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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
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion (first published November 4th 2018)
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Livia Blackburne
Oct 10, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-by-me
Currently in its last substantial round of revisions!
”Save your honor for those who have honor themselves. Keep your piety for those who don’t spit on the gods.”
THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. Holy crap. This was seriously so emotionally draining for me that I had to just sit there for a few days and stew over everything that happened, because otherwise my review would have just been a 25 minute audio recording of me crying and blubbering into the microphone. Umbertouched expanded and improved upon everything that o
When an author can create a sequel that immediately sucks readers back into the world they have created, feeling as if they have never left, THAT is the sign of a great storyteller and a fabulous story!

UMBERTOUCHED by Livia Blackburne contains ALL of the intrigue, the unrest, the honor among allies, the heartbreak, the triumphs and even the romance of ROSEMARKED.

There is nothing black and white, even heroes will act questionably at times. Dineas and Zivah will betray much they hold dear for lov
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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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 wit
Overall Rating: B-

Not as satisfying as I wanted but close enough to feel for it. Loved the characters and they're complex nature, totally made up for the slow, vague plot with the antagonist barely in it for more than a few pages.

Ending was as ambiguous as it was vague. Hopeful, but you really know how it's gonna pan out.

Umbertouched is a brilliant follow up to Rosemarked, it took everything I enjoyed about the first book and ramped it up a level answering all my questions and giving me an ending that left me feeling hopeful for the world Zivah and Dineas live in.

After the failure of their mission in Sehmar City Zivah and Dineas have no option but to try to return home in time to warn their people that the Amparan army is headed their way. The Shidadi and Dara will need as much time as possible to prepare for th
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
2021 update: this series/book still has my entire heart

Lives up to and surpasses the first book. 😭♥️
Amanda Morris Bledsoe
There were a thousand things I loved about Rosemarked, so when I was approved through netgalley for Umbertouched in return for an honest review, I was stoked.

Unfortunately I didn't enjoy Umbertouched as much as it's predecessor, but the pros first!

I loved the internal debate with Zivah and her need to find her way after breaking her Healer Vows. I also enjoyed that Dineas still was dealing with his PTSD. Once I came to terms with Umbertouched having a different feel to it's narrative compared
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*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Umbertouched is the second installment in author Livia Blackburne's Rosemarked series. Umbertouched picks up about a month after the events of Rosemarked. With the stakes rising higher than ever as the characters prepare for an epic final battle, readers will want to stay up late turning the pages to get through this thrilling book. The story rotates narratives between Dineas, a Shidadi warrior, and Zivah, a Dara healer who w
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-reads
This book continues the story of Dineas and Zivah, in their mission to protect their tribes and the people inside them.
Im going to be honest, I don't really remember anything important that happened in this story. This book has been described as a perfect sequel, maybe for people who enjoyed the first book more than I did. I still think the world-building and characters are very well done. These books just weren't for me. Besides that, I enjoyed the romance a lot more than I did in Rosemarked.
Cait (Caitsbooks)
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Umbertouched is the perfect sequel, and a fantastic conclusion to a breathtaking series.

"'Our hearts are not so easily changed, nor what runs through our veins.’”

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, War Themes, Murder, Illness, PTSD//

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Umbertouched is the sequel to Rosemarked, picking up shortly after the conclusion o
Nov 13, 2017 added it
I beta read an early draft of this book, and I cannot wait to see the finished version when it releases next year. This a YA fantasy duet not to be missed.
nick (the infinite limits of love)

What a wonderful duology Rosemarked has been. It's always a nerve-wracking experience going into a series finale because your expectations are so high, but I didn't have to worry about anything here. Livia Blackburne delivered a bittersweet, yet powerful finale with Umbertouched.

This book opened up where Rosemarked left off. I'll admit to taking a while to get re-oriented in this world, but once I was in, I was wholly engaged. Livia Blackburne has got a way with words that make it very easy to s
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

UMBERTOUCHED carries the consequences from the first novel. Both Zivah and Dineas have escaped the rosemarked village but their troubles haven’t ended. Zivah is still rosemarked and slowly dying. Dineas is troubled by eroding memories and wondering where his place is. Not to mention there’s a government conspiracy, a looming war, and readjustment into their old lives.

While the first novel was filled with character growth and plots, UMBERTOUCHED is much
Nicole M. Hewitt
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book is the high-stakes conclusion to the Rosemarked non-magical fantasy duology. This second book in the duology felt very different from the first, mostly because it focuses on the aftermath of the choices that Zivah and Dineas made in book one and on the battles that ensue. My favorite part of this book was seeing Dineas deal with the repercussions of his dual life---he's now an outsider to both his own people
Cara Stevens
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One thing I hear fans of Robert Jordan, Bryan Jacques, Anne McCafrey, Frank Herbert, and of course J.R.R. Tolkein say quite often is that they wish they could read their favorite fantasy books again for the first time. Livia Blackburne's Rosemarked books can come close. A masterful world-builder and crafter of words, Blackburne's characters come alive in this satisfying Y.A. fantasy series. ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
While there were a few slow parts in the middle, umbertouched was a wonderful book. All of the characters are intricate and intriguing and it is a sequel that lives up to its predecessor. The end was satisfying- if you’ve read Rosemarked, then this book is definitely worth a read as well!
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK WAS BRILLAINT! I didn’t think much of Rosemarked but umbertouched is so much better, I absolutely loved it!
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bit of a bittersweet ending, but ultimately enjoyable!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Like Rosemarked, with Umbertouched I'm left surprised and impressed. Though I've read a lot of fantasy over the years, this one manages to surprise me.

As with the first book, the pacing is slow. In some ways, that does make the book a bit less readable, but it also feels very realistic. When Zivah works on healing someone from a grievous wound, it take days. The war is tedium and anxiety between the occasional climax of a battle. There's so much time that passes over the course of this book, wh
Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
LOVE the ending of this duology. Such a beautiful story and I love the characters so so much.
Emily Radojits
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was such a good book!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story takes place immediately after "Rosemarked" with Zivah and Dineas arriving back in the Dara village after fleeing the Ampara army. Along their way, they attempted to capture evidence that it was the Emperor Kivan and Baruva working together to weaponize the rose plague and that they were the ones who poisoned General Arxa's army on their first visit to the Dara village in "Rosemarked." They prove unsuccessful, fi
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
When last we saw the healer Zivah and the warrior Dineas, they were on a mission against the Empire. All of their collective efforts were wrapped up in finding out the purpose and strategy of the impending war, and what they could do to stop it.

But the mission did not come without grave fall-out.

Zivah's potion was designed to keep Dineas safely undercover as a double agent but it worked almost too well, causing an unlikely romance to bloom between the two. No matter how hard she fought it, Zivah
Megan » Hello Book Bird
In the past year, I’ve helped people, and I’ve killed people. I’ve saved lives, and I’ve narrowly escaped death. But I am still rosemarked. I will still die. That has not changed.

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 peo
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Real Rating: 4.5 stars.


What a bittersweet ending, please send someone to sweep up the shattered pieces of my heart.

I loved Rosemarked and the only reason I didn't give Umbertouched 5 stars like its predecessor was because there was less of the tense interactions between Zivah and Dineas like there were in the first book. I lived for those moments where "new" Dineas was falling in love with Zivah and she was falling for him, but "old" Dineas was just a bitter kill-joy. Due to the nature of t
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Umbertouched is a strong conclusion to this Asian-inspired duology. A unique YA fantasy with themes of colonization, freedom, and terminal illness, the series follows a young healer named Zivah and a tribal warrior named Dineas as they seek to save their people from being absorbed by the Amparan empire.

Central to the plot is the Rose Plague- a highly contagious disease that leaves few survivors behind. The rare Umbertouched come through the illness unscathed and immune with amber-colored spots
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
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 wi
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the cover suggests this book is more about umbertouched and the ways to become so. Zivah and Dineas have escaped the capital but not the continent. This follows their progress back to their homeland and what happens afterwards. Can they still fit in and where is their place now.
I enjoyed the relationship between Zivah and Dineas and how that continued to develop. The stress of being back home and back to their old lives was well thought out. The fighting and battle was interesting as well. I
4.5 Stars

This is definitely one of my favorite series. While I can’t say I liked this MORE than Rosemarked, it was still excellent, and a wonderful wrap up.

The action in this book is ramped up from the first book, and our characters are almost always on the move. In that way, it feels much more plot-driven than book one, but that makes sense if you think about these books as one story, which they really are.

I do wish we’d had a few more quiet moments sprinkled in here or there, but at the end
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New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne wrote her first novel while researching the neuroscience of reading at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, she’s switched to full-time writing, which also involves getting into people’s heads but without the help of a 3 Tesla MRI scanner.

She is also the author of MIDNIGHT THIEF (an Indies Introduce New Voices selection), DAUGHTE

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