Top 5 Songs of Jennifer Nielsen’s “The Ascendance Trilogy” – ARC Giveaway (over)

The Ascendance TrilogyWe’re excited to welcome author Jennifer A. Nielsen back to All The Write Notes. Jennifer’s here to exclusively share the Top 5 Songs of “The Ascendance Trilogy”, and we have an ARC of “The Shadow Throne”, the final instalment in this amazing series, to giveaway.

Enjoy, and Good Luck!


Story playlists are important to a lot of writers, myself included. Most of my books are linked in some way to music. I do have one playlist titled “Writing Music,” which is really just background music that fits the feel of the story I’m working on. I don’t usually write to music with lyrics, but I do use those songs for inspiration and to ground me in character and plot. Music has been extremely important to writing The Ascendance Trilogy. Here are my Top 5 songs of the series…

Guaranteed” by Eddie Vedder. This song became the foundation for the entire trilogy, because it was where I found Sage. He was born in the line, “I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me, guaranteed.” Thank you for these words, Eddie Vedder.

Fooling Yourself” by Styx. So many characters try to advise Sage throughout the series, but no one more than Mott. I think this song sums up Mott’s entire message to Sage throughout the series. “Get up, get back on your feet. You’re the one they can’t beat and you know it.”

What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park. Okay, I know this song sorta became the theme for the Transformers movie – admit it, you hear the voice of Optimus Prime when it starts to play. But let that go for a bit and compare the lyrics to the plot of The Runaway King. The fit is amazing. “I start again. And whatever pain may come, today this ends. I’m forgiving what I’ve done.”

Rise” by Eddie Vedder. It’s called The Ascendance Trilogy for a reason. The king will have to rise, and so this song is perfect, and must be included in my top five. “Gonna rise up, burning back holes in dark memories. Gonna rise up, turning mistakes into gold.”

Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. Yeah, I know. Being as this series takes place a good six hundred years ago, cars weren’t around. So maybe the lyrics don’t translate perfectly. But the song came on one day while I was writing an end scene of The Runaway King, and I realized the message of the song was really what Sage was asking from Imogen in their last scene together. “If I lay here, if I just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

Up for grabs is one signed ARC of  “The Shadow Throne“, the final instalment in  “The Ascendance Trilogy”. Just click on the covers to the left, or here, and you’ll be directed to our Rafflecopter giveaway. If you aren’t the lucky one to win,  The Shadow Throne” hits store shelves February 25, 2014 with Scholastic Press, and can be pre-ordered through Indie Bound. If you want to connect with Jennifer about the Trilogy, her previous books, or what she has in store next for her readers, you can visit her on her websiteTwitter, or on Facebook .