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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 fat 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.


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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 fat 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.

30 review for Untethered

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    im so sad i didnt enjoy this as much as the first book and i kept trying to figure out why that was. this sequel also delivers royal teens aiming to save the day, dangerous adventure, and magical enemies. so whats not to love about that? i think the thing is this just feels very generic when it comes to the common YA fantasy tropes, plot, and writing. which is fine if you dont mind a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of story. but this just feels too basic, too simple for me. the first book ha im so sad i didnt enjoy this as much as the first book and i kept trying to figure out why that was. this sequel also delivers royal teens aiming to save the day, dangerous adventure, and magical enemies. so whats not to love about that? i think the thing is this just feels very generic when it comes to the common YA fantasy tropes, plot, and writing. which is fine if you dont mind a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of story. but this just feels too basic, too simple for me. the first book has character depth and plot twists, and this just has characters doing exactly what you expect them to do. nothing more, nothing less. its very predictable. i think this would be a decent read for someone who is looking for a reliable YA fantasy, as it checks all the boxes. but for me, even though it does technically check the boxes, it doesnt expand upon them. it feels like the bare minimum and that let me down. :/ ↠ 3 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Gong

    A deadly action-adventure meets an enthralling magical mystery. Untethered is an enchantment of a fantasy, about a world in peril and the lovable royals who embark on a journey to save their kingdoms—and the people they love. Featuring a hidden library, sword fights, and age-old foes, Flanders has crafted a world to be captivated by.

  3. 5 out of 5

    spring ~♡

    The one time I’d tried to do something big, to be seen, I’d dragged everyone I loved into a death trap. This book is definitely getting the "disappointment of the year" award from me. I had so so so much expectations. I loved the first book. I mean, I REALLY LOVED IT. That book was probably one of my favourite Goose Girl retelling. Loved Jenna, loved Enzo, loved the plot. loved everything. well well, I wish I could say the same for this one. Anyway, so Ren is a new depressed king. Cau The one time I’d tried to do something big, to be seen, I’d dragged everyone I loved into a death trap. This book is definitely getting the "disappointment of the year" award from me. I had so so so much expectations. I loved the first book. I mean, I REALLY LOVED IT. That book was probably one of my favourite Goose Girl retelling. Loved Jenna, loved Enzo, loved the plot. loved everything. well well, I wish I could say the same for this one. Anyway, so Ren is a new depressed king. Cause his own court is trying to assassinate him. Which he handled very poorly but since I'm not his advisor it's none of my business. On the other hand, Chiara is the quite shy princess nobody cares about. I wonder why? I loved Chiara and Ren in the first book. I was excited. But this book felt forced. While Jenna and Enzo shone the brightest in their book Ren and Chiara felt like a shadow. - these two are Boring with a capital B. - really, they have like literally NO chemistry. - Ren is a disaster. - So is Chiara. While I waited for her to do something impressive like "yeah I have no superpower or I can't fight or I'm not super smart or I don’t have a plan but whatever! Look I'm still doing something." But nope nope. All she did was messing this story, making other people do things and save the world while calling herself "invisible" and "useless". as she should. Ren on the other hand...our flirty, always so confident prince is totally different here. I appreciated his vulnerability until I didn’t. His "oh I have to save the day" dialogue became boring and repetitive. - Did I mention they have NO chemistry at all? I assumed making these two the protagonist is because of the romance. The author probably wanted to keep things interesting. Honestly? I would have appreciated Jenna and Enzo watching paint dry better. But whatever. The plot was a absolute predictable mess. The villain was like "haha you think you can defeat me? I'M THE SITH LORD. I AM THE ONE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED". Dramatic much? As you can say, I'm pretty pissed at this not-too-long-book. Despite loving the first book so much this was a huge let down. Also, here is some of Chiara's best quote you might not want to miss: (view spoiler)[ “It’s my fault you’re all here—” It was my fault he’d turned away. My fault he hadn’t seen what Cris intended. But it was also my fault we were all here. It was my fault we were all here. I should never have left the palace. was my fault Cris was dead. My fault the mages would soon find the Black Library. someone is giving herself way too much credits. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    I am so excited to continue on with this series. If you haven't picked up Shielded yet, there's still time before this release. Additionally, really loving this cover; the purple and orange are a great combination! ((Clemson Tigers approved!)) I am so excited to continue on with this series. If you haven't picked up Shielded yet, there's still time before this release. Additionally, really loving this cover; the purple and orange are a great combination! ((Clemson Tigers approved!))

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Untethered is a brilliant sequel to Shielded, and I savored every heart-stopping second of it. The story begins several months after the end of Shielded. Ren is now king and adjusting to his new role in a kingdom where he can’t trust anyone. He deeply mourns the loss of his father and is struggling to figure out his place as the leader of his kingdom. When he feels an insistent magical pull toward Turia, where his sister now lives, he quickly arranges to leave. While in Turia, Ren learns that one Untethered is a brilliant sequel to Shielded, and I savored every heart-stopping second of it. The story begins several months after the end of Shielded. Ren is now king and adjusting to his new role in a kingdom where he can’t trust anyone. He deeply mourns the loss of his father and is struggling to figure out his place as the leader of his kingdom. When he feels an insistent magical pull toward Turia, where his sister now lives, he quickly arranges to leave. While in Turia, Ren learns that one of the members of the Turia royal family is missing and potentially kidnapped. Believing she is the only one who can leave and help, Chiara starts a quest to find her family member. When Ren learns of Chiara’s disappearance, he vows to find her and bring her home. Ren and Chiara try to save their kingdoms and families from the evil pursuits of the power-hungry mages. This takes them on a dangerous and heart-stopping adventure and tests their limits, their loyalty, and their strength. This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I adored it! A story with amazing characters, a suspenseful and intriguing plot with several surprising revelations, and a wonderful love story, the book takes you on a total roller-coaster ride of emotions. I became so invested in the characters and their stories that the book was impossible to put down. This story is primarily told from Ren and Chiara’s perspectives, though several other points of view are sprinkled throughout the story, and I loved the switch. As much as I love Jenessara and Enzo, who were the focus of Shielded, Ren and Chiara are just as compelling. Ren is a fantastic character, and I was eager to learn more of his story and how he adjusts to his role as king, especially since he doesn’t know who he can trust, and the kingdom is in such turmoil. He presents himself as a confidant and self-assured man, but it is a mask to hide the inner turmoil that burdens him. Ren is still mourning the loss of his father and, in a smaller way, the loss of his sister now that she lives in Turia with Enzo and his family. He is a young leader who is finding his way, and he struggles with self-doubt. Much like Chiara, Ren questions himself and his capabilities. Also like Chiara, he grows, changes, and becomes more self-aware and self-assured as the story progresses. Chiara is a great character too. In Shielded, Chiara said something to Jenessara that really struck me. “I feel trapped by who I’m supposed to be, who I want to be, and who people expect me to be.” Chiara struggles with these feelings in Untethered as well, and she tries to find her place in the world. She often feels unseen and unheard, invisible among family and peers. With so many obstacles to face in her journey, Chiara begins to believe in herself and find her purpose. Chiara and Ren both realize that they are capable of much more than what is expected of them. They both show such growth, grit, and determination and are strong leaders in every sense of the word. The romance between Ren and Chiara is sweet and builds gradually throughout the story. They both feel they can be their true selves when they are together without fear of judgment or betrayal. There are no ulterior motives, and their trust in each other is implicit. This is the foundation for a deep and lasting relationship. The pair brings out the best in each other, and seeing them slowly grow closer is lovely. I love when Ren, Chiara, and a new ally work together. They are each from a different kingdom, and they each have their own strengths, which they use to their advantage. They make a great team, and they identify with each other so well. Each feels out of place in their world and is struggling to define themselves in a society that has already chosen paths for them. This trio also treats each other as equals which seems important to all of them, as they are often treated differently because of their status, magical ability, lack of ability, and more. In addition to the exceptional development, there are a few other things I love about the characters in the story. There is an abundance of strong and capable female characters like Chiara, her grandmother, her mother, Jenna, and Mari. Each shows such strength at different points in the story, and I think the messages of empowerment and equality shine through. I also like the anxiety rep and that the books realistically portray panic attacks. As a person with anxiety, I thought this was well done, and I so identified with the feelings the character had when struggling with anxiety and panic attacks. The plot is as dynamically and intricately developed as the characters, and I was so invested in the story. As Chiara and Ren travel across countries, try to rescue someone close to them who has been kidnapped, find the Black Library, defeat the evil mages, and more, they face extraordinary obstacles. The world is vividly created, and the imagery is strong. Themes of redemption, trust, friendship, choice, loyalty, believing in oneself, and never giving up even when things seem impossible are intricately woven throughout the story. I also love what the story says about family and the bonds (or tethers) that tie people together. These bonds are the most important parts of Ren and Chiara’s lives. They continually prove that relationships are complicated and messy, but it’s also unbelievably rewarding and fulfilling. Untethered is an excellent read and an epic continuation of the series. It is a high-stakes adventure with deftly developed characters and intricate world-building, and I can’t recommend it enough. With an epic quest, dangerous adventure, tons of intense and suspenseful action, unique and interesting riddles, and antagonists who will stop at nothing to gain power, the plot is engrossing, well-paced, and immersive. Plus, there’s that romance!! I’m so thankful to Delacourte Press, Nicole Banholzer, and KayLynn Flanders for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    TW: death, discussions of blood sacrifice, suicide. Not exactly sure how to review this one, if I'm entirely honest. Because while I did enjoy it, I never fully connected to it the way I did with Shielded and I nearly forgot I was reading it at one point lol. My biggest problem is that so much of the dialogue felt like it was written for a children's movie. The villains would literally sneer and say something along the lines of, "You? You really think you can stop me, an all powerful seductress/ TW: death, discussions of blood sacrifice, suicide. Not exactly sure how to review this one, if I'm entirely honest. Because while I did enjoy it, I never fully connected to it the way I did with Shielded and I nearly forgot I was reading it at one point lol. My biggest problem is that so much of the dialogue felt like it was written for a children's movie. The villains would literally sneer and say something along the lines of, "You? You really think you can stop me, an all powerful seductress/enchantress that has lived forever and is not as useless as you??" which just pulled me out of the story, specifically in the moments that were meant to build tension. However, it was still a cute sequel and I liked following both Ren and Chiara (though the shift in their relationship was extremely sudden). I think this is one of those books you'll really enjoy if you're looking for a familiar, older YA feeling story that doesn't take itself too seriously.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dana Swift

    A stunning continuation of SHIELDED with a new adventure full of fierce characters, daring action, and an absorbing mystery. I loved every second. Gorgeous! Amazing! I can't properly express how I feel about this book right now expect throw adjectives around. I loved this as much as SHIELDED which says a LOT. This is a heartfelt story with both Chiara's and Ren's points of view. It explored responsibility to the throne and believing in yourself and your worth which is just so powerful and moving. A stunning continuation of SHIELDED with a new adventure full of fierce characters, daring action, and an absorbing mystery. I loved every second. Gorgeous! Amazing! I can't properly express how I feel about this book right now expect throw adjectives around. I loved this as much as SHIELDED which says a LOT. This is a heartfelt story with both Chiara's and Ren's points of view. It explored responsibility to the throne and believing in yourself and your worth which is just so powerful and moving. Even having read it months ago now Flander's books always stay with me. I can't get over the climax of Untethered. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Taschima

    Yes, hi, this book will be everything good in the world. It might even be the cure to the pandemic, NOBODY KNOWS #facts

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    I do not know why I thought Shielded was a standalone, but I did so this is a surprise lol

  10. 4 out of 5

    ★ Jeanette Trinidad ★

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to receive an e-ARC of Untethered. Untethered by KayLynn Flanders, is a striking sequel to Shielded. While shielded followed the story of Enzo and Jenna here we read about Ren and Chiara. Untethered is a whirlwind of action. We read about how Ren and Chiara attempt to save their kingdom & family from the dangers of the mages. Untethered's plot was action-packed and full of friendship. The book was fast-paced and an enjoyable read. The wr Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to receive an e-ARC of Untethered. Untethered by KayLynn Flanders, is a striking sequel to Shielded. While shielded followed the story of Enzo and Jenna here we read about Ren and Chiara. Untethered is a whirlwind of action. We read about how Ren and Chiara attempt to save their kingdom & family from the dangers of the mages. Untethered's plot was action-packed and full of friendship. The book was fast-paced and an enjoyable read. The writing was fairly descriptive. Untethered had 2 main perspectives (Ren and Chiara) but it had also included some other minor points of view. The characters were interesting and loveable. I had liked the setting of the book. The setting was vivid and stood out. Why 4 stars? you might ask. My reasoning was that while reading, Untethered I had felt like this was more of a second installment to a trilogy rather than the ending to a duology. Do I think you should read Untethered By KayLynn Flanders? Yes! You should pick this book series up if you're looking for a fantasy book with action. I requested and received an e-arc of Untethered via NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions and thoughts expressed are mine. I voluntarily reviewed this book. REVIEWED: 3/14/2021 & 3/15/2021 EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: June 20, 2021

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mieke (mousethatreads)

    Instagram | Twitter | Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Buy Me a Coffee ------ Rating: 3/5⭐️ Untethered is the anticipated sequel to Shielded, a YA fantasy book I really enjoyed. KayLynn Flanders takes us back to Turia and Halendi where our characters have to team up once again to defeat the mages and find the Black Library. The first book left us with quite an open ending so it was refreshing to see that the book was written from someone else’s point of view. Read my full review here: https://mousethat Instagram | Twitter | Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Buy Me a Coffee ------ Rating: 3/5⭐️ Untethered is the anticipated sequel to Shielded, a YA fantasy book I really enjoyed. KayLynn Flanders takes us back to Turia and Halendi where our characters have to team up once again to defeat the mages and find the Black Library. The first book left us with quite an open ending so it was refreshing to see that the book was written from someone else’s point of view. Read my full review here: https://mousethatreads.com/untethered...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    4.25 Stars It did take me a long time to get into the book and I know a big reason was that I kinda forgot some of the things that happened in the first book of the series...even though this was Ren and Chiara's story. Once I got about 40% in...the action really started and the gang was all brought back together...then I breezed through it and enjoyed it immensely. 4.25 Stars It did take me a long time to get into the book and I know a big reason was that I kinda forgot some of the things that happened in the first book of the series...even though this was Ren and Chiara's story. Once I got about 40% in...the action really started and the gang was all brought back together...then I breezed through it and enjoyed it immensely.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy Aislin

    While I absolutely adored the first book in this duology, Shielded (in fact, it was one of my favourite books of 2020), its sequel was a bit of a letdown. In Shielded, Jennesara and Enzo truly owned their story and I loved the chemistry between them. Their story truly fit their characters. In comparison, Chiara and Ren fell utterly flat in Untethered. They were personality-less and had no chemistry at all. Plus Chiara was one of those TSTL heroines who makes bad decision after bad decision that on While I absolutely adored the first book in this duology, Shielded (in fact, it was one of my favourite books of 2020), its sequel was a bit of a letdown. In Shielded, Jennesara and Enzo truly owned their story and I loved the chemistry between them. Their story truly fit their characters. In comparison, Chiara and Ren fell utterly flat in Untethered. They were personality-less and had no chemistry at all. Plus Chiara was one of those TSTL heroines who makes bad decision after bad decision that only leads to her putting literally everyone she loves in danger. It would be like me starting a sword duel...I'd be dead before I pulled my sword out of its scabbard. This is literally what Chiara does for most of the book: tries to duel with no skills. It felt a lot like the author was trying to make the characters fit the story she wanted to tell and it just didn't work here. We ended up with flat main characters, a messy plot, cliched villains, and info-dumpy and unnatural dialogue. I didn't hate it by any means; I loved the familial relationships and the descriptions of each territory/country, and the author did a great job of establishing the characters' backgrounds to inform the reader of their motivations. It just wasn't what I expected considering my love for Shielded.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashmita

    This book is a mind-blowing sequel to the first book Shielded, and above all, it followed some of my absolutely cherished characters! The story picks up a few months after Shielded, and we follow Ren’s journey as he deals with his new responsibilities, role, and juggling life on just one hand, unable to trust anyone. The kingdom is thrumming with betrayal, as he journeys to his sister. Chiara on the other hand sets out on a deadly adventure to unearth the mystery behind the disappearance of a ro This book is a mind-blowing sequel to the first book Shielded, and above all, it followed some of my absolutely cherished characters! The story picks up a few months after Shielded, and we follow Ren’s journey as he deals with his new responsibilities, role, and juggling life on just one hand, unable to trust anyone. The kingdom is thrumming with betrayal, as he journeys to his sister. Chiara on the other hand sets out on a deadly adventure to unearth the mystery behind the disappearance of a royal family member. As soon as Ren learns of this, he vows to bring her back. And so the story begins as we follow two of my cherished characters, as they embark on a dangerous adventure to protect ones they love, to protect their kingdom and people from power-thirsty traitors. The writing style is fairly easy to follow and the plot although intricate, is one of the best out there. Beautifully crafted, this fast-paced story with hidden libraries, fight scenes, heart-stopping backstories, amazing character arc, and wonderful imagery, is absolutely worth the read. Besides, it’s a dual POV! And we love that!! It does have a few additional povs now and then but that just adds to the intrigue. Loved every second of this book and I highly recommend it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    4/5 stars I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving a review. Spoilers for book 1 ahead! With his father dead and Jenna in Turia, Ren becomes the king of Halendi and is left alone to pick up the pieces. There are those in his own court who want him dead, making his list of allies slim. To make matters worse, the Medallion continues to warn of danger. Meanwhile, Princess Chiara of Turia feels invisible. No one pays her much mind, even her own family. When horrible news arrives in 4/5 stars I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving a review. Spoilers for book 1 ahead! With his father dead and Jenna in Turia, Ren becomes the king of Halendi and is left alone to pick up the pieces. There are those in his own court who want him dead, making his list of allies slim. To make matters worse, the Medallion continues to warn of danger. Meanwhile, Princess Chiara of Turia feels invisible. No one pays her much mind, even her own family. When horrible news arrives in Turia, Chiara takes it upon herself to settle matters. Along with a mysterious clue, she sets off on a difficult journey. Both she and Ren discover how powerful the mages truly are and must work together if the Plateau is to be saved. This was an excellent sequel to Shielded! I am always wary when a series shifts to a different character's POV from book to book, but I genuinely enjoyed following Ren and Chiara throughout Untethered. First things first, the world-building is just as amazing as it was in Shielded. More of the Plateau is explored here and we learn more about the land and its magic. While there is a lot we don't know, it doesn't take away from the story at all. Ren and Chiara were also very interesting characters. They struggle with believing in themselves and worrying that they're not enough. Ren is not sure he can handle a kingdom; Chiara feels like a useless princess with nothing to contribute. As they continue on the journey, they also learn more about themselves and what they're truly capable of. In addition, the messages in this story were what truly made this book excellent. The characters learn a lot about forgiveness, trust in both others and themselves, and that there are many different kinds of strengths in life. My only real complaint was the pacing. It took me a little while to get into this book, and there were a few parts that dragged. But there were more scenes that captured my full attention, so I was able to get through it without too much of a problem. The ending did feel a little abrupt; I personally would have liked to know more about these characters and their futures, but the story did at least wrap up nicely. This is a clean and wholesome read that is still fun and adventurous! I think this is a great book for both teens and older readers alike. This duology will forever have a special place in my heart!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah {The Clever Reader}

    Shielded was such a fun read and Untethered did not disappoint. It is adventure from beginning to end. I enjoyed new characters we’re introduced to and it was nice seeing others from Shielded. Chiara is sick of waiting for someone to go out and look for her father who she knows hasn’t just gone missing. She has a bad feeling and with the help of her grandmother she finds herself on the path to not only finding her father but looking for the mages’ long-lost artifacts. She’s determined to find the Shielded was such a fun read and Untethered did not disappoint. It is adventure from beginning to end. I enjoyed new characters we’re introduced to and it was nice seeing others from Shielded. Chiara is sick of waiting for someone to go out and look for her father who she knows hasn’t just gone missing. She has a bad feeling and with the help of her grandmother she finds herself on the path to not only finding her father but looking for the mages’ long-lost artifacts. She’s determined to find the answers even if it takes her into enemy territory. Ren leaves the castle to find Chiara and bring her back to Hálendi but when their paths cross and she convinces him to continue on her journey he knows he can’t leave her. He will protect her and in the process he realizes he feels more for her than he thought. This ya fantasy has love, betrayal, and found friendships. It’s full of adventure and intrigue. I thought the pacing was well developed and I enjoyed the characters. I thought the ending wrapped up this duology well and I will miss these characters. I hope we’ll get to see more one day. I definitely recommend these books to anyone looking for a great YA duology!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    RTC for blog tour. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Putt)

    This is such a fluffy fantasy. If this was ever made into a TV show, sign me up because it's perfect for that or a movie. I definitely found this a lot less action-packed than the first book. It was a bit slower, so that combined with my slump make it take me a while to get through, but I definitely enjoyed it. You got to see characters from the first book and have some formerly side characters fleshed out more. There was a lot of exploration of the world, some explanation on the villains, and a This is such a fluffy fantasy. If this was ever made into a TV show, sign me up because it's perfect for that or a movie. I definitely found this a lot less action-packed than the first book. It was a bit slower, so that combined with my slump make it take me a while to get through, but I definitely enjoyed it. You got to see characters from the first book and have some formerly side characters fleshed out more. There was a lot of exploration of the world, some explanation on the villains, and a good ending. Please keep in mind, this is a tidy ending. I usually hate those, but I enjoyed it in this. Had a fairytale feel to it, very cozy. I also found it super interesting that the villains were never really explained/expanded on which is kinda nice. I feel like some books spend too much time making their villains "relatable" that they lose the scariness of them. While I never felt that the characters were threatened by these villains, I had no doubt that they would kill people if they wanted to at the drop of the hat. They were just good, standard evil dudes. I found the ending, while relatively predictable, to have some twists I wasn't expecting, so that was fun. I think my only "complaints" would be I wish we had a bit more explanation on the magic. I always got the feeling that magic was super rare, and i would have liked to seen that explored more. I also would have loved to know more about the land. There were some mentions of another continent (I think? It's been a while since I read Shielded), and it was brought up again in this. I would have loved to have known just a smidge more about it. Just so the world felt a little less like a video game terrain with fuzzy borders around the areas you play through and more like the fuzzy boarders are there, but you know a bit about what's beyond them. I also kinda wish we had had more with the villains mainly to learn about Kais, and more about the Library. But other than that, this was an enjoyable read. A good fantasy if you're looking to dip your toe into the genre while giving a steady, solid plot and characters.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Asia

    20 September 2021 I’m not going to rate this since I read too fast. I read this in all one sitting — it was just that good! However, because I read it really fast, I may have skipped some crucial sections, so I don’t think I can fairly rate this. Thus, I’m not going to rate it. Yet. Sometime in the future, though, I will reread this and give it a proper rating, but until then, you’re stuck with this. RTC ~~~~~ Want more bookish stuff? ・ Comment below to discuss this book more. I'd love to hear what yo 20 September 2021 I’m not going to rate this since I read too fast. I read this in all one sitting — it was just that good! However, because I read it really fast, I may have skipped some crucial sections, so I don’t think I can fairly rate this. Thus, I’m not going to rate it. Yet. Sometime in the future, though, I will reread this and give it a proper rating, but until then, you’re stuck with this. RTC ~~~~~ Want more bookish stuff? ・ Comment below to discuss this book more. I'd love to hear what you think! ・ Send me a private message on Goodreads to discuss this book and other books! ・ Join Book Nerds Unite to get involved in all things bookish with fellow book nerds! ・ Like this review, and follow me for more book reviews. Happy Reading! -------------------------------------------------- 11 March 2021 I just finished Shielded, and I need this book!! I'm kind of sad that I won't be reading more about Jenna and Enzo. :( <3 But I am excited to read more about Ren and Chiara! All I can say is KayLynn Flanders better write as good a book, if not better! I can't wait! ~~~~~ Want more bookish stuff? ・ Comment below to discuss this book more. I'd love to hear what you think! ・ Send me a private message on Goodreads to discuss this book or other books! ・ Join the Book Nerds Unite group to discuss this book and other books, as well as to receive book recommendations or just to chat in general with other book nerds like me! ・ Like this review, and follow my reviews for more book reviews. Happy Reading!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deja

    If Atháren were any more swoon-worthy it would be criminal. Oh how I ADORED this sequel. I often fear for follow-up books that entirely change POVs from the original, but the balance of each old beloved character worked perfectly from Chiara and Ren's perspectives, giving them time to shine as the protagonists while simultaneously letting Jenna, Enzo, and Mari have their own less centered journeys. The message of familial strength and love - both in blood and in the bonds you choose to form - was If Atháren were any more swoon-worthy it would be criminal. Oh how I ADORED this sequel. I often fear for follow-up books that entirely change POVs from the original, but the balance of each old beloved character worked perfectly from Chiara and Ren's perspectives, giving them time to shine as the protagonists while simultaneously letting Jenna, Enzo, and Mari have their own less centered journeys. The message of familial strength and love - both in blood and in the bonds you choose to form - was my favorite part of Shielded, and Untethered keeps that theme at the centerfold while also adding in a heartwarming and touching journey of self-assurance and finding your worth. This entire world's magic system is based on the strength and comfort of love, and the warm fuzzies I got at every hand hold, protective stance, and lingering glance were nonstop. I loved every bit of it. I was particularly happy with the way this world continues to grow without needing to dump new information on the readers. It's a gradual learning curve that's easy to understand, which is rare to see in fantasies with huge kingdoms like this. My only qualms lie in the pacing and execution of the climax- I often felt like we skipped over what could have been some fun legs of the journey, and the ending was just a bit abrupt, but maybe that was only because I wanted to hang on to these characters a little longer. As for how it all comes together in the end, without any spoilers, I feel like circumstances were a little too convenient for our protagonists. Things fell into place just a bit too easily, and it was quite a stretch of imagination to believe. Also, have I mentioned how much I love Ren? Because I love him. A lot.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Thoroughly enjoyable. A lot happens in this sequel and we see the story unfold between two main characters: Ren and Chiara. We have short chapters from the POV of other characters similar to how the first book had short chapters occasionally giving a POV that wasn't Jenna. Both Ren and Chiara are dealing with so many personal doubts and they just want to keep their families safe and make a difference. Through this drive, they are separately thrown into a whirlwind of events that keep testing thei Thoroughly enjoyable. A lot happens in this sequel and we see the story unfold between two main characters: Ren and Chiara. We have short chapters from the POV of other characters similar to how the first book had short chapters occasionally giving a POV that wasn't Jenna. Both Ren and Chiara are dealing with so many personal doubts and they just want to keep their families safe and make a difference. Through this drive, they are separately thrown into a whirlwind of events that keep testing their limits in new ways. The way new characters are added to the traveling group keeps things interesting and I'd say the last quarter of the action is incredibly intense. Nothing is overly graphic violence-wise and the hardships are consistent with those in the first book - nothing is glossed over but nothing is gratuitous. Ren and Chiara go through some major character growth that we get to witness and even though things look horrible, neither is willing to give up. KF gives every narrator (in both books) a fresh voice and keeps the protagonists relatable and likable without being perfect. I received an ARC via NetGalley I'm exchange for this honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chloe:)

    Idk how I feel about this...I love my Enzo and Jenna babies. But I cherish Ren and Chiara seems cool so maybe it’ll be better than I’m expecting. Also when I saw this sequel before I read the first book, I was like “why did Jenna’s hair color switch? Someone made a mistake there” but now I see why haha like yikes girl

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cora

    This duology has the most beautiful covers. 😍

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

    After the end of Jenna and Enzo's story, we are left with some questions and concerns. We know that Graymere is dead, but what about the other mages? And how will it work now that Ren is King of Hálendi, while Jenna is currently betrothed to the future king of Turiana? And what about The Black Library? What happens if the mages find it? And did I feel some tension between Ren and Chiara? If you had any of those questions, then welcome to the book that provides all of these answers! We didn't get After the end of Jenna and Enzo's story, we are left with some questions and concerns. We know that Graymere is dead, but what about the other mages? And how will it work now that Ren is King of Hálendi, while Jenna is currently betrothed to the future king of Turiana? And what about The Black Library? What happens if the mages find it? And did I feel some tension between Ren and Chiara? If you had any of those questions, then welcome to the book that provides all of these answers! We didn't get to see much of Ren, Jenna's older brother, in Shielded as he was off fighting and healing soldiers on the battlefield, but this book is Ren's story. And Chiara's, Enzo's little sister, who we saw a good bit of in Shielded. I loved splitting up this series into two separate stories, while keeping it in the same world. Jenna and Enzo's story was mostly complete by the end of Shielded, with only a few major questions left behind. Picking up the story with Chiara and Ren was such a fun change and I loved the two of them as MCs! Following along with their story, we have Ren, who's unsure of his new responsibilities and fears for the future, and Chiara, who feels invisible at home and wants to be anything but useless. When Chiara's father is kidnapped on the way to a royal wedding in Riiga, she does the only thing that felt right, go out and find him. But while Chiara doesn't have the fighting skills and magic of Jenna, she does have her wits about her. She's definitely not a stupid person and manages to find a friend, Aleksa, on the road who's willing to help her get into Riiga. Ren, who now wears the Medallion, gets a feeling that trouble is brewing in the south and heads to check on Jenna in Turiana. After discovering that Chiara has left for Riiga with her grandmother, Ren volunteers to get her and bring her home. But things aren't always that easy. Because while Chiara is on a mission to save her father, she also ends up being the key to finding The Black Library. And while she doesn't want to help the mages find it, things change when her eight year old sister Mari sneaks off to find Chiara and ends up getting picked up by one of the mages. This book has so many twists and turns as we follow Chiara and Ren on their rescue mission. I was honestly amazed with how much happens in this book, especially since it was only 400 pages long. One of my favorite things about this series, and KayLynn's writing in general, is her ability to lay down a plot that is filled with action, adventure, and romance, yet it doesn't feel overdone or too much. And her characters are always so tough, even when they feel like they're weak. There's a lot about this book that I love and I wish I could get more stories out of this world. Though this is a satisfying ending, I was still left with some questions. I'm hoping this means that we're getting another book in the series, because I would love to know the answers to some of these! Overall, this was such a good sequel. I loved Ren and Chiara's story and the ending that we get from this book. While I have some questions, I'm hoping this means that we get a third book in the series, but I won't hold my breath. If you like action, adventure, magic, and romance, this is a series you will love and should definitely check out!

  25. 4 out of 5

    isela

    ‘shielded’ was so much better. sometimes sequels unfortunately don’t meet the level of the first books, and in this case, this was one of them. it just felt like these two characters weren’t the same from shielded. and i feel like their romance was kind of forced, and if ren wasn’t always so flirty, their chemistry would’ve been completely nonexistent (they barely had any either way so) chiara was so incredibly boring, she was *THAT* one protagonist that always complains about being invisible (w ‘shielded’ was so much better. sometimes sequels unfortunately don’t meet the level of the first books, and in this case, this was one of them. it just felt like these two characters weren’t the same from shielded. and i feel like their romance was kind of forced, and if ren wasn’t always so flirty, their chemistry would’ve been completely nonexistent (they barely had any either way so) chiara was so incredibly boring, she was *THAT* one protagonist that always complains about being invisible (when most of the time it isn’t even true) and cried about how useless she is & it was repetitive and annoying. overall i have nothing against her as a character, but she kinda made me not like this book as much as i wanted to 😣 i loved her more in shielded though <3 as for ren, i liked him. i found him attractive and he’s one of my book boy crushes….but he was kinda boring as well. i loved all the scenes where he had his sword, though. i just wish he could have been written more uniquely, not like the usual charming young king who doesn’t know how to rule over a kingdom, you know? one thing i LOVE LOVE LOVEDDDD were the appearances of jenna and enzo, i ADORED them in the first book and if you need a reason to read shielded, THEY are it. they are my babies. my loves. i got so excited every time jenna and/or enzo were in a scene 🥺 i missed them so much and i’m glad they were in this book too! gotta say tho, the book cover is amazing, 10/10 for sure. whoever created it (and the shielded cover as well) should get ALL the recognition in the world. ren and chiara look stunning on it! it’s a shame that the actual story didn’t meet my expectations, but i am so in love with the cover, so i can’t help but give it one extra star for it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    *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 r *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!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becca Mee

    Untethered was another exhilarating adventure from Kaylynn Flanders. I guess I didn't read the synopsis closely, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw we'd be getting Ren and Chiara's POVs in this one. It really worked for me. I really loved their sweet dynamic and watching these characters who were mostly on the peripheral of the first book really shine in the second. They strengthen and embolden each other so much that their character development plays well off each other, and I thought th Untethered was another exhilarating adventure from Kaylynn Flanders. I guess I didn't read the synopsis closely, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw we'd be getting Ren and Chiara's POVs in this one. It really worked for me. I really loved their sweet dynamic and watching these characters who were mostly on the peripheral of the first book really shine in the second. They strengthen and embolden each other so much that their character development plays well off each other, and I thought that was pretty cool. I was worried that it would be hard to get back into this world after how much time has passed since I read Shielded, but the way that Flanders has designed her world and how the familiarity that infused her writing made that not a problem at all. Shielded's strongest point was its worldbuilding, and that holds true in Untethered as we venture into Riiga. The plot was well paced and kept me interested and you can really tell how Flanders's writing is only getting better. You can't help but feel drawn into the family that is at this epic fantasy's heart, and the characters are lovable and just a lot of fun to read about. Full of adventure, family and magic, Untethered is a story about what we do when the world and life we knew is tilted on its axis, and the relationships that strengthen our resolve to face it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Khushi Niranjan

    I am very honestly giving this three stars even though I am tempted to give it 4, but I really want to be honest with it. It's good, but not amazing. To people who are wanting to read this book for Jenzo, let me warn you this doesn't have an ounce of them, Jenzo closed the shutter in the last book, for Chiara and Ren in this. But nope, not the romance between Chiara and Ren, the "chemistry." But that doesn't mean you should not read this book, it's a sequel and the story will be incomplete, just.. I am very honestly giving this three stars even though I am tempted to give it 4, but I really want to be honest with it. It's good, but not amazing. To people who are wanting to read this book for Jenzo, let me warn you this doesn't have an ounce of them, Jenzo closed the shutter in the last book, for Chiara and Ren in this. But nope, not the romance between Chiara and Ren, the "chemistry." But that doesn't mean you should not read this book, it's a sequel and the story will be incomplete, just... don't get your hopes up. I really wished the author continued Jenna's pov, I think a lot more people would have liked it better. Also, I do not get why YA authors do this, they make teenagers seem like stubborn babies while eight-year-olds as the smartest kids on the block, PLEASE, get your sense of age maturity right. The first half was tbh really boring, but it sort of picks up pace halfway through but the finale is worth it, so don't be hesitant to read it if you have read Shielded. To sum it up, compared to the first book, this was just okay.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Savannah (forest_reader)

    I loved reading Shielded last year. It was a good, generic YA novel that was pleasant to read. I didn't realize, though, that Untethered would be through completely different characters' points of view while continuing the same storyline! I kinda liked it. It made it more interesting to me. However, I will say that I didn't love Chiara as a main character. I just don't love timid, untalented characters who have to struggle with every challenge they face. And I found the romance pretty lacking. I I loved reading Shielded last year. It was a good, generic YA novel that was pleasant to read. I didn't realize, though, that Untethered would be through completely different characters' points of view while continuing the same storyline! I kinda liked it. It made it more interesting to me. However, I will say that I didn't love Chiara as a main character. I just don't love timid, untalented characters who have to struggle with every challenge they face. And I found the romance pretty lacking. I did like how the story went though, and how it wrapped up all the loose ends from Shielded. Overall, a fine duology; one I think 15-year-olds would enjoy. Writing Aesthetic/Style: 3 Plot/Movement: 3 Character Development: 3 Overall: 3 Thank you, Delacorte Press and NetGalley, for the review copy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte press for letting me read this book for my honest opinion! Words cannot express how much I loved the follow-up to Shielded. At first I was upset that we didn’t get more of Jenna and Enzo but that quickly faded away as Ren and Chiara’s story came to life. The pacing and plot are incredible. At no point did I feel the story lagged or slowed down. Ren and Chiara are so resilient and it was so refreshing to see this other side to them that we didn’t get in the fir Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte press for letting me read this book for my honest opinion! Words cannot express how much I loved the follow-up to Shielded. At first I was upset that we didn’t get more of Jenna and Enzo but that quickly faded away as Ren and Chiara’s story came to life. The pacing and plot are incredible. At no point did I feel the story lagged or slowed down. Ren and Chiara are so resilient and it was so refreshing to see this other side to them that we didn’t get in the first book. I absolutely adored how everything wove together and came to be by the end. I need everyone to read this book because it does not disappoint!

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