The Affiliate by K.A. Linde
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.
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The Affiliate is book #1 in the Ascension series, I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
I’ve read books before by this author but never anything in this genre.
Hmmmmm this book has me in a bit of a quandary because I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it.
On one hand this book paints a beautiful picture; I can vividly picture the world this book describes. The characters are all individuals that were well rounded and all had their own distinct voices.
But I’m not sure where this story is going, the blurb leads us to believe that Edric is a love interest and I had assumed that there would be some romance going on.
In my opinion this book is less romance and more fantasy epic!
This book has a lord of the rings grand adventure feel and although I can appreciate Tolkien’s work I wasn’t a massive fan of how long winded the narrative was.
I enjoyed the faster paced last quarter of this book the most as it felt like much more happened to develop the plot and move the story forward. Up until then I struggled to engage with the characters, Cyrene is only 17 yet seems to behave as though she’s in her 30’s. Edric and Kael both honestly came across like massive douches and I much preferred Ahlvie!!
There will be a lot of people who love this story but I’m just not sold on this book, I feel like it could develop into a brilliant series but at the moment I am sitting firmly in the I need to be convinced section.
The Affiliate gets 3 stars from me.
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.
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