Clandestine (Ascension #2)
by Hannah Rials
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: July 2018
Cheyenne Lane never believed it could come to this—imprisoned by her own family, who are plotting to overthrow the Vampire Council. Ripped away from the happiness of her summer romance and friendship in New Orleans, Cheyenne is forced to begin her education at Clandestine, the secret Deuxsang University, one year early.
She is guarded constantly, separated from her best friend Anne, and desperate for any word from Eli and the witches. Meanwhile, her cousin Lilith has discovered that Cheyenne possesses all four vampiric abilities—unheard of for a Deuxsang—and intends to use her in the Ascending’s rebellious scheme.
At 17, Cheyenne finds herself the center of a centuries-old conspiracy involving the vampires, Deuxsang, and witches, and everyone is telling her who she should trust and what she should do. Her head is too full of voices and opinions, and it’s time for Cheyenne to make up her own mind.
Is she ready to step into the role she was made for? Who can she trust? Who is her friend and who is her enemy? Is she really a born leader? All questions that only she can answer. As the information and scenario gets more confusing, she knows she must listen to her intuition if she is going to shift the truth from all the lies.
Kirkus review for Clandestine https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/hannah-rials/clandestineT/
Hannah’s favorite quote from the book:
“If you fail, you’ll wish you’d never been made.”
“Their love story anchors the novel, the first installment of a series, and sets the stage for the cliffhanger ending. An entertaining and promising series opener about an appealing human and vampire hybrid.”
“What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.”
-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit
“This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!”
“The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!”
“Rials has created a complex, fascinating, hidden world within our world. And I think we’re just beginning to scratch the surface.”
“Dark, surprising, and full of twists, the Ascension series is a delectable addition to vampire canon. Rials paints a rich and engrossing world of vampires, half-vampires and witches– each with their own agenda. Cheyenne’s struggle to be free is one that every girl will recognize, and I rooted for her as she bristled against the roles cast for her by society. It’s the story of a girl yearning to come into her own powers, powers both frightening and beautiful.”
-Maggie Thrash, author of L.A. Times Book Prize nominee Honor Girl
Excerpt from Clandestine
Prisoners. Me. Anne. We’re actually prisoners. Held captive by our own families. For our own good? My
brain’s still having a hard time processing all this insanity, and we’ve been trapped in here for a week
now. No word from Eli or Mason, or even my parents, who apparently support this. I keep asking myself
how they can let this happen, how no one is speaking up against this, and I can’t come up with a good
answer. This is all ridiculous, even for my parents, who I can’t begin to understand. To let their psychotic
niece imprison their youngest daughter in order to “fix her” based off some insane plan to overthrow
Everyone’s completely lost their minds.
Are they so desperate for me to be normal that it’s come to this? I glance at Anne sitting at her desk.
She hasn’t really spoken much since we have expended all of our escape possibilities. We’ve failed so
many times, but not for lack of trying. Thomas is just too paranoid and thinks too far ahead. Deuxsang
are highly discouraged from practicing our abilities on our own kind, but desperate times call for
desperate measures. I tried compelling our guards—and I somehow succeeded without any training
whatsoever— but we didn’t even make it to the stairs before Thomas stopped us.
Anne tried dreamwalking, searching for Mason or Eli or anyone, but we learned that it’s a lot more
complicated than it sounds. You just think of someone, see their dream, and slip right in, right? Wrong.
Anne got shoved out of so many dreams, and she couldn’t even find Mason. She ended up with a
migraine that made her throw up all over the place for a couple days. I really didn’t want to try inflicting,
but seeing Anne so sick, paired with my own desperation, made me get over it.
Plus, it was kind of fun to see the guards weak.
That was the closest we came to being free. I had all of our guards crying out on their knees, wishing for
release. I made myself sick to my stomach. I had my hand on the front door, when all of a sudden, we
were both knocked to the ground. My eyes went black when my head cracked against the cold tile of
the Lacroix’s foyer. We didn’t even see who hauled us back upstairs and locked us in our impassable
tower. Ever since then, Anne hasn’t said much to me.
It’s been three days, and I’m going mad. I’m normally the one telling her to shut up, but now I can barely
get a syllable out of her. It’s like she’s broken. And I get it, I guess. This is all falls back on me. My cousin
is the one with the insane, suicidal plan; my family is the one keeping us here. I’m the one they need to
“fix.” My boyfriend…ex-boyfriend…is the one who got himself kidnapped. If it weren’t for being friends
with me, she’d be cuddled up in some jazz club, listening to Monde Musique and staring all moon-eyed
at Mason. Life would be normal.
Well, as normal as a rule-breaking Deuxsang can get.
And now she knows the truth about her brother— that he was different, like me, and the Council took
him for it. Now he’s probably dead. Her parents let it happen, but what’s worse, they lied to her about
- How could they do that to her? How could anyone do that? I saw a piece of her break when her mom
finally told her the truth. She can’t look at either of her parents now. Again, that’s my fault.
About the Author
As Maryville native and a senior in college at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah Rials began writing her first novel, Ascension, at age twelve. Her first YA novel Ascension is a modern day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revengeseeking witches. Published by Aletha Press of Maryville, TN is the second book in the trilogy, Clandestine, was written and editing while she was a full-time college student. After graduating from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA in Creative Writing, she will be attending college at Bath Spa University’s MA (England): Creative Writing for Young People; a yearlong master’s degree.
Hannah is a vampire fanatic, a New Orleans lover, and a dog obsessor. She loves her friends, family, and finding new adventures. To keep up with Hannah, you can find plenty of pictures of her corgi Buddy and her travels on Instagram @herials because who doesn’t love a cute corgi picture? Connect with Hannah on Facebook, Twitter and via her website.
“I feel like I am living proof that dreams do come true.”
– Hannah Rials