I am sooo excited to be able to finally reveal this cover. I really love it! Compared to the style of the FALSE PRINCE cover, this has more of a realistic look, and I think it serves the story well. My thanks to Scholastic, Christopher Stengel, the cover designer, and Ken Choi, who did the sword art.
Here is the Goodreads summary for THE RUNAWAY KING: A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE!
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?
The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King!
So, without further wordiness, here is the cover!