Only I saw Narian for who he truly was: a young man with courage and an independent mind, and made to pay for what was outside his control. 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.
Historical fiction doesn’t appeal to many, even though it should, and especially when constructed by such a young talent in the literature world. Cayla Kluver ended Legacy, book one in the series, with a major cliffhanger. She chose a cliffhanger that would be assumed as a foundation to the next book. But like many of the soldiers and commanders in this novel Cayla herself is a master of her trade. She mislead us with that ending. She concurred historical fiction to the fullest.
Unlike Legacy, Allegiance is not about two people falling in love. Allegiance is about kingdoms and soldiers, Rulers and loyalty, love and protection.
The novel started with a slow pace, but every solid foundation must be constructed masterfully or else it would fall. Patience was rewarded with action scenes, sacrifice, and true love.
Cayla writes many stories into one. This book is not only about Alera (the main character) It’s about London (Alera’s loyal guard), Miranna (Alera’s sister), Nantilam (the Cokyrian’s High Priestess), and Steldor (Alera’s husband). A reader might think writing about so many characters might be overwhelming but Cayla constructed this novel greatly by seeing everyone’s lives through one character’s POV only, Queen Alera.
Alera grows in this book. She is still as stubborn and hard headed as she was in Legacy, but she grows into becoming a queen warrior. She is full of confidence and has a natural sense of leadership.
We learn more about the Cokyrian Priestess and her back-story. She as well as Steldor will surprise us with their evolving characters.
We look forward reading the third and final installment in this trilogy, Sacrifice. A publication date is yet to be announced but we will keep you posted for this is a trilogy you don’t want to miss.