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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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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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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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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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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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love it to the max!!

I finished it on one day!! cannot wait until Rebel Born comes out! It was an amazing book and narration!

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Great story

lots of little twists and turns in the plot. the performance was pretty good too.

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Cliffhanger

Wow. I enjoyed this book. Enjoying the characters and once you get to know some of them they no longer exist. What a book hangover.

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So addictive you won't want to press pause

Another amazing book in this incredible series. I can't get enough of Roselle St. Sismode. This book was just as good as the first and seeing Roselle in action and being a fierce fighter is the best thing ever. Kate Reinders is Roselle. She is so incredible. I love listening to her voice Roselle. She brings this character to life so well. I feel all her sadness and anger. I get so long in this story and never want to come back to the real world when listening to this series. I love reading, but I will always recommend this series in audiobook because it is perfection.

Things are becoming more dangerous for Roselle. Her life is in constant danger and things are brewing that even Roselle can't see coming. No one is safe. The politics gets better and better with this book. Everyone wants a piece of Roselle and have a plan for her, but its up to her to decide what kind of future she wants for herself and the second borns. I love the way her mind works even though Reykin had to help and save her quite a bit. She is smart and observant. I seriously just love this girl. I also loved Reykin so much in this book. I don't even care about that Hawthorne character anymore. Its all about Reykin and amazing he is. He's a great fighter, very smart and calculated, and under that cold exterior it is clear he cares for Roselle far beyond his need to keep her alive. He has quickly replaces Hawthorne in my heart because he understands Roselle and shares her way of thinking far more than Hawthorne. I realized that he doesn't understand her at all or how important she is.

Now I'm dying for the next book because this series is just too damn good. I love this series so much. The politics, the system, the world, the characters, and the action all make this series a must read. Its everything you love about this author and her books.

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OMG

Nooo... The word that will be left on every mind after reading this. There's lots going on here. Great world building. Plot twists. Three suitors. One True love. Crime. Action. I can't wait for the ending.

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Great series

This is becoming a favorite series. It has aspects of all of my recent reads that I’ve loved. Could easily be a combination of The Selection, Hunger Games and Divergent. Really wish #3 was already out. I’ll have to start over when the final book is released.

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  • Poppey
  • 07-03-18

Phew!

The twists and turns are coming fast and furiously now and it is difficult to put down. Although there are some inconsistencies, this second book has upped the pace - so many plots; so much going on. The only frustration is Roselle's apparent naivety. It is obvious that, apart from Hawthorn, Reykin is very much in love with her; and, of course, there is Saloway. Although he has an agenda, he obviously adores her. So, who will end up with Roselle and who will (I am sure) end up dead...... or worse? That is the question.

The only real downside to this trilogy is that (I have heard) it is going to be another year before the final audio book is released. Tooooo long. People tend to lose the thread when a long time elapses between chapters and the impetus is lost.

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  • nicola taylor
  • 06-02-18

love it!!!<br />

I love the whole series so far!
Well writen, imaginative, well round characters and great story archs, gripping from the first line. I can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • Shanice
  • 05-31-18

Brilliant

Love this series! It’s written so well. There’s so many plots and twists! Can not wait for the next one

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  • Claire Bryant
  • 04-18-18

hole on tight

omg the first book was good the second was fantastic i was on edge right up to the end i didnt expect that ending like.