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.
The Affiliate was a unique fantasy story that puts a twist on the “coming of age” story! When Cyrene turns 17 she is placed into a presenting ceremony in which her future will be decided. She lucks out and is placed into the 1st class position of Affiliate and to the queen no less. However, court life is not all that it seems, and Cyrene soon becomes ensnared in an unexpected relationship, and a string of murders seem to lead back to her as the main target.
Cyrene was an admirable lead, she worked with what she had and took everything in stride. So much gets thrown at her at once but she never falters for a minute. It was hard to remember that she was so young based on how she reacted. I also really liked the diversity of the characters. Each one has their own individual part to play and they all added depth to the story. I’m super conflicted over the romance in this book, because at this point I don’t see how things are going to work out for them
Though I felt that the story itself was unique, I couldn’t help but feel that most of it was just build up. It took until around 85% of the way through before the main point of the plot was revealed! I’m expecting lots of plot movement in this next book titled The Bound of which I am currently reading the ARC. The Affiliate ended with not necessarily a cliffhanger but certainly in the middle of the action. I’m super intrigued to see where this world takes me.
If you’re looking for your next fantasy read, I would recommend checking out The Affiliate. Buy it on Amazon here!