Lightborn (Darkborn Trilogy Series #2)

Lightborn (Darkborn Trilogy Series #2)

by Alison Sinclair
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Lightborn (Darkborn Trilogy Series #2) by Alison Sinclair

Minhorne is a city divided. An ancient curse makes darkness anathema to the Lightborn, while a touch of sunlight kills the Darkborn. Thus its people share a home but live forever separate. Until a prince's death turns Darkborn against Lightborn, earthborn against mage, as conspiracies and betrayals are revealed in both worlds...

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ISBN-13: 9780451463586
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: Darkborn Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alison Sinclair is the author of Legacies, Blueheart and Cavalcade (nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award), as well as Darkborn and Shadowborn.

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Lightborn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Another really good story line, more information and depth of the charactors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fast reader, but this story makes you go back and re-read portions to fully understand what is going on. I love the concept and the dark-light motif. The reader gets to know more about the Lightborn and Mages in this book than the first one. However, some of the names are very similar, and it can be hard to keep track of who is who. The sentence structure can be confusing, and I actually needed a dictionary for this one. The story itself is fascinating and keeps you wanting to read more. I like how it switches between main characters so that the reader can see the plot from the Lightside and the Darkside. I really want to see more interaction between Telmaine and Ishmael; the double semi-love triangle has me on the edge of my seat! I am looking forward to reading Shadowborn next!
ohthatashley More than 1 year ago
DARKBORN, the first in the trilogy, began the action with a study of the players and their personal relationships. LIGHTBORN extends the story out further, and takes the intrigue into the larger world of Minhorne and the Darkborn and Lightborn courts. Lady Telmaine Hearne is a major player. Forced, in DARKBORN, to acknowledge her magical ability to save her family - she is now called upon to assist a Darkborn government agent with his own agenda. The Darkborn do not appreciate mages out of their "place" in society, and Telmaine is torn between doing what she knows to be right and what she feels to be proper. Telmaine's struggle to reconcile this recalls much of the English Regency court novels. Floria White Hand, a Lightborn assassin, is on the run. In the service of the young Prince Fejelis, she is forced to flee to the Darkborn archduke for sanctuary after the manner in which the young prince came to power is cast into doubt. Before her flight, she is able to secure the young prince his most valuable ally: a 'sport' mage called Tammorn. The city has been cast into chaos, and someone is intelligent enough to realize that the players are skillfully being maneuvered like chess pieces. The opening salvos in a war are fired before Tammorn, Fejelis, and Telmaine realize that this is exactly what someone meant to happen. The action happens fast in LIGHTBORN. Tammorn senses Telmaine's magic, and mistakes her for an enemy. His attempt to neutralize her inadvertently sends all of them straight into enemy hands. The Darkborn spymaster, who is rife with his own issues, rescues Telmaine from certain death and takes her away with him as his personal guard as they work to secure the safety of the land. At the close of LIGHTBORN, everyone is moving. Prince Fejelis and Tammorn are on the move. Telmaine and her spymaster are on the move. Floria White Hand is back in the Lightborn palace, attempting to discover what happened, and to whom. The set-up indicates that Telmaine's husband, Balthasar, and her first teacher, Ish, will resurface in SHADOWBORN. This review was difficult to write, as it essentially discusses the middle of a story. Know that this book will pick you up, draw you into the world of the Darkborn and Lightborn, and make you want to stay.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In divided Minhorne, the Lightborn are stunned when Prince Isidore is assassinated by magic. Fejelis Grey Rapids replaces the late prince and accuses Lightborn assassin Floria White Hand of killing his predecessor as she had opportunity being a guard. Forced to flee Fiona receives sanctuary amidst the scientific based Darkborn. Meanwhile someone tries to murder Fejelis. He still believes the failed attempt was done by Floria. However, the Lightborn who cannot survive the darkness, and the Darkborn (especially Telmaine and her husband Balthasar) who cannot stay in the light, begin to wonder if perhaps their mutual enemy the Shadowborn is causing deadly mischief. The second Minhorne Regency fantasy (see Darkborn) is a complicated tale that grips the audience from the opening train ride to the finish that sets up what should be a rousing climax. After shaking the scientific Darkborn society with her magic in the previous tale, Telmaine returns as a major player alongside her husband and his previous lover Floria. The two females and the male who links them make for an enjoyable whodunit as they seek out the assassin before war breaks out between the two prime societies and a potential cat fight between the two women. Readers will relish this fine middle tale in a fascinating saga as the city of Minhorne with a humongous support cast consisting of the dark, the light and the shadows in between. Harriet Klausner
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