Review: Allegiance by Cayla Kluver

Allegiance by Cayla Kluver
Series: Legacy Series (# 2)
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Pages: 512
Source:  contest win from Revolving Bookcase

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….

 

Review:  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.