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The Bound

(Ascension #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,424 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Cyrene Strohm is a Queen’s Affiliate, a high-ranking official of the court of Byern, with power and privilege to spare. But she’s also a keeper of dangerous secrets: like the fact that she holds the heart of the King, and that she possesses magic in a world where magic no longer exists.

Determined to discover what this means and how to use her newfound abilities, Cyrene set
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Published October 25th 2016
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Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it

When I first read The Affiliate by KA Linde last year, I remember thinking WOW! This is so different than anything Kyla has written before. It pulled me in and impressed me big time. I couldn't wait for book 2. I was excited to start The Bound but it took me a while to fully engage myself in the story. I think the biggest thing for me was trying to remember everything from the first book. Once my memory started coming back, I became completely engrossed in Cyrene's journey.

Cyrene Strohm is an A
Wendy Higgins
Hold on tight - these twists will leave you reeling! Magic, mayhem, and romance to satisfy any fantasy lover.
Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*
My heart is broken and my stomach is in my throat! KA Linde just put me through an emotional workout. I don't know what to do myself. Okay, that's not totally true....I'm going to read The Consort ASAP! I'm dying to know how this series ends. It’s utterly enthralling!

Here's the breakdown: I don't even know if I can sum this up articulately. So much happened in book 2. SO MUCH! Cyrene meets new travel companions, finds out magical creatures she thought were fairytales were actually real, find
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love K.A. Linde’s books full of angst, sexual tension and characters we love to hate, so naturally, I was ready to her young adult series. As I said in my last review this YA book has a very adult vibe to it since it’s set in this alternate universe, so these are not your typical teenagers.

The Bound picks up where The Affiliate left off. If you read my review for the first book, you know I loved Cyrene, our strong, determined heroine. This book Cyrene didn’t let me down, I love how she isn’t
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adriana Locke
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Linde simply amazes with The Bound.
I've been awaiting this story and jumped for joy when it popped on my device. Diving right in, I thought I was ready. I was not.
The author wastes no time drawing you into the world of Emporia. In typical Linde fashion, she slams you with a heavy dose of angst from the start. (Gasp!)
The vivid descriptions and the intricate detail worked into the story makes it come alive before your eyes. Not overlooking a single element, each character is designed with their
Richelle Robinson
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
What in the Creator did I just read?!
The Bound picked up right where we left off in The Affiliate. Cyrene is on the quest to find out more about her magical powers. During the quest she finds out about herself and people who can help control her new magic. In this book we are introduced to some new characters. We also have our regulars from book one. I really enjoyed this book and the journey Cyrene went through discovering her new powers. Some of the revelations that came in this book had me ga
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exquisitely done. This Novel will steal your heart.
I don’t have the right words to form about this book. We had some questions answered while some were not, with new forming questions beginning. Every single chapter had something for me, rather it was a new revelation or an old one that was being answered. I won’t make a long winded review just for the mere fact that this book does not need one.
The plot, the character’s, the world building, and the magic will have you suspended in time. This b
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Quick & Dirty: Wonderful fast paced fantasy with spectacular romance, action, and magic. If you are a high fantasy fan, I suggest you give this one a try!

Opening Sentence: Jardana’s body hummed with victory.

The Review:

Cyrene Strohm’s life has just recently been turned upside down. As an Affiliate to the queen she is one of the most privileged members of the court of Byern, but she also has magical powers that aren’t suppose to exist anymore. To try and learn m

I have been patiently waiting for this book for over a year. I enjoyed the first installment of this series, but The Bound is on a completely new and intense level. I was riveted from the first pages and could not put it down. It was one thrilling roller coaster ride, and The Bound is one of my top fantasy reads for the latter half of 2016.

The Bound picks up right after The Affiliate ends, but everything from the first book is completely turned upside down in the prologue. I was in com
Nov 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Dnf at 37% Ugh! No - just no. This is the dumbest and most annoying book I have ever read. >.< And the first ever not to finish. ...more
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I really enjoyed the Affiliate when I read it last year.  I loved the world that KA Linde had created and was invested in Cyrene, Kael and Edric.  But when I jumped into the pages of THE BOUND I didn't find myself as engrossed by this portion of the series, instead feeling like it was dragging a bit.

In THE BOUND Cyrene is traveling to Eleysia where she hopes to understand more about her magic.  But nothing with Cyrene ever goes as planned.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmmm... I guess I will read the next one. Not sure yet.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I must say that I really enjoyed the first book, The Affiliate, it broke me out of a reading slump I had been in and seemed to be a wonderful start to a new series. The Bound was alright at best. I didn't feel any of the pull towards characters and situations that I normally do when reading other books by KA Linde. The delivery of this book felt like someone telling a story in a monotone voice and run-on sentences who would then forget what they were saying only to start up again in a slightly d ...more
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
No rating DNF (for now)
I loved The Affiliate and was so sad that this one didn't grab my attention. I tried a couple of times but ended up being confused about what was going on.
I plan on trying this at another date to see if it was just me being a mood reader and not being in the mood at this time
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 4.25/5

Review coming soon!
Robin Powers
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omg! So much happens in this continuation of Cyrene's adventure! I kept wondering why both the King, Prince and Cyrene have this attraction to one another and I think I might have a small clue. Then she meets Ava and the Leif people. I love that her journey to find out more about her magic takes her so far away. But even so...she's never far from King Edric's mind. Prince Kael is definitely on my naughty list and I really need to read the next book now! So many twists and I have no idea how Cyre ...more
Dawn Stefanski
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book did not disappoint. So many twists and turns and plot twists. The author kept me on the edge of my seat and I experienced so many roller coaster of emotions. Cyrene was doing what her gut told her, traveling where she was supposed to be to learn how to control her magic and the whole time you’re rooting for her even though there are evident characters who you know are going to do anything they can to make it difficult for her and then Wham! Major plot twist at the end that had me like ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am really liking the new romantic option....
Izzie d
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-etc
Good story.
Lots of characters.
Multiple POV.
Lots of mystery esp as to peoples motives.
Faster pace than book 1.
Book 2 of a 5 part series.
Closed door intimate scenes.
Cliffhanger ending.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019
3.5 stars
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
The first book in this series had so much potential, and I was so excited for this one but then it didn't go anywhere, and the things that did happen made my eyes roll and the ending was nothing but shock and awe and I don't even know if I'll keep reading these because damn it went downhill fast.
Taylor Hansen
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When readers consider the works of USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde, I’m certain her new adult and contemporary romance novels come to mind. Linde is the successful author of the Take Me duet and the Avoiding, Record, and All That Glitters series. But during the fall of 2015, Linde branched out into young adult fantasy with the release of The Affiliate, the first novel of her Ascension series. And you know what? I was really impressed – so impressed that it’s been difficult to contain my ...more
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WOW! It was a HUGE HUGE HUGE GINORMOUS GIGANTIC LARGER-THAN-A-MAGNIFIED-JUPITER improvement from the uh, less than ummm appealing first book the first book was so um, tedious that I would rather swim in muddy poop water with crocodiles while naked.


This book was fantastic!! I only have like, an itsy bitsy amount of dissatisfaction with it which I will elaborate on later. SOOOOO

This book was EVERYTHING the first book was not *sorry!!*

ENGAGING (with plenty of
Sofia Lazaridou
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, to-read-2
I loved the Affiliate, but the Bound didn't work for me at all. It took me half the book do be able to get into the story. I felt like I was reading a new story. Also I would put the book in the Young adult category. With all those killings and things that happened it seemed more like New adult/adult. The story dragged for me and the story had a couple cliches that didn't help the case. The main character was involved in a love triangle and if that wasn't enough a secondary character was also to ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-blog
Incredibly magical, suspenseful and laugh out loud funny!

K.A. Linde starts the bound off in a way that greedily inspires you to read on. You are instantly drawn into the world that she created with emotions that slam right into you. Her writing is so vividly detailed that it makes it easy to get lost in the pages. Every aspect of this book is designed to breathe life into the story as well as keep you engaged, and it works!

The story took me on an emotional roller-coaster that I didn't want to ge
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fmr-reviews
4.5 stars

Let me tell you, this series is like nothing I've ever read. Ms. Linde has a way of doing that. She can create this world that has you becoming completely lost in it. You find yourself so involved with everything that is occurring that you feel as though you're IN the story yourself.

Thankfully, The Bounde picks up right where we left off in The Affiliate. Cyrene has left Byern to go out and seek help in learning how to control her powers. She knows she'll never be able to do that in B
Kei • fiction court •
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
4 stars!

The Bound was a lot different than The Affiliate, where The Affiliate is more about the court life and the King's relationship with Cyrene, The Bound focused more on her journey and her exploration of her magic. There was an interesting sub-plot in this story and OMG I loved it.

Cyrene leaves Court and travels to Eleysia to learn how to use her powers but the problem is that there are no Affiliates allowed in the city. We get so much magical stuff in this one, it was so good. There was a
Stephanie  Romig
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is EVERYTHING! I am in love with the story and the characters. The alternating POV makes a huge impact with getting to see so many different angles of the main characters. This is the only fantasy I have ever read, and I'm hooked. Its like the television show The Tudors with magic and crazy creatures.
I don't want to go into the story and what it's about because I feel like you have to go into these books without knowing to get the full impact and with a story like this it would take p
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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy n ...more

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Ascension (5 books)
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  • The Consort (Ascension, #3)
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