Allegiance [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview




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….

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A teen romance that delivers a softer, more innocent love story than the publisher's well-known adult tomes. The second book in the Legacy Trilogy, this text quickly introduces the forbidden love between Hytanica's newly crowned Queen Alera and Narian of Cokyri, which took root in the previous volume. Two major factors complicate this teenage love affair: Alera is married to King Steldor, and Narian has been forced to serve the Overlord of Cokyri, Hytanica's enemy. This background sets the stage for Alera's struggle with her role as queen and wife, which includes her lack of affection for her appointed husband and distaste for how women are unfairly treated, especially with regard to domestic violence. Alera's attitudes may make sense to the modern reader, but they sharply contrast with the narrative's medieval tone. Readers would benefit from reading series opener Legacy (2011) to understand the history of these two warring nations, Alera and Narian's relationship and the mystical powers of Cokyri's evil Overlord. Without this, many of the characters and their relationships to Alera blend easily and feel ill-formed. A formulaic, quick (if hefty) romance that creates believable suspense as Alera determines whether her allegiance is to her lover or kingdom. (Romance. 16-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459222908
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Cayla Kluver's Legacy Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 314,405
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Cayla Kluver was born on October 2, 1992, in Wisconsin. She has cats, dogs and horses, and watches more crime shows than is probably healthy. Her office is filled with twinkly lights, candles, and fun colors. She loves Robert Louis Stevenson and the Beatles. Legacy is her first novel. Visit Cayla at www.caylakluver.com, friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @CaylaKL.
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Palace guards lined both sides of the Throne Room, standing at attention in their royal-blue tunics with gold center panels, each holding in his left hand a flagstaff from which hung silks in the same colors. At the front of the hall on the marble dais, the King's Elite Guard formed a double arc on each side of the thrones, with Can-nan, clad in the black jerkin he wore as Captain of the Guard, standing closest to the right side of the King's throne. The benches that had been placed in rows with a wide aisle between were filled with the opulently attired members of Hytanica's nobility. Late-afternoon sunlight filtered through the high windows of the northern wall, casting a glow over the front of the hall as if extending an invitation. Except for the occasional sound of someone shifting position or a bench scraping the stone floor, the room was silent, as everyone waited for the coronation ceremony to begin.

Steldor and I, along with the other members of the royal family, were likewise silent. Although the antechamber provided ample seating, excitement kept us on our feet. At the opening of one of the doors leading into the Throne Room, we shifted simultaneously to watch Lanek, the King's herald and personal secretary, step into our midst.

"The priest is ready to begin," he informed us.

My dark eyes briefly met Steldor's, but I saw none of the nervousness I was feeling reflected on his face. His composure surprised me until I realized that the stress of this ceremony was probably nothing compared to the pressures he would have coped with as a field commander leading troops in battle.

At the King's nod, Palace Guards swung the heavy double doors open, enabling my mother and father to stand side by side on the threshold. They would be preceded by heralds, one of whom bore the kingdom's standard, another a flag embroidered with the royal family's coat of arms.

My father was dressed in gold and shouldered the Sovereign's Robe of royal-blue velvet with an ermine collar. Upon his salt-and-pepper hair rested the Crown of the King, a diamond-embedded circlet of gold with four bejeweled crosses spaced evenly around its circumference. He carried the royal scepter in his left hand, on his right hand he wore the King's signet ring, and the royal sword rested in the scabbard on his left hip.

Atop my mother's honey-blond hair sat the Crown of the Queen, a golden band to match the King's, but with a single bejeweled cross at the front. From the shoulders of her gold brocade gown swept a royal-blue velvet cape.

The assembled nobility rose to their feet as the trumpets sounded and Lanek stepped forward to announce the King and Queen. Although his short, stocky build made him difficult to see in a crowd, his booming voice always ensured he was heard.

"All hail King Adrik and his Queen, the Lady Elissia!" My father's soft brown eyes met my mother's serious blue ones, and I saw him squeeze her hand affectionately before extending his arm to her for the processional. He then made his last entrance into the Throne Room as Hytanica's ruler, his wife at his side. The aged priest who stood in front of the dais in anticipation of administering the oath to the King's successor moved to the right to make way for their coming, and my father and mother mounted the steps to stand before their thrones, turning to face their subjects.

My sister, Princess Miranna, her blue eyes sparkling, entered next, clothed in a gown to match our mother's with a tiara of gold and pearls encircling her strawberry blond hair. She curtsied to the sovereign before likewise climbing the steps to stand in front of the farthest of three regal armchairs that had been placed to the left of the Queen.

I waited for my sister to take her position and then began the slow walk down the aisle. Despite my efforts to quiet them, my hands were shaking, for my heart was laden with dread at the thought of the power Steldor would soon wield as King. I was clothed in the dress I had worn for my wedding but a week ago on the tenth of May, although a crimson robe was now attached at the shoulders to sweep the floor in my wake. Like Miranna, I wore a tiara of gold and pearls upon my head, my dark brown hair drawn up off my shoulders.

As I approached the thrones, a smile flitted across my countenance at a sudden mental image of what London would have looked like had he been standing among the Elite Guards. My former bodyguard had not yet returned from his search for Narian in the mountains, but I knew if he had been present, he would not have worn the requisite uniform. The thought of him standing in his leather jerkin among this ostentatious company struck me as comical. Reaching the dais, I curtsied to my parents before stepping up to stand in front of the armchair immediately to the Queen's left.

The anticipation in the room heightened as I gazed at Steldor where he waited at the head of the aisle, magnificent in a black dress coat over a gold doublet that emphasized his muscular build and set off his dark hair and eyes. The scabbard that hung at his left hip was empty, but the dagger I had given him three months ago for his twenty-first birthday was sheathed on his right. A crimson cape, secured to the shoulders by gold clasps, pooled on the floor at his heels.

At the sounding of the trumpets, Steldor began the long march down the aisle, his boots beating a slow and steady cadence. He focused straight ahead, seemingly oblivious to the gathered throng, his expression as fixed as those of the past kings in the portraits lining the walls to his left and right. Regardless of his demeanor, I knew from the tilt of his head that he was relishing this moment.

As Steldor drew closer to the thrones, the priest moved into the aisle, not speaking until my husband had halted ten paces from him.

"Lords and ladies of Hytanica," he said, raising the volume of his nasal, tremulous voice so that all might hear. "I present unto you Lord Steldor, son of the Baron Cannan and husband of the heir to the throne, Princess Alera, who comes before you to be crowned rightful King over all the lands and peoples of Hytanica. Are all you assembled here this day willing to recognize him as such?"

A resounding "Aye" echoed throughout the Throne Room.

"And are you, Lord Steldor, willing to take the King's Oath?"

"I am willing."

The priest surveyed the nobility and, when he was satisfied that everyone was listening, nodded to Steldor, who dropped to one knee.

"Will you solemnly promise to govern the peoples of the Kingdom of Hytanica with justice, mercy and wisdom?" the priest inquired.

"I solemnly promise so to do."

"Will you promise to enforce and maintain the laws of God?"

"I do so promise."

"Will you restore the things that are gone to decay, punish and reform what is amiss, and confirm what is in good order?"

"All this I promise so to do."

"Then arise and approach the throne."

Steldor stood as the priest yielded the aisle. After tendering one last bow to his King and Queen, he mounted the steps of the dais, and Cannan advanced to remove the crimson robe that marked his son as the successor to the throne. My mother thereupon took the Sovereign's Robe from the King's shoulders. She waited as Steldor turned to face the nobility and then draped it over his powerful frame. As my parents moved to stand next to the Captain of the Guard, Cannan tendered the crimson robe to my mother so that she could place it upon my father's back.

Steldor now cast his eyes over the nobility, poised to make his final pledge.

"The things that I have here promised, I will perform and keep, so help me God," he declared, his voice impassioned.

He held out a hand to me, and I moved to his side. After detaching the crimson robe from my gown, he passed it to my mother in exchange for the Queen's royal-blue cape. He then laid the raiment upon my shoulders, and for the first time we took our places upon the thrones.

The priest now came before us with a small vial of oil for the Anointing.

"So be thou anointed, blessed and consecrated King over the peoples of Hytanica," he intoned, dipping his fingers into the vial and making the mark of the cross on Steldor's hands and forehead. "May you govern and preserve us in wealth and peace, and may you rule wisely, justly and mercifully."

Turning to me, he again dipped his fingers in the oil.

"So be thou anointed Queen of Hytanica, to support and assist your King in the performance of his charge," he said, likewise placing the mark of the cross upon me.

After administering a blessing, the priest moved to the far right of the thrones to sit in the chair that had been provided for him.

My father would now relinquish his authority as King and invest it in his successor. He stepped forward, and Steldor rose to accept the accoutrements of the monarchy.

"Receive the Rod of Wisdom," my father said, pressing the royal scepter into Steldor's left hand. "Honor the faithful, provide for the weak, cherish the just and lead your people in the way wherein they should go."

The King then drew the royal sword. "Do not bear this sword in vain, but use it for the terror and punishment of evildoers, and for the protection and encouragement of those who do well."

Steldor accepted the sword, briefly holding it aloft before placing it in his scabbard.

Removing the royal ring, the King slid it onto the third finger of Steldor's right hand.

"Receive the Ring of Kingly Dignity so that all may recognize your sovereignty, and so that you may remember the oaths you have here taken this day."

The time for the final act had arrived, and I watched somewhat sadly as my father removed the crown from his own head and held it high for all to see. He then fervently made his last pronouncement.

"Receive this crown as a sign of royal majesty and as the rightful King of Hytanica."

He placed the diadem upon Steldor, and enthusiastic shouts erupted from the gathered throng.

"Hail to the King! Hail to King Steldor!"

My father, no longer Hytanica's ruler, waited for the noise to abate and then humbly knelt before his King to pledge his allegiance.

"I will be faithful and true unto you, my Sovereign Lord, King of Hytanica, and unto your heirs."

After kissing the royal ring, my father stood and took up position in front of the chair that had originally been provided for me. I came to my feet and removed my tiara, passing it to my mother, who had come before Steldor so that he could remove the Queen's crown. She gave him a curtsey, then crossed the dais to stand between her husband and her younger daughter.

"Be thou rightfully crowned Queen of Hytanica," Steldor proclaimed, placing the golden band upon my head, and another cheer ricocheted off the stone walls and wood-beamed ceiling.

The weight of responsibility descended upon me along with the crown, and I suddenly felt eighteen was far too young an age at which to assume such a role. Seized with panic, I glanced at my mother, and she offered the only assistance she could—a reassuring smile. As Steldor and I once more occupied the thrones, the rest of the royal family and Hytanica's nobility took their seats. Cannan then strode forward to kneel before his son and pledge his service.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Want a free i pad?

    Kiss your hand three times, post this at three different books, and look under your pillow.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2014

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    Reviewed by Valerie Book provided by contest win from Revolving

    Reviewed by Valerie
    Book provided by contest win from Revolving Bookshelf
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    I like big books and I cannot lie…yes, that is SO me. This book, the second in the Legacy trilogy was not only fantastic, but it was BIG with a lot of story in it that I adored!!! *spoilers in review*

    Book two finds Alera married to Steldor for the sake of the kingdom, Hytanica, but they are playing a cat and mouse game with each other. Steldor has told Alera that he will not force her to bed and gives her all the time and space she needs. Slowly, Alera sees that although Steldor does have a temper, he truly doesn’t hurt her and does love her to the point of adoration. She, on the other hand, is constantly doing things to defy him as she longs for Narian, her true love.

    As they tried to be friends, the possibility of war turned to a reality, and Alera was unsure of what role Narian was playing in it but knew that he would NEVER do anything to her hurt or her kingdom. Little does she know that her younger sister will be kidnapped and used as a bargaining chip to ensure his compliance.

    As the suspense built, I really started to care about the fate of Steldor, even though Alera loved Narian. At times, some of the people in Alera’s life were threatened with harm but the times I cried the most were when her bodyguard was hurt. The job of guarding the princess and now, Queen Alera, is one that the bodyguards take seriously and spend their entire lives devoted to.

    While book two does end with some questions answered, the fate of the kingdom and it’s people will not be known until book three, Sacrifice. The title of the book has me SOOO intrigued.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    I picked up Allegiance from our school library and read it, not

    I picked up Allegiance from our school library and read it, not realizing that I was starting with book 2! Alera drove me crazy with her thoughts of this "mystery boy" while Steldor did everything he could to gain her affection. I want to see how the story continues but am torn whether I should go back and read book 1 first. I would like to get a better feel for Narian so I know who I really should root for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    is good

    i like it but,is much better the another book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Yo

    This book is awsome!!!!!!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    This book was....A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It was remarkable the way Cayla

    This book was....A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It was remarkable the way Cayla Kluver has created her own medieval fantasy world filled with hatred, war, and dark magic and was able to put it into such detail. It was an extraordinary romance novel. I loved the book from the beginning, middle, and end. Its one of those books where it was so good that you just can't imagine reading any other book. Over the past few days I just couldn't put it down. I wanted to finish it so badly, anticipating every word that comes next, yet that I didn't want it to be over. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    Review: Allegiance

    I was really looking forward to this book. Legacy had everything that I look for in a novel, including fantasy, romance, and that historical novel feel. Asking this book to live up to the story the first one created for me was a daunting task. While at times the story felt long and maybe a little drawn out, the overall story was wonderful.


    I still enjoyed Alera's character, although I felt like she wasn't half the queen I thought she could be for most of the book. I know she didn't want any of these, and more important she is in love with Narian. But, I think she wasn't doing her character any justice by defying the rules and protection that people laid out for her. And by wallowing in her own self pity, she wasn't showing the people what a strong person she could be. Thankfully, she eventually steps out of that cocoon that she's built around herself. We, the readers get an excellent view of the powerful person she grows to be. And I can't wait for the people to figure that out as well.

    I had a hard time wrapping my mind around what Narian was doing. It sometimes felt like he was doing this just because there was a prophecy that said he did this. I understood that the Overlord had some serious leverage over him. But, what was keeping him there later. when the threat had been removed? I was pleased to see that even when we couldn't see it, every move he made was to put Alera in a better position. He was constantly fighting for her life. A lot of lives were lost to protect hers. A horrible position to be in no doubt, but to Narian nobody else mattered.

    The character that surprised me the most was Steldor. I had mixed feeling on him at the end of Legacy. But, by the end of this book, part of me really hoped that Alera would give him half a chance. He may have wanted to be king, but I honestly think that he wanted Alera more. I don't think he was use to having to chase her. Everything came so easily to him, and it really bothered him that Alera was the one thing that he couldn't completely had.

    It seems like a lot time is covered in this book and it's sometimes difficult to follow. It's also a little gruesome to the end. The author spares us quite a bit of details, but leaves plenty the imagination. War isn't pretty. And in this magical land, it can be more than bloody. We were told repeatedly how the Overlord would make everyone suffer. I apparently didn't really believe it (or couldn't imagine it).

    I'm looking forward to the conclusion of this series with the next book. The story went in a direction that I honestly wasn't expecting, so I'm curious as to what will happen next.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    I adored Cayla Kluver's debut novel, Legacy, which left me beggi

    I adored Cayla Kluver's debut novel, Legacy, which left me begging for more in the trilogy- so when I picked up Allegiance, I had extremely high expectations. And in many ways, I was just as impressed as I had been the first time around, yet I found myself easily frustrated in two areas which largely detracted from my enjoyment of this hugely anticipated sequel.

    However, there are many strong things to this book from Cayla's impressive writing, to the excitement of action and political intrigue which is included in most of the book.

    Reasons to Read:

    1.A fantasy novel with a historical feel:
    Alera's world isn't a historical world, nor her story a historical account but there's something about it that feels so very real. Yet she easily blends in some magic and myths as well- but it's done so subtlely that it never feels unbelievable or entirely made up. It's familiar with all the mystical legends and strange occurences, yet never overpowers the rest of the story.

    2.Brilliant secondary characters:
    I think one of the way sin which Cayla's talent truly shines through is in her depiction of the secondary characters; there are a large number of them, but she brings them to life with their own unique stories and I find that they often overshadow even Alera herself. They don't come across as two-dimensional at all, and that's something I find rather rare in most books.

    3.A story ripe with political intrigue and danger:
    I was shocked at how much actually happens and changes in this book- it's a bit slow at first, but very quickly takes off and doesn't slow down until the very last pages. And it's so humbling and tragic, you can't help but feel moved by the devastating effects of the events which take place in Allegiance.

    Allegiance is clearly a book with a message. I have no problem with that, except that I felt much of the story was lost to this attempt at making A Point. This is supposed to be a story about female empowerment. But the problem is that so much is lost to try and force this message across, and Alera doesn't strike me as the right character to carry it out.

    Alera, a character I greatly admired in Legacy, seems to have regressed in Allegiance more than anything else. She's EXTREMELY petty and immature - often acting like a child, and throwing her own 18 year old versions of temper tantrums. And further, we're clearly supposed to dislike Steldor- but I don't. The story failed to make me appreciate Alera and Narian more and Steldor less, and in fact I felt just the opposite. It simply felt too much like Steldor was being villainized for things he never does and Narian easily trusted for little reason besides Alera's love for him. That, to me, is frustrating to no end. And Alera's failure to accept the consequences of her actions or even own up to them is disheartening. She often relies on others to cover for her, and blames them if they don't act according to her will.

    The romance just isn't there for me. It feels too stilted and forced, and I now find myself rooting for the "wrong guy" (Clearly, he's supposed to be the wrong one for her, but I fail to see how the other option is any better). I don't buy into this forbidden love story at all. Not one bit. I'm just not sold on it, and that's disappointing.

    While it's not nearly as enjoyable as the first book, it's still an exciting and interesting read.

    ARC received from publisher for review (abridged verison due to posting limitations)

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Just finished reading this book after Legacy and I have to say t

    Just finished reading this book after Legacy and I have to say this it was one of the best books I have read in a long while! The characters, developed beautifully, are really pushed to their breaking points here. I read the whole thing in the course of two days because I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next. It was my best friend who introduced me to the trilogy and I am glad she did! Amazing to know that someone my age wrote this book :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Can't wait for the next book!

    I was attracted to the first book in the series because of the way the hardcover and paper looked at the library. I ended up loving the story and bought it. Allegiance I couldn't put down either. I only wish it was hardcover too. I'm really looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    LOVE.

    This is a very well-written book. Love the story, love the author. A MUST READ.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

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    Only fools rush in, but I can't help falling in love with you

    There is no question that Legacy left one of the most uncool cliffhangers that I have ever faced in the history of reading. Whether or not it served as a ploy to get readers to pick up the next installment, I must admit that I am glad that I gave Cayla Kluver another chance because Allegiance was absolutely heartbreakingly good in the sense that one character made the story come to life for me.

    THE GOOD BITS
    {Falling in love with the “bad guy”} I can accept Alera’s scandalous love for the Cokyrian enemy Narian that was established in Legacy, but honestly I just do not see the magic between them. I also accepted that Steldor, Alera’s more proper suitor, may be a jerk to the nth degree who hit the jackpot of marrying Alera and becoming King of Hytanica. Steldor was one of those hot guys with a not-so-hot personality in Legacy and I did not expect much from him in Book 2, so how is it that he wormed his way into my heart by the end of Allegiance? No one was more surprised than I to find that Steldor’s arrogance hid a more vulnerable young man who also had a heart capable of breaking.

    {WAR! What is it good for?} Legacy set up the stage, but Allegiance finally delivers its promises of war between Cokyri and Hytanica. Granted, there is still the pretty political dance of back-stabbing, but as the Cokyrians start to show their true colors, Alera and her kingdom are left with no choice but to defend themselves. Cayla Kluver has woved complications upon complications into the story, and the results will sure to catch readers off-guard in the best possible manner. It might seem too neatly tied together albeit not quite the way Alera would have hoped, but I suspect that no matter how trim the bow on top of the box is, the bomb inside will be sure to deliver kingdom come when Book 3 releases.

    THE BAD BITS
    {How do you solve a problem like Alera?} Okay, she did not drive me as nuts as she did in Legacy, but I still do not care for her terribly much. In my eyes, Alera is simply a figurehead for Hytanica, but she continues to lack the ability to take care of herself or her kingdom and does not appreciate a good man when he is standing in right front of her. Which is not her fault because I know she wants to be more strong and independent – and honestly I cannot control her wayward heart. Yet I am still waiting for her to catch up to my expectations. When Steldor manages to steal the show away from Alera, I feel like that has to mean something has gone curiously off-center.

    THE OVERALL
    Allegiance rescues readers from the cliffs of Legacy, and it plops down to where the story starts to get good and twisty. Cayla Kluver has intricately crafted an elaborate story with an unexpected romance of doomed proportions, and I cannot remember encountering a more fascinating character who completely changes my initial perceptions of them since something blue.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

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    Allegiance by Cayla Kluver Some books stay in my head longer t

    Allegiance by Cayla Kluver

    Some books stay in my head longer than others. After all the books I’ve read for my library’s teen reading challenge, this one has stayed with me the longest. The cover is the thing that got me the most. I mean how can you not love a girl in a long swaying dress riding on horse back with the guy of her dreams?

    I am a sucker when it comes to royalty. Alera is my favorite character. She accepts the cards she’s been dealt with: a prearranged marriage to a man her father has chosen and the loss of her one true love—now turned enemy. There is never a dull moment. The plot is wonderful with many twists and turns. Just well you least expect, something happens.

    I’d categorize Cayla Kluver with Alison Weir and Carolly Erickson. I can not wait to see her next book in the series. I know I won’t be disappointed.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    While I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Kluver's debut, Legacy, I went in

    While I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Kluver's debut, Legacy, I went into the sequel with equal amounts excitement and trepidation. I suppose it's that latter part that kept me from reading this one right away and I certainly with I had take the dive back into this world sooner! In Allegiance, she has taken the beautifully crafted world of Hytanica and pulled readers right back into the world that we left a year ago. Very little time has passed since the end of Legacy--you dive right back into Alera and Steldor's wedding...

    Alera has transformed from a free-spirited young woman into a rather sullen yet feisty Queen. She hides the depth of her feelings for Narian, even when her relationship is finally revealed to her now-husband Steldor. You can tell that she longs to break free of her role as Queen from the moment it begins but is trapped by responsibility and her love for her family. While I was wholeheartedly cheering for Narian in Legacy, I found that there were definitely moments when I wanted Alera to at least throw Steldor a bone, especially toward the beginning. His actual love and affection for her is quite obvious and endearing. He does a number of things later on that are not exactly endearing, but all the while his intentions really do seem like that of a man in love.

    The world-building and storytelling is once again fabulous in this novel and I'm constantly astounded at the story that Ms. Kluver crafted at such a young age. I felt like her writing matured quite a bit in this novel as well and I didn't find myself bogged down in over-attention to minute details as I did with Legacy. The heart-pounding action in this novel will most definitely keep readers on their toes.

    If you enjoyed Legacy, I recommend that you rush out to read the sequel because it is even better than its predecessor!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    I like this book. And as many have said I did not care for Steld

    I like this book. And as many have said I did not care for Steldor much in the first book, however i just want to shake Alera and shout at her give Steldor a chance! So I dont know which boy I like more. Have to decide when the third is released

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    Allegiance is the long anticipated sequel to Cayla Kluvers&rsquo

    Allegiance is the long anticipated sequel to Cayla Kluvers’ novel, Legacy. I read Legacy last year, and loved the plot and wonderful writing style. I was extremely excited to get my hands on Allegiance. I have to say, Allegiance was even better than the first book!

    The book pretty much picks up where Legacy leaves off. Alera is now the Queen of Hytanica, being married to Steldor. Poor Alera. She was forced into a situation where she didn’t really know how to react. Being a wife, a queen; it was an experience that she was not prepared for. I love that for the most part, she was pretty strong and determined; although she did have some moments when I was yelling at her to stick up for herself!

    Narnia is in the hands of the Cokyrians, and is being forced to do their bidding. We don’t really get to see a whole lot of Narnian this time around, and his absence was definitely noticeable. The parts that he is in the book are enjoyable, for the most part. You definitely have to feel bad for him, as he’s being forced to do things he really doesn’t want to do. I love that no matter what; he is always true to Alera.

    The one character that really great on me in the book was Steldor. I didn’t really care for him in Legacy, but in Allegiance, we get to see a completely different side of him. I will always be Team Narnian, but I also now definitely have a soft spot for Steldor. My favorite character in both books would definitely have to be London. I just love that fierce protector. He definitely made the book even more awesome for me.

    The writing in this book was just as wonderful as it was in Legacy. Kluver definitely has a wonderful way of describing situations and settings. I was hooked on this book, it grabbed my attention and didn’t let go up until the end. There was no cliffhanger ending in this book, and I really liked that. I am also looking forward to the next book. I’m curious to see where Kluver will take us next!

    Overall, if you enjoyed Legacy, you will definitely enjoy Allegiance. Kluver will take you for a ride you won’t soon forget with this novel.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Fantastic Heart-Wrenching Romance!!!

    Allegiance is the second novel in the Legacy series—which I love. I have to admit, I was a little upset up with this second novel, though. I truly loved Steldor in the first book and desperately wanted Alera to be with him, even though I knew her heart belonged to Narian. I went all the way through Allegiance still wanting Steldor. I mean, when you have two fantastic main guys in love with the main character, we all choose which guy we want the girl to be with, and nothing the author does can change that—for me, at least. Well, Cayla Kluver is an awesome writer because she did the impossible for me. she got me to change my mind. Kluver pulled off an amazingly fantastic ending where I accepted Alera’s choice, and wanted Alera and Narian to have a happily-ever-after. I also love that Cayla Kluver started Allegiance right off at the cliffhanger ending of Legacy.

    Alera grows up in Allegiance, where she was just a teenage girl, worried about suitors and marriage in Legacy. Alera is the queen of Hytanica now, but still finds herself with not much more power than she had as a princess. The time of the Bleeding Moon has been set, and the Overlord of Cokyri is bringing a war against Hytanica. Alera's life as she knew it will be taken from her: family, her home, her land and who she always thought she would be. But it’s through this horrible loss that she becomes the woman she was always destined to be for her people and for the one man she loves.

    Steldor in Legacy, I wasn't too sure if he truly loved Alera, but in Allegiance there was no doubt Steldor loved her with all his heart. This is where I have to salute Cayle Kluver. There are a lot of love triangles going on in YA right now, but very few can make me change my mind once I set my heart on the one I love (even Twilight couldn't. I still want Jacob to be with Bella lol!) But Kluver did it by the time I got to the end of reading Allegiance. Cayle Kluver had won my heart for Alera and Narian. So yeah, that's awesome writing to me when author can do that.

    Allegiance is a fantastic Historical Fantasy with heart-wrenching romance. I highly recommend Allegiance, the second book in the Legacy series, as a must read!

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Disappointing 2nd in the Trilogy

    I was impressed to find that Ms Kluver's first book "Legacy" won such recognition. This 2nd book in her series seems to fall short of that sort of award-winning, I think. Such is often the way of 2nd and 3rd books in a series. And this is a publishing world in which authors are encouraged to produce a series when one fine book might suffice.

    This is a book for older young adults in that it has a more complex storyline about male-female relationships. While it is about young people in their late teens and early 20's, they actually behave like much older adults, which is disconcerting to the reader who expected less implied sexuality.

    I felt as if I were reading a sort of historical romance novel couched in a fantasy wrapper or vice versa. Ordinarily I can adjust to his senario. However, in this case, it was difficult to keep my concentration focused on the "other worldliness," though I did like the characters. I simply felt the author was trying too hard to straddle both worlds without being clear which one she was in! I attribute this to her being a young author who doesn't have the experience necessary to focus one way or another. Dialog was too contemporary to fit either category. All in all, it made for a novel that was a bit wonkey.

    The characters are interesting, the premise is good, and YAs will like the beautiful figures, castle and clothing described. That may make you wonder why I would question anything at all...but you'd have to read the mishmash or believe me to understand what I mean.

    Here's a twist: What appealed to me, but was actually out of place as well, was the young Alera standing up for herself against all the powerful men of the Kingdom. A daunting idea in the apparent "age" and time she found herself, and with the particularly violent and explosive temper of a husband who was King. I liked her spunk, but soon after she'd shown her strength a few times, I got bored with it, and kept wondering when she was going to loosen up a little! As women, we have to find a happy medium, and balance that with the understanding creatures we are, as well as keeping our individuality. Anger and violence from either gender is abhorrent, after all. Why should a woman get away with what a man shouldn't?

    Without beating a dead horse, I reiterate that this book is a mixed bag. There are some good moments if you're interested in a historical romance...but if you want a well-developed fantasy novel, this isn't it. Since I didn't read the first book in this series, I didn't have all the background on Alera, the young woman Queen, and her sweetheart Narian, a great warrior from an opposing clan. But, that story is soon picked up in the reading of "Allegiance." You won't miss much if you didn't read the first book. In a nutshell Alera's "allegiance" to her country is in contrast to her love for Narian...thus, the proverbial battle of love and war.

    I cannot recommend this novel without reservation to my readers and friends. It's a novel with a good premise that wasn't given a clear follow-through, written by a novice writer with promise, I think. I have to say readers beware...at best a light reading distraction that may fail to please..

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Can't wait to read

    I'm so glad to see this book coming out in english. I loved the first but was afraid the seq. wouldn't come out in english.

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