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Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

Secondborn     Kindle Unlimited

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?

Traitor Born        Kindle Unlimited

In the Fates Republic…
Firstborns reign supreme.
Secondborns kneel in servitude.
Thirdborns face death.
And Census shadows them all.

Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic’s armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother’s command.

The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. A soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army’s plot to overthrow the Republic and shatter its brutal caste system. Targeted by assassins and torn between allies, Roselle will have her loyalty, love, and honor tested in the greatest battle of—and for—her life.

Rebel Born         Kindle Unlimited    

Roselle faces a mind-reeling showdown with the deep state agent controlling her psyche in the Wall Street Journal bestselling conclusion to the Secondborn series.

Roselle St. Sismode is many things: victim of a conspiracy, unwilling host of an ever-evolving mind algorithm, spy for a rebel army, and heir to the Fate of Swords. As a warrior, she’s also the anticipated main event at the Secondborn Trials. When the opening ceremonies erupt in chaos, Roselle is abducted by a sadistic agent with a diabolical plan: transform Roselle into a mind-controlled assassin to topple society. But a rogue scientist has implanted Roselle with a genius technology that is far more powerful. It renders her untouchable. Faster. Stronger. And maybe immortal.

With her enhanced abilities come the highest stakes yet, as Roselle confronts shifting realities at every turn as well as her own mother’s stunning betrayal. Racing against time with a determined resistance group, can Roselle overthrow the forces of destruction and reclaim the most valuable of commodities—her humanity?

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Fly Girl’s Review:

I just recently finished this series on Audible and was very entranced by it. Amy’s story telling ability is amazing, from the dystopian society to the tree-house military installations, to the battlefront; she makes it easy to visualize this world where forced child labor and two children laws are used to keep society in control. To go into too much detail of the plot would ruin the books for everyone and I don’t want to do that, so there won’t be any spoilers.

The main character Roselle is a Secondborn that everyone ends wishes was a firstborn because they have watched her grow up like royalty on tv and can’t imagine their world without her. See usually Secondborns from the Fate of Swords usually don’t last long. However they’ve raised Roselle to be a survivor, unlike her firstborn brother Gabriel. The three books are really about how Roselle goes from being an obedient Secondborn to realizing she could change things, to taking some real action.

Roselle struggles with romance between three people, which was developed very well throughout the series. Some decisions about who she ends up with are hers and others are circumstances Amy creates, but it comes to a clean conclusion. It’s nice that all three books are out so you can binge listen or read because the cliffhangers in books 1 and 2 are tough to bear. I had to postpone other books I was scheduled to review because I was driven by need to hear the rest of this one. I do think the first two in the series are much better than the last.

The last book has to be read whether you read other bad reviews or you take my word that it isn’t as good as the other two. Amy takes us on a road no one, I’m guessing, even she didn’t see coming. I felt like it was a little too far in left field and would rather have seen her take a different course in book three. I was almost as if she were telling a completely different story. With that said, you have to finish the series because there are crucial things that get told in the final book that wrap up all these hanging details from books one and two. So whatever you may hear or read, don’t give up on book three.

So I’m only giving this a 4 of 5 because of book three. Otherwise it might have made my Top 10 of the year. I would love to see this made into a series on Netflix. I will be reading more of Amy’s work.

Fly Girl’s Rating:  4 of 5 Propellers

Connect with Amy Bartol:

Amy A. Bartol is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Secondborn Series, The Premonition Series, The Kricket Series, and a short story entitled “The Divided.” She has won numerous awards for her writing and been nominated for several more. She’s a graduate of Hillsdale College, which inspired the setting of her Premonition Series. Amy lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons, but she travels often, sparking her imagination to create more worlds like the ones with hidden angels, doorways to alien landscapes, and fantastical futuristic societies and technologies.

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