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Friday, February 10, 2012

Review: Allegiance

Title: Allegiance
Author: Cayla Kluver
Series: Legacy #2
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Published: February 28th 2012
Source: Net Galley
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....

Ever since I read Legacy last year, I've been in love with Cayla Kluver and the world she created at just fourteen. I adored her characters and absolutely couldn't wait to continue her exciting story! In this thrilling sequel, the war between Hytanica and Cokyri intensifies to frightening levels and you'll learn so much more about the characters you loved…or hated! Whether you're Team Steldor or Team Narian…Kluver will take your mind and heart for a spin as the tables are constantly turned! Get ready to join Queen Alera on her quest for love and survival...

I could gush about the characters for pages and pages. They're developed so well and your opinions about them will keep changing throughout the book. Pressured into marrying Steldor so Hytanica could have a new King, Alera feels out of place in her new life. Still in love with the Cokyrian enemy, Narian, she refuses to fulfil her duties as Steldor's wife and continually resists his attempts at aligning with her. If you've read Legacy, you'll most likely dislike Steldor very strongly. Oh how things change! Steldor becomes a true contender for Alera's heart and I fell in love with him, even though it was a very long journey. Trust me, it'll happen eventually and you'll be shocked out of your mind. Steldor is amazing in Allegiance, being a smart strategist, doting husband and controlling jerk all at once. Seatbelts on, please!

At almost 500 pages, this book is long. Kluver's known for her detailed descriptions of even the smallest event. Whereas I didn't notice this in Legacy and was engrossed in the story, I did feel as if the pace was slightly affected in Allegiance. The first half of the book is a safe cruise with bursts of danger thrown in between, but everything after that is heart-racing! The action truly escalates to a level that'll have you clutching your heart in absolute anticipation and fear. Will your favourite character die? Will there be a betrayal? A fair trade? Oh, the plot is brilliant and really brought this book up to a 5 star rating!

Almost everything in this sequel is spot on and I'm impatient for the third book now! While not a cliffhanger, the ending is surprising and opens an exciting door into Sacrifice. Isn't the title foreboding enough? Kluver's books are always packed with plot twists that you don't expect and can't help but love! No matter the length, you'll be sucked into this story once again with an even stronger yearning for more. You'll finish Allegiance with a gasp and a "WOW". Promise.

I hope the review was okay! I had to shut myself up and cut things out like a mad woman. I couldn't stop talking! Feel free to let me chat your ear off with my elaborative fangirling in reply to your comments LOL.

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