Yesterday my review of The Affiliate came online. Today I am back with my review for the second book in the Ascension series. The Bound starts off where the first one ended. I had some issues with the first book. Does this continue in The Bound or have things changed?
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.
Once again, the cover of The Bound is stunning! I am a big fan of the covers this series has gotten! Even though the colors are so different, they still match. I definietly want these on my shelves.
The Bound starts where the Affiliate ended. Cyrene still needs to get to Eleysia to find the people that can help her. She thinks she has magic, but doesn’t know what is going on. The journey to Albion is quite interesting, seeing how she is on the same boat as the King. It’s clear Cyrene has feelings for the King, but knows she is going to hurt him by continuing with her plans.
This proves to be the case. When Cyrene is finally able to take a chance at getting to Eleysia, she’s not alone. Ahlvie is along for the ride (I didn’t know what to think of him at first, but he’s growing on me). There are a few other interesting characters along the way and the story gets very exciting! Dean was another surprise. He makes it possible for Cyrene to get where she needs to be. Once again, there was kind of an instant romance, but I like Dean better with her than the Prince of the King.
I have to say I liked The Bound better than The Affiliate. During this book we got more information of this world and magic. When things happen, Cyrene starts having flashbacks about things in the past. That makes this world so much more interesting and easier to understand what she’s fighting for. The journey Cyrene goes through to find the people that can help her with magic and dealing with Dean’s family is quite interesting.
I enjoyed the romance more in this book. Like I said, it was a bit insta-romance, but it felt better than with King Edric. Dean seems sincere and really wants what is best for her. He believes Cyrene without questioning her. Cyrene realizes there is a lot she doesn’t know about this world and her people. Being in Eleysia really opens her eyes. Things aren’t what they seem to be.
Cyrene trying to learn to control her magic is my favorite part of the book I think. It’s only sad that King Edric won’t leave her be and is determined to try and get her back. It’s clear he doesn’t know what Cyrene needs and a lot of other politics he doesn’t see coming.The Bound definitely ends with a cliffhanger I did not see coming!! After finishing this review, I plan on diving right into The Consort!
This series seems like it will keep getting better and better. Have any of you read these books? What did you think?