave the throne room, Mott and Tobias were there waiting for them. Tobias escorts the princess to her room and Mott and Jaron re-enter the throne room. Mott tells Jaron that Roden's messenger has brought news of their fight with the soldiers of Gelyn. Only 18 remain of Roden's group. He is expecting more soldiers, but it is best if Jaron went too. So they decide that Jaron should travel to the border to help Roden.
Chapter four: Edit
Amarinda,Tobias and Fink ride in a carriage to a area close to the Avenian borders to the border to take Amarinda back to her home country,Bymar to be safe from the war.As Fink becomes nervous for Jaron,Jaron dubs him a knight.Fink still nervous, enters a escape carriage designed by Tobias to cross Avenia with big risk.