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The Consort

(Ascension #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,207 ratings  ·  106 reviews
After the loss of a friend and a false imprisonment in an Eleysian dungeon, Cyrene has no interest in destiny. Her heart was shattered, friends scattered, and her home is nothing but a pretty illusion. Even her magic won’t cooperate.

Only desperation can turn her to the last person she should trust:

Prince Kael.
His darkness mirrors a growing force lurking within her. A strug
Published October 10th 2017
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars!


After reading The Consort all I can think is OMG WHAT A RIDE! Seriously, my mind has been in a constant state of OMG and WTF since I finished. Linde really put us through the ringer with this book! I am shocked by what happened an how this ended.

When I finished The Bound, I knew the wait for The Consort would be hard. It had an ending that left me on the edge and I had so many questions. I’m happy to report that most of my questions from The Bound have been answered, but now I have s
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
3.5 Creator Help Us All Stars

I enjoyed the first two books in this series IMMENSELY! I was on pins and needles waiting to see how Cyrene would persevere after the shocking events at the end of The Bound. I must say, things didn’t quite go as I expected.

On the most basic level, I really enjoyed The Consort. There was plenty of action and intrigue to sink my teeth into. The characters, for the most part, are fantastic and endearing. The problem, though, is that there was a bit too much to digest.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great addition to a wonderful series. Can't wait for the next. ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Amazing!!! I think that pretty much how I feel about this book and series. K.A. Linde has completely blown me away with Consort as she took fantasy, suspense, and loyalty to a whole new level. She has made me a fan of the fantasy genre, a genre that I hardly read. Since Consort picks up from Bound, it is highly recommended you start this series in order since it can’t be read as a standalone. With that out of the way, I don’t want to spoil a
Fans of The Ascension Series have been waiting nearly a year for their next dose of young adult fantasy from author K.A. Linde. Although it’s been a long time coming, I promise The Consort will not leave you feeling disappointed! Rife with magical action, excitement and mystery, Linde packs so much adventure in this book that by the time you have finished, you’ll feel as if you’ve read two novels!

The Consort undeniably has a darker feel to it than the previous Ascension novels, beginning with Cy
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I have to be honest. When I started reading THE CONSORT I had these HIGH hopes that Cyrene would return to the palace and things would all be good. I was hoping for the story to go a certain way, but in the end it did not. At first, I was a little upset with the way things were playing out and felt a little disappointment. I loved book one and I felt like EVERYTHING I loved about book one was erased in book two, and now book three.

I continued reading and realized that I was getting so muc
Robin Powers
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! I've been sucked into Cyrene's world of magic, friends, double crosses and tentative alliances. I got chills with every twist as she discovers more about her destiny and how she might save her world. I couldn't believe the changes that happened at Court and how quickly alliances could switch to enemies. It quickly becomes evident that you can only truly trust your friends in the end. I wonder where Cyrene's journey will take her next and I don't dare mention what her friends are up to beca ...more
Izzie d
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-etc
Book 3 of 5.
Series must be read in order.
Some questions are answered but others are raised.
I find it difficult to know where this book is categorised, in some places it reads like a YA, the banter between the heroine and Kael for example seems quite childish but it has really dark moments and charecters having romantic options that would not fit into a YA read.

After the heartbreaking end to The Bound, I have been longing an entire year to see what fate awaited Cyrene. From the beginning, the book is packed with action, and I was immediately drawn back into this world. I enjoyed the mixture of court politics and magic as Cyrene returns to Byern to face familiar foes and allies.

“Magic never dies.”

I read a lot of this genre and appreciate the countless plot twists. The first half of the book is intriguing and well paced. Just when I thought eve
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We finally get to the third book in the series, and to say that it is even more scrumptious is an understatement. I recently linked The Ascension series like a seven layer salad, but I think now it’s more like one of those chocolate cakes with layers of different types of creams inside. You know that with every bite you are going to experience something incredible and never be disappointed. Anyway! *Light Spoiler Alert!*
Things are not very good for Cyrene in the beginning. She has found herself
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Review copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for a honest review

What a whirlwind instalment, The Consort was . After the thrilling conclusion in The Bound, I couldn’t wait to read this instalment. I don’t know how it could get anymore epic. Linde has truly found her feet in this genre and she knows how to deliver a book that readers will not only enjoy but will easily get addictive to . I know I am and I can’t wait for the next book. As too much has happened
Novel Grounds
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I will confess that I started this book thinking it was the final book in the series, it wasn’t and now I am back where I was with book two, wishing that it was the release of the next book.  I flew through reading this. Linda has such a way with this world that by the time you blink you are at end end and pumped up wanting more. It is invigorating.

Cyrene has gone through so much and with the pick up in this book her trials have just begun. We start right where we left off and from there I was h
I am just blown away by this series by KA Linde! We know Ms Linde can bring the angst and heartache but this fantasy series is just amazeballs! With each installment I’m pulled deeper and deeper into a world of magic and ancient prophecies. It’s truly a journey of not only self-discovery but an epic tale that will cross not only from this world but into other realms. This is a must read series and one I highly recommend!

Cyrene’s journey in The Consort will take her back to her home town of Byer
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The latest installment of the Ascention Series has hit readers far and wide. Filled to the brim with magic, mystery, and an amazing plot….K.A. Linde has treated fans of the series to a jam packed story that will answer so many of your questions. There will also be questions that you can’t help but contemplate!!

With the start of The Consort picking up right where the last book in the series left off, and the intrigue just pours out of the pages. As we know, things begin with Cyrene being held pr
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished the last book in this series 2 years ago.. Thats a long freaking time. Especially since I have read 600 plus books since then. I had a really hard time remember exactly what happened.. Once I got into the book though I remembered. At least the major things.

It's hard for me to say that I liked this book the best because I honestly can't remember reading the first two. But I did LOVE this book. I have read most of Linde's books and I can say that I liked this one much better than her c
Richelle Robinson
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series has really caught me by surprise and has become one of my favorites by this author. I’m very picky about YA and never read anything in the Fantasy genre but I took a chance on this series and it's been a blast! This book did not disappoint me at all! There are so many twists and turns that I honestly didn't see coming and the author completely shocked in a good way with the route that she went with this story. There were times when I had to reread a scene over again because I couldn' ...more
Caro Richard
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
We left Cyrene in a prison cell in The Bound and here is her next adventure.

Those that have read my reviews of books 1 and 2 know I am firmly #teamedric - but a girl can be wrong! Just know that Cyrene is a lucky girl with all these men lusting after her! Is it luck though?

Like the predecessors, this book grabs you with both hands and you can't stop reading as you HAVE to know what happens.

The mystery. The connections. Shocks. Twists. Answers. Questions........ be answered!

Yes, there w
Candyce Kirk
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This series just keeps getting better and better. The Consort has so many plot twists and unexpected events! I was left wanting more and am frustrated I have to wait a couple more months for the next book. I need it now!
Abby McCarthy
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very addicting
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: why-did-i-bother
i cant do another one
this one has killed me
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow just wow. Words fail me. this was so action packed and although my questions from the Bound were answered I am left with more. And the jaw dropping moments are abound in this book. KA LInde writes a amazing book filled with secrets, betrayals, danger, intrigue and reveals that leave you just jaw dropping and with more questions.

This picks up where the Bound left off and you need the other two books to really understand this one. KA Linde is a great storyteller and leaves you dangling and won
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I don't read a lot of books in the fantasy genre, but I am a huge fan of K.A. Linde's. I have enjoyed this series from the start though, and with each new book in the series I find myself unable to put them down! The Consort is the third book in the Ascension series, and these need to be read in order. If you haven't already started this series and read the first two books, you will need to start at the beginning before checking this one out.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great instalment to this magical story of good vs. evil, light vs. dark. K.A. Linde does a great job of weaving a mystical tale that is both regal and familiar. Often, the reader will question what sort of world is this story taking place-- is it in the past, the future, another dimension. There were times I thought that our modern day colloquial language and slang didn't quite fit with the regality and formal ways of the story line but it did make for an interesting read as I pictured w ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
When you think about this series and the fact that K. A. Linde has created a whole world, you feel pretty impressed. Perhaps what impresses you most is Linde's attention to detail and her consistency. She knows her world, her characters, and her story, and she is faithful to them in this series.

The Consort represents the emotional nadir of The Ascension Series (so far, at least). Cyrene is at her lowest in every sense: she is imprisoned in a dungeon for a crime she did not commit, she is removed
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-in-2017

The Consort is next installment of The Ascension Series by K.A. Linde and it is one heck of a ride. After everything Cyrene and her friends have been through you’d think she’d get a break, but no, I think this book is even more action packed than the previous books!

Since there is so much that goes on, and this series has to be read in order, I won’t write about the ins and outs of this book in this review, but more about how much growth all of these charac
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Well, you can not say that this series is boring. We jump right back in to the point that Book 2 ended and the first couple of chapters are not easy. For Cyrene, and for the reader. At this point it is hard not to be furious with a certain Prince, (well, if we are being honest, TWO certain Princes - heck, lets just add a King in there as well) but no spoilers so I'll leave it at that.....

Cyrene goes through what I think is her greatest growth so far. She has had to deal with disaster af
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for - The Consort - book three in The Ascension series by the immensely talented K.A. Linde. Due to a building storyline all the books in this series must be read in order ( book one is The Affiliate and book two is The Bound). We pick up right after the intense cliffhanger ending of book two with everyone truly shocked at all that has transpired in the nine months that Cyrene has been gone from Byern. 
Cyrene wakes up in a prison being accused of things she could have never imagined and
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book over a week ago and have been struggling on how to review it during the book hangover I've had. There is no way to reveal the plot or any portion of it without spoiling the whole adventure. In true Linde fashion, Kyla has continued the adventure we have been on with Cyrene since The Affiliate.

Perhaps one of the most fun things about this series for me is in the re reads before the current release. Going back to our characters to refresh on what all transpired last has been
Candace Fleming
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For any of you who know me, you know that my true love in the book world is fantasy or high fantasy. KA Linde follows in the same vein of Sarah J. Maas as she creates a world in the Ascension books that you can just get lost in. I'm a true fantasy super geek and I love the map and all the details of the world that Cyrene travels through the entire series. After I finished the Bound, my mind couldn't stop thinking about where the story was going to go. KA Linde combines fantasy and suspense and k ...more
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Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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We are now into the third installment of the Ascension series. I have found that these characters have developed more and more with each installment. Hence, I continue to be "wowed" with K. A. Linde's ability to create this magical world with intriguing characters in an equally engrossing story. Moreover, The Consort has taken a more darker undertones in this storytelling. What I also enjoyed is that with each book, the story starts off where it left off in
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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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