The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.4 Llamas


This book was as amazing as the first one!!!!!!! The plot line was just AMAZING!!!!!!! The characters were AMAZING!!!!!!And I am very impressed with this series so far.

This book is about the king running away to join the pirates threatening his kingdom. I know, I know. That sounds pretty stupid… BUT IT IS SOOOOOOO MUCH COOLER THAN NOT!!!!!!! The story is amazing!!!! And I totally suggest it!!!!

The only two things that some people may not like is: the violence level (Which is high. Lots of blood and pain), and there is mention of praying to the devils or hoping the devils don’t harm them. I don’t believe it actually means ‘praying to the ‘devils’ ‘; the book is supposed to be kind-of in the medieval times (though the book is pure fiction through and through) and back then they used to believe that devils and angels controlled everything. So, if something bad happened to someone, they would probably say, “Why are the devils angry at me today?” I don’t think it means that there are actual ‘devils’ in the book; I think it is supposed to be a common saying. (So, I would say the book is appropriate for kids and Christians, but this is just a warning so you don’t get mad at me cause of the devil thing 😉 )

Over all, I am TOTALLY SUGGESTING THIS BOOK!!!!!!! But!!! Please have your parents permission first! (PLEASE!!! I really don’t want your parents mad at me cause I suggested this book to you.) And I will be posting more books soon!!!! And… ”Welcome to Summer Vacation!!!!!” I hope this summer is filled with lots of books!!! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • AMAZING!!!!!1
  • Totally awesome plot line
  • And I would say kid-friendly for 8 and up


  • Lots of violence
  • And mention of devils

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive?
Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

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