Ascend (Trylle Trilogy #3)

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Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world.  Ascend is the final chapter in her bestselling Trylle trilogy—and you’ll never guess how it ends!

Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  ...

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Overview

Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world.  Ascend is the final chapter in her bestselling Trylle trilogy—and you’ll never guess how it ends!

Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end. 

Everything has been leading to this moment.  The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.

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This throbbing paranormal romance brings Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy to a rousing conclusion. In this episode, Wendy's problems have achieved critical mass on several fronts. Not only is she soon to marry a man she doesn't love and ascend to an unsought throne; she seems destined to embark on warfare with her own father. Perhaps even worse, Loki's reappearance in Förening makes it impossible for her to escape her attraction to him. Ascend mercifully brings all tensions to a harmonious climax. (P.S. Previously, this word-of-mouth favorite was available only in digital versions.)

Brian Monahan

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 "This series has a bit of everything—magic, myth, action, romance…ah, the romance!  There is something so appealing about forbidden love, especially when it leads to a happily-ever-after.  I have to say, I love the way this ended.  Of course, I won’t give spoilers, but the ending was perfect." --Diary of A Bibliophile 

“Hocking is so talented in her ability to mold characters and have them grow, a rare talent many authors lack.  She has the ability to make the growth of these characters amazingly realistic.  Now, I won't give anything away but I will say READ them! They are amazing!” –The First 100 Pages

“I read these three books back-to-back-to-back. The story had me so engaged, that I could not put it down. I was reading in the car, at school, on my bed, at the dinner table, and in the media room. You could call it an obsession.” –Reading Vacation Reviews

Loved this book! One of the best final books I've ever read. I feel like the ending went a little fast but Im a sucker for a nice happy ending and I just plain LOVE this series!” –Library Thing

With each book, we have seen Wendy transition from a young girl to a strong heroine.  And with the romance, Hocking throws in a nice surprising twist that was refreshing, and which makes Ascend shine even brighter.  The Trylle Trilogy is recommended for all paranormal fans no matter what your age.” –Nocturne Romance Reads

A very fast read, I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone that likes romance, conflict, and the paranormal.” –Kathy’s Book Bag

Kirkus Reviews
Hocking (Torn, 2011, etc.) saves the best for last in the final installment of the Trylle trilogy. On the eve of her 18th birthday, Wendy is days away from marrying a man she doesn't love and becoming queen of Förening. She is also on the brink of war with her father, the evil king of the Vittra. Rest assured, the princess is up for the challenge--each and every one of them. The Wendy of this novel would barely be recognizable to the girl who first discovered she was the daughter of the king and queen of two feuding troll kingdoms. With her newfound confidence and control over her powers, Princess Wendy has come into her own. There is also strength in numbers, as Finn, her Tracker, her best friend Willa, her host brother Matt and Tove, her closeted but loyal husband-to-be, stand ready and able to fight by her side. If only she had such command over her own heart. Wendy's love life continues to be a hot, juicy mess as Loki seeks asylum in Förening and forces Wendy to acknowledge her feelings for him. The push and pull of their undeniable attraction, complicated by the presence of both her husband and her former lover, makes their burgeoning love story all the more delicious. Hocking sure knows how to bring it. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250006332
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Series: Trylle Series , #3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 66,724
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels.  After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age. 

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Ascend


By Amanda Hocking

St. Martin's Griffin

Copyright © 2012 Amanda Hocking
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781250006332

ONE
 
amnesty
 
 
I had my back to the room as I stared out the window. It was a trick I’d learned from my mother to make me seem more in control. Elora had given me lots of tips the past few months, but the ones about commanding a meeting were the most useful.
“Princess, I think you’re being naive,” the Chancellor said. “You can’t turn the entire society on its head.”
“I’m not.” I turned back, giving him a cool gaze, and he lowered his eyes and balled up his handkerchief in his hand. “But we can’t ignore the problems any longer.”
I surveyed the meeting room, doing my best to seem as cold and imposing as Elora always had. I didn’t plan to be a cruel ruler, but they wouldn’t listen to weakness. If I wanted to make a change here, I had to be firm.
Since Elora had become incapacitated, I’d been running the day-to-day activities of the palace, which included a lot of meetings. The board of advisers seemed to take up a lot of my time.
The Chancellor had been voted into his position by the Trylle people, but as soon as his term was up, I planned to campaign against him as hard as I could. He was a conniving coward, and we needed somebody much stronger in his position.
Garrett Strom—my mother’s “confidant”—was here today, but he didn’t always attend these meetings. Depending on how Elora was doing that day, he often chose to stay and care for her instead.
My assistant Joss sat at the back of the room, furiously scribbling down notes as we talked. She was a small human girl who grew up in Förening as a mänsklig and worked as Elora’s secretary. Since I’d been running the palace, I’d inherited Joss as my own assistant.
Duncan, my bodyguard, was stationed by the door, where he stood during all the meetings. He followed me everywhere, like a shadow, and though he was clumsy and small, he was smarter than people gave him credit for. I’d grown to respect and appreciate his presence the last few months, even if he couldn’t completely take the place of my last guard, Finn Holmes.
Aurora Kroner sat at the head of the table, and next to her was Tove, my fiancé. He was usually the only one on my side, and I was grateful to have him here. I didn’t know how I would manage ruling if I felt completely alone.
Also in attendance were Marksinna Laris, a woman I didn’t particularly trust, but she was one of the most influential people in Förening; Markis Bain, who was in charge of changeling placement; Markis Court, the treasurer for the palace; and Thomas Holmes, the head guard in charge of security and all the trackers.
A few other high-ranking officials sat around the table, all of their expressions solemn. The situation for the Trylle was growing increasingly dire, and I was proposing change. They didn’t want me to change anything—they wanted me to support the system they’d had for centuries, but that system wasn’t working anymore. Our society was crumbling, and they refused to see the roles they played in its breakdown.
“With all due respect, Princess,” Aurora began, her voice so sweet I could barely hear the venom underneath, “we have bigger issues at hand. The Vittra are only getting stronger, and with the truce about to end—”
“The truce,” Marksinna Laris snorted, cutting her off. “Like that’s done us any good.”
“The truce isn’t over yet,” I said, standing up straighter. “Our trackers are out taking care of the problems now, which is why I think it’s so important that we have something in place for them when they return.”
“We can worry about that when they return,” the Chancellor said. “Let’s deal with saving our asses right now.”
“I’m not asking to redistribute the wealth or calling to abolish the monarchy,” I said. “I am simply saying that the trackers are out there risking their lives to save us, to protect our changelings, and they deserve a real house to come back to. We should be setting aside money now so that when this is over, we can begin building them real homes.”
“As noble as that is, Princess, we should be saving our money for the Vittra,” Markis Bain said. He was quiet and polite, even when he disagreed with me, and he was one of the few royals whom I felt actually wanted to do what was best for all the people.
“We can’t pay the Vittra off,” Tove interjected. “This isn’t about money. This is about power. We all know what they want, and a few thousand—or even a few million—dollars won’t matter to them. The Vittra King will refuse it.”
“I will do everything in my power to keep Förening safe, but you are all correct,” I said. “We have yet to find a reasonable solution for the Vittra. That means this might very well turn into a bloody fight, and if it does, we need to support our troops. They deserve the best care, including adequate housing and access to our healers if they’re injured in wartime.”
“Healers for a tracker?” Marksinna Laris laughed, and a few others chuckled along with her. “Don’t be ridiculous.”
“Why is that ridiculous?” I asked, working to keep the ice from my voice. “They are expected to die for us, but we aren’t willing to heal their wounds? We cannot ask more of them than we are willing to give ourselves.”
“They are lower than us,” Laris said, as if I didn’t understand the concept. “We are in charge for a reason. Why on earth should we treat them as equals when they are not?”
“Because it’s basic decency,” I argued. “We may not be human, but that doesn’t mean we have to be devoid of humanity. This is why our people are leaving our cities and preferring to live among the humans, letting their powers die. We must offer them some bit of happiness, otherwise why would they stay?”
Laris muttered something under her breath, keeping her steely eyes locked on the oak table. Her black hair was slicked back, pulled in a bun so tight her face looked strained. This was probably done on purpose to draw attention to her strength.
Marksinna Laris was a very powerful Trylle, able to produce and control fire, and something that strong was draining. Trylle powers weakened them, taking some of their life and aging them prematurely.
But if the Trylle didn’t use them, the abilities did something to their minds, eating at their thoughts and making them crazy. This was especially true for Tove, who would appear scattered and rude if he didn’t find constant outlets for his psychokinesis.
“It is time for a change,” Tove said, speaking up when the room had fallen into annoyed silence. “It can be gradual, but it’s going to happen.”
A knock at the door stopped anyone from offering a rebuttal, but from the beet-red color of the Chancellor’s face, it looked like he had a few words he wanted to get out.
Duncan opened the door, and Willa poked her head in, smiling uncertainly. Since she was a Marksinna, Garrett’s daughter, and my best friend, she had every right to be here. I’d extended an invitation for her to attend these meetings, but she always declined, saying she was afraid she would do more harm than good. She had a hard time being polite when she disagreed with people.
“Sorry,” Willa said, and Duncan stepped aside so she could come in. “I didn’t mean to interrupt. It’s just that it’s after five, and I was supposed to get the Princess at three for her birthday celebration.”
I glanced at the clock, realizing this had dragged on much longer than I’d originally planned. Willa walked over to me and gave the room an apologetic smile, but I knew she’d pull me out kicking and screaming if I didn’t put an end to the meeting.
“Ah, yes.” The Chancellor smiled at me with a disturbing hunger in his eyes. “I’d forgotten that you’ll be eighteen tomorrow.” He licked his lips, and Tove stood up, purposely blocking the Chancellor’s view of me.
“Sorry, everyone,” Tove said, “but the Princess and I have plans this evening. We’ll pick up this meeting next week, then?”
“You’re going back to work next week?” Laris looked appalled. “So soon after your wedding? Aren’t you and the Princess taking a honeymoon?”
“With the state of things, I don’t think it’s wise,” I said. “I have too much to get done here.”
While that was true enough, that wasn’t the only reason I’d skipped out on a honeymoon. As much as I’d grown to like Tove, I couldn’t imagine what the two of us would do on one. I hadn’t even let myself think about how we would spend our wedding night.
“We need to go over the changeling contracts,” Markis Bain said, standing up in a hurry. “Since the trackers are bringing the changelings back early, and some families decline to do changelings anymore, the placements have all been moved around. I need you to sign off on them.”
“Enough talk of business.” Willa looped her arm through mine, preparing to lead me out of the room. “The Princess will be back to work on Monday, and she can sign anything you want then.”
“Willa, it will only take a second to sign them,” I said, but she glared at me, so I gave Bain a polite smile. “I will look them over first thing Monday morning.”
Tove stayed behind a moment to say something to Bain, but he caught up with us a few moments later in the hall. Even though we were out of the meeting, Willa still kept her arm through mine as we walked.
Duncan stayed a step behind us when we were in the south wing. I’d gotten talked to many, many times about how I couldn’t treat Duncan as an equal while business was being conducted and there were Trylle officials at work around us.
“Princess?” Joss said, scampering behind me with papers spilling out of her binder. “Princess, do you want me to arrange a meeting on Monday with Markis Bain for the contracts?”
“Yes, that would be fantastic,” I said, slowing so I could talk to her. “Thank you, Joss.”
“You have a meeting at ten A.M. with the Markis of Oslinna.” Joss flipped through the appointment section of the binder, and a paper flew out. Duncan snatched it before it fell to the floor and handed it to her. “Thank you. Sorry. So, Princess, do you want to meet Markis Bain before or after that meeting?”
“She’ll be going back to work just after getting married,” Willa said. “Of course she won’t be there first thing in the morning. Make it for the afternoon.”
I glanced over at Tove walking next to me, but his expression was blank. Since proposing to me, he’d actually spoken very little of getting married. His mother and Willa had done most of the planning, so I hadn’t even talked to him about what he thought of colors or flower arrangements. Everything had been decided for us, so we had little to discuss.
“Does two in the afternoon work for you?” Joss asked.
“Yes, that would be perfect,” I said. “Thanks, Joss.”
“All right.” Joss stopped to hurriedly scribble down the time in the binder.
“Now she’s off until Monday,” Willa told Joss over her shoulder. “That means five whole days where nobody calls her, talks to her, or meets with her. Remember that, Joss. If anybody asks for the Princess, she cannot be reached.”
“Yes, of course, Marksinna Strom.” Joss smiled. “Happy birthday, Princess, and good luck with your wedding!”
“I can’t believe how much of a workaholic you are,” Willa said with a sigh as we walked away. “When you’re Queen, I’ll never see you at all.”
“Sorry,” I said. “I tried to get out of the meeting sooner, but things have been getting out of hand lately.”
“That Laris is driving me batty,” Tove said, grimacing at the thought of her. “When you’re Queen, you should banish her.”
“When I’m Queen, you’ll be King,” I pointed out. “You can banish her yourself.”
“Well, wait until you see what we have planned for you tonight.” Duncan grinned. “You’ll be having too much fun to worry about Laris or anybody else.”
Fortunately, since I was getting married in a few days, I’d gotten out of the usual ball that would happen for a Princess’s birthday. Elora and Aurora had planned that the wedding would take place immediately after I turned eighteen. My birthday was on a Wednesday, and I was getting married on Saturday, leaving no time for a massive Trylle birthday party.
Willa insisted on throwing me a small party anyway, even though I didn’t really want one. Considering everything that was happening in Förening, it felt like sacrilege. The Vittra had set up a peace treaty with us, agreeing not to attack us until I became Queen.
What we hadn’t realized at the time was the specific language they had used. They wouldn’t attack us, meaning the Trylle living in Förening. Everyone else was fair game.
The Vittra had started going after our changelings, the ones that were still left with their host families in human society. They’d taken a few before we caught on, but as soon as we did, we sent all our best trackers to bring home any changeling over the age of sixteen, including most of the trackers serving as palace bodyguards. For anyone younger than that, our trackers were supposed to stand guard and watch them. We knew the Vittra would avoid taking them because they couldn’t do so without setting off an Amber Alert. Still, we felt that every precaution must be taken to protect the most vulnerable among us.
That left us at a horrible disadvantage. To protect the changelings, our trackers had to be in the field, so they couldn’t be here guarding the palace. We would be more exposed to an attack if the Vittra went back on their part of the deal, but I didn’t see what choice we had. We couldn’t let them kidnap and hurt our children, so I sent every tracker I could out into the field.
Finn had been gone almost continuously for months. He was the best tracker we had, and he’d been returning the changelings to all the Trylle communities. I hadn’t seen him since before Christmas, and sometimes I still missed him, but the longing was fading.
He’d made it clear that his duty came before everything else and I could never be a real part of his life. I was marrying someone else, and even though I still cared about Finn, I had to put that behind me and move past it.
“Where is this party happening anyway?” I asked Willa, pushing thoughts of Finn from my mind.
“Upstairs,” Willa said, leading me toward the grand staircase in the front hall. “Matt’s up there putting on the finishing touches.”
“Finishing touches?” I raised an eyebrow.
Someone pounded violently on the front door, making the door shake and the chandelier above us tremble. Normally people rang the doorbell, but our visitor was nearly beating down the door.
“Stay back, Princess,” Duncan said as he walked over to the entrance.
“Duncan, I can get it,” I said.
If somebody hit the door hard enough to make the front hall quake, I was afraid of what they would do to him. I made a move for the door, but Willa stopped me.
“Wendy, let him,” she said firmly. “You and Tove will be here if he needs you.”
“No.” I pulled myself from her grip and went after Duncan, to defend him if I needed to.
That sounded silly, since he was supposed to be my bodyguard, but I was more powerful than him. He was really only meant to serve as a shield if need be, but I would never let him do that.
When he opened the door, I was right behind him. Duncan meant to only partially open the door so he could see what waited for us outside, but a gust of wind came up, blowing it open and sending snow swirling around the front hall.
A blast of cold air struck me, but it died down almost instantly. Willa could control the wind when she wanted to, so as soon as it blew inside the palace, she raised her hand to stop it.
A figure stood before us, bracing himself with his hands on either side of the doorway. He was slumped forward, his head hanging down, and snow covered his black sweater. His clothes were ragged, worn, and shredded in most places.
“Can we help you?” Duncan asked.
“I need the Princess,” he said, and as soon as I heard his voice, a shiver shot through me.
“Loki?” I gasped.
“Princess?” Loki lifted his head.
He smiled crookedly, but his smile didn’t have its usual bravado. His caramel eyes looked tired and pained, and he had a fading bruise on his cheek. Despite all that, he was still just as gorgeous as I remembered him, and my breath caught in my throat.
“What happened to you?” I asked. “What are you doing here?”
“I apologize for the intrusion, Princess,” he said, his smile already fading. “And as much as I’d like to say that I’m here for pleasure, I…” He swallowed something back, and his hands gripped tighter on the door frame.
“Are you all right?” I asked, pushing past Duncan.
“I…” Loki started to speak, but his knees gave out. He pitched forward, and I rushed to catch him. He fell into my arms, and I lowered him to the floor.
“Loki?” I brushed the hair back from his eyes, and they fluttered open.
“Wendy.” He smiled up at me, but the smile was weak. “If I’d known that this is what it would take to get you to hold me, I would’ve collapsed a long time ago.”
“What is going on, Loki?” I asked gently. If he hadn’t been so obviously distressed, I would’ve swatted him for that comment, but he grimaced in pain when I touched his face.
“Amnesty,” he said thickly, and his eyes closed. “I need amnesty, Princess.” His head tilted to the side, and his body relaxed. He’d passed out.


 
Copyright © 2011 by Amanda Hocking


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    Anticipation was a massive let down!!

    I'm pretty much speechless regarding this book. After reading the 1st two books my skin was itching because I had to wait for the ending of the storyline. Finally it was here and I was so disappointed with the story and the plot that I couldn't even finish. I basically just skimmed thru my nook to try and find some key points ***SPOILER*** and stopped right after reading that Wendy finally slept with someone, only to see it was Loki!!! Seriously?!?! She went from not being able to have just one night w/ her 'true love' or cheating on her fiance/husband to sleeping w/ a guy she really doesn't know except besides a flirtatious relationship. Occasionally they have those deep one on one convo's about how their families but he always just seemed to be so devious. IDK, the story just took a turn so quick and out of the blue with no explanation. If Wendy wasn't the main character the lack of explanation and detail wouldn't matter, but since she is I would like to know and I would like to know why not Finn?!?! Her and Finn had something special which was built upon non stop throughout every single book. And maybe if she didn't become so into the politics of being Queen I could understand who resentment towards him for choosing duty and the people, but she ended up doing the same thing.. Just makes no sense and I really hated Loki. He was just so cocky and condescending and it felt like he was always putting on a show of some sort. IDK, this book just seemed completely out of place from the first two. Maybe either a lot of the story needed to be cut out for publishing purposes or the author was just bored with the story itself... Maybe Finn reminded her of an ex and she was infuriated at his memory so she decided to cancel Finn from the equation lol... IDK but whatever it was it just butchered the entire story and made me unable to read the whole thing. I stopped once Wendy made the trade w/ the king and they were driving home.... I can't believe how disappointed I was... Finn was such a huge part in the series and then nothing, he was just looked upon. UGH, I hate how stories can make you react so strongly, as if the story somehow affected you personally... Hahaha... Oh well, at least there was 2 out of 3.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

    Don't waste your time

    I will just start off by saying that I really enjoyed the first two books. This book left me very disappointed and angry. I wish I never started reading the trilogy in the first place.

    **SPOILER** I found myself wishing Loki would die (and was elated when he did) until... he came back to life(?!). What is the point of making your readers fall in love with Finn when you just toss him to the side at the end for some ridiculous twist in the story that makes absolutely no sense at all? Don't waste your time because it certainly was a waste of mine.

    22 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2011

    Horrible Conclusion

    I fell in love with this series over xmas break and quickly read through the first two. Finna and Wendy's characters were so developed as was their relationship. Reading Ascend im very sad on how Amanda Hocking chose to end the series. I feel like after everything Finn and Wendy went through they should have ended up together. Lokie and Wendy's relationship is nowhere near established making it hard to understand just why the two fall so madly in love. Had i known the conclusion to the Trylle series would be so disappointing i wouldnt have bothered with it in the first place. Very sad seeing as i loved the auhtors My Blood Approves series. I expected much more...: (

    20 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent

    As a Amanda Hocking fan, the first book of the Trylle Trilogy was my favourite. I loved reading this book. The story was fantastic. The characters likeable. Can only recommend.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

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    Same good writing style but a let down ending!

    I loved the first two books and thought I was going to have everything rapped up in this. But I didn't, this book felt thrown together and rushed. I feel Amanda will lose fans over this ending. I did not like that she made Wendy an adulterest. Finn asked her for one night before she was married and Wendy said she couldn't do that but after she was married it was okay to tell Loki "you can have me for tonight only". I didn't get that part at all. I think it was poor judgement by the author to build Finns character and make us love him and then give us disappointment. Loki was never a big established character until she slept with him then you notice him "what the heck just happened". He was a jokester and cocky and we never took him serious I kepy getting the felling he still had a trick up his sleeve. If that was how she was to be with why make readers not trust him and feel no connection to him all the way though the end. An author needs to draw you in and give the reader the fulfillment they are looking for. I am not saying Disney happy ever after but this ending was terrible....I also notice that Finn was always around in the first 2 books, but then nothing, it was like Amanda forgot his character existed....not good for the reader who wants to con't to follow Finns character. The story took us to Finns house and we felt a connectoin and the stuggle Wendy and him would have to face together. Makes you just think less about Wendy and her "be a good queen" character. Sad that it would make you not like her after loving her in the first 2 books. And whoever said this book is like Twilight could not have ever read Twilight... crazy ppl this is nothing like the writing nor the characters.

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    Wonderful Ending to a Fun Trilogy

    I really liked this closer to the Wendy/Troll trilogy. I think Wendy remains likable, real, and in character with her previous incarnations. The plot continues to be fast paced and high drama. If you liked Twilight, and fantasy romance novels then this is really up your ally.

    **Spoilers to come** In response to a few people who seem confused by Wendy's choice in men, I'm genuinely curious to know if you missed the whole part where she gave up on Finn and where Finn willingly walked away from her time and time again. She offered to fight for the relationship on many occasions and Finn rebuffed her. He never wanted anything more than a few stolen kisses and he always wanted to feel bad about those kisses and to have Wendy feel bad about them too. What is attractive or desirable about a man who wants you to feel bad for wanting him? Meanwhile Loki presses forward in courting Wendy without shame. He considers her feelings and needs but still expresses his own view and desire. He abandons his place in the world and the world order he knows specifically to be with Wendy. It might not be enough to base a marriage on (as Wendy and Loki choose to), but it's way more flattering/romantic than Finn's stance. Also I like that Wendy doesn't just cling senselessly to the first man she meets, the whole notion seems so last generation to me.

    I don't judge Wendy for her infidelity in her marriage. The choice of who to marry wasn't really entirely free on her part and I don't think she should be shackled to sleeping with a man she doesn't love or really know because he was a good business deal. I do think she should have had an open and frank discussion with him about what kind of fidelity if any she owed him, but her first time with Loki was in the middle of an emotional whirlwind with her people being slaughtered, her lands in ruins, and the man who promised to back and support her forever having just assaulted her--it's a lot for a person to deal with is all I'm saying.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    unexpected turns

    SPOILER ALERT: So ever since book one, i've fallen for Finn and i always thought that they'd be together. it would have been perfect. but Loki comes in the story and Wendy ends up falling for him when just earlier in the book she kissed Finn and almost went all the way with him. Tove's part was well written though. i like how Hocking made it so that the WendyxTove thing ended mutually. the fight with Vittra at the end was good. i just wish Finn had continued on to be Wendy's husband. he just wanted the best for her since the beginning and sacrificed so much for her.. it's a shame.

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    I love happy endings!!! <3

    This was the best of the the three, I have to say. I loved them all...but if I had to pick, this is it. However you'll never understand why unless you've read all three, so I highly recommend you do so! They're all worth it!
    I believe I fell in love with Loki, myself!

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    Hate the end!

    I fell for Finn. Like other reviewers said, Loki was a likeable character, but true love???? Sex with him, but not Finn???? It seemed like lets-just-throw-a-loop-in-there-to-surprise every one. It made no sense. It was not developed.

    The series was fantastic, up to this book. Now I'm really not liking Wendy.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2011

    Confused!

    I really liked the previous two book, and while book #3 does resolve all the plot twists from the previous book I found how that happened/how things worked out didnt make sense to me. The book did feel a little unfinished to me as well. I finished it and said said "Huh-what!"

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    Extrememly Disappointing!

    The author went terribly wrong with this ending. It was too rushed and the main character was suddenly unlikable. No where near enough detail for to justify there change of course in story line. I really wanted tolove this book because I loved the first two, but sadly the poor choice in ending ruined the entire series for me.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    Best one!

    Ascend is by far the best book out of the trilogy. I don't think it left me with any remaining questions and wrapped everything up nicely. It didn't exactly go in the direction that I was expecting it too but great all the same.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    disappointing

    I just wanted to say that I am so glad some other people feel unsatisfied with the ending like I did. I get that sometimes it's nice for an author to put an unexpected ending to a story. This one just felt wrong, though. The first two books were wonderful, however.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Best book EVER!!!! ONLY READ IF YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK THIS MIGHT SPOIL IT FOR YOU SORRY!!!

    I love this book. I know it is the last one but maybe sometime in the near future we could maybe squeeze a short story from Amanda to tell us what happens after the book is over sort of keep us up to date on the characters. i love them all and just hate so see them go. this book is well written and it's just a really great ending. Even though Wendy may not end up with who you want her to. I must say I am happy the way it turns out.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2011

    Great ending to the trillogy

    I read the first two books and could not wait for the third.
    I normally don't read stories like this, but I couldn't put them down...read each book in a day or two.
    Suspense, romance, mystery and a little bit of humor. Really a good story...

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Perfect Ending to a Great Trilogy!!

    For those of you who are already fans of Wendy, Finn, Matt, and all the rest, you have to check out this book! And for those of you who haven't started the Trylle Trilogy, you have to start reading it!

    Amanda Hocking somehow manages - in each and every single one of her books - to make me literally chuckle out loud; in this book, Amanda takes her writing to a whole new level and manages to make you laugh on one page and cry on the next! That is the mark of a truly great writer.

    Do not be turned off by the fact that she is an indie author. Whatever publishers passed up this series must be really disappointed about the fact that they did. I have never been more consistently pleased with an author's writing and plot content. This is the most original series I have read in a very long time!

    P.S. The ending to this book was perfect. Everything was tied up well, but you saw that the characters will continue to live and thrive in the future, even if you do not get to continue reading about them.

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Loved it! My favorite in the trilogy.

    This was a great read. Awesome character interaction. It is a must read. I'm sad it's over.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    A must have!

    This book is worth the price. Best one out of the series. Would recomend to all my friends!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Good

    I loved the end actually.
    ***SPOILER***
    from the start i never really liked Finn at all. He made me so angry how he just left Wendy all the time. He never fought for her and i feel he took advantage of her. Im glad she ended up with Loki. I feel Finn was even more cocky than Loki. He always just assumed Wendy would want him not matter what. He expected her to come back to him but he never came back to her. Overall, i liked the twist to the ending but i just wish we had more time to get to know Loki.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Great Ending to the Trilogy

    I really enjoyed this series. The final book brings the story a reasonable and satisfying conclusion. I really appreciate how Amanda Hocking wrote a teenage girl with some common sense, who can get over teenaged angst. I was afraid I would be dealing with a Twilight type triangle and was pleasantly surprised.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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