The unforgettable conclusion to the epic fantasy Ascension series that New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard called “perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas.”
The Ascension Series #5
Release Date: October 22
The fate of the world rests on one girl’s shoulders.
And her world has been turned upside down.
With Cyrene’s allies in shambles after a bitter defeat, she has to find a way to bring them back together to stop the dark goddess. But with a war raging and the newly-united magical community barely held together, Cyrene’s leadership has been called into question.
As fate pulls them all toward that prophetic final battle, she has to find the true meaning behind her magic…and within herself.
Overall Rating 5
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Reviewed by Stephanie
This is the final book in the Ascension series by K.A. Linde and what an incredible journey she has taken us on since we met Cyrene in The Affiliate. This was a bittersweet read for me because I have been waiting rather impatiently for this book but at the same time, I was just so unprepared for it all to come to an end. I was not ready to say goodbye to the amazing and complex characters this author gave us or to the sometimes cruel but also beautiful world she pulled us into between the pages. This series is one of those diamonds in the rough and I loved every book just as much as the one before. What an amazing end to by far one of my favorite series ever.
“That’s what you have to find out, isn’t it? If you’re truly ready to not just lead but to rule?”
The Domina picked up right where The Society left us off, Cyrene’s world is still at war and the Goddess of Darkness is stopping at nothing to destroy the lands and all the magic users within it. But what Malysa sets out to destroy, Cyrene is determined to save. After all it is her destiny, she is the chosen one but is enough to save her world?
“The Heir of Light meeting the Heir of Darkness on the battlefield.”
So much happened in this book and the action and suspense just kept coming. Alliances were made and broken. Love and loyalty were put to the test and there were several times the author threw in twists and turns that I just did not see coming. I laughed and swooned and cheered on characters while hoping others would fail. I had become so invested in so many of these characters throughout this journey that I was celebrating their victories along with them and mourning the loss of some friends along the way. The author did an amazing job connecting you to these amazing characters.
“You are the reason for it all. You were my starlight in a dark world. My beacon home.”
I loved how brave and determined Cyrene was as she continued to work to fulfill her destiny and how she embraced who she truly was. I loved Dean and his love and devotion to her. I loved Avoca and Rhea and Sarielle and Ahlvie and the bonds they all shared and how they all fought and sacrificed for a better world. A world without darkness. There were just so many characters I grew to love along with several I hated throughout this journey. I had a love/hate relationship with Kael and wanted him and Cyrene to be together at times, but it ended for him the way it was meant to as it did for so many others.
“One by one, they swore allegiance to her. One by one…they chose her.”
Domina was a brilliant end to an amazing series and if you’re in the mood for a fantasy series you definitely don’t want to pass this one by. I can’t wait to read House of Dragons!
“This ends where it all began.”
Books in the Series
The Affiliate, Book 1 → www.kalinde.com/books/the-affiliate
With rich romance and twisty political intrigue, THE AFFILIATE is a breakneck fantasy ride that’s perfect for fans of THE SELECTION or THRONE OF GLASS.” –Susan Dennard, NYT 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.
The Bound, Book 2 → www.kalinde.com/books/the-bound
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.
The Consort, Book 3 → www.kalinde.com/books/the-consort
After the loss of a friend and false imprisonment in an Eleysian dungeon, Cyrene has no interest in destiny. Her heart was shattered, friends scattered, and her home is nothing but a pretty illusion. Even her magic won’t cooperate. When all seems lost, she turns to the one person she never thought that she would trust:
His darkness mirrors a growing force lurking within her. A struggle she never imagined threatens to consume her. And as friends and foes begin to show their true colors, she starts questioning whether anyone is who they seem. Even herself.
The Society, Book 4 → www.kalinde.com/books/the-society
The fourth book in the fantasy Ascension series that NYT bestselling author Susan Dennard called “perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas.”
War is on the horizon. All while a new power grows strong, threatening the very balance of good and evil. Desperate to save her homeland, Cyrene goes in search of the dragons that may be the key to ending this battle—and heal her dying friend. Can Cyrene master her magic to save the world?
About K.A. Linde
K.A. Linde grew up as a military brat and created fantastical stories based off of her love for Disney movies, fairy tales, and Star Wars. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, loves reading young adult novels, and dancing. Additionally, K.A. has written more than a dozen adult novels and is a USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Lubbock, TX with her husband and two super adorable puppies.
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