First of all, let me thank Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for the chance to read and review this book: Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne.
As always, these thoughts are my own. This review is spoiler-free and no main plot points are revealed.
I give this story 4 stars.
STOP! If you have not read Rosemarked, A LOT OF spoilers follow!
Synopsis: 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 was just as good as Rosemarked!
While I loved the ‘healerish’ parts of Rosemarked, Umbertouched focused more on intrigue and fighting and how not everything can be 100% black and white. Our hero and heroine have to make hard choices to stay alive and keep their friends and family safe and I LOVED how they focused on the most important things even in adversity!
Book Two or just a continuation?
I did struggle a little bit with the pacing and plot of Umbertouched. I understand that it’s part of a series but it didn’t seem to have much of its own story. While reading it, I wondered if it wouldn’t have been better to make Rosemarked a massive stand alone and just have added Umbertouched to it.
Overall, I loved seeing Dineas and Zivah again and I expect to see book three announced soon… there were a few loose ends.
Have you read Rosemarked? Umbertouched? What did you think?