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Traitor Born

Secondborn, Book 2
Written by: Amy A. Bartol
Narrated by: Kate Reinders
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 will have her loyalty, love, and honor tested in the greatest battle of - and for - her life. 

©2018 Amy A. Bartol (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Jeremy Cervantes
  • 2018-07-09

Better than the first

The first book was good. This one was great! The suspense and ability to make the listener question was might happen next is amazing! The performance was excellent!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-08

Boring

I am disappointed with this book.

Book 1, Secondborn was great. THIS seemed like filler before book 3. There was only the occasional action, and the rest was about the obvious love triangle and her being stuck in her rooms, basically on house arrest. Boring.

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  • Kathleen Starnes
  • 2018-04-23

Really good

I enjoyed the first book and looked forward to this one. I wasn't disappointed. Good characters, amazing imaginary world and terrific narration.

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  • Samantha Sophia
  • 2018-05-15

Enjoyable with Room for Improvement

Traitor Born starts shortly after Secondborn ends. Roselle is now under the protection of the most powerful person in her world and the leader of Virtue, Fabian Bowie and seems like she is little more than a political pawn who can’t leave the elaborate palace where she resides indefinitely. She’s also dealing with a number of obstacles including her desire to protect her first born heir brother from her allies, avoiding the clutches of a tyrannical murderous mother, plots within plots, betrayals within betrayals, PTSD and multiple viable love interests (yay). Amy Bartol threw everything but the kitchen sink at us, it’s my favorite thing about many of her stories.

I really do like this series, there are certain reoccurring themes in Amy’s writing that I love and I loathe but Ms. Bartol is a great storyteller, what some of her stories lack in nuance they make up for in the fervor of the narrative. This book is a 3 for me, at best 3.5 stars. It feels very transitional in a chaotic and almost unsatisfying way. I can tell Bartol is writing us toward book 3. I love multi-part series where each book could almost standalone within the larger narrative, but book 2’s are often hard when the writer and her publishers have sequels in queue. This would likely be less of an annoyance if book 3 was already available for immediate consumption.

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Cons

-Making stupid decisions for the sake of "love", it happens to the best of us but in Traitor Born there are moments of dialogue or situations that create these minor plot inconsistencies for the sake of a romance.

-Book 2 feels a little rushed and transitional. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is an undertone of chaos to this book. There are a ton of moving parts and layers that could be better organized. More time is spent describing outfits or elaborate architecture than streamlining the intricacies of the story-line.

- I still feel that there is a foundational weakness in the way in which the Second Born series explains a society built on filial cruelty (cruelty toward one's own child) and prolicide (killing of one's offspring). There were some inconsistent commentary on this within Traitor Born.

-The dialogue was kitschy or roll your eyes sappy at times.

Pros

-Multiple love interests. I love a writer who is not afraid to give a protagonist options and allowing her to explore them. Traitor Born gives Roselle the space to explore 3 enticing romantic relationships.

-Adding depth to the protagonist. Roselle is a strong lead. Her abilities and skills are hard earned. Book two exploits her strengths (combat, strategy, etc.), her weaknesses (familial ties, PTSD, etc.), and adds some much needed depth.

-Action packed with interesting subplots.

-Unexpected plot twists, the book is not predictable and I couldn’t put it down until I was done. (I finished by the next day)

I ended up liking the book, it’s good science fiction – escapist – new adult literature, however you probably won’t love it if you don’t like these types of books. You probably will enjoy if you liked Secondborn. Is there room for improvement… yes, but I have to admit that I enjoyed it and will definitely be reading Rebel Born (book 3).

Addendum:

I read a preview of book 3 Rebel Born... I'm excited! Looks like some of my cons will be thoroughly addressed.

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  • Dawn N.
  • 2018-04-18

Amazing

Without getting into spoiler territory, I'm just going to say that this was an amazing addition to this series. My ONLY complaint..... I have to wait until 2019 for the next installment....after that ending!?! That's just brutal!

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  • VBolin
  • 2019-04-23

Loved it!

I loved this book! I was completely riveted with it. I can’t wait for the next one to come out! Kate Reinders did a fantastic job of narrating the story!

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  • Jonie Recchia
  • 2019-02-02

can't stop

oh man, cliff hanger!! when does the next one come out?? such a great story

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  • Shiloh
  • 2019-09-13

Cinematic saga that unfolds before your eyes

This is the continuation of rosellas story. This story navigates the life after the battle field of the second born daughter of the fate of swords. The details are breathtaking, the story delicious and the intrigue... well intriguing. Highly recommend

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  • The Book Dragon
  • 2019-09-05

A great sequel

Roselle's life grows even more chaotic as she is claimed by one powerhouse to another. She still have an overly soft personality that i was hoping to see become a little harder. She loses a few people she loves and gains a few new allies. Agent Crow is even more insane. And that ending...

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  • Lee Anne Martes
  • 2019-06-10

better than the first

i feel like we finally got to some good stuff in the second book. i was tempter to not read it but am happy i did.