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Review of Ascendant

The Made Ones Saga has been on my favorites list since I read Altered in 2019.  This sci-fi/ fantasy/ romance mashup is perfect for any reader that likes these genres presented in an imaginative setting with compelling characters who overcome traumatic life changes, prejudice and world-ending evil scientists.

Sybelle joins her sisters Bree and Kit (see Changed and Altered) in the earth-parallel world of Eleutia.  This new world presents many challenges and much joy for Sybelle who now lives amount the CastOuts.  The clan leader, Kestrel, is a man of many mysteries. 

At the heart of the story, and indeed the entire series, is the struggle against the Alchemics, who have dire things planned for Eleutia and for Earth.  Sybelle and Kestrel may be key in overcoming the Alchemics.  They will also have help from Sybelle’s sisters, their mates, and their animal symbionts.

Highlights from Ascendant: 1) Sybelle’s ties to nature – she communicates easily with trees, especially Mother Tree, 2) Kestrel’s ability to communicate with birds, 3) the slowly evolving romance between Sybelle and Kestrel 4) Ohtli, the CastOut girl with unusual gifts, and 5) the climactic made-for-the-movies battle scene.    

This conclusion to The Made Ones Saga is epic!  With an extraordinary world, the author has brought together fantastic beings, heroic deeds, and legendary battles. 

Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book.  My review is my honest opinion.

About Ascendant by Vicki Stiefel

What if you could be young again? Would it be a dream come true or truly a nightmare? For Sybelle, the youngest of the Balazova sisters, awakening on the parallel world of Eleutia is no delight. From experiencing near suffocation to changes in her flesh, Eleutia seems a strange and hostile place, though the world itself feels oddly familiar. Her resonance with The Kestrel, the mysterious leader of the CastOuts, only increases her bewilderment, as does the appearance of Mother Tree.

As Mother pulls Sybi into her orbit, the controlling Alchemics tighten their noose on Eleutia. War is brewing—no longer will Eleutia’s symbiotic animal clans tolerate the Alchemic strictures.

Could Sybelle be the fulcrum fated to avoid destruction and save this strange world? Or is she merely a pawn to be used by the Alchemics in their battle for supremacy? Worse, will Sybi’s tug-of-war ultimately destroy her, the sisters she adores, and the man who has come to mean the world to her.. Or will she ascend, triumphant, and save all she holds dear?


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