Book Review: Ascendance (Dominion Book 4) by Lissa Kasey

Seiran is just generally unhappy about the Christmas season, stressed about graduation, and feeling like Gabe doesn't have time for him anymore, so when he gets a letter about an estate in California that his deceased father left to him, he goes to check it out, hoping to sort out his troubles and to learn more about his father. But when Seiran discovers a faerie ring on the property that's been used for evil by the Ascendance, he ends up with yet another problem and will need the support of his lover and friends if he's going to figure everything out.

Book Review: Ascendance (Dominion Book 4) by Lissa Kasey | reading, books, book reviews, fantasy, paranormal/urban fantasy, lgbt, m/m, vampires, witches, shifters, mental illness
Title: Ascendance
Book Number: Book 4
Pages: 211
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon


This was another good book in the Dominion series, and this time it was back in Seiran’s POV.

Much like the other books, this one was fairly slow-paced and focused on the characters for most of the book, especially Seiran’s relationship with Gabe and Seiran’s mental health, but there was a general feeling of something being wrong, and then right near the end, the bad guy showed up and things happened. Also like the other books, even though there was a small problem in Seiran and Gabe’s relationship and Seiran still had some anxiety struggles, everyone was super supportive. And despite the climax with the bad guy, this was ultimately a positive, somewhat fluffy book. (These books are never as intense or dramatic as the blurbs make them sound.) Admittedly, it did feel a bit repetitive since it followed the same general formula as the other books, but it was still enjoyable to read.

Things in the overall story (the Dominion, the Ascendance, getting equal rights and treatment for male witches) did move forward some at least. And one difference between this and previous book was that there was less Jamie and Kelly. Seiran also had his mental illnesses under control more, though that was partially due to his mental connection with Gabe and Gabe’s powers.

Overall, despite being a bit repetitive, this was another enjoyable book about likeable supernatural characters in a series that includes lots of mental illness rep and some terrible situations but still manages to stay light and positive overall.


Book Blurb

Four months of people trying to kill Seiran Rou and his vampire lover Gabe Santini has put a strain on their relationship. Seiran is overwhelmed by his upcoming graduation as the first male to ever come from the magic studies program, and something is off with Gabe. He’s more closed off, fast to anger, and spending a lot of time with Sam—who happens to look a lot like Seiran. It’s all too much to handle. Seiran just wants to get away.

When he inherits his late father’s house in California, it’s the perfect opportunity to escape. But he soon discovers the legacy of his father’s family holds many terrifying secrets—including a blood-soaked fairy ring.

Seiran fears his power might not all be natural. Some of it may even be stolen. When the evil of the past begins to overwhelm him, he has to turn to the one man he’s been avoiding. But even his bond with Gabe may not be able to keep the earth from claiming him forever.

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  1. Olivia Roach

    Ah, even when it is a series I absolutely love, I hate when I start to recognise a formula? It really bothers me… I actually try my best to not binge read series and read other series in between because if I do recognise a formula, regardless of whether or not I love the series, I start to predict how things are going to go :/ Weirdly I recognised a formula in the darker shade of magic series even though I was reading BOOK ONE. Not sure how that happened.

    But anyway that’s off topic. It’s good that you could still enjoy this book! It’s truly a skill to be able to talk about heavy topics but still make it feel like, so it is cool that the author has got that under wraps here ^.^

    1. Kristen Burns

      I don’t know if I’ve ever noticed it quite like this in any other series. But that makes sense, that it would be less noticeable if you spread the books apart. I did binge these, so it made it really noticeable. Lol I don’t mind you going off topic :-P

  2. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    Glad you’re still enjoying the series in spite of the repetition. I’ve seen that in some series that I’ve eventually gotten bored with because the formula became so predictable, more so with crime/mystery series than with fantasy though.