on October 25th 2016
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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.
The Bound (Ascension Book 2) by K.A Linde
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Staggering down the hallway, she didn’t even look up when she heard her name.
“Hmm?” she asked.
“Cyrene, there you are!”
Someone grabbed her shoulders, and she tipped her head to look up into the most beautiful face. She smiled and felt a renewed burst of energy flow through her.
“Hey,” she whispered.
“Hey,” he said, threading his fingers through hers. A shiver ran up her back. He glanced around the empty hallway and then tugged her away from the main corridors. She turned a corner, and he pressed her back into a darkened alcove. His mouth was only inches from hers.
Her exhaustion was wearing off from the excitement of being with him.
“I was really worried about you,” he breathed.
“You don’t have to worry about me,” she said, trapped in his gaze. She teetered on her tiptoes and nearly brushed their lips together. Her heart was racing ahead of her. This felt almost better than reaching for her magic. Definitely better than moving one drop of water at a time all day.
“You’re wrong.” Then, he softly dropped his mouth down on hers. His lips were tender and slow as they caressed hers. “I will always worry for your safety.”
Cyrene’s cheeks heated, and she sighed, leaning back against the hard stone of the alcove. “I didn’t mean to worry you.”
His hands pushed up through her hair and tilted her head back up to look at him. She closed her eyes and sighed. She was so tired, and just the feel of his fingers was lulling her to sleep.
“That feels good.”
His mouth found hers, and despite her exhaustion, she pushed back against his lips with more force. She refused to let the fact that she was tired get in the way of her time with him.
“Whoa,” he said, pulling back from her. He rested his forehead against hers, and she could tell he was breathing heavily. “As much as I want this, and I do, I want to make sure you’re okay. This didn’t scare you away?”
She shook her head. “This, most certainly, does not scare me.” Then, she kissed him again for good measure.
He laughed. “Good. Because I’ve been wanting to kiss you since I first met you.”
“You have not!” she insisted.
“Are you kidding? A gorgeous, feisty woman who wasn’t afraid to put me in my place the first time she met me? I mostly certainly have.”
My Thoughts on The Bound…
This series… man oh man… its has just blew me away!! I just have fell head over hells for it and I cannot get enough!! I admit, I’m not a big fantasy or paranormal romance reader. I do dabble in it every so often, but it’s not my go to genre. It is nice to take a break from the norm and go to a place where there are no limitations on the imagination. Anything is truly possible. And that right there is why this series has got me! It’s like the PG version of Game of Thrones!! I’m transported to place of Kings and Queens and mystical powers. This series is one I would highly recommend for all ages! Another huge 5 star read for this series!!
Cyrenne has discovered she has magic that was been banned for centuries in her kingdom. She doesn’t know how to control it or what it means but she must set out on a journey to find those who can help her control and understand her powers. Along the way she will find more than she bargains for. Her journey will take her to far away places and experience new cultures. She finds herself more than once in a position that seems hopeless only to come out on top due to her powers. She is starting to understand with these powers also comes great responsibility as if she cannot control it, she can harm may innocent people.
The group she travels with started out with just a couple of close allies but along the way new faces will join their group and the dynamics will change. As the events start to unfold I’m left thinking who can Cyrenne trust. It seems there are so many twists and turns that has me second guessing who her loyalties shall lie. She must decide if she should stay loyal to her King and country or does she follow her heart and do what she feels is right. What consequences will these decisions have? It seems everyone has an ulterior motive and Cyreene is stuck in the cross hairs of something bigger. I cannot wait until the next book to see what is in store for us!! This is a phenomenal series that needs to be read!
Other Books in the Series
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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