Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Pub. Date: February 28, 2012
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Read my review of Legacy (Book #1)
Goodreads says, "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."
Allegiance immediately picks up where Legacy left off. Alera is now Queen of Hytanica and she is trapped in a loveless marriage to Steldor; however, her heart still belongs to Narian. Unfortunately, Narian is forced to serve the Overlord, Hytanica's enemy, and because of this, Alera knows she cannot be with Narian. In truth, she is having a hard time letting him go. Alera must lead her kingdom through a dark time with many unexpected events and her heart cannot be conflicted. Allegiance, book two in the Legacy series, is action packed, romantic and entertaining.
Kluver's writing style always takes me by surprise because it's easy to forget she is a young author. Her writing seems so mature and well developed. I love her details and descriptions; it is easy to get lost in the world of Hytanica.
In Allegiance, Alera had me frustrated from time to time. She was fixated on Narian and deep down, I wanted her to give Steldor (I know....the horror!) a chance, because he was actually nice at times. I understand she loves Narian and I get that, but for awhile there it seemed like a hopeless cause. Alera really grew as a Queen and a person in Allegiance. There are many dark moments and trials and tribulations in Allegiance and in turn, Alera was really tested and grew as a character.
The Steldor/Narian love triangle is still very much present, but isn't as important as the events in the book. The country of Hytanica finds itself in a precarious situation and readers will be consumed with the turn of events. There's a lot of action and unrest in Allegiance in comparison to Legacy, which definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.
Allegiance definitely reads like a second book in the series; it is setting up the third book, Sacrifice, which comes out this year as well. I cannot wait to see what happens to Alera, Steldor and Narian as well as the country of Hytanica. If you are a fan of Legacy, you must pre-order this book.