Review: Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin ★★★★★

Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Book four of the Raine Benares series
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
ISBN: 0441018726
Page Count: 384
My Rating: ★★★★★

Summary

My name is Raine Benares. I'm a seeker. I find lost things and missing people -- usually alive. Finding the specters of six evil mages who escaped the Saghred, a soul-stealing stone of unlimited power, was easy. Stopping them before they unleash Hell on earth just may be the death of me.

Being bonded to the Saghred wasn't my idea -- neither is hunting down its escapees. Especially not when one of them is also hunting me. He's regenerating his body by taking the lives of powerful victims, along with their memories, knowledge, and most important of all, their magic. The dark mage wants control of the Saghred, and if he gets it, he'll become an evil demigod whom no one can stop. The only thing in his way is me.

One of us doesn't stand a ghost of a chance.

REVIEW

Excellent continuation. I am so glad I persevered with this series after my shaky start. It's unfortunate that it has what I call "dodgy book one syndrome" which I'm sure will put many people off from picking up the second book, but you really, really should. It's not that book one was bad exactly...just confusing. But even that could have just been me having a particularly slow day. I bet if I read it back now, knowing the characters and the world as I do, I wouldn't have a problem with it.

See, it's me, not you, book. Oh how the tides and turned.

BEWITCHED AND BETRAYED sees the re-emergence of a couple of adversaries from past books. I really wanted to delve into the book, grab them by the scruff of the neck and scream, "will you just DIE already!" but alas, the laws of physics were being stubborn as usual.

Ooh, ooh, and FINALLY some progress on the romance front! Yay! I'm not a fan of love triangles, and really, I'm not sure if I would even classify what happens in this series as a love triangle. It's more just that there are two guys declaring their interest and intent, and only one prize. So my delicate sensibilities when it comes to cheating and messing with people's feelings, don't get offended by this series at all. And the romantic development here in this book is more than satisfying and puts an end to discussion once and for all.

I'm heading straight for the next book in the series: Con and Conjure. Can't wait!

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