I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
on November 7, 2017
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A healer who cannot be healed . . .
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . .
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.
Rosemarked was a little bit to slow for me to love but I did enjoy the story. It’s told in two pov’s one is Zivah who had just become a healer when a group of soldiers came through with the rose plague. She was duty bound to help them and even though she took great care like the others she ended up with the rose plague. She survived but she was still rosemarked and as such it meant that she still would die one day just not as quickly as the others who got the plague, so she couldn’t do her job.
Dineas is a warrior who was captured by the soldiers and put in prison but he got the rose plague was was cast out with the dead, but he didn’t die and he became umbertouched which means his marks lightened up and he is resistant to the plague now.
The leaders of their two tribes are worried that things are not going well and that the Amparan empire might not be doing things they should be and so they need to send some spies into the capital. They pick Zivah because she has been invited to the rosemarked compound near the capital and Dineas because he is a great warrior.
They don’t get along at first.
I think the strange thing about this series and it has a lot to do with the outcome of the second book is that Zivah makes him a potion that lets him forget who he is so that he can go into the capital and become one of their soldiers and not want to just kill them all. When he comes back and sees her she gives him another potion that makes him remember who he is but he can still remember the other him. So he is kind of like a Jekyll and Hyde and it really starts to play with his emotions, especially when the other version of him takes a liking to Zivah.
I would the first book has a lot of world building which is why it was so slow for me, I am very much a more fast paced action kind of person when it comes to my books, so I think a lot of others will like this more than I did. The last part of the book picked up and puts things in motion for book two. I didn’t hate this book I just wished it was a bit faster going.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne
on November 6, 2018
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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 alongside the Amparans against his own kin, can Dineas convince the Shidadi—and himself—where his loyalties lie? After betraying her healer’s vows in Sehmar City, can Zivah find a way to redeem herself—especially when the Dara ask her to do the unthinkable? And after reluctantly falling in love, what will the two do with their lingering feelings, now that the Dineas from Sehmar City is gone forever? Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she’ll define the life she has left.
Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth, and face the devastating consequences headed their way.
So Umbertouched takes place about a month after what happened in Rosemarked and this is going to be short because I can’t spoil anything.
So Zivah and Dineas are basically dealing with the fallout of what happened in the first book. One of the main things Dineas is dealing with his his feelings because He knows who he is but he also spent a lot of time with the enemy and made friends and so he is warring with this emotions. People are having a hard time trusting him because they seen him fight with the enemy, but he knows who he is and fights hard to prove it. Zivah is still warring with her healer status and some things that she did that went against it, all while they are trying to fight against an enemy that is larger than them.
This book was a bit faster paced and more enjoyable than the first one but still a bit slow.
I know some who have really enjoyed this and I did think the storyline was different and interesting so if it sounds like it would be interesting check it out. I would give the duology as a whole probably about 3.25 stars.
Oh also I did listen to most of Umbertouched on audio since I found it on Scribd and I would recommend the audio if you are into audiobooks as I really liked the two narrators.