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A History of Madness

(The Outlands Pentalogy #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  40 reviews
The four remaining fugitives are now spread across the Kingdom. And with the fate of the others unknown to him, Nate Anteros prays for a fast execution.

Yet execution does not come. After a meeting with the King which leaves Nate questioning his sanity, he’s sent to a workcamp in Argon Basin for five years of hard labour. It’s there that Nate learns what became of his frie
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published July 13th 2017 by Independently published
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Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a dark, dystopian world built on hate and a lust for absolute power, Rebecca Crunden takes us back into the Outlands in book two, A HISTORY OF MADNESS. Trust me, this one only makes book one more memorable as the intensity ratchets up through the emotions and even despair of the characters she has created.

This is Nate’s story and, as readers turn each page, they will be drawn deeper and deeper into this Hell-on-Earth tale. Facing execution, Nate receives and strange last minute reprieve that
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating read! I can’t get enough of Crunden’s gripping world and equally gripping story! For future readers of this series, this novel is written in Nate’s POV, and I absolutely loved the change.
At first, I was unsure about the novel being in Nate’s POV after the cliffhanger in A Touch of Death that left me waiting for this book where I could see how Catherine’s situation would play out, but everything worked! Nate’s character was complex and relatable, with mixed feelings about both
Kato (stolenbybooks)
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author, Rebecca Crunden, for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

With the huge cliffhanger ending of the first book, I naturally jumped at the chance to read the second book as well! And I am so glad that I did! I really liked the first one and I loved this one even more. It was darker and revealed so much more of the history of the world. Thank you again to Rebecca Crunden for letting me read and review this one as well!

First of all, like in the first book, th
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Rebecca Crunden for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

TW/CW: Slavery | Mentioned Rape | Mentioned Miscarriages | Talk of Abortion | On Page Abortion  | Murder

Dystopians always take me a bit to pick up. A lot don't work for me, and sometimes they are just too real with our current situation. The Outlands Pentalogy is certainly a Dystiopan world that works for me. And after having read A Touch of Death earlier this year I final
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From page one you are pulled into Nate's story and cannot stop wanting more. It is a page turner for sure and you will not be able to put it down. I absolutely love this writers character and world building style. I enjoyed this second of the series and look forward to the next. I highly recommend this series to those that enjoy a good dystopian/scifi thriller. You will not be disappointed!

I received and ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
Jessica O'Toole

You know the times you get a sequel to a series debut that you hope to God isn't a piece of crap. And when you think, nah way this is going to beat the first one but here goes.

Yes. Well. This. Ain't. One.

Now, I think it might be because each book (just finished #3) has a different perspective (Kitty in #1, Nate in #2), which means you're getting a fresh look each time and you're getting a fabulous amount of time for each character, as well as getting to know how they feel about each other.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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DISCLAIMER : Thank you Rebecca Crunden for providing me with an e-copy of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

A history of madness is the second book in The Outland's Pentalogy series. I read the first book in January. I gave the book 4.5 stars. The world-building is fascinating. We have the mutants and humans at war with each other. Both species have their own views about how the world came to be the way it is now. The hum
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon

BOOK 2 in this saga gives us an epilogue that explains the prophecy of the chosen female that will return to reunite the Radiants and the humans. With her will come a new era of peace. In this world of the humans, there is a wall around the country protecting them from Joro, the home of the Radiants. The Kingdom is what the humans call their land. It is a mean and cruel place. Anyone who defies the king is placed in prison and is subjected to torture and or hanging. The Hangman is
Cori McCarthy
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting off, I would like to thank Rebecca again for sending me a copy of this book! I’m glad I was given the chance to review and help authors with their books!

I really enjoyed this book! Seeing the world expand and new characters coming into play was one of my favorite things about this book. I loved seeing where Nate’s story went, as well as Catherine’s story, even though it wasn’t told in her p.o.v. I think that’s what I was most impressed with; that Rebecca was able to show the character
Jennie Rosenblum
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main characters Nate and Kitty, are once again strong in this continuing tale. However, this book concentrates on Nate. I really liked the tie in with Nate’s dreams (and I’m leaving it there – no spoiler – read the book!). This author does a nice job of engaging the reader in the adventure and voyage parts of the story. They also do a great job of giving the reader an irritating and despicable character (or two) to keep an eye on and hope for their demise. The author does a nice job with a r ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completely and utterly spectacular, and so very detailed and full of emotional depth. I was hooked on every word and scene. Loved this installment and can't wait to read the next. Bravo to the author too for creating this world and such fantastic characters. ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good story.. amazing writing.. good characters and interesting plot. it was well written and i enjoyed it
After reading "A Touch of death" I was so eager to read the second book as it ended with a cliffhanger. I had a lot of expectations in the second book before starting it and it didn't disappoint me, not even for a single time. "A History of Madness" by Rebecca Crunden is the second book in "The Outlands Pentalogy". As per the name of the book, it reveals many histories of the Kingdom of Cutta and the protagonist Nate.

This book was from Nate's side of view which was unexpected as the first book e
Kitiera Morey
I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Just. Wow.

After A Touch of Death, I was super eager to continue with the story, but I was also worried. I’m always worried when reaching the second book of a series. That’s usually when the overall plot sags, and it makes for an uncomfortable read. Especially when the POV character changes.

That was not the case with this sequel. My mind is utterly blown, and I love Nate more than I did in the first book
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It felt good to step back into this world and pick up where we left off with the characters. In some ways I liked this installment more because it was familiar and I was cheering for these people to succeed. I also love how Nate and Kitty's relationship has now blossomed and that cliffhanger was so unfair cause I wanted to read more! ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Awesome, dark, and some good twists. Looking forward to the next one. :)
Here Be Dragons
It just goes to show, when you scope out the self-published offerings out there, sometimes you find a real gem. And, in my opinion, that is certainly the case here. There are a few bumps along the way - no book is perfect, after all - but for every thing that could be a little more polished there are ten more things that just tugged at my heartstrings and made me eager to continue. There’s so much raw emotion in this book that it’s actually hard for me to put into words just what made it so darn ...more
Elizabeth Ross
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I was provided with an e-copy of the book by the author in exchange for a honest review.

"We are no better simply because we have language and industry and technology. If anything it's made us worse."

I was expecting this book to be good. But I wasn't really expecting it to be better than the first. But this book managed to do it. I really, really liked it.

Crunden has an undeniable talent to make everything she writes sound beautiful. I absolutely love her writing style and how it catches my a
April Wood
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death, he knew, would be far better than this.”

This installment of The Outlands Pentalogy chronicles Nate’s daring escape from the oppressive Kingdom of Cutta to the Outlands, and his devotion and love for Kitty, the Hangman’s daughter (and his late brother’s Complement).

The story itself is tightly plotted from day one, when out of the ashes of the old world rose the Radiants, who mutated and adapted to the new world. There’s a whole backstory of how the inhabitants came to be and why they are m
Heena Rathore P.

A History Of Madness by Rebecca Crunden is the sequel to  A Touch Of Death  and the 2nd book in the Outlands Pentalogy. After reading the first book, and really liking it, I was really eager to read this one and to my pleasant surprise, this book turned out to be as good as (actually even better) than the last one. I love when a series goes from strength to strength and this series is turning out to be just that, though I've just read 2 books so far. Given the opportunity, I'd lov
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So here we go again:

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

So as a book blogger and reader of many indie authors more often than not a sequel and after ensuing books in a series either do not live up to the hype from the first book or kind of platoe – giving you just enough of a buzz to keep going and enjoying the book.

Yay me – this did not happen again. I went from reading a very interesting, creatively written world with really well rounded characte
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jenna Ellis
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is I was hooked from the start. After reading the first one I knew I had to read the sequel. The start of this book is so intense you'll find it hard to put it down and the author does such a good job of making you feel such strong positive and negative emotions for different characters. Absolutely brilliant and can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Feed The Crime
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, favourites
Oh man! It was so good being back in this world and I think I loved this book even more than the first. We had so much character development for both Nate and Kitty when they became separated from each other. This is the second book in the series so I won't be going into much detail plot wise.
Read my full review here:
Jill Swan
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the second instalment of this series even more than the first, as book one has to of course set up a lot of stuff, whereas as book two just jumps right into the action. I found the characters well-built, flawed yet sympathetic. Great ending. Can't wait for book three! ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is even better than the first one in the series! The story is more complex, without sacrificing the character dynamics that I loved so much about the first book. It’s also rare to find authors that are able to handle trauma in a way that’s sensitive and real, but Crunden manages to.
Laura T
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was another amazing reading journey, one that set up the next part of the pentalogy so excellently that I'm now sad I can't immediately continue reading through. ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To see a full review check it out here.

The twists and the world building are so incredible. I am really impressed! Just as I think I have things figured out there is more depth.
Richelle Reed
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
A History of Madness is the next book in The Outlands Pentalogy and takes place immediately after the events of Kitty’s book, A Touch of Death. This novel is in Nate’s point of view and I absolutely adore him more after reading this novel. Seriously, I love Nate. If A Touch of Death didn’t make you love him, A History of Madness definitely will.

After waking up in his cell in Redwater after the events of the first book, Nate Anteros is sent to the work-camp in Argon Basin. His death sentence has
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