Tuesday, October 23, 2018

JASMINE's THOUGHTS on The Bound by K.A. Linde

Young Adult
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Ascension, #2
Publish Date:
October 25, 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.



The Ascension series
(covers link to Goodreads)



**About the Author**
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 lives in Lubbock, Texas with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

Stay connected with K.A. Linde
email: kalinde45@gmail.com


*My Thoughts*
Note: This review contains NO spoilers

So... This second book in the Ascension series, The Bound, takes place where The Affiliate left off. K.A. Linde continues to astound me with the incredibly descriptive world building. In this second installment, we found these characters on their journey that Cyrene is determined to uncover the mystery about magic and herself. Yup! Cyrene is accompanied by her friends whom are committed in helping her complete her quest of discovery. We also are introduced to new characters that they encounter along the way. Then there's this build of a romance, which I found was not too overwhelming, which still kept me guessing on whom Cyrene's heart would fall for.

Anyways, while Cyrene and her friends continue on this quest, corruption and deception persists in Byern during their absence. Well, no big surprise there... Right?!? Especially, after reading that Prologue! But, whoa!!! Anyways, I will leave it at that... Don't want to reveal too much.

Otherwise, this fast-paced, riveting, action-packed fantasy had me "gasping for air" with it's twists and turns. Regardless of the somewhat slow start, The Bound did pick up to continue the whirlwind of a magical journey that was started in The Affiliate. Now, it is time to get to the next installment in this series and continue Cyrene's journey.

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