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Lightborn (Darkborn #2)

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Minhorne is a city divided. An ancient curse makes darkness anathema to the Lightborn, while a touch of sunlight kills the Darkborn. Thus its people share a home but live forever separate. Until a prince's death turns Darkborn against Lightborn, earthborn against mage, as conspiracies and betrayals are revealed in both worlds...
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Roc (first published May 26th 2010)
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
It’s tricky when a trilogy’s middle book is your favorite – how do you recommend something that in no way stands alone? But this was the book where the trilogy worked its magic on me, taking over my life for at least a week, and these days the books that can pull me in so thoroughly are few and far between. Still, it’s tempting to just call it magic because it's hard to explain why a book that would seem like a typical work of genre fantasy to most readers worked so well for me.

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Shawn
Hoping to get some of my questions answered in book 2 of the regency-like fantasy trilogy based on people separated by the sunrise or sunset I forced myself to finish Lightborn. Did I get my answers? No, not really. I may understand a little more about how much light or darkness can kill each race but that is about it. More characters were introduced in this volume of the series, while two major characters were completely absent! The new characters include a Lightborn mage of considerable power ...more
Barbara
The action really ramps up in this 2nd vol of Sinclair's trilogy. The first book introduced us to the world of Darkborn and Lightborn, with almost all of the action and intrigue occurring on the Dark side.
This second book introduces us to the major Lightborn--the rulers, the court and, most importantly, the mages.
The Lightborn court is rocked by the assassination, by magic, of the ruler. His eldest son, Fejelis, takes the reigns of power, but is not secure, at all. The Temple mages can't figure
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Lightborn by Alison Sinclair is the second installment in the Darkborn Trilogy. If you haven’t already read Darkborn, please go back and do so. Otherwise, you will miss a huge part of the plot and storyline.

Lightborn mainly follows Telmaine Hearne of the Darkborn who learned that she is a mage of a very high level, and Floria White Head of the Lightborn who is able to tell if food is poisoned or not. Floria has been friends with Telmaine’s husband Balthasar since they were children, much to the
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E.
Continues where "Darkborn" left off. The attacks on the Hearne family have ensnared them into a struggle that may destroy both the Lightborn and Darkborn society. Lady Telmaine has been reluctantly conscripted by Lord Vladimer Plantageter to aid him in his investigations while her husband and Ishmael travel to the Borders to look into the idea that the Shadowborn are uprising. Still untrained in the powers that she has hidden all of her life, Telmaine becomes a wild card who could play a pivotal ...more
Denise
The second book in Alison Sinclair's brilliant trilogy that had me enthralled from the very beginning and is set in a complex and intricately crafted fantasy world with a population divided by the sun is every bit as intriguing and captivating as book one. Expanding the reader's knowledge and understanding of this unique world, this part introduces several characters from the Lightborn court to round out the cast of fascinating characters whose interconnected fates we follow from alternating vie ...more
June (Kallandra)
I realized a bit too late that this was book #2 of a trilogy and I really dislike stepping into the middle of a series. However, I did find myself liking the odd world of the Darkborn, Lightborn and the suggestion of what the Shadowborn must be like. I did have a slight problem imagining this world however.. is this centered around 1 city that comes alive at certain times.. i.e. daytime vs. night? and what exactly is a Sonn.. I really wish there had been a glossary at the end just to explain wha ...more
Francesco
Vote: 3,75
Class: L-A3 (FP)

(second book of a Trilogy)

I can't remember how I came to this trilogy and I wasn't overly enthusiastic about the first book (it is not my genre: it's what we could maybe call a romantic-fantasy in a Victorian-fantasy setting). However I decided to read the second book and was greatly rewarded: the romance is less accentuated the fantasy side is much more developed with its beautiful and original setting.

The world (3,75) is a Victorian-fantasy world. Original, well desc
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Marc
It took me far too long to read Lightborn. I had to plod through it and I was really tempted to put it down several times.

Now I enjoyed Darkborn. I liked the premise, the world, and Balthasar. Now while the first two are the same, in Lightborn, we primarily follow Telmaine. At the end of Darkborn, we learned that she had powers. Following a character like that who was untrained and wanted to keep them secret, should have been an interesting journey. However, that's not what we got.

What we got wa
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Krista
Another good one! :) I do have to admit that my mind was racing to keep up with the back-and-forth action and events, particularly in the last third of the book, (and sometimes, my mind ended up just spinning and moving on); but it was thoroughly enjoyable. The plot's complexity took time to digest (hence the occasionally-mind-boggling back-and-forth), and I enjoyed learning more about the Lightborn culture.

One thing that stood out to me in this book was the author's approach to balancing what h
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Heather
Lightborn, the second book in the Darkborn trilogy really stepped it up a notch for me. I feel that Sinclair redeemed herself in my eyes with this second installment. Darkborn was a little over wordy, but beautifully written, it was also just boring until the last fourth of the book.

Lightborn has a lot more of the Lightborn world we become introduced to the prince and the inner workings of the court, whereas Darkborn was almost all Darkborn consisting of one particular family. We get to underst
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drey
Well. If Lady Telmaine Hearne thought that her adventures in Darkborn are over, and she can go back to being a respectable member of Darkborn society, she has another think coming. Because now she has Lord Vladimer's attention, all due to her ability in sensing the Shadowborn. Doesn't help that there were two Shadowborn assassins after her and Vladimer within the first ten pages of the book. Telmaine's story notwithstanding, Lightborn also introduces characters from the other side of the magical ...more
Ambrosia Sullivan
Written first for my blog Fire & Ice

I have to say I preferred Darkborn to this one a great deal actually. We do get to meet some new Characters and some that were lesser in the first book are brought forward more. However two of the main characters are pretty much not here at all and for me that was troubling. I have not been able to personally connect well with Telmaine so the story being mainly from her POV made it a little bit of a snooze fest for me. I wish I could blame it on my mood b
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Eva
Lichtgeboren hat, wie der Vorgänger auch, eine sehr kleine Schrift, lange Kapitel und ist in einer gehobenen Sprache geschrieben, wodurch ich wieder einmal nur sehr langsam voran gekommen bin.
Am Anfang ist Einiges verwirrend, wenn man Nachtgeboren schon vor einiger Zeit gelesen hat und somit auch nicht mehr genau alles im Gedächtnis hat. Jedoch gibt es nach einigen Seiten eine kleine Rückblende zur Auffrischung und auch im Laufe der Geschichte werden verschiedene Ereignisse wiederholt, so dass
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travelgirlut
Well, I finished it. I didn't think I was going to make it. Parts of the book had me wanting to claw my eyes out with boredom or sheer confusion. The story was jerky and disjointed. Just when I figured out what was going on, there would be a time shift or perspective shift without even the courtesy of a break in the text. The actual worthwhile story didn't start until two-thirds of the way through the book. It took me the first third of the book to even remember what was going on in the series s ...more
Kerry
Lightborn does not disappoint. This sequel to "Darkborn" does as its title implies: Tells us the story of the Lightborn. In a society that was divided into two (or three?) groups by a powerful mage over 800 years previously, the two groups live side by side but rarely interact. One group, the Darkborn, is destroyed by light. The other, the Lightborn, is destroyed by dark. They can never co-exist in the same room. The Darkborn despise magic; the Lightborn rely on it. The first book dealt with the ...more
Tasneem
The Lightborn has for some reason come into a fair amount of slack. Well I must admit that I found the book very well done. There weren't too many characters, they all revolved around the two courts and the factions within the courts. There were enough people to make the intrigues and plots work. No story that deals with interstate and cross-border politics could be told I think without going into as much detail.

I just loved the way the two sides, the Darkborn and the Lightborn are shown thro
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ambyr
I was kind of surprised that two of the three protagonists from book one completely dropped off the face of the earth for this sequel. I was more surprised that after the first few chapters, I didn't really miss them. Telmaine was always my favorite anyway, and I cheered to see her coming into her own. I also enjoyed the further glimpses into her friends and family. I wish the breakneck pace of the book had slowed to allow for more development there.

I didn't find Lightborn culture quite as fasci
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Misti
This book took me awhile to get into. But once I was into it, I really liked it. Another fabulous cover. I'm excited to see what Shadowborn ends up looking like.

I really didn't like Lady Telmaine in the first book because I'm used to heroines that actually stand up for themselves and aren't afraid to use what power they have. So this book started out a little slow for me because I still didn't like her. However, a lot a things happen in this book and while she hasn't really changed, she has dev
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Maya
Absolutely loved Book 1 in this fantasy/victorianish/steampunkish series (Darkborn), this one not quite as much though still very good. I think perhaps because even though there was action, there were also somewhat convoluted stretches of palace intrigue.

This is truly not a novel to try without having read Book 1. Even for me, who read in order, I should ideally have reread the first as a refresher before going on to the second - not because I couldn't remember the characters (they are all wond
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Shannon
Two groups of people--some who can never leave the light and others who can never see it. There is intrigue in both palaces, and the Shadowborn are no longer myth. This is the middle story in the trilogy. It's a typical middle story where nothing is resolved, but the story moves on so that it can conclude. Lots of things are set in motion but little resolved. Conflict grows between the Lightborn and Darkborn. Someone is setting in motion war and destruction. While I enjoyed the story, I wished m ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I still can't decide if this series has a subtle and clever thematic layer, or if the author simply chose to use loaded terms it might have been better to avoid. It made me think a little of The City & The City, what with the two cultures in the same physical space who can't really acknowledge and interact with eachother.

I can see why Telmaine drives some people crazy, but to me she's the logical result of her culture. She seems very real and I am not bothered by her typicalness.

There is a c
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Amanda
Excellent worldbuilding and a diverse, well developed cast. The action in the first book is escalated and expanded from the earlier focus on the Hearne family to take in their entire world at the highest level. Looking forward to seeing how it ends!
Emily Bizarre
Das Buch war - genauso wie der erste Teil - wumdervoll! Bin immer noch schwer beeindruckt von dieser neuartigen und detailreichen Welt und lese gern von der Lebensweise der Nachgeborenen, die uns Sehenden so fremd erscheint. Ich finde den Wechsel des thematischen Hauptaugenmerks auf die Lichtgeborenenseite sehr gelungen und mochte auch die neuen Charaktere, wie zB den jungen Prinzen. Die Entwicklung der Story war wie immer rasant aber nicht überstrürzt und unglaubwürdig und von vorne bis hinten ...more
MollyK
3.5 stars

I do love the unique world building of this series. Some clunky writing and the heroine's penchant for wanting to faint hold it back from a solid 4 stars.
Rachel
I don't recall the last time a sequel has so eclipsed its predecessor. Or actually why I didn't enjoy the first book more.

Needless to say, Lightborn isn't what it seems - a bubble-gum fantasy book with insipid characters and cliched plot devices. It is actually quite unique with characters that...I feel sad that I don't know in real life. By far, my favorites are Fejelis and Tammorn. Some of the most well-done writing centers around them. I envy that writing. Telmaine has come a long way since t
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Rain Misoa
Apr 14, 2014 Rain Misoa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers and people who love sexual tension between a prince and a mage.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: must-own
This series keeps getting better and better.

To read my full review, click here
Annabelle
The second book in this elegant fantasy trilogy is faster-paced than the first, ramping up the action and introducing two critical characters (although, surprisingly, two of the main characters from Darkborn remain off-camera throughout). These books draw you in with their setting--Sinclair seems to draw inspiration from the Regency period, the industrial revolution, feudal Japan, and Jedis. The result seems both familiar and strange, like a half-remembered dream. Good stuff.
Lee Anne
Still torn between 3 1/2 and 4 stars for these books. Pretty fun reads--fantasy court mystery set in a world that's similar to industrial age England, but with the denizens split between the Darkborn, who die if exposed to light, and the Lightborn, who die when faced with darkness. Still intrigued and impressed by the world-building; having a hard time believing this can wrap up nicely with only one more book to go.
Gerry
Second book. More political intrigue and finally some perspectives from the Lightborn side, which is fun to read. The characters are well written and compelling, and I finished it in one sitting. It's evolved from simple personal motivations, like keeping loved ones safe, to more noble goals such as the protection of innocents. Going to hold off for sleep first before I tackle the final book in the trilogy.
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