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Untethered by KayLynn Flanders

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Info: Untethered (Shielded #2) by KayLynn Flanders

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: July 20, 2021

Synopsis: 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. 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.


What a perfect sequel. Untethered has the perfect mix of characters we know and love, evil villain, and adventure to create a well balanced young adult novel. Chiara’s character development is fantastic and I love how Ren struggles with self doubt instead of immediately being confident at such a young age in his abilities. It made the story feel more real. The dash of romance was nice and sweet although it’s a definite slow build up.

It was so nice seeing loose ends get tied up in this sequel. The plot was well done and the storyline did not suffer 2nd book syndrome. I loved this world and would absolutely be ecstatic if we got another installment either of this specific series or even an altogether new one from this world.

All in all I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend!

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About the Author:

KayLynn Flanders has a degree in English Language and editing, and has been a freelance editor and book designer for over twelve years. Her debut novel, Shielded, was published by Delacorte Press/PRH, with the sequel, Untethered, forthcoming. KayLynn and her family live in Utah between some mountains and a lake, and she is directionally challenged without them. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and volleyball, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip.

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