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The Affiliate (Ascension Book 1) by [Linde, K.A]
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"With rich romance and twisty politicalintrigue,THE AFFILIATE is a breakneck fantasy ride that's perfect forfans of THE SELECTION or THRONE OF GLASS." --Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of TRUTHWITCH

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4299 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: K.A. Linde Inc. (15 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012RU16BW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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One of my absolute favourite stories! Beautifully written!
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2.0 out of 5 stars ... even begin to talk about all the things I hated about this book 2 July 2016
By Wendy D - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot even begin to talk about all the things I hated about this book. I tried really hard to get to the end (and seriously, I finish everything I read), but I ended up skimming/skipping through the last 50% of the book. I guess the one redeeming quality of this book was that I was curious enough about some elements of the plot to at least read the last pages to find out what was going on with the magic stuff which is the only thing that bumped my score up from a 1 star.

Probably my biggest problem with this book was the schizophrenic nature of Cyrene. She is either so poorly developed it makes it unenjoyable to read or she is really well developed and I despise everything about her. First of all, she can't figure out what to do about the King. She openly and proudly flirts with him, dances with him, takes walks with him alone, hopes he kisses her, etc. But then suddenly out of the blue is acts shocked that he wants her as his mistress??!! Also, I didn't really see anything that makes the Queen so evil other than she really dislikes Cyrene (probably because of all the aggressive flirting she's doing with her husband!). And yes, she is mean and spiteful...but again, her husband and those around her have given her every reason to act that way. And there is literally never any indication as to why in the world either Cyrene or the King would have any other feelings for each other. It feels so much like two people just trying to hook up regardless of who they hurt. And the only development of the king is those random moments with Cyrene. I went from being apathetic about both main characters to ardently hoping they would both die a horrible death because they rubbed me the wrong way. And what is the role of the Consort?!! That is NEVER explained -- and I actually don't even know what an affiliate does other than run errands. Is the consort really an appointed mistress of the king's (which is what consort means) who has equal say in everything or just a title someone is using incorrectly? I don't know.

So basically, the plot had some interesting elements, there are a few side characters I'd love to see developed and would be much more interesting to me (Kael) than Cyrene and hte King, but I can't make myself read the second book. If you love characters with no moral compass, no depth or strength, and completely and utterly consumed by selfishness, you might enjoy this. If you like some redeeming value in your characters -- stay away.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fantasy, but the romance was TOLD instead of SHOWN 27 September 2015
By Ashley Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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I love a hot, juicy, tension-filled romance.

But you know what I REALLY like?

Being there in that romance every step of the way.

I like being privy to all their “moments”, conversations, and “get to know you” steps. I like seeing the tension boil over. I like reading the first awkward conversations and seeing those transform into confident flirting and then possibly further.

What I DON’T like is being told that two people are getting to know each other… and not seeing any of it first hand.

That’s what happened in The Affiliate.

Don’t get me wrong—The Affiliate wasn’t a bad book. It’s a fantasy story and that part was definitely cool. I liked the world that K.A. Linde created, particularly the whole magical element.

But there’s also a forbidden romance between Cyrene—the main character—and King Edric.

Sadly, this romance was 100% told instead of shown.

We don’t even get to be part of their biggest “getting to know each other” period.

Cyrene and King Edric have a few awkward, public conversations together at the beginning. They’re all pretty formal and professional with a little bit of snark/flirt. But a little further on, they get to finally spend some alone time together and get to know each other. Four days of it. Guess what we saw of that…

…This paragraph:

"She and Edric paced the deck, discussing everything from geographical formations to ancient history to gardening. Over meals, they found themselves contemplating various cultural differences between the cities of Byern, and at night, they practiced languages and read aloud late into the night. They listened to a minstrel on board, danced their favorite jigs, taught each other card games, and watched the sunset over the Taken Mountains"

We’re TOLD that they did all these things and we’re just supposed to BELIEVE that it was all awesome and romantic.

* We saw ZERO dialogue from this period.
* We didn’t get a play-by-play of any of those discussions, reading sessions, or minstrel performances.
* We didn’t get to live or experience any of it.

Those four days set the foundation for their whole relationship and we didn’t see any of it.

This romance could have been so fantastic. There was chemistry between the characters and I was interested in both of them, but the actual implementation was SO SHALLOW. I hate it when something so potentially great is ruined because it’s too vague. I can’t be expected to love a romance if I don’t experience any of it.

Despite this shallow romance, I still recommend The Affiliate to fantasy lovers!

The romance is not so great—we’ve established that. But The Affiliate is still an interesting fantasy book.

* I liked the story.
* It has an interesting fantasy world and history.
* It ended on a cool note—I’m excited to see what happens next!
* It has magic. I freakin’ love magic.

If you ignore the romance and ignore the fact that all the “eligible bachelors” are OBSESSED with the main character (I hate that) then it’s a pretty darn good read!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book. Stupid spoilers ahead 24 February 2017
By anon - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't overly impressed with the free sample of "The Affiliate," but the comparison someone made to "Throne of Glass," which I very much enjoyed, made me take a chance. I should have gone with my gut.

I agree with everything that was written by reviewer Wendy D. Rambling plot, dislikable characters, etc. I'll also add that this book has obnoxiously poor grammar. For example, "She accepted it, albeit begrudgingly, that she had just done it."

Most irritating to me, however, was that the main character had been training for this honor her entire life, and passed several apparently grueling tests to judge her loyalty, obedience, and devotion to duty. Then she abruptly scraps her whole life, abandons her post and runs to another country due to her curiosity about a book whose writing she can't read- and drags two other evidently super-loyal subjects of the realm down with her. And for those who may want to defend this book and say "it's because of her magic," I'll have you go back and look at the chronology of this piece of sophomoric garbage. She decided to run away WELL BEFORE she knew she had magic.

"The Affiliate" is flighty, poorly written, and I'm sorry I wasted my time and money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this 26 October 2016
By Ellie May - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book.
This is a well thought out series with exactly the necessary language for the genre with the perfect amount of detail. No one wants to read a facts paced fantasy novel and everyone hates a wordy one, we all want that fine line where reality and possibility and fantasy meet, without giving us an eye ache. We want to be dipped in the world, not drowned. This book is exactly that sort.
Well done, I look forward to the rest of the books.
The characters are well fleshed out, the storyline is interesting without being complicated, and the world feels like it might as well exist.
I am a fantasy fan, huge Robert nerd and I would do just about anything for a Terry Goodkind. This book rang those bells but with a much better YA romantic feel. Fans of Throne of Glass and Red Queen will adore this book. Personally I think it's better than both.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *****5 Stars***** for this new genre from my favorite author K.A. Linde! What a magical mystery mixed with a little romance! 23 September 2015
By Rachael Leissner - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished binge reading The Affiliate and must say I was surprisingly captivated by it! It pulled me in from the first page & I just didn’t want to put it down. I am a huge K.A. Linde fan, and this being out of her normal genre, I was a little apprehensive at first. This for me was like reading a twist on the Outlander series mixed with a sprinkle of the Divergent series and even some Harry Potter-ish elements. This book is full of mystery, magic and romance; all set around Cyrene’s presenting ceremony when she turned 17. For a 17 year old just coming of age, she didn’t behave as an adolescent as you typically would expect from a 17 year old. She is very wise for her age, proper, and very interesting character. I love the story between King Edric and Cyrene even though it is very subtle. This book is a very magical read and I loved all the mythical things happening within the story and with Cyrene herself. There are some nail biting moments I was very scared of what their outcome would be, but overall this is a great start to this new series. I can’t wait to see what will happen next during Cyrene’s adventure to another land as she seeks more information about herself.