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Ascend (Trylle Trilogy, book 3)

by Amanda Hocking

Rated: High

Wendy has now decided to fully commit to her duties as a Trylle princess, and in Ascend, she must figure out how to defeat the Vittra and their evil king, who continue to threaten her and fight the Trylle people. She loves Finn but must stay away from him for the good of the people, and Vittra Loki still is trying to get her to care for him.

The love triangle (or, in a way, rectangle, without revealing too much) continues in this book, and Wendy finds her feelings and actions changing. But even though she has strong feelings, she has to spend her time and energies on her kingdom. She researches her people’s history and works more on her abilities and holds many meetings to discuss how they can possibly stop the very strong Vittra.

The story is pretty compelling and goes along at a quick pace until it is resolved. The romance is more intense in this book, and it feels more believable than in the second. But even though it works better, it still suffers a bit from the lack of good development in Torn.

Despite some of its weaknesses, though, Ascend is probably the best book in the series and reaches a satisfying conclusion for readers.

Rated: High, for younger readers, moderate for adults. There is the usual amount of moderate, vulgar and mild language and occasions of taking the name of deity in vain. The violence is fairly mild. But the sexual content is ramped up in this book, with one scene of characters almost having sex, another of two characters having sex (and it’s adultery), and some more kissing and mild references to sex. The adultery and sex content among 18-year-olds does make this a little mature for young readers.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Ascend (Trylle Trilogy, book 3)
  • by Amanda Hocking
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Young adult
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