Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Allegiance by Cayla Kluver

Title: Allegiance
Author: Cayla Kluver
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Source: Thanks Netgalley and Harlequin Teen!
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Summary: He couldn't help his past any more than he could help the way those intense, deep blue eyes pierced me and held me captive.
An eighteen-year-old queen in love with the enemy as their countries pass the point of no return…Bound to a man she cannot love, Queen Alera of Hytanica must forget Narian, the young man who holds her heart. For Narian is destined to conquer Hytanica at the behest of his master, the powerful magic-user known as the Overlord. Alera doesn't truly believe Narian will fight against Hytanica—until Cokyrian troops attack with Narian commanding the charge. Faced with the greatest betrayal a heart can know, Alera must set aside personal feelings and lead her kingdom through its darkest time. And when all hope, will and courage seem lost, she must find strength and remember that even the blackest night must have a dawn…. 

Review: Like Legacy, the first book in this series Allegiance is filled with political intrigue, drama, and most of all: action. But unlike Legacy, all of Allegiance is filled to the brim with secrets and a whole lot of suspense. There's no boring parts in this one which makes it a fantastic sequel. 

Alera is such a strong character. She's one of the heroines you will always root for because of her desire to be more than just a women or just a queen. That's probably one of Alera's most admirable aspects but she also has wit on her side. But she definitely has her vulnerable side, which I always liked seeing because it made her more real to me.

There's a ton of supporting characters to keep track of in Allegiance. Not all of them are memorable, but the ones that are memorable touch your heart. My favorite(s) are The King of Hytanica, Steldor. Steldor has some serious problems but I got so attached to him. He's such a sweetheart. Sometimes. There's also a really special father figure in this series, Cannan, who I felt so much love for. He's literally the kindest man I have ever read about. 

There's over 500 pages in Allegiance making it a very long read. Sometimes long books drag on and on but I didn't feel that with this one. There was just enough action and intrigue to keep me hooked as a reader. And boy do things happen!

Overall, Allegiance is a stunning sequel. I'll definitely be reading the next one because this series has me hooked!



Jenny said...

Another series I need to read! I can't keep up with them all:( I've heard good things about this one, and I'm really glad to know that despite the length, the book doesn't really drag at all. And I'm super curious about Steldor:) Awesome review Katie!

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Ooh, secrets and suspense! Nice! I haven't read this series yet but you're really talking me into it. I do love a heroine who sticks with you.

Portugal said...

Allegiance is the second novel in the Legacy series—which I love. I have to admit, I was a little upset up with this second novel, though. I truly loved Steldor in the first book and desperately wanted Alera to be with him, even though I knew her heart belonged to Narian. I went all the way through Allegiance still wanting Steldor. I mean, when you have two fantastic main guys in love with the main character, we all choose which guy we want the girl to be with, and nothing the author does can change that—for me, at least. Well, Cayla Kluver is an awesome writer because she did the impossible for me. she got me to change my mind. Kluver pulled off an amazingly fantastic ending where I accepted Alera’s choice, and wanted Alera and Narian to have a happily-ever-after. I also love that Cayla Kluver started Allegiance right off at the cliffhanger ending of Legacy.

Lauren M said...

I don't know why I haven't read Legacy yet! It sounds right up my alley. Intrigue, fantasy...yep, it has me written all over it. Glad to hear that book two is just as good as the first! :)

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