Bloodmarked: The Legendborn Cycle Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The powerful sequel to the instant New York Times best-selling and award-winning Legendborn—perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Margaret Rogerson!
The shadows have risen, and the line is law.
All Bree wanted was to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death. So she infiltrated the Legendborn Order, a secret society descended from King Arthur’s knights—only to discover her own ancestral power. Now, Bree has become someone new:
A Medium. A Bloodcrafter. A Scion.
But the ancient war between demons and the Order is rising to a deadly peak. And Nick, the Legendborn boy Bree fell in love with, has been kidnapped.
Bree wants to fight, but the Regents who rule the Order won’t let her. To them, she is an unknown girl with unheard-of power, and as the living anchor for the spell that preserves the Legendborn cycle, she must be protected.
When the Regents reveal they will do whatever it takes to hide the war, Bree and her friends must go on the run to rescue Nick themselves. But enemies are everywhere, Bree’s powers are unpredictable and dangerous, and she can’t escape her growing attraction to Selwyn, the mage sworn to protect Nick until death.
If Bree has any hope of saving herself and the people she loves, she must learn to control her powers from the ancestors who wielded them first—without losing herself in the process.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 19 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 08 2022|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,576 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8 in Fiction on Family for Teens
#139 in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Teens
#156 in Fiction About Social & Family Issues for Young Adults
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What separates out this story from others, in my view, is the many commentaries that are going on while the fantastic tale is being told. So you have the fantasy tale (which in my opinion is always saying something about society), you have the King Arthur legend being reinterpreted and you have Bree and her friends bucking the system. This alone is told really well, the characters are varied and interesting, the adventure is exciting and the magic captivating. You have the trauma that Bree is going through because of the loss of her mother. Through that loss, she has also lost her personal history.
Along side all of these interesting parts of the story you have Bree and everything she is going through told through her eyes, as a young African American girl. From simple things like her saying “Don’t touch my hair” to racist comments to the larger institutional fight of The Order not letting a Black girl be in charge. The Root system connects Bree to a part of her heritage that she never got a chance to learn from her mother. All of this is an added dimension done in such a thoughtful, touching way. It is woven so expertly through the story that it sets it apart.
Deonn is an incredibly talented writer. The world building, the characters, the storyline all crafted expertly. The history that she takes us through accurately telling us how white men got into power and to consider all the ramifications of how that happened is a teaching moment. Also to build on the first book and take us deeper into the story with new things being added creates an excitement and interest. I mean, I thought the first book was great! Now comes the tough part, I have to wait a couple of years for the third book.
I love Bree, although she can be impulsive she is in a situation where she needs justice for her mother. Lengenborn left us on a cliffhanger with Bree entering a new scary chapter in her life.
This one picks up right where it left off and Tracey did a great job of getting me caught up on the story in the first section of this book. so never far that it has been a while - there are recaps
I couldn't put this book down for most of it. The story and journey were action-packed and I was entranced with it all.
I don't love a love triangle but I was here for this one especially cause it seems more Iike they are all in approval of this group relationship.
The one thing that didn't love is the ending seemed a bit, not on brand. I just didn't understand why the story went the way it did.
It seemed extremely dramatic and just didn't flow for me. I sort of envisioned a different path meanwhile this one seemed a bit harsh and not constant with the previous pages of this book.
I loved the story all in all - I was glued to the pages. I assume Tracey will have a third book and I hope the flow and issues are cleared up in that book
Bree is the awakened Crown of Scion the next King Arthur ready to take her oath at the Rite ceremony but chaos ensues and all hell breaks loose. I mean why wouldn’t it when the Shadowborn and several other unsavoury creatures want you dead to end the lines of Arthur including any heirs that Bree may bring into this world! Why should Bree have this stress on her shoulders, she already has the weight of the world on them with a war coming. Especially trying to rescue Nick who was supposed to be the Crown of Scion before Bree was awakened!
I loved being back in this world as Legendborn was my top read in 2021. I love a good King Arthur retelling and this sequel was so good! It was action packed and kept me on my toes the whole time. My favorite quote came from Bree’s dad with words of wisdom “ Knockdowns happen. People say it’s about getting back up again, but I think it’s about how you head back into the ring. Make it count and do it on your own terms. That’s what matters.”
Everyone needs to pick this up on November 8. To see how Bree’s story continues and to see how Camlaan comes to fortune. That ending destroyed me and I need a book 3!
Top reviews from other countries
I adored Legendborm, it was one of my favourite reads of last year, so you better believe I preordered this.
Sadly, the sequel really missed the mark for me, widely. The plot is water-thin, the pacing was so sluggish and alternately hectic that I almost DNF a couple of times. Even the Romance felt flat, contrived.
Some spoilers, below...
The bond between Bree and Nick that defied their magic, their race, becomes tenuous enough to snap.
Bree spends much of the book being ferried around from place to place, searching for answers she largely doesn't get. We learn that she is the Scion of Arthur through r*pe - horrifying, but unsurprising. We also learn that Vera made a bargain, sacrificing every firstborn daughter for every future generation, that Bree has been Bloodmarked by the Hunter/Shadow King who are one and the same. The book ends with Sel succumbing to his blood in order to save Bree's life. She, in turn agrees to work with the Shadow King to try and save his.
There were parts of the book that I enjoyed, I still have a massive soft spot for William and I gasped when Alice got hurt, but for the most part I found this book difficult to finish.
The quality of the writing may well be a matter of taste, but I won't be buying the next one.
Ooooo giiiiirl! There better be a Book 3!!! And can you not make us wait a whole year next time! Also can we just put Bree & Sel together. I mean I'm happy they finally kissed, but damn now you gotta go separating them, kmt!
Great book though. Highly recommend