Child of the Outcast

Born Vampire Book 2

Young Adult - Paranormal
372 Pages
Reviewed on 04/25/2022
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Child of the Outcast by Elizabeth Dunlap is the second book in the Born Vampire series. Lisbeth watched as the love of her life was ripped away and now she waits for news of her own fate. Locked away to deal with her grief over Knight's death, she struggles with her guilt and the reality that she will never see Knight again. Lisbeth knew letting a Lycan child go free would have consequences but she stands by her choice and is shocked when she discovers that she's been tasked with bringing two feuding sides together. The goal creates tension, could lead to an uprising, and may put those closest to her at risk. After losing Knight, she thought she had nothing left to lose, but she soon discovers that she has one more thing.

The story takes place after the events of the first book. Elizabeth Dunlap creates a vivid and poignant journey that captures the real struggle with grief and loss as Lisbeth processes the void left by Knight and her own guilt over what happened. The details that Elizabeth Dunlap weaves into the story create emotional, well-written, and powerful descriptions that perfectly capture the way grief can derail you. Dunlap uses poignant phrases such as Lisbeth's feelings of agony, lifelessness, and being dead inside to put you on the journey with her as she struggles to heal. The first book had elements of a Romeo and Juliet forbidden romance while this story focuses on Lisbeth's life without Knight, though he is still an important element and presence throughout the story. Dunlap does a captivating job of delivering this emotional journey against a background of isolation as Lisbeth is imprisoned while grieving, and uses this to focus on other relationships in her life. Child of the Outcast focuses on Lisbeth's personal journey and her inner reflection. This is a great follow-up to the first book with an empowering female lead, forbidden love, a twist on the classic feud between vampires and werewolves, and an honest portrayal of grief.