On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen.
Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…
King Edric himself.
Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.
What inspired The Affiliate?
One day I was reading a book called Sex with Kings by Eleanor Herman that discussed the various mistresses in European court. I thought to myself what if there was a world where the mistress was actually institutionalized. They were held in high esteem and had as much or more sway than the queen. I wanted them to have their own official position at court and were not just women the king slept with, but brilliant, beautiful strategist who gave advice and basically ruled. Out of that I came up with the idea of the Consort.
But then I thought how do you become Consort? And I decided that there should be some kind of higher educational system that makes up the court. These people would be the best and the brightest, ambassadors, military strategists, and nobility. These people I called Affiliates and for the men, High Orders.
USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series. As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books. She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.
When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.