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Review: Ascend

Ascend is the third and final book in the Trylle trilogy by author Amanda Hocking. According to the author, it will be released on or before January 15, 2011 in eBook format. The paperback edition will be published at a later date to be determined.

It will be available on release date for sale at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. It will also be available shortly thereafter for purchase at Smashwords and will most likely be sold in Apple’s iBookstore. Ascend is not available for pre-order.

The first two books in the series, Switched and Torn, are currently available for purchase. See below the review for links to the books on Amazon.

UPDATED: Description from the author’s website:

With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed. But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves.

Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end.

Here are some teaser quotes provided by the author:

“I want you to remember this,” he said, his voice low and husky.
“What?” I asked.
“You want me to kiss you.”
“I don’t,” I lied.
“You do. And I want you to remember that.”

With a tenuous peace between the Trylle and the Vittra, time is running out for Wendy Everly to figure out how to defeat the Vittra King, her father, Oren.

Once she takes her mother’s place on the throne as Queen of the Trylle, the embargo will be over and the much stronger Vittra will launch an assault that could devastate the Trylle population in Förening, and subject those that remain to the rule of an evil, heartless and cruel leader.

A young Princess, Wendy still has much to learn about ruling a people that she only recently became aware of. But she has made a commitment to devote herself to her people and to step up as ruler when Elora is no longer able. She has set aside her wants and needs to be the leader that Förening requires and has been preparing herself for a war that the Trylle have almost no hope of winning.

As her eighteen birthday and her upcoming wedding draw ever closer, the Vittra will stop at nothing to try and draw Wendy and the Trylle into battle.

Relying on a loophole in the treaty, the Vittra have been going after Trylle changelings living outside of Förening. With their young children and future leaders lives at stake, they must send out their trackers to bring them back within the boundaries of Förening and guard those that remain that are too young to return.

And when the Vittra launch a brutal attack on the nearby Oslinna, killing thousands, war is looking like an inevitable conclusion.

Will Wendy find a way to overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds she and her people face to obtain victory against a more powerful enemy? Will the devastating loss of someone she loves deliver a crushing blow that Wendy can’t recover from? And will the mantle of responsibility become too heavy for her to bear when she is once again given the choice to choose love over duty?

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Some time has passed since we last saw Wendy. She has taken over the helm of responsibility from her mother Elora in Förening and has been working hard at finding a solution to the Vittra problem, navigating the tricky world of Trylle politics, preparing herself for her eventual seat on the throne and trying to strengthen her abilities so that she can be prepared for any attack.

The trackers have been away rounding up as many of the changelings over the age of sixteen as possible, bringing them back to Förening for their safety, lead by their best tracker, Finn Holmes.

Between her new responsibilities, her desire to be the best Queen she can be, and a leader who champions change for the citizens of Förening, Wendy has barely enough time to spend with her brother Matt and her friend Willa. And with her eighteen birthday and wedding on the horizon, she has even less time to miss her first love, Finn, or worry about his safety.

But when someone she thought she left in her past shows up and tries to sway her from the path she set for herself, Wendy is once again put to the test.

“I don’t want only one night. I want all the nights. I want all of you, forever.”

Ascend has got it all – action, danger, heartbreak, loss and love. The story is riveting, taking readers in directions they might never have guessed. All leading to the final confrontation and answers that followers of this series have been waiting for.

Over the course of the three books, Wendy’s character has matured, becoming a heroine to be proud of. Her courage, sacrifice and devotion to the people of Förening, her friends and family are her most admirable traits.

In Ascend, author Amanda Hocking touches upon the very real issues of class discrimination, picking up the pieces after what is tantamount to a terrorist attack, and the struggle to balance duty and responsibility with matters of the heart.

Ms. Hocking’s writing is really starting to come into its own. Maintaining all her original style and personality that fans have come to appreciate and love, this novel shows that she is more than capable of stepping things up and elevating her writing to a whole new level. While still incredibly entertaining and fun to read, the quality of writing in Ascend will surely appeal to a broader audience.

Ascend is the best of the three books in this series, and is another book by Amanda Hocking that you just won’t be able to put down.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

As I’ve said before, I’ve been a huge fan of Amanda Hocking since I picked up the first book in the My Blood Approves series. I was very hesitant to read a book about trolls, though, thinking that was too far afield in the paranormal/urban fantasy genre for me. But, because I really liked this author’s writing I decided to buy all her books.

I never thought what started out as a love of vampires would turn into a love of trolls, but the Trylle series has absolutely converted me. Still not digging the hobgoblins though!

I will definitely go back and re-read this one in its final form on one of my eReaders. (Books tend to be even more enjoyable when read purely for pleasure.)

I loved how this series ended. It was right up my alley, even though it may not be the perfect ending for everyone. And there are always characters you’d like to have seen more of – Willa and Matt or Rhys and Rhiannon are four characters I would have loved to have gotten to know a little bit more.

But when a series is marked as a trilogy, there are only so many pages and I’d still much rather see the main characters stories play out than any of the secondaries.

The only disappointment I have with this book is that it is the final book in the series.

As I don’t give out spoilery tidbits, I will only just say that unless the author changes the ending for the finished book, all major questions will be answered. But:

You will have to read the book to find out if Wendy gets her fairytale ending.

To read an excerpt of Ascend from the author’s website, click here.

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For those not yet familiar with the Trylle trilogy:

The first book in the series is Switched. Click here for a description, or to buy, from Amazon.

The second book in the series is Torn. Click here for a description, or to buy, from Amazon. Click here to read my review.

Book trailer for Ascend:

Although I received a beta copy of this book for review, receipt of the advance copy in no way influenced this review.

Ascend is the third and final book in the Trylle trilogy by author Amanda Hocking. According to the author, it will be released on or before January 15, 2011 in eBook format. The paperback edition will be published at a later date to be determined.

It will be available on release date for sale at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. It will also be available shortly thereafter for purchase at Smashwords and will most likely be sold in Apple’s iBookstore. Ascend is not available for pre-order.

The first two books in the series, Switched and Torn, are currently available for purchase. See below the review for links to the books on Amazon.

The formal description for the book is not yet available, but here are some teaser quotes provided by the author:
“I want you to remember this,” he said, his voice low and husky. “What?” I asked. “You want me to kiss you.”

“I don’t,” I lied.

“You do. And I want you to remember that.”

With a tenuous peace between the Trylle and the Vittra, time is running out for Wendy Everly to figure out how to defeat the Vittra King, her father, Oren.

Once she takes her mother’s place on the throne as Queen of the Trylle, the embargo will be over and the much stronger Vittra will launch an assault that could devastate the Trylle population in Förening, and subject those that remain to the rule of an evil, heartless and cruel leader.

A young Princess, Wendy still has much to learn about ruling a people that she only recently became aware of. But she has made a commitment to devote herself to her people and to step up as ruler when Elora is no longer able. She has set aside her wants and needs to be the leader that Förening requires and has been preparing herself for a war that the Trylle have almost no hope of winning.

As her eighteen birthday and her upcoming wedding draw ever closer, the Vittra will stop at nothing to try and draw Wendy and the Trylle into battle.

Relying on a loophole in the treaty, the Vittra have been going after Trylle changelings living outside of Förening. With their young children and future leaders lives at stake, they must send out their trackers to bring them back within the boundaries of Förening and guard those that remain that are too young to return.

And when the Vittra launch a brutal attack on the nearby Oslinna, killing thousands, war is looking like an inevitable conclusion.

Will Wendy find a way to overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds she and her people face to obtain victory against a more powerful enemy? Will the devastating loss of someone she loves deliver a crushing blow that Wendy can’t recover from? And will the mantle of responsibility become too heavy for her to bear when she is once again given the choice to choose love over duty?

***

“I don’t want only one night. I want all the nights. I want all of you, forever.”

Some time has passed since we last saw Wendy. She has taken over the helm of responsibility from her mother Elora in Trylle and has been working hard at finding a solution to the Vittra problem, navigating the tricky world of Trylle politics, preparing herself for her eventual seat on the throne and trying to strengthen her abilities so that she can be prepared for any attack.

The trackers have been away rounding up as many of the changelings over the age of sixteen as possible, bringing them back to Förening for their safety, lead by their best tracker, Finn Holmes. Between her new responsibilities, her desire to be the best leader she can be

For those not yet familiar with the Trylle trilogy:

The first book in the series is Switched. Click here for a description, or to buy, from Amazon.

The second book in the series is Torn. Click here for a description, or to buy, from Amazon. Click here to read my review.

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