Here’s a cover reveal for Umbertouched and two chances to win a copy of the first book in the series, Rosemarked (one of my favorite books last year)!
First thing’s first: Rosemarked!
Have you read Rosemarked yet? It’s a smart and original fantasy (without magic). Set in a complex world with warring kingdoms, this book is an unexpected twist on spies and romance.
Here’s the official pitch for Rosemarked:
“A healer who cannot be healed . . .
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . .
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.”
It’s fresh and unlike anything else I read last year. This is also one of those books where the best and most original part of the book is slightly SPOILERY so if you’re still not sold on this book, read below for a sort-of spoiler on why I loved this book:
Zivah helps Dineas go undercover by administering a long-term memory suppressant so he can infiltrate the enemy, um, honestly. He doesn’t remember who he is so he can’t giveaway any information if he’s caught. Zivah sees both the PTSD version of Dineas and the version of himself if he hadn’t been scarred by war. This sets up a tricky morale dilemma and fascinating love triangle between two people.
So if you haven’t read Rosemarked yet, get on it!
And now, onto Umbertouched!
Debuting on November 6th, here’s the cover jacket blurb which has SPOILERS for Rosemarked so don’t read this if you haven’t caught up yet!
“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 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 with their lingering feelings, now that the Dineas from Sehmar City is gone forever? Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she’ll define the life she has left.
Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth, and face the devastating consequences headed their way.”
I can’t wait!
And speaking of waiting, are you ready for the cover?
Here it is!
Gorgeous, isn’t it? A moody compliment to the Rosemarked cover!
Just in case you need a little more encouragement, there are two ways to win a copy of Rosemarked!
Enter here for a chance to win a hardcover copy of Rosemarked on Goodreads!
Or, if you want to go big, Livia Blackburn, the author herself is offering a prize pack with Rosemarked and her previous series, The Midnight Thief!
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