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ALLEGIANCE by Cayla Kluver

ALLEGIANCE

From the Legacy Trilogy series, volume 2

By Cayla Kluver

Age Range: 16 - 18

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-373-21043-5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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)