• Boundary Born

  • Boundary Magic, Book 3
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,784 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $25.19

Buy for $25.19

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Something wicked is at work in Colorado's supernatural community. Vampires are being paralyzed or killed with poison...a weapon favored by witches. This offense threatens to break apart the already-fractured alliance between witches and the undead.

The state's cardinal vampire, Maven, summons boundary witch Allison "Lex" Luther to stop the killing before it ignites a war. Lex has barely started investigating when she gets another surprise: the biological father she's never met arrives on her doorstep. He has answers to all of Lex's questions about her bloodline, but getting those answers could mean betraying the life she's already built.

Then the next vampire is poisoned - and this time it's Maven herself. The new evil that hunts Lex is powerful and ruthless enough to stop the strongest supernatural creature in the state. In order to find such a killer, Lex will have to face down her own birthright and call on every ally - both living and dead.

©2016 Melissa F. Olson (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What listeners say about Boundary Born

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,211
  • 4 Stars
    467
  • 3 Stars
    93
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    6
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,173
  • 4 Stars
    341
  • 3 Stars
    58
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    6
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,050
  • 4 Stars
    417
  • 3 Stars
    95
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    7

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Still a great read!

The most entertaining thing about this one, it is not about Charlie. Yes, her name is repeated throughout the book, but she is not in any danger. The next bonus, Lex find out her parents and there is evil in the shadows. My disappointment is the, "I am a monster syndrome” In situations where the protagonist finds out their parents were not the sterling members of the community, they feel guilty. They interpret their parents’ action as recriminations against themselves. Oh my god, I am evil, oh my god I am a monster. The only thing that has changed is they now know their blood line. That is needless filler and extremely unoriginal by the author.

Lily and Simon are great as always. I really enjoy how they make up their own minds versus following what the coven says. I really like Lily’s voice and personality. Their mother is ok too. I understand her restraints. There is real witch royalty introduced. I would like to see that expanded upon.

Why is it when lovers get into the struggle, I will be there to protect you, regardless if it kills you. Yep, Lex and Quin encounter a situation where she had to betray Quinn to keep herself safe. Again my WTF meter goes off doing the ensuring argument between them. After they make a promise not to do it again and you can hear the ominous music in the background.

All said and done, I enjoyed the book.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great read and wonderful narration..



What a busy story. There was soooo much going on all the time. Especially that horrible Lasander. He was a serious killer. Even having his son try to kill Maven, which is NOT going to happen. She’s the head-honcho vampire. And funny looking too. She wears really funky clothes, thick glasses and has orange hair, to disguise herself. Only a few know how beautiful she really is.

Since there is so much happening all the time it impossible to tell you what it is without giving away spoilers. Just let me say that you’d like it.

I like Quinn and Lex as a couple, she’s a witch and he’s a vampire. I like Simon and Lily, too. As well as, Elise and Anna.

BUT, like other reviewers I do get tired of hearing about all the animals, 4 dogs and I don’t know how many cats, and one or two others that I don’t even remember.. It’s just too many and they are mentioned to many times.

There is a little romance, no sex whatsoever and the F-bomb was used 12 times.

As to the narration: If the book had been terrible I would have listened to it anyway because Kate Rudd was reading it. She is one of the best.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic Read!

This is the third book in the Boundary Magic Series and it didn't let me down. In this story something is attacking the Vampires in Colorado and Lex, Quinn and their friends try to find out who and why. While the story moves along Lex learns a lot about her background and the background of boundary magic. Throughout this series Lex has been dealing with the fact that she is a boundary witch and everything that involves and how it affects her life and in this book we see this to a greater extent. Loved seeing how her and Quinn's relationship has grown and how her friendship with Lily and Simon has also grown. It was a fast read from beginning to end and all around fantastic story. I listened to the audio book and wanted to say that Kate Rudd did a great job narrating it.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

And It Just Keeps Getting Better

What did you love best about Boundary Born?

As much as I love the Scarlett series this is my favorite book by Melissa F. Olson so far. This is mainly due to Lex's character development. Lex remains naive to the Old World and is still stubborn as a mule, yet she is learning to trust the people she cares about.

It's this slow but rich development is I love Mrs. Olson's work so much

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lily. Her humor and personality really balance out Lex's.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are a few and to avoid spoilers I'll leave it at that.

Any additional comments?

I am not a fan of Kate Rudd. Her accent is so pronounced every time she has to do another accent it's just painful to hear. But anyone who is a fan of her work will not find fault in her performance

Over all I loved this book..Great pacing, great character development and a solid story. What more could you ask for.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Best Boundary Magic book so far!

**Reviews courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

I’ve been looking forward to BOUNDARY BORN since I finished BOUNDARY LINES last year. And BOUNDARY BORN was easily worth the wait. The Boundary Magic series has gotten significantly better with each book, and BOUNDARY BORN has continued that tradition by bringing us another epic adventure.

Lex has become one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines. She has her doubts and struggles. But Lex isn’t whiny like some heroines can get. She’s died multiple times, her twin sister was killed by werewolves before she even knew about the Old World, and she has PTSD from her time in the Army. Those are just a few of her issues but she doesn’t moan about how the world is out to get her, she just gets up and fights back.

There isn’t really any romance in BOUNDARY BORN, which I was fine with, but if that’s what you’re looking for it isn’t here. Lex is in a healthy relationship, with an actually decent guy (something I rarely find in female led urban fantasy/paranormal romance.) Quinn doesn’t try to keep Lex locked up despite that fact that she’s clearly capable of holding her own in a fight, and he’s even honest with Lex and tells her about his not so pleasant past. And Lex doesn’t see the need to mention every other page how hot Quinn is. It is clear that their relationship is much more than the abusive and lustful relationships of paranormal romance.

Another thing that Melissa Olson does spectacularly is having injured characters. In the last Scarlett Bernard book, Scarlett had to use a crutch the whole time. In BOUNDARY BORN Lex gets injured and has to deal with those effects. It makes sense that vampire and werewolf characters heal fast, but sometimes it's fun to see the characters actually have consequences for the actions they take.

BOUNDARY BORN is an amazing book. I’ll miss Lex as Melissa Olson returns to the Scarlett Bernard series. But there are still adventures for Lex so I’m certain that Olson will return to the Boundary Magic series again.

Sexual Content - References to sex and rape

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • B
  • 08-29-22

Love it.

I love her writing style. Enough said in that. This series continues to capture my interest. I thought it would not after book 2 (which I enjoyed); but bringing in her father and the complex way she was born; plus integrating her mom and Sam; let’s just say I was not bored. It was a bit slow in the beginning but once it layer the foundation it was nonstop. The audiobook is fabulous. Not a great fan of Quinn’s voice; but it’s personal preference.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Love this series

Great series and amazing author. Definitely worth listening to again. I am looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Love the series!

I'm enjoying this series. Constructive criticism for the narration... She tends to over enunciate a bit, making the reading somewhat stilted at times. Sometimes that bothers me, sometimes it doesn't.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

great story, narrator needs more male voices

I love this story but I kept getting thrown for a loop because the male voices of the narrator are all the same. I kept hearing her boyfriend, Quinn, in all the bad guys.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Love the whole series!

Re-read the first two books so I could catch up with the last three in the series. Excellent story telling and awesome narration!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mrs. Melanie M. Austin
  • Mrs. Melanie M. Austin
  • 05-06-20

Another excellent installment in the Lex Saga!

I really enjoyed this installment as we got some background info into Lex and where she really came from.
Kate Rudd is great I'm just not keen on the Male accents but shes greatest how she switches so quickly.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brook10033
  • Brook10033
  • 01-10-20

Great book

Exciting story, plenty of action, paranormal happenings. interesting people. Good caracter development, dialog and plenty of easy to see scenes.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-19

A little shallow an confusing

This goes for all the books in the series. You get the feeling of constantly being kept in the dark about things. Or that there are roads that lead to nowhere. The characters are lovely and you care about them but they do not let you in and the relationships between them (romantically or not) are hard to define and somewhat unexplored. It causes the book to register as a bit shallow. As if the author ran out of paper before she could develop. Not at all a boring story or a waste of time, but there definitely are room for enrichment of characters.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JuttaS
  • JuttaS
  • 03-18-19

The series carries on at a pace, love it...

Oh my goodness Lex just cannot get a break!!! Poor love. It makes for a fascinating listen though. Quadruple thumbs up, seriously. I didn't see the twists coming and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It's not dipping at all (always a concern in a series) it's just carrying onwards, building the world and giving more info on the characters.

Kate Rudd is an excellent narrator as always. I feel so comfortable listening to her. Heading for the next book...

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sarah
  • Sarah
  • 04-29-17

Fantastic 3rd book. Can't wait for more.

Would you listen to Boundary Born again? Why?

No but definitely a fantastic story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lex. Strong independent women with issues like all of us

What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I feel you just connect better with characters more when your listening

Any additional comments?

Explosive 3rd book. Hope more to come in future

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for s manning
  • s manning
  • 03-07-17

great series

absolutely loved this series of books and will be looking for further boojs by this author

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for S. Smith
  • S. Smith
  • 07-01-16

Lex does amazing in difficult situations.

I really enjoy this series, This book does not disappoint the narrator Kate Rudd does a wonderful job at bringing the different characters to life, I can always tell who is talking. It is hard to comment on the story without giving any spoilers away but I will try. Lex tries so hard in this book to keep on her mission even though at times she is not feeling 100%. There are some worrying parts, as in how is she going to get through this. Melissa F. Olson and Kate Rudd does a fantastic job of keeping the listener wanting more. I liked the chapter lengths they were long enough that you could listen to one or two just before bed.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for J
  • J
  • 06-28-16

Great

As always another fabulous tale from one of the top ten fantasy writers. highly recommended.

.