Friday, 4 April 2014

Review - Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)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?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

As I absolutely loved Unspoken, I couldn’t wait to get into Untold, the second book in the Lynburn Legacy series. Here, the town of Sorry-in-the-Vale is revealed as a place of dark magic and sorcery, and a struggle begins between Rob Lynburn, who wants to return to the old ways and establish a new hierarchy with the Lynburns on top. Meanwhile, free from the connection to Jared, Kami is alone for the first time in her life. She might not have magic any longer, but she still wants to fight.

Sarah Rees Brennan has a gift for injecting humour into even the darkest scenarios, and the dialogue between the characters is often hilarious. All the characters are vivid and three-dimensional, and I like that Kami’s parents are part of the action rather than sidelined like so many parents in YA fiction. Her best friends, Angela and Holly, also get a bigger role in the story, and Rusty is as entertaining as ever. But Kami and Jared stole the show for me. Their struggles are written so well, especially Kami’s conflict about her own feelings independent of the connection she and Jared once shared.

The characters are great, the history intriguing, the atmosphere wonderfully gothic, and the plot, whilst not fast-moving, promises an epic climax to come in the final book of the trilogy. Definitely one to watch out for!

Rating: ****


  1. Haven't heard of this series before, but OMG, what a stunning cover. I kind of want to check it out based off just that, haha. Thankfully, your review makes it sound like it'd be worth it if I did! ;)

  2. Great Cover! Sounds like a good read.