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Traitor Born

Secondborn, Book 2
Narrated by: Kate Reinders
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)
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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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Can't wait for more...

Love these books (Seconborn & Traitorborn) so much...I've read them on Kindle, bought the paperbacks and now Audible! Can't recommend them highly enough, the imagination, imagery and plot are astounding. So excited for the 3rd book Rebelborn!!

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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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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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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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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-18

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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  • Jeremy Cervantes
  • 09-07-18

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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  • Mary
  • 01-07-18

Disappointing

This book seems to be just a placeholder before the next in the series. The plot hardly advanced and the characters didn’t develop.

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  • Samantha Sophia
  • 15-05-18

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.

Pros and Cons

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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  • Katy Star
  • 23-04-18

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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  • Dawn N.
  • 18-04-18

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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  • Julie Smith
  • 01-04-19

Reykin

This series is worth it for reykin because he is friggen hot. That is all.

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  • Jonie Recchia
  • 02-02-19

can't stop

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

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  • Steven
  • 29-01-19

She’s gotta be selling movie rights already!

What a fantastic read/listen. As sci-fi / dystopian series go this one’s at the pinnacle. I’m a 58-year-old male who has been enjoying this yet-to-be-completed series with my 34-year-old daughter during our commute to and from work. It is similar in many ways to Hunger Games and Divergent but the story and presenter of Second Born and Traitor Born eclipses them both. Amy Bartol is one amazingly creative storyteller!

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  • Christina
  • 14-01-19

Action Packed

I love this series. Main character has spy feel. She plays her cards close to her chest and who can blame her. But she’s motivated by love and loyalty.