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It is a moving story about a girls allegiance to her heart and her people. Unfortunately, all the women in the story were weak, frivolous and insignificant but I loved the strong characters of the supporting cast of members of the elite guard. Allegiance started out the same way with Alera now Queen being so belligerent towards her new husband, Steldor who clearly loved her that he drew my sympathies and left me feeling irritated with her. Not only that, but she also pined for Narian, a boy that she supposedly loved, but since she hardly knew him was more likely a case of hot hormones, and who was now invading her country and slaughtering her people at the command of his master, the cruel Cokyrian Overlord.
I wanted to tell her to get over it already. Surely, in such a society some support would have come from the mother. When Alera went off alone with no thought for the results for the Kingdom should she fall into the hands of the enemy, I despaired that once again I might read a whole book without her growing up in the slightest. Luckily, I was wrong. When everything she has known is stripped away and circumstances leave her as the only effective representative of her people, encouraged by the Captain of the guard, Alera finds she has the strength and the intelligence to make an important contribution and finally to take control.
They are the ones that give this book its guts and strength. As in many traditional style fantasies, war, torture and cruelty abound, which always takes away from my enjoyment of a story. I give it 3 stars. All material on this website is under copyright to Tahlia Newland and cannot be shared without written permission. Written a book? Need some help reviewing and revising it? Download my Novel Revision Checklist to make sure you don't miss anything.
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Added by 2 of our members. Only I saw Narian for who he truly was: a young man with courage and an independent mind, and made to pay for what was outside his control. 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