Breaking News from the Book World

The Captive Kingdom is Released

Today is it. We have finally arrived. The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer A. Nielsen is released. TODAY!!!!!!! People have waited for this day for years. I am so excited to be sharing it with you!! Are you ready for our countdown’s wrap up? It’s all coming down to today. (Also, don’t forget, if you missed yesterday’s post, view it here.)

NOTE: If you haven’t read THE FALSE PRINCE do not continue. There are spoilers.

Are you ready for my favorite character? Are you sure? Here’s a wrap up of my top eight, see if you can figure out who #1 is. 🙂

#8. Rulon Harlowe

#7. Roden

#6. Fink and Erick

#5. Imogen

#4. Princess Amarinda

#3. Tobias

#2. Mott





Just a little longer….

Almost there…..

Build up the anticipation.

Here we go. 

The winner is.



*frogs cricketing in the distance*

Just kidding! (Who even likes Cregan?) My real favorite is JARON!!!! Who doesn’t like him?

King Jaron, actually. News must travel slower among the illiterate.”

(That was from The Runaway King.) I have no idea why but that was the first thing that came to my mind, so I just kind of went with it. Here’s some other great moments with Jaron from the other books.


“Next time I checked on him, he’d got over the fever on his own and was a good deal more humble.”
Conner looked at me again. “He doesn’t look so humble now.”
“I got over that too,” I said.

THE SHADOW THRONE (This next one is my all-time favorite quote from the series.)

“I am commanded by the king of Avenia to give you one last order and so I shall. Hear me now and always. Be loyal to the thing you know is right. Never bend to weakness, never yield to a false crown. Right will always triumph in the end, and you will want to be on that side when it does.”

THE CAPTIVE KINGDOM (This is the opening line.)

One may ask, how is the great King Jaron described by those who know him?
The answer rarely includes the word “great,” unless the word to follow is “fool,” though I have also heard “disappointment,” “frustration,” and “chance that he’ll get us all killed.”

Mood board time. This one’s quote comes from The Captive Kingdom.

LOVE IT!!!! 

Here’s some more fun stuff.

Okay that is King Jaron’s name written in the sand if you can’t read it. I had actually written out “King Jaron, the Ascendant King of Carthya,” but it wouldn’t all fit into the picture.

I had to make it big, so you could read all the words.

This next one was more Katherine’s idea.

 Person: I don't like reading anymore.
Me: Here you go. *hands person The False Prince* I'll have you back in shape in no time.

Now, I’m going to share the summary of The Captive Kingdom from Goodreads.

Jennifer A. Nielsen returns to the world of The False Prince in this fourth book of the Ascendance Series!

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.

So, amazing, I know!! I’ve already read the book from an ARC I won and I can tell you this is a book you’re not going to want to miss.

Answers to trivia!

#1. Mott

#2. “I’m not a quiet sleeper.”

#3. C.

Let’s Chat! Are you planning on reading The Captive Kingdom? Answer in the comments!

And thank you for going with the countdown with me! I hope you had as much fun as I did. Now, go read the fourth book!!! 😉

Issabelle Perry is a proud Jesus follower, an extroverted writer, and a homeschool graduate. When she's not writing, you can find her reading, jamming to Skillet, studying history, hunting for Narnia in wardrobes, or envisioning herself wielding a magnificent sword (but due to her clumsiness, let’s hope that never happens). This self-proclaimed exclamation mark enthusiast can be found hanging out at Teen Writers’ Nook, a community of teen authors Issabelle co-founded in 2020. She is the author of Don't Let Me Go (Sky's the Limit Press 2024), May We Make Them Proud (2023), and a co-editor for two anthologies. What she’s probably doing right now is fangirling about her favorite books to random people or scanning the pantries for chocolate.


  • Fantasy Girl

    I loved your countdown. Your list of favorite characters made me laugh out loud. I love the quote, “King Jaron, actually. News must travel slower among the illiterate.” So excited for The Captive Kingdom.

    • Maggie

      Thank you, Fantasy Girl. I really enjoyed the countdown, too, and I’m glad you did as well. Haha, yes that’s one of Jaron’s best lines.
      Me, too!!!!

  • Katherine

    YAY!! The Captive Kingdom is out now. Whoo Hoo! Love your sand picture and your “Some people just read books…” art. Very cool.

  • Sarah-bean

    Heyyyy!!! I’ve read the the three first books and I absolutely love love loooove them I’m so looking forward to reading the 4th one I loved the countdown

    P.S. I found this article from Jennifer A. Nielsen’s webpage XOXO

    • Maggie

      Hello, Sarah-bean!!!! I know right, those books are sooooooo good!!!! I’m super glad you enjoyed the countdown. Oh, and if you enjoyed the fourth book, you’ll have to tell me. I love chatting about these books with other fans.

      Ha, I saw the link on her page but doubted anyone would click it. Glad I was wrong!!!

  • Lrose5

    I know this is very late (but…) I love the stuff you shared for the countdown! *Starts planning to write King Jaron in the sand next time we go to the beach* (great idea!) I really love the “I’m tired of reading” meme! Thing. Whatever you want to call it.

    P.S. Can’t wait for the newest Ascendance book to be published!!!!! Jennifer A Nielsen is my FAV author! (or one of the top 3!)

    • Issabelle

      Aww, girl, that’s TOTALLY okay!!! I actually get really excited when I see a comment on an older post!!!!! <333 Aww, THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!! Lol YESSS!!!! Really funny story about the Jaron's name in the sand, when I wrote out the full name, some people were passing by right as I finished and I noticed one of them had looked at it and now that I think about it, that person had probably wondered what that was all about. 😂 Aww, I'm SO happy to hear! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!! Lol, I have no idea what to call it, so we'll just go with meme. XD

      Aaaah I know right!!!! I'm over here like it's NEVER going to get here!!!! *stares at the calendar and wonders when October will get here* XD YESSSS!!!! Nielsen is my FAVORITE author, too! (Lol, SAME XDD)

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