Book Review: Traitor Born by Amy A. Bartol


35555251Title & Author: Traitor Born by Amy A. Bartol

Genre: Young Adult- Science Fiction, Dystonia

Release Date:  April 17th 2018

Series: Secondborn #2

Publisher: 47North

Source:  ARC

Description: Rebel warrior Roselle St. Sismode returns in the second book of the epic Secondborn series by USA Today bestselling author Amy A. Bartol.

In the Fates Republic…
Firstborns reign supreme.
Secondborns kneel in servitude.
Thirdborns face death.
And Census shadows them all.

Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic’s armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother’s command.

The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. A soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army’s plot to overthrow the Republic and shatter its brutal caste system. Targeted by assassins and torn between allies, Roselle’s loyalty, love, and honor will be tested in the greatest battle of—and for—her life.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This is the second book in the Secondborn series, you can find my review of the first book here. I recommend you read the first book or review before reading this review as (although I try not to) it will have spoilers to the first book.

Well it has been a few weeks since I read the ARC of Traitor Born and I think I can finally put my thoughts into words. Those words are,

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Oh I’m sorry, those aren’t words. Ahem- HOLY CRAP THAT WAS THE BEST SCI-FI BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. I just… never wanted it to end. I read this book both fast and slow. I reread passages that made me heart ache and swoon and feel more emotion that I though was possible, while at the same time reading it at lightning pace as I had to know what happened next.

Traitor Born starts off nearly right after the ending of Secondborn. I believe there is a small jump in time but at most a few days. We finally get a look at the Halo Palace and get a more in depth peek at Grisholm and Fabian and most importantly, Roselle’s mentor Dune. There is a ton of political scheming and crazed side plots that fit in with this book so be prepared for a wild ride. Each man in Roselle’s life now clearly has a motive to using her and we finally get to see her making choices for herself and for her world. Reykin is the absolutely best part of this book, the subtle ways he protects her while still grooming her to take down the whole government is just… uhg. So good.

There is a TON of stuff going on in this book. We get more of Roselle’s brother, meet Grisholm’s secondborn sister, see Roselle’s father for a short time, there is just so many new amazing characters. With the new though, also comes the old and you see this in Roselle’s scheming mother and Agent Crow who gives me the literal creeps. He is sociopathic to the max.  (I don’t like picturing him with silver coated teeth because it’ll give me nightmares.) We also get some Hawthorn action although it doesn’t really play out the way any of us were expecting. At all. The ending of this book is absolutely bonkers and out of left field but so perfect once you sit down and tie all the little subplots towards it.

Overall there was nonstop action and a lot to swoon over so even the most heavy of romance lovers will still find this book very enjoyable.

Would I buy this book? YES. Actually, I pre-ordered this book as soon as I finished Secondborn.

Would I recommend it? YES

Would I re-read it? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS


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