Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review: The Affiliate - K.A. Linde



BLURB

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.



REVIEW

It has been awhile since I’ve gotten the chance to dive into a fantasy novel.  And I was oh so happy to get my hands on The Affiliate by K.A. Linde.  A good friend of mine had said it was a good one, so I was even more excited to read it.  What I found between the pages was a vibrant and intriguing world that drew me in.  I got lost between the pages and I didn’t want to be found.

As the story unfolds, we meet Cyrene.  She’s just come of age and it’s time for her Presenting.  We mainly see the story from her point of view.  She’s a strong and independent young lady.  I loved that she had a good head on her shoulder.  She does get a little lost sometimes (who wouldn’t with the attentions of handsome men!) but she mostly sticks to her common sense.  She was beautifully written, wonderfully complex and easy to connect with.  And the secondary characters were just as phenomenal.  They all add depth to the story and bring out different emotions in you.

There is some romance in the book but it isn’t the main draw.  The story focuses on Cyrene and her powers.  There’s a prophecy and a murky history involved as well.  There are a ton of twists and turns in the book that kept me guessing.  I loved how action packed and relatively fast paced it was.  It’s a book you have to pay attention to or you might miss clues.  I absolutely loved that.  This is the type of book you keep re-reading because each time you discover something new that you missed all the times before.

As a long time fantasy fan who has grown up reading the greats like Tolkien, Terry Brooks, etc. I was skeptical at how a romance writer would transition to fantasy.  But Linde did a remarkable job.  She reminded me how much I love this genre.  I’m definitely going to be recommending this book to all my fantasy junkie friends.   -Peace and Love, Buxom J

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