Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked, #2)

by Livia Blackburne

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Rosemarked - Book 2
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (November 6, 2018)
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 384 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The mission was a failure. Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof. Now, with their cover blown and their quest abandoned, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their peoples. As Shidadi and Dara alike prepare for war, Zivah and Dineas grapple with the toll of their time in the capital. After fighting alongside the Amparans against his own kin, can Dineas convince the Shidadi—and himself—where his loyalties lie? After betraying her healer's vows in Sehmar City, can Zivah find a way to redeem herself— especially when the Dara ask her to do the unthinkable? And after reluctantly falling in love, what will the two do with their lingering feelings, now that the Dineas from Sehmar City is gone forever? Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she'll define the life she has left. Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth, and face the devastating consequences headed their way.

Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked, #2)

Umbertouched (Rosemarked)When an author can create a sequel that immediately sucks readers back into the world they have created, feeling as if they have never left, THAT is the sign of a great storyteller and a fabulous story!

UMBERTOUCHED by Livia Blackburne contains ALL of the intrigue, the unrest, the honor among allies, the heartbreak, the triumphs and even the romance of ROSEMARKED.

There is nothing black and white, even heroes will act questionably at times. Dineas and Zivah will betray much they hold dear for love of country, the greater good and peace. Will their efforts be for nothing? The clock is ticking for Zivah, her time is drawing near to leave the only world she has ever known and Dineas is no longer the man she fell in love with, but they have formed a bond that goes beyond romantic love.

Can Zivah save her people from certain death at the hands of the advancing enemy? Can Dineas convince his people he is not an enemy, that he has his memory and his identity as a Shidadi back? That he would die for his fellow soldiers?

Livia Blackburne has allowed her characters to push this story ahead with raw emotions, desperate missions, deadly battles, hard-fought decisions that will continue to haunt throughout this incredibly intense tale. This is more than a fantasy, it is a story of love and loss, longing and belonging and giving one’s all for those they love, consequences be damned. It’s a story of the search for inner peace and acceptance of an unknown future.

Vile villains, strong heroes, and all of the unfairness in life boldly colors this amazing tale. From start to finish, there isn’t a wasted word, a wasted scene or a wasted emotion. I can’t recommend UMBERTOUCHED or ROSEMARKED enough! A re-read for me, for sure!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Disney-Hyperion!

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