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SUMMARY: It's time to choose sides...
In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. No one in the town is safe, and a decision must be made: pay the sorcerers' blood sacrifice, or fight. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become "owned" by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win.
Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but go along with her unusual tactics.
REVIEW: Sarah Rees Brennan, cruel cruel author, left her poor readers with one of the worst cliffhangers in history at the end of the excellent Unspoken. Kami and Jared, sorcerer and source who were linked mentally, cut their bond and are out of each others’ heads seemingly forever. Rob Lynburn is plotting to take back Sorry-in-the-Vale for the sorcerers and is seeking a blood sacrifice to seal the deal. Untold picks up as Kami rallies the troops to try and figure out a way to save the town, while also trying to reconcile her feelings for Jared, Ash and her friends.
Much of Untold is planning. Kami, her friends and Lillian Lynburn discuss and contemplate what to do and then once they have a plan, they train to enact it. They know there’s a conflict coming, they know they want to try and fight Rob, and they know they’re outnumbered, so the tension is high as time ticks away. The reader is given some intriguing new information about the history of Sorry-in-the-Vale and we learn more about the different spells the sorcerers can do. Despite there being fairly minimal “action” until the end, I felt Untold moved swiftly and did not suffer from “traipsing through the woods” syndrome as second novels often do. The meat of the story was about the relationships between the characters, most importantly Kami, Jared and Ash, and the sacrifices they have made and are willing to make for each other and their town. There is so much bravado that exists in these characters, yet they’re also incredibly vulnerable. Brennan does a wonderful of showing the sometimes starkly differing behaviors that can be displayed in people when they’re afraid. BTW, there is kissing. A+ to SRB for the kissing scenes!
My favorite thing about Brennan’s writing is her humor. Even though this series is very dark – evil sorcerers kill people for power – there are wry comic lines on every page. Kami, Angela and Rusty are particularly funny, though Jared managed to get in a few excellent quips when he was in a good mood in this installment. I often found myself laughing out loud and was glad that as the danger and fear increased, everyone was still able to crack a joke. And of course it wouldn’t be a Sarah Rees Brennan book without another cruel ending. I chuckled at the acknowledgements where she fully admits that she is torturing us and she likes it.
If you haven’t started this series, now is the time. The unique writing, memorable and hilarious characters, and emotional struggles and SWOONING will keep you glued to the pages.
This review was originally posted on Page Turner's Blog on September 24th, 2013.