Today’s review is the sequel to Rosemarked.
Let’s take a look at Umbertouched.
- Age Range: 12 – 17 years
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Series: Rosemarked
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (November 6, 2018)
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.
Tawney’s Review: It was good to return to Blackburne’s world with Zivah and Dineas. Rosemarked was a great fantasy book so I looked forward to the sequel Umbetouched.
The book felt a bit rushed as it is a duology and nothing really seemed to wrap up nicely but I did enjoy going back into Blackburne’s world. Seeing the characters again and finding out their fates kept each page turning. Though Zivah and Dineas quest failed in the last book we get to see them try and prevent a war, which made for some anxiety! I liked how Blackburne showed the impact of such a war and the outcome to those affected by it. Whether they were enemies or friends.
(Spoiler) The end was so sad and wonderful at the same time. I’m glad Blackburne didn’t change Zivah’s path with her disease. You knew what was coming but it still was sorrowful.
Should you read it? Yes! A fun duology.