Review Allegiance by Cayla Kluver
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….
Well. After the first book in this series Legacy, I really felt like the true measure of Ms. Kluver as an author was going to come clear in this, the 2nd book in the series when Narian and Alera have to both love and fight each other. Allegiance is completely different from Legacy in great ways. Its Super dark. Alera is married to a man she hates, where there is no love lost between them and she wants narian but can’t be with him. She’s a horrible queen, she is full of self pity and whines constantly about how she can’t be with Narian and ignores her lands when you, and she, can easily tell that war is coming and that they need strength and they need to prepare. I really hate her, with a firey passion and I would love to see her roast on a spit, but unfortunately I can’t tell Ms. Kluver what to write.
Alera’s husband Steldor still doesn’t have her love or her loyalty, but he is determined to try to make it work, he tries to give into Alera’s every whim which only makes her an even more unlikeable character.
Though the politics and the plot was far better than in Legacy, it was more complex, deeper with more layers and more interest as well as more depth, and I liked it more, even while I hated the characters. It makes rating this book difficult but not impossible.
Overall Rating: C+