Author: Cayla Kluver
Series: Legacy #2
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
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...
I read the first book, Legacy, last year and really enjoyed it. At the time, it was one of those books that I knew I liked, but I wasn’t quite sure how much. As time went on, the story and characters never left me; I actually thought about it often. Once I started reading Allegiance, it completely sucked me back into that world, and by the end of chapter one I realized just how much I truly missed it.
Allegiance picks up not long after where Legacy ends. Alera and Stedlor are married, they are the new king and queen of Hytanica, and there hasn’t been any word from Narian or Londan. With Narian gone, Alera and the few who know of his connection to the Legend of the Bleeding Moon, are afraid that he is in the Overlord’s hands. They have every right to be afraid, because the Cokyrians are invading Hytanica, and Narian is leading the way. There is so much in this book: love, betrayal, deceit, action, heartbreak, twists, and characters you can’t help but to love.
When I read Legacy, I knew Alera had that “something” that was going to make her great. All through Allegiance I was waiting for her to bust out and become an amazing, determined woman. Something I loved about her; the way Kluver wrote her, is Alera is a work in progress. She isn’t an overnight badass, but she is strong and intelligent, and I am honestly so proud of how far she’s come from the first book. Then there is Steldor, he’s the man you hate to love most of the time. I don’t want to say too much about his character throughout the book, because he is a complicated man. I know Alera was in love with Narian, but there was a part of me that kept yelling at her to give in to Steldor. But did she… ?
There are a couple of other things I really loved about both books. Kluver builds great relationships between her characters. Not just love interests, but real relationships between people, like Alera and her personal guard, Londan. I think their relationship is one of my all time favorites. Also, I am so happy that the book doesn’t completely revolve around the romance. Don’t get me wrong, there is a big love story here, but there is so much more, and everything plays out so well.
This is a trilogy, but each book ends in a satisfying way; there is actual closure. It’s obvious that their story will continue, but you are not left with a big cliffhanger, and I really appreciate that. Also, one thing that I had slight issue with in Legacy, was the amount of detail Kluver used – I felt like it was bogged down with too much. With Allegiance, there is still a lot of detail, but it was beautiful and not overdone.
If you haven’t read these yet, you should! I’m dying to know how it all ends in the next book. And I have a strong feeling that once I’ve read the last book, that I’ll be able to say this is one of my favorite trilogies.