And my head jolts up, and I see him, Corin. Standing there, free.
Then Corin runs.
And at first, I think he’s just going to the right because Raliegh’s on his other side, and I’m sure he’s going to circle back. That he’s going to come for me.
But he doesn’t.
He looks back, just for a second. His Untamed eyes meet mine — my Enhanced ones, my mirrors. His lips tighten, press together. A slight line appears between his eyesbrows as he frowns —as he thinks. Just for a split second though. But I know that look.
The bridge between us shatters.
Corin runs, sprints out of the open doorway.
I try to follow but I can’t.
He’s gone. Left me.
And I know —just know — wont’ see Corin again. –Madeline Dyer
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Seven Sarr is the seer the augury spoke of. She’s living in a world where addiction is the rule and staying Untamed is the goal. But when the Enhanced are so much stronger than those who aren’t, and when you’ve lost control of your very soul so Raleigh can use you to Enhance your remaining people how do you fight him? Seven learns that she must fight fire with fire even if that fire consumes her.
Being a seer, even the seventh one born of light, might not be enough to help Seven save herself and her people.
The God and Goddesses believe she is traitor to her own people so she must do this on her own while Raleigh toys with her mind. When she can’t tell the difference between reality and the crazed thoughts of her tortured mind how is she supposed to save her entire people? Could the augury be wrong? Or is there more to Seven Sarr than even she realizes?
Madeline Dyer has a BA Honors degree in English Literature from the University of Exeter. She lives in the southwest of England where she spends her time dreaming up dystopian worlds and playing with shetland ponies, guinea pigs and her rabbit. She can be found all over the web, here are a few of the places you can stalk her; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and her blog. You can also sign up for her newsletter to be the first to hear when she has a new release coming out. She also offers sneak peeks, excerpts and other great stuff.
What I Loved
So much love! I don’t know where to start.
Seven is one of the strongest protagonists I’ve met. She struggles under the mind and body control of a man so consumed with conquering the world that he won’t consider losing. He toys with her; emotions, body and even her soul, which he owns. Yet at every turn Seven fights him, refuses to give up and give in. She never forgets that she is the key the prophecy spoke of to save the Untamed.
She falters, but never gives up.
The tension in this book starts in the beginning and never gives up. Rather than the ebb and flow of a typical story Dyer invites you to slip into her vise and begins to tighten it, never letting up until the final words. At moment’s I thought I would die for the tension, putting it down to move on to another task seemed beyond me. I’d resist picking it up unless I knew I had time to lose myself in Dyer’s prose, poetry almost, of a girl lost in a mad man’s nightmare.
What I didn’t love
So there wasn’t much I didn’t love about this book. Nothing in fact.
Well, there is the little fact that I thought the Untamed series was a trilogy and that when I finished this I’d know Seven’s fate.
So much no.
It’s a four book series. So I’ll be biting my acrylic fingernails off until Spring 2018 for that one.
Seriously, if you don’t read series, read this one.
Where To Find It
Divided is book 3 in a four book series that is best read in order. Divided and the other books in the series, Untamed and Fragmented, can be found at Amazon or your favorite book seller.