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Lifeblood (Everlife Series #2)
     

Lifeblood (Everlife Series #2)

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by Gena Showalter
 

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"My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning."

With her last living breath, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers

Overview

"My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning."

With her last living breath, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten's competition is Killian, the boy she can't forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she's never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This gripping, stand-alone entry in the series will captivate fantasy readers, especially fans of Sarah J. Mass's A Court of Thorns and Roses and Susan Dennard's Truthwitch." --School Library Journal

"Showalter's writing is stunning. Her narrative engulfs readers so deeply into her story that they'll be in danger of forgetting the world around them - and isn't that what fantasy novels are supposed to do? Just like the first book in her Everlife series, this second offering makes readers feel a range of emotions - joy, shock, horror ... The list goes on. Those who loved navigating Ten's world in Firstlife should get ready to experience a brand-new setting that's full of surprises." --RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars Top Pick

School Library Journal
02/01/2017
Gr 10 Up—In this sequel to Firstlife, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood has chosen her allegiance to the otherworld realm Troika, much to the dismay of the Myriad realm. When the book opens, Ten is training to be a Conduit for Troika, an important position responsible for the light that powers the souls in the kingdom. Ten's ultimate goal, however, is to end the war between Troika and Myriad—a complicated task, considering that her love, Killian, is aligned with Myriad, and neither side wants to concede. When a plot goes awry and uncovers a mole in Troika, Ten stops at nothing to rescue her friends from the Myriad clutches and convince both sides to cease their fire. Her heart says Killian is loyal to her and not to Myriad, but her head says differently. Interspersed between the chapters are emails between various officials of the realms, again hinting at possible betrayals and setups. At the end, readers are left with a semblance of hope and an extensive list of work to be done, setting up the third book in this trilogy nicely. The otherworld realms contain numerous intricate politics and rules; a new rule or policy is introduced in almost every chapter. Still, this is a fast-paced fantasy, and familiarity with Firstlife isn't necessary to get caught up with all the happenings in each of the various worlds. Told in Ten's stream-of-consciousness voice, the narrative includes quite a few graphic descriptions of violent deaths and some hot-and-heavy scenes between Killian and Ten. VERDICT This gripping, stand-alone entry in the series will captivate fantasy readers, especially fans of Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses and Susan Dennard's Truthwitch.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Carroll Elementary School, Houston
Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-26
Tenley's joined Troika, but Myriad's not out of tricks, and the war between the afterlives is far from over.After Firstlife (2016), Tenley (fair-skinned, with vague "Native American" heritage) is dead at Myriad's hands, but the battle rages as she wakes to her Troikan Everlife. This puts Irish-accented, bronze-skinned Killian in the awkward position of defending himself by killing attacking Troikans while protecting Tenley by killing his fellows in Myriad. By the time the Troikans get Tenley to safety in their realm, the casualty count is high enough that she doesn't receive the warmest of receptions—people are concerned she's more loyal to Killian than to her own people. Tenley hardly has enough time to grieve her losses before Gen. Levi sends her through her paces, as they need to get her to her full potential as a light-generating Conduit as quickly as possible. Myriad has managed to infect a human, biracial black/white Dior, with Penumbra, an almost mythical plague said to create an Abrogate (the Myriad equivalent of Conduit)—and only Tenley can help Dior. Despite Tenley's thoughtfully expository narration, readers who skipped the first title are likely to be hopelessly lost. Returning readers will find that the chessboard-strategy maneuvers and star-crossed romance are satisfyingly bolstered by themes of forgiveness and personal responsibility. Tense, philosophical, and enthralling. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373212194
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
02/28/2017
Series:
Everlife Series , #2
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
44,911
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.