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TA AmazonTitle: The Affiliate
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: Ascension #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ Paranormal

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 homelandโ€”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. Lindeโ€™s new Ascension series.


Excerpt Prologue:
โ€œLet them in.โ€ King Maltrier pulled in a shuddering breath and then coughed raggedly for a minute.
โ€œYour Majesty, are you sure?โ€ his longtime servant asked. He had the same relentless attitude that he always had, but he sounded more earnest than ever, as if he could will the King not to die.
โ€œGet them, Solmis. Now.โ€
Solmis walked wearily across the darkened room. He heaved open the weathered door to the Kingโ€™s bedchamber and spoke to the pair of guards standing watch, โ€œGet the boys. The King wishes to speak with them.โ€
One guard punched his right fist to the left side of his chest in a formal Byern salute and then walked into the outer chamber. A moment later, he returned with two young boys with the same dark hair and blue-gray eyes that marked them as Dremylon heirs.
โ€œThis way, boys,โ€ Solmis said. He was one of the few people who could get away with calling the Princes boys.
โ€œThank you, Solmis,โ€ Edric, the crown prince, said with a smile and the confidence of someone who never wanted for anything.
The second son, Kael, pushed past them both, mimicking his brotherโ€™s stride. His face was set in a scowl. Some of his youthful exuberance had already drained out of him, and in its place was cynicism from losing a mother too young and from having a sick father, but mostly, it was from being second.
โ€œFather,โ€ he called out.
โ€œCome here, Kael,โ€ the King said. He patted the side of the bed. โ€œYou, too, Edric.โ€
Edric walked to his side and settled into a chair while Kael hoisted himself up onto the bed.
With Edric being fifteen and Kael at thirteen, both were much too young for this kind of loss.
The King had seen his youngest, Jesalyn, earlier that day. She had cried the entire time, understanding what was coming and knowing she could do nothing to stop it. In tears, she had run out of the room and straight into Consort Shamiraโ€™s arms. She had all but raised the child after his wife, Queen Adelaidaโ€™s unceremonious death.
But he couldnโ€™t waste thoughts on that now. He was tiring with every passing moment. The boysโ€ฆthey had to know.
โ€œSolmis,โ€ the King said, regaining a shred of strength.
His servant, his old friend, left the room, giving them the privacy they needed.
โ€œFather,โ€ Kael repeated impatiently.
โ€œIโ€™m dying,โ€ King Maltrier said.
Silence followed the declaration. Kael looked aghast. Edric tried to hide the shock of what he knew would be coming next.
โ€œEdric will succeed me.โ€
โ€œIโ€™m too young to be king,โ€ Edric whispered.
โ€œFifteen is not too young.โ€ The King thought that was questionable, but he would not dispute it with his son. Edric had to be strong. He had to rule. โ€œYou have the Consort and my High Order to help and guide you.โ€
Edric swallowed and nodded. โ€œYes, Father.โ€
โ€œTrust in yourself, and all will go as planned. I have formed an alliance with Aurum for Jesalyn to be queen and another with Tiek, who has offered you their young Princess Kaliana. Honor these matches to keep our people safe. A strong king is one with an heir.โ€
The King leaned over and coughed into a handkerchief for several minutes. His throat was raw, and his lungs ached. He didnโ€™t know how much more he could take, but he had to pass on their legacy.
But could he put that burden on them?
He had to decide now.
No. He would tell only one. He would pass it on to the boy most like himselfโ€”the one who could handle the knowledge, the one destined to rule.
The King turned to one of his sons and said, โ€œI need to speak with your brother alone for a moment.โ€
His eyebrows knit together as hurt and confusion clouded his features. โ€œBut, Fatherโ€”โ€
โ€œGo,โ€ King Maltrier commanded.
He clenched his jaw, stood, and left without another word.
It was the last time the King would ever see his son.
The door closed roughly behind him.
King Maltrier turned to his other son. โ€œYou know the story of our ancestor Viktor Dremylon.โ€
He nodded, but the King continued anyway.
โ€œViktor struck down the evil Doma court that subjugated our people. Then he claimed the throne for himself with the sole purpose of ruling in a fair and just system.โ€
โ€œYes, Father.โ€
โ€œHistory is told by the winners.โ€
โ€œWhat do you mean?โ€ He tilted his head and looked concerned.
Perhaps he thought the King had already lost his mind.
โ€œViktor did destroy the Doma court, and he ushered in a new era of Dremylon rule that has persisted two thousand years up until you today. But what is not in the stories is that the Doma court had ruled because they had powerfulโ€ฆabilities.โ€
His son laughed like his father was telling a fairy tale.
โ€œListen!โ€ the King snapped. That sent him into another fit, and his son helped him sit up, so he could cough into his handkerchief.
When King Maltrier leaned back again, the King saw blood had coated the white silk.
โ€œFather, you should rest.โ€
โ€œI need to tell youโ€”โ€ He was interrupted by another cough. โ€œโ€”the truth. Viktor beat the Doma court and the most powerful leader they had ever known, Domina Serafina, by stealing magicโ€”dark magic, a magic that cursed Viktor and all his ancestors. It cursed meโ€ฆand youโ€ฆthe entire Dremylon line.โ€
His son remained silent and still. The King had gained his attention.
โ€œNow, I must leave you with this, Son.โ€ The King retrieved a heavy gold key from around his neck and placed it in his sonโ€™s hands. โ€œA lockbox in the wall in my closet contains Viktor Dremylonโ€™s writings. Collect it, and tell no one. You must continue our legacy. Anyone who has Doma blood and discovers their magic must be eliminated. They threaten our power, your power. They threaten the very world we live in.โ€

kalinde copyAbout the Author:
USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series. As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books. She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.
When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.


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