On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen.
Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have...
King Edric himself.
Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.
I think this book is a case of it was me and not the book. There were a few times I thought to myself, “Maybe I’m not smart enough for this book.” LOL! There was so many details and so many characters all with funky Fantasy names that at times I was lost.
That said, if you are a Fantasy YA reader this book will be for you. I had only read a few other in this genre so maybe that was where my disconnect came in.
Cyrene, our heroine, was granted the privilege to be The Affiliate to the Queen. However, the Queen hated Cyrene. Her husband the King and the Prince both took a huge interest in the seventeen year old girl. The immediate attraction between Cyrene and King Edric was strong and one the two struggled to resist. But Cyrene wanted more out of life than to be a mistress. She knew she deserved better.
The mystery was very intriguing. Cyrene’s sister gave her this old book as a present for her new position. However to everyone but Cyrene the pages are blank! Deaths are popping up all over the kingdom and the killer is on the loose. Cyrene is determined to figure out what her powers may be and what the book is all about.
The ending was a little cliffhanger that I was hoping packed a little more punch since this is KA Linde after all and she does love to keep us hanging on.
I am giving this one 4 stars because as much as I didn’t love it, I think a lot of other people would and I am interested in find out the secret behind the book. The writing was good, a bit wordy for me but I know that is part of the genre.
If you like Fantasy books, this is definitely for you!!!
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USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series. As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books. She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.
When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.