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.
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 My Review

Ok so I was super excited to get this book.  I’m a BIG believer in authors needing to reach outside their comfort zone and giving a new genre a shot!  Some of them do justice and some don’t but I always say it’s a risk worth taking…. K.A. Linde did a fantastic job with The Affiliate!  It was intriguing and held my interest throughout.  Her world building was just enough to keep you guessing and make you want more.

When Cyrene is chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen of Byern, she’s elated!  She always wanted to be in the court and a member of “The First Class”.  But unfortunately it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, fending off suitors like Edric, The King and his younger brother Prince Kael, Cyrene is quickly thrown into the midst of a family feud of sorts… Edric wants an heir to the throne, something his Queen has yet to provide, someone to pass down his lineage too. The Prince, well he just wants to bed anyone he can it seems, and they both fancy Cyrene from the moment that they lay eyes on her.

After her presenting and her ascension to the court, Cyrene’s journey will confuse yet excite you.  The little bits of information that lead you up to the last few chapters will make you furiously flip the pages, until you reach the end, in which you will be left wanting more… This is a book one so you know that there will be more to come, but the ending isn’t really a cliffhanger, it’s more of a to be continued kind of ending.  I didn’t feel like I was left bereft without answers as much.  You know their path forward, and you wonder what adventure she will find next.

K.A. Linde did an awesome job with this one and I challenge you to pick it up and give it a try, I don’t think that you will be sorry about it in the least and you just might find yourself loving a new genre of books!



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About K.A. Linde

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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.