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Captive Kingdom

By: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Narrated by: Charlie McWade
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Publisher's Summary

In a peaceful Carthya, Jaron leads as the Ascendant King with Imogen beside him - but the peace he fought so long for is not destined to last. 

On a routine sea voyage, Jaron's ship is brutally attacked, and he is taken hostage. The mysterious captors and their leader, Jane Strick, accuse Jaron of unthinkable acts. They are also in possession of some shocking items - including the crown and sword that belonged to Jaron's older brother, Darius. The items unearth a past Jaron thought he had put behind him. 

Though it seems impossible, Jaron must consider: Could Darius be alive? And what does Strick want from Jaron? Against his will, Jaron will be pulled back into a fight for the throne - and a battle to save his kingdom. 

Return to Carthya to uncover new secrets, high-stakes action, and Jennifer A. Nielsen's signature breathtaking twists.

©2020 Jennifer A. Nielsen (P)2020 Scholastic Inc.

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Feels closer to fanfic than original story

This story is fun, I’ll give it that. I was so excited to see Jaron return. I grew up on this series. I loved following Jaron’s story. Hell, I even made freaking fan art for this series (the only fan art I’ve ever made). So I was disappointed to listen to this book and hear all the retconning, the flimsy plot, and unrealistic characters. “Jaron is the pirate king” isn’t a valid motivation for the pirates following Jaron’s nonsensical orders when he’s shown multiple times he doesn’t really care what happens to them. Strick’s motivations for being interested in Jaron don’t hold up under scrutiny. The plot twist was predictable. Jaron doesn’t feel clever here, it feels like he’s throwing darts blindly, hoping something sticks. All of that being said, it’s still Jaron. It’s still enjoyable for what it is. I definitely don’t think it holds up with the original series, but it was still fun to revisit this world.

On another note, Charlie McWade, as always, gives an amazing performance in this. I always enjoy hearing his accents. There aren’t many audiobooks where the narrator is able to distinguish who is talking simply by the way they talk. I do think some of Jaron’s humor is lost in his delivery, and I think a deadpan delivery for some of his lines reads much funnier, but I chock that up to a difference of opinion.

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Loved it

I love your books they're so amazing when I got done with the shadow thrown I was looking through I was so happy when you had 2 more books Charlie Mcwade did so good with The narration too

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I am hypnotized

I can’t stop reading your books they are the best books ever created thank you for your service of writing good books

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There is no character growth.

The story is written and read well, but it lacks depth. Not her best work.

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This is the best book in the world in my opinion

I LOVE IT! It’s so detailed and it is so good I love it so much! Charlie Mcwade has an amazing voice for the characters!

Thank you for writing this!

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Loved it

Jennifer A. Neilson has done it again. Adventure draws you in. Great narrative. Great for kids 4th grade and up.

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One Awesome Story

Loved it.
Jennifer is an amazing author who leaves me in suspense wondering what will happen next.
When I listen to one of her books I don't stop listening until I finish the book.
Can't wait to start the next book!

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Love this Author and Narrator

I have listened to it twice before writing this review and love it both times. It is full of twist and turns, and a great addition to the original trilogy.

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Best series ever! I don't know how she does it, but these are my favorite books ever!

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it's a good boom that is entertaining and will be a good quick listen for anyone

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Loved it!

Such an easy read with some great characters, so many little twists and turns that keep it interesting all the way through, so easy to read which is just what you need sometimes!