*Review* Ascend – Amanda Hocking

 Ascend (Trylle Trilogy #3)

Amanda Hocking

336 pages

ISBN: 9781250006332

Read 8-23-12

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

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Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world.  Ascend is the final chapter in her bestselling Trylle trilogy—and you’ll never guess how it ends!

Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.

Everything has been leading to this moment.  The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.

I am definitely glad that I was able to listen to all three of these audiobooks in a row.  I didn’t have to wait a year in between and forget some things here and there because of it.  I was able to enjoy the whole story and I loved it.  I think this last book was my favorite because of all of the build up and emotional investment.

Wendy is at her more mature in this book and she grew a lot from the beginning of the story.  I am pleased with the way the story ended and loved the short stories at the ends of each novel.  I really like all of the people she is close to and I can’t pick a single favorite.

As for the ending solution, I think there could have been a simpler answer, but maybe there was a readon it couldn’t be the solution I thought of.


For those of you who don’t mind spoilers or have already read teh book, my solution was for Wendy to use her abilities and pick up the sword with her mind and use that to end Oren, but instead she tries to push him and drains her energy.  She ends up getting into his head, causing him a lot of pain, and decapitates him with the sword.  Why?  Maybe her control with her abilities wasn’t as fine tuned to be able to move it that way.  Maybe she was only good at mentally shoving stuff?


The narrator does a great job of reading, just like with the first two books.  She does really well at having disctinctive voices so you know who is talking before the book tells us.  The world of Forening is very interesting, though all I really know of it is how secretive and hidden it is.  We still never got to see the kindgom and that would have helped it to feel as if Forening was bigger.

The cover is beautiful, as is all the covers of this series.  The colors are so vibrant and on the Ascend cover, the red of her dress and throne stand out beautifully against the lush green.  I really enjoyed this trilogy, even if there were some things that could have been better, and I greatly look forward to reading more of her work.  I am glad she thought outside of the box and wrote such a great story based on trolls.

Matured characters, emotional, same great narration, still don’t get to see the kingdom.


Filed under 4.5 Stars, Audiobook, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

2 responses to “*Review* Ascend – Amanda Hocking

  1. LoL Why doesn’t Ms Hocking want to share the fairy world with us???

  2. Great review. I think I will have tho check these out of from the library. Thank for sharing it.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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