Umbertouched (Rosemarked, #2) by Livia Blackburne

Umbertouched (Rosemarked, #2)

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 a...

Details Umbertouched (Rosemarked, #2)

TitleUmbertouched (Rosemarked, #2)
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Umbertouched (Rosemarked, #2)

  • Rachael
    **FULL REVIEW (FINALLY) POSTED** ”Save your honor for those who have honor themselves. Keep your piety for those who don’t spit on the gods.” THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. Holy crap. This was seriously so emotionally draining for me that I had to just sit there for a few days and stew over everything that happened, because otherwise my review would have just been a 25 minute audio recording of me crying and blubbering into the microphone. Umb...
  • Dianne
    When an author can create a sequel that immediately sucks readers back into the world they have created, feeling as if they have never left, THAT is the sign of a great storyteller and a fabulous story!UMBERTOUCHED by Livia Blackburne contains ALL of the intrigue, the unrest, the honor among allies, the heartbreak, the triumphs and even the romance of ROSEMARKED. There is nothing black and white, even heroes will act questionably at times. Dineas...
  • Shenwei
    Lives up to and surpasses the first book. 😭♥ Lives up to and surpasses the first book. 😭♥️
  • Amanda Morris Bledsoe
    There were a thousand things I loved about Rosemarked, so when I was approved through netgalley for Umbertouched in return for an honest review, I was stoked. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy Umbertouched as much as it's predecessor, but the pros first! I loved the internal debate with Zivah and her need to find her way after breaking her Healer Vows. I also enjoyed that Dineas still was dealing with his PTSD. Once I came to terms with Umbertouched h...
  • Cara Stevens
    One thing I hear fans of Robert Jordan, Bryan Jacques, Anne McCafrey, Frank Herbert, and of course J.R.R. Tolkein say quite often is that they wish they could read their favorite fantasy books again for the first time. Livia Blackburne's Rosemarked books can come close. A masterful world-builder and crafter of words, Blackburne's characters come alive in this satisfying Y.A. fantasy series.
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Like Rosemarked, with Umbertouched I'm left surprised and impressed. Though I've read a lot of fantasy over the years, this one manages to surprise me. As with the first book, the pacing is slow. In some ways, that does make the book a bit less readable, but it also feels very realistic. When Zivah works on healing someone from a grievous wound, it take days. The war is tedium and anxiety between the occasional climax of a battle. There's so much...
  • Sarah
    I received an ARC of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This story takes place immediately after "Rosemarked" with Zivah and Dineas arriving back in the Dara village after fleeing the Ampara army. Along their way, they attempted to capture evidence that it was the Emperor Kivan and Baruva working together to weaponize the rose plague and that they were the ones who poisoned General Arxa's army on their first visit to the Dara vi...
  • Auburn
    As the cover suggests this book is more about umbertouched and the ways to become so. Zivah and Dineas have escaped the capital but not the continent. This follows their progress back to their homeland and what happens afterwards. Can they still fit in and where is their place now. I enjoyed the relationship between Zivah and Dineas and how that continued to develop. The stress of being back home and back to their old lives was well thought out. ...
  • Eri
    what a compelling sequel....while slow at times, it built up into a conclusion that was wholly satisfying and stayed true to the complicated characters at the heart of this duology. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Blackburne's work and the Rosemarked books are going to be at the top of my fantasy recommendations for a long time.
  • Tawney
    It was good to return to Blackburne’s world with Zivah and Dineas. Rosemarked was a great fantasy book so I looked forward to the sequel Umbetouched.The book felt a bit rushed as it is a duology and nothing really seemed to wrap up nicely but I did enjoy going back into Blackburne’s world. Seeing the characters again and finding out their fates kept each page turning. Though Zivah and Dineas quest failed in the last book we get to see them tr...
  • nick
    A bittersweet, but terrific ending. This series is a must-read.
  • Megan
    *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!* This is one of those books that I go back and forth on. I love the plot. The battle strategy. The medical edge. I love how Zivah is a strong female lead, strong in her gentleness and not some fantastic fighting skill. She is truly strong in her femininity, and we need more literary women like her. I love how Dineas suffers realistically for what he'...
  • Historical Fiction
    Zivah and Dineas have one secret to show for their time in Ampara. The knowledge that troops of the empire were deliberately sickened by Emperor Kiran to frame the rebel tribes could spark a full rebellion of those under the Amaparan Empire, but Zivah and Dineas lack proof, forced out of Sehmar City when their mission was uncovered. Returning home to their people, the Dara and the Shidadi, who are already preparing for an attack from the Empire...
  • Kristin
    Umbertouched is the second half of the Rosemarked duology and in this installment we are dropped right where the last book left off. Zivah and Dineas are fighting for their lives in an attempt to escape enemy territory and make it back to their people safely after completing their mission. However, their time behind enemy lines have taken its tole on both of them and they find themselves struggling with everything they've been through.It's been a...
  • Amanda Bradburn
    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, th...
  • Samantha Beard
    I received a digital review copy of Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne from Netgalley, and I couldn't wait to read the conclusion of one of my recent favorite series. I love this series and what it represents, but I felt that book 2 fell a bit short.Rosemarked was one of my favorite reads of the year for so many reasons. You can see my thoughts on Goodreads. The plague story drew me in, and the characters made me stick around. There is also an a...
  • Kathy Martin
    This sequel begins with Zivah and Dineas trying to get home and being trailed by the Amparan army. They believe that the rose plague was, in some cases, engineered by the emperor and his pet doctor. However, they are having a hard time finding proof that others will accept. The story is told in chapters alternating between Zivah's and Dineas's point of view. They are sometimes together and sometimes pursuing their own avenues to their goal. The r...
  • Cambear
    Satisfying conclusion with more action and twists than the first bookI loved Rosemarked for it’s fascinating exploration of contradictions: What happens when a healer can’t heal and spreads disease? What happens when a double agent is caught between his identities? There was a lot of set up before the main story got going. In Umbertouched, the focus is more on plot which gives Zivah and Dineas separate adventures. I wish there was a bit more ...
  • Dewey
    I have such mixed feelings about this book. Some of the characters pulled me in, and I found myself eagerly reading certain chapters because I had to know what would happen to them. Exactly what you want from a book, right? So why the mixed feelings? Because when I wasn't eagerly reading those certain chapters, I kept forgetting I was reading this book. Just like with the first book in the series, Rosemarked, while the plot is intriguing and the ...
  • Caro Herrera
    This was a pleasant enough sequel, but I am not sure it lived up to my expectations after the spectacular first book. Although this book expanded upon some of the key elements of the first book (i.e. world building, character development, and romance), I think perhaps it was lacking some of the excitement I most enjoyed in Rosemarked. Also, while Rosemarked involved relationships aside from the primary romance, this book seemed to mostly focus on...