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The fourth book in the fantasy Ascension series that NYT bestselling author Susan Dennard called “perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas.”

War is on the horizon.

All while a new power grows strong, threatening the very balance of good and evil.

Desperate to save her homeland, Cyrene goes in search of the dragons that may be the key to ending this battle—and heal her dying friend.

Can Cyrene master her magic to save the world?

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“With rich romance and twisty political intrigue, THE AFFILIATE is a breakneck fantasy ride that’s perfect for fans of THE SELECTION or THRONE OF GLASS.” –Susan Dennard, NYT bestselling author of TRUTHWITCH

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 for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland–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. Great for fans of Game of Thrones, Tudors, and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

 

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tb-amazonCyrene Strohm is a Queen’s Affiliate, a high-ranking official of the court of Byern, with power and privilege to spare. But she’s also a keeper of dangerous secrets: like the fact that she holds the heart of the King, and that she possesses magic in a world where magic no longer exists.

Determined to discover what this means and how to use her newfound abilities, Cyrene sets off for the distant land of Eleysia. An island nation where Affiliates are strictly forbidden from entering.

But the journey is perilous, and the destination may mean utter ruin, as Cyrene comes to learn that everything she’s been told her whole life – about her court, her homeland, and even herself—are bound in a beautiful lie.

 

 

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After the loss of a friend and false imprisonment in an Eleysian dungeon, Cyrene has no interest in destiny. Her heart was shattered, friends scattered, and her home is nothing but a pretty illusion. Even her magic won’t cooperate.
When all seems lost, she turns to the one person she never thought that she would trust:

Prince Kael.

His darkness mirrors a growing force lurking within her. A struggle she never imagined threatens to consume her. And as friends and foes begin to show their true colors, she starts questioning whether anyone is who they seem.
Even herself.

 

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K.A. Linde grew up as a military brat and created fantastical stories based off of her love for Disney movies, fairy tales, and Star Wars. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, loves reading young adult novels, and dancing. Additionally, K.A. has written more than a dozen adult novels and is a USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Lubbock, TX with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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Review: ‘The Affiliate’ by K.A. Linde – Time piece story that didn’t quite catch my love

affiliateFormat: ebook, paperback

Format read: ebook (arc copy)

Series: book 1 of The Ascension series

Rating: 14+ for themes

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17385231-the-affiliate

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I should note that before I write this review, it should be taken with a grain of salt. I am not a big fan of the time pieces (like Jane Eyre). I get a lot of slack from people being all like, ‘you’re an English major how can you not care for Little Woman or Jane Eyre’ and I really don’t have a good explanation. The heart likes what the heart likes.

With that said, I decided to read this story because I liked some other books by K.A. Linde and I thought I may have liked this one. That didn’t turn out to be the case. Linde was able to capture the atmosphere of the time and the language, but like with the other time classics, it didn’t have the excitement that I hoped for. There were glimmers of it in the story when it came to Cyrene and Edric’s forbidden love blossoming, but the scenes were so few and far between, it was hard to get into that aspect of the story.

What did pique my attention and kept me reading was the mystery to all the dying Affiliates that were going on. With it being a series, it was a safe bet that Cyrene would be safe (for now) but it is curious to see who is responsible for all the deaths. That was a little bit of a shocker, but if you pay close enough attention you may be able to figure it out. The fact that there was this mystery, I was expecting some big dramatic reveal or some action-y way of it coming to a conclusion, neither of which happened.

For me, it didn’t work. It doesn’t mean that you won’t like it as well. Perhaps if you are the one that likes the time pieces then you may like it. In fact, I’m sure that if you do like Jane Eyre and Little Women then you would probably like and appreciate this story more than me. Perhaps in another time and place, but for now it just seems lackluster.

Rating: C-

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