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February 20, 2019

Ascension by E.A. Weston ~ a Review

by MK French

Reagan Lunasa had gone between the human and fairy world of Avalon and is determined to help her true love, the prince of Avalon. There is still doubt about their bond because of her humanity, as well as the risk of other fairies actually working for Connor to help him keep the throne. It's going to be a question of war, and she's determined to help.

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Ascension
September 2018; ebook (319 pages); romance
Ascension is the third book in the Avalon series, and I hadn't read the first two books. This put me at a serious disadvantage when it started, because I had no idea who anyone was, or how it would relate to the prologue of Connor entering training to be a warrior and resenting everyone around him. Admittedly, I was drawn to this by the cover art, which is gorgeous. The summary sounded really intriguing, but I was definitely at a loss for the beginning of the book. I had no idea what they were referring to, though a lot of the book followed common tropes so I could follow along with the plot.

I don't feel very connected to any of the characters, even allowing for the fact that I hadn't read the first two books. Characters say how close they are and how much they trust each other, and a few chapters later it's as if all of that growth is gone and we're back to the beginning. A lot of time is spent lamenting over the bonds between two sets of characters, as they hadn't been fully realized yet, and it feels as though it's a plot device that is relied on too heavily. We have a literal deus ex machina to solve the problem of Reagan and Killian getting together, which at the same causes further problems because of misunderstandings and jealousy. I hate that particular trope, because if characters just talked to each other about their problems, a lot of this misery could have been avoided. I don't find it amusing or realistic in any way, and it further soured my perception of the characters involved. To top it off, there are lingering questions that are never answered, and the epilogue feels tacked on to me.

This book is probably going to be more enjoyable for those that adored the first two books. As much as I really wanted to like this, I just couldn't.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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2 comments:

  1. Such a pretty cover. I have come into the middle of a series before and felt lost, knowing my reading of the book suffered because of it.

    sherry @ fundinmental

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  2. Thanks for understanding. I hate to leave a bad review because of something that's my fault.

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