Untold (Lynburn Legacy Series #2)

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A modern, magical twist on the Gothic romance and girl detective genres, the Lynburn Legacy books will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the spellbinding romance.
 
It’s time to choose sides. . . .
 
On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy little town. But Kami Glass...

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Overview

A modern, magical twist on the Gothic romance and girl detective genres, the Lynburn Legacy books will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the spellbinding romance.
 
It’s time to choose sides. . . .
 
On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy little 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 by killing human sacrifices for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so the town can return to the old ways.
 
But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers around. The town must make a decision: 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 whomever she chooses. But who should that be?
 
As coauthor with Cassandra Clare of the bestselling Bane Chronicles, Sarah Rees Brennan has mastered the art of the page-turner.

"A sparkling fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart." —Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author

"A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic." —Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

"Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel." —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

"Breathtaking—a compulsive, rocketing read."—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

"Captures the reader with true magic."—Esther Friesner, author of Nobody's Princess

"A laugh-out-loud delight." —Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Lynburn Legacy:
“A sparkling fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart.”
—Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author
 
Breathtaking, heartbreaking—a compulsive, rocketing read!”
—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author
 
“Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel.”
—Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author
 
“A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic.”
—Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author
 
“Captures the reader with true magic: alluring, dangerous, fascinating, and breathtakingly real.”
—Esther Friesner, author of Deception’s Princess
 
Fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls books need look no further for their next series.”
SLJ
 
“Witty, take-charge Kami reads a bit like a British Veronica Mars. . . . Refreshing.”
The Horn Book
 
“Kami is a charming protagonist—full of vinegar and spice. Fans of romantic fantasy will devour it.
VOYA
 
“A laugh-out-loud delight.”
Publishers Weekly
VOYA - Laura Lehner
The second installment of The Lynburn Legacy continues the story of Kami Glass and her band of high school journalists who are trying to get to the bottom of the magical history of their town and to prevent an evil wizard from taking over. Rob Lynburn, father of Kami's love interest, Ash, would have the whole town fall under his spells and offer up a human sacrifice to fortify his power. Kami had previously been psychically joined to Ash's cousin, Jared, but the severing of that magical connection has left them both off-balance and confused about their feelings for each other. This series, which began with Unspoken (Random House, 2012), will be a hit with the right audience. Kami is a charming protagonist—full of vinegar and spice. The dialogue is humorous, the characters are attractive and smart, and the action moves along at a good pace. Fans of romantic fantasy will devour it, but those with more discriminating literary taste might find it wanting—school libraries would be better off spending their money elsewhere, but it will do well in the public library. Reviewer: Laura Lehner
Kirkus Reviews
Middle-book syndrome strikes hard in this nouveau-gothic paranormal sequel. Intrepid girl reporter Kami Glass and her allies expect power-hungry sorcerer Rob Lynburn to take revenge after his murderous schemes are thwarted. When a brilliantly creepy Halloween attack is followed by demands for a midwinter human sacrifice, they are left with only weeks to muster their defenses. It's a promising setup, but the story provides only perfunctory glimpses of intensive historical research, martial arts practice and magical training, devoting chapters instead to relationship angst: friendships tested by unrequited crushes and families riven by lies and divided loyalties. Kami in particular anguishes over both her romantic triangle with the near-identical Lynburn cousins and the magical link with her that both covet. Shifting viewpoints start plot threads that simply disappear, and while the snarky banter is as witty as ever, it sits oddly amid all the interpersonal melodrama and looming danger. The (mostly offstage) villains finally return in a bloody confrontation, with disastrous results only surpassed by the macabre slaughter the supposed good guys inflict on their own side. Everything leads to a gruesome cliffhanger contrived to leave readers desperate for the final volume. A hot mess of a book but weirdly compelling; buy where the first has eager fans. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375870422
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Lynburn Legacy Series, #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 255,031
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH REES BRENNAN was born and raised by the sea in Ireland. After college she lived briefly in New York and somehow survived in spite of her habit of hitching lifts in fire engines. Since then she has returned to Ireland to write and use as a home base for future adventures. Her other titles include the Demon's Lexicon Trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    no

    this book makes me want to die

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    this book was ten times better than the first. the only thing no

    this book was ten times better than the first. the only thing not okay was the ending because now i'll be stuck waiting for AT LEAST A YEAR to find our what happens. please help me, i don't think i can wait that long! 

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  • Posted May 2, 2015

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    *Untold is the second book in Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy tril

    *Untold is the second book in Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy trilogy which begins with Unspoken. As such this review contains major spoilers for book one!*

    "Let's not front. We all know magic is real."

    Kami Glass thought she knew everything there was to know about her small English town Sorry-in-the-Vale; she was certain she had her town's story figured out.

    Then the Lynburns came back, bringing magic with them as well as Jared Lynburn--the boy Kami has known for her entire life as a voice inside her head.

    Now everything is changing in Sorry-in-the-Vale. Even the boy Kami thought she knew better than anyone. With their link broken, Jared feels farther away than ever and Kami isn't sure how they can ever bridge the new and foreign distance between them.

    Rob Lynburn is gathering his sorcerers and preparing to make Sorry-in-the-Vale a battleground as he tries to bring the old ways ways back to town when sorcerers ruled and everyone else cowered.

    Kami has never been much for cowering.

    Everyone tells Kami that without magic she is helpless and of no use when sorcerers choose to fight. Kami refuses to believe that. Trouble is coming to Sorry-in-the-Vale. Kami intends to do her part in the thick of it in Untold (2013) by Sarah Rees Brennan.

    Untold is the second book in Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy which begins with Unspoken.

    Untold picks up shortly after the shocking conclusion of Unspoken. Kami and Jared are barely speaking. Sorcerers are choosing sides. Life in Sorry-in-the-Vale has never been messier. Or more dangerous.

    Rees Brennan once again delivers a refreshing blend of witty humor and chilling moments in this decidedly modern take on Gothic mysteries. Untold expands the world of Sorry-in-the-Vale as Kami uses her journalist know-how to research more about the town's history and the role of the Lynburns therein.

    Kami's ensemble of friends (and potential love interests) returns in this installment. Everyone is as dimensional and well-written as they were in book one. Third person narration and shifting viewpoints also help to give secondary characters larger storylines and more opportunities for witty banter.

    Untold is very much building to the conclusion of this series in Unmade and has quite cliffhanger ending as a result. At the same time, Untold also has a contained and generally complete arc for the characters. This books offers a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be dependent on a person versus what it means to have a person on whom you can depend. Rees Brennan artfully explores character relationships, particularly between Kami and Jared, as our intrepid heroes are forced to test their mettle both together and apart throughout the novel.

    Untold is a story all about choosing who you want at your side and holding on tight. Another excellent installment in a favorite series. Highly recommended.

    Possible Pairings: Compulsion by Martina Boone, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt, A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan, Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin, The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, Veronica Mars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Coming soon!

    The Half-Clan Legacy: Chapter 2 coming Thursday!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    My favorite book this year.

    This my all time favorite book ive read this year. I really hope there is more to this series. Love it.






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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Lovely

    Brilliant story

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