Publication date: October 25th, 2016
Cyrene 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.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
She would rather live, truly live, with himfor even a short life than live without him for eternity
This book is the second installment in the Ascension series. I’m so glad I was given the chance to read it early. I was captivated by the world introduced in The Affiliate, which has been hugely extended in The Bound.
It feels like the universe of the book has expended a lot here. And that’s always risky for me, because I’m not used to reading Fantasy books, which contain usually lots of characters. I’m always scared to get lost.
But though several new characters were added in this second book, they all had purpose, so it wasn’t a problem.
I must say I was slightly bothered at the beginning of the book because I felt like the story had deviated from the original path of the first book in some aspects. For instance, I thought Kael’s character was not exactly the same from one book to the other. Of course characters evolve, but he felt really different for me from the first(which I re-read just before) to the second book. Also some relationships that were according to me initiated in the first book changed quite suddenly at the beginning of the second book (like Eren and Maelia for instance).
But let’s be honest, my doubts at the beginning of the book quickly vanished as they were swept away by the brilliant writing of K.A. Linde. I was rapidly hooked and couldn’t put the book down.
What I mostly enjoyed were the dynamics of the group around Cyrene.
“They don’t know who they’re dealing with if they think a little sabotage will stop you,” Ahlvie joked with a wink.
“Why,[…] that was almost a compliment.”
He grinned devilishly.”They haven’t seen you take on a Braj.”
“Or destroy an entire group of Indres,” Avoca said.
“Or break people out of prison,” Orden added.
“Or take the entire Aurumian army and Prince Kael,” Maelia said.
Cyrene held her hands up. “Okay,I get it. When tou say it that way, it does sound pretty impressive.”
Though Cyrene remained the central character of the story, the other characters played nontheless important roles.
My favorite character from the first book is definitely still my favorite character here… Ahlvie !
“I take from the rich and stupod and give to the poor and intelligent.”
“You give to yourself.”
I was also completely captivated by Cyrene’s love story.
“You aren’t a label, Cyrene. You are everything you want to be and more. I see it in your conviction in everything you do. And though I know you could be anything you wanted, all I can possibly want is for you to be mine.”
We learn a lot about the history of this world in this installment : Doma, Dremylons, curses, fantastic creatures, powers. All ingredients are combined for an epic third book, which I now can’t wait to put my hands on!
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About the author
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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