Untethered (Shielded, #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: Untethered 

Author: KayLynn Flanders

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Pages: 464

Genre: YA Fantasy 


For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes the thrilling sequel to Shielded about a world in a deadly magical war and the newly crowned king and feisty princess who must defeat the deadliest of foes before there’s nothing left to save.download (17)

Although King Atháren’s sister, Jennesara, saved Hálendi from the Gray Mage, the reprieve came at a steep price–the life of their father. Now Ren rules over a divided kingdom, with some who want him dead, and a Medallion that warns of worse trouble brewing in the south.

As second born, Princess Chiara is the perfect Turian royal–perfectly invisible. She longs to help restore peace on the Plateau, but with no magic and no fighting skills, she doesn’t stand a chance against a mage. So when a member of the Turian royal family goes missing and Chiara finds a clue about the rumored resting place of the mages’ long-lost artifacts, she decides it’s time to be seen.

As Ren’s and Chiara’s paths cross, they find the depth of the mages’ hold on the Plateau is more powerful than anyone suspected, and that they must learn to trust themselves, and each other, before the mages retrieve their artifacts and become too powerful to ever defeat.



*I received an e-arc from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Wow! I loved Shielded, but Ioved Untethered even more! Shielded was Jenna and Enzo’s story, and Untethered is about Ren, Jenna’s older brother, and Chiara, Enzo’s younger sister. This was such a cool change of pace, and I loved hearing the story from their perspectives.

King Ren’s sister, Jenna, saved Halendi from the Gray Mage, but that vindication came with a very high price-the life of their father. Ren now rules over a kingdom divided, where some even want him dead. He’s also left with his father’s mysterious Medallion that warns him of trouble down South.

As the second born, Princess Chiara is the picture perfect Turian royal, but she’s also perfectly invisible. She wants to do her part and help restore peace to the Plateau, but she has no magic or fighting skills to speak of, and she has no chance against a powerful mage. When a member of the royal Turian family goes missing and Chiara finds a clue that might lead to the mages long lost artifacts, she decides to make her move.

When Ren and Chiara’s paths cross, they find that the mages have a very powerful hold over the Plateau, more powerful than anyone could have imagined. They need to trust themselves, and each other, and defeat the mages before they get the magical artifacts and become completely unstoppable.

I was really smitten with Ren and Chiara and their growth in this one. They both started out with so much self-doubt and it was amazing to see them hold their own in the end.

I’m secretly hoping that we get more in this amazing world that KayLynn has built. There are still some questions I have, even though this was an extremely satisfying ending. If you loved Shielded, I think you will definitely love this sequel that is packed with action, adventure, family, friendships, and romance. Untethered is releasing on July 20, 2021, so preorder or request at your local library now!

About the Author:

KayLynn Flanders is a graduate of Brigham Young University, with a degree in English Language and a minor in editing. When she’s not writing, she spends her time playing volleyball, reading, and traveling. She lives in Utah with her family, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip. Her debut novel is Shielded. To learn more about KayLynn, go to kaylynnflanders.com or follow @kaylynnflanders on Twitter and Instagram.Flanders_Author2018 hi res

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