Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

December 30, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Untold by Sarah Rees BrennanUntold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: August 29th 2013 by Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Genres: Paranormal
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4.5 Stars

Free from bonds, but not each other

It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

I think my feelings are broken.

What a sequel! I loved Unspoken so much I had very high expectations from its sequel. I held off on reading it for so long because of this – I was really scared I wouldn’t like Untold. But I loved it, it’s amazing, and I don’t want to wait for Unmade.

The plot of the book is surprising, with the action beginning unexpectedly soon. I was absolutely riveted and read the book in two sittings, only really taking a break to sleep (I just could not keep my eyes open any more)! But when I reflect on it, I have to admit nothing really happened: we aren’t in a much different situation that we were at the end of Unspoken. This book is about the characters learning to work together to defeat Rob, so it basically sets us up for a final battle in Unmade, but nothing really happens to progress the series arc.

There is, however, a lot of progression in the character arcs, which is where the strength of Untold really lies. We find out a lot more about Holly, Rusty, Angela and Ash, alongside Jared and Kami. Brennan has brought her characters to life extraordinarily well. One wonders, though, whether this back story will come into play in the next novel, or whether it’s been included simply for character development (I hope for the former).

And of course, there is a lot of focus on Kami and Jared – in particular, on who they are now they are not linked. Both of them, having been linked since birth, have never ever actually been alone, and it’s heartbreaking that they are now as alone as the rest of us and aren’t mentally and emotionally equipped to deal with it. They are violently attracted to one another, but each has their own issues to deal with and there is a lot of tension because of this. I hesitate to call it relationship drama, because it’s so much more than that — this is two people who do not know how to live without one another on a level that none of us can comprehend (although the author brings it to life wonderfully).

I absolutely loved being back with Kami and her friends. I’ve always loved Kami, especially her voice and way of narration, unique outlook on things and determination to get to the bottom of every mystery. I also love her loyalty and focus – she doesn’t let her confusion over the Lynburn boys get in the way of stopping Rob Lynburn from taking over Sorry-in-the-Vale. She’s also a wonderful friend and sister, I like that Brennan has chosen to place the emphasis she does on Kami’s relationships with those around her – it makes her a more rounded and infinitely ore relatable character.

Untold is an amazing novel, full of wonderful characters and the vivid imagery that made Unspoken to enjoyable. Although I was a little disappointed at how little the overall series progressed, I still enjoyed it a lot. The cliff-hanger ending (worse than Unspoken, in my opinion), will ensure that readers will be coming back for more, but in this case, I think it was completely unnecessary. We were all coming back anyway for the characters and how awesome Kami is.  If you aren’t already reading The Lynburn Legacy books, I don’t have the words to describe to you what you’re missing out on. You should read it and see!

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