Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy, #2
When the Lynburn family returned to Sorry-in-the-Vale after nearly two decades of absence, amateur journalist Kami Glass saw it as an opportunity to find out just what kind of secrets her cozy little town was hiding. She never expected to discover the imaginary friend she’d been hearing in her head all her life was real and that magic runs through the veins of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Now Rob Lynburn, a powerful sorcerer, is determined to take control of the town and resurrect a system of sacrifices in order to gain more power. Kami and her friends must find a way to stop him before more blood is spilled.
“The sorcerers were gone. The field of winter-dry grass was painted with slick red blood, the ground carved with dark lines and symbols cut deep into the earth, and in the blood and symbols lay the huddled shapes of dead animals.”
I reread Unspoken, the first book in Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy series, at the end of July and finally got around to picking this second book up for a reread. Untold takes all of the fun elements of Unspoken and raises the stakes. Kami Glass is still one of my favorite protagonists. She continues to surprise those who’ve underestimated just how brave, tenacious, and resourceful she can be. The relationship between the characters are constantly developing and even though I’ve already read this one, the tension and anguish felt just as fresh as the first time. Characters like Jared Lynburn, who has a lot of messy thoughts about himself and whose behavior can sometimes be self-destructive, are the ones you root for the most throughout this series. In Unspoken his entire world seemed to revolve around Kami, the one person in his life he’d been able to count on, but in Untold, he learns to trust other people and I really liked seeing his relationship with his cousin Ash grow.
Brennan has a gift for writing flawed characters and she isn’t afraid to let them make mistakes. Even the adults, who sometimes play minuscule roles or are absent altogether in YA books, are given a chance to be human. They make mistakes, they don’t always know what to do, and sometimes their fear gets the best of them. Not only do we learn more about magic and the history of the Lynburns in this sequel, but minor characters like Rusty and Holly are given larger parts. I love the fact that not all the relationships in this book are made important by their proximity to the protagonist. Everyone has their own issues with one another. They have their own arcs, which makes every character important and enjoyable to read about.
Untold manages to be hilarious, witty, and heart-breaking. I’ve been avoiding the last book in the series because I don’t want to let go of these wonderful characters, but after finishing this one, I don’t think I can wait too much longer to find out what happens.