Bewitched & Betrayed Mass Market Paperback – Apr 27 2010
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"A definite star on the rise." -- Linnea Sinclair
About the Author
Lisa Shearin currently works as the editor at an advertising agency. She has been a magazine editor and writer of corporate marketing materials of every description. Lisa enjoys singing, reading, writing novels, and fencing (foil and epee, as well as rapier & dagger dueling). She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, two spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and a Jack Russell terrier who rules them all.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
**Spoiler Alert!** If you plan on reading the novel and don't want to know what happens, do not read past this point!
Lisa Shearin has done it again!!! This is only the fourth book she has published, and already, with her style, she resembles a veteran; an author who's been around for years! She's that good!
Raine's back, with our entire favourite cast of characters.
The spectres are running rampid all over Mid, including Sarad Nukpana. Raine is now after them, to put them back where they belong. The opening line is, and I quote: "I was being chased by a pissed-off guy with a knife. A really big knife." My first thought: And we're off!!!
Then, not halfway down the page, I cracked up when I read: "And believe me, I got to see enough manhoods and fleeing pasty white posteriors to last me a lifetime."
When a shriveled up body is dumped at her feet by none other than Sarad Nukpana, she's warned that the whole situation is about to get worse. Sarad is going to "eat" as much power as he can, and will eventually find a way to control her and the Saghred (stone). And he's going to go after everyone she cares about and everyone she loves before he gets to her.
Raine will stop at nothing to find him.
We see another side of Mychael; now we learn where he came from before he became Paladin. Their umi'atsu bond grows stronger, and both finally admit to being in love with each other.
Talon gets himself into even more trouble - on a couple of separate occasions. Piaras keeps himself out of most of it, until he goes after Talon.Read more ›
Mychael and Raine do get closer in this novel and Raine must make a hard decision regarding Tam. Talon tries to be a hero and gets himself in trouble. Piara's can't let his friend go alone so he follows Talon which results in Raine following as well. Like she needs anymore problems.
Bewitched & Betrayed is my favourite novel in the series. It was constantly keeping me on the edge of my seat. Lisa is the master of keeping her books paced with the amount of action she puts in them as well as the humour she uses with her characters.
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Book 4 was going to be a deciding factor for me if I was going to continue with this series or not--And I've decided to continue. I really enjoyed the adventure, the romance (very low-key), the development, and the direction. I worried that this book would be too similar to Armed & Magical (Raine Benares, Book 2) and The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares, Book 3) which seemed to just keep piling on the troubles and never really push the story forward. I had enjoyed them both, but I was ready for some decisions to be made and some bad guys (or a few of her troubles) to die.
Bewitched & Betrayed (Raine Benares) starts with a bang just weeks after The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares, Book 3) showing Raine chasing down 1 of the 6 escaped "convicts" who broke free from the Saghred. Satisfied to have caught one, she knows she still has work to do to catch the nastiest of them all, Sarad Nukpana. Add to this the Reapers who want to siphon off the souls of the Saghred through Raine, her ever increasing popularity with the wrong sorts of politicians, an umi'atsu bond with Dark Mage Tam and Guardian Paladin Mychael, and a soul-stealing rock trying to tempt her, Raine is still up to her elven neck in trouble.
Things I loved:
1. The Love-Triangle is resolved--Raine makes a choice! The results felt natural and not forced. Also, there wasn't much drama about it nor angst. (I decided that if wasn't resolved in this book, I'd drop the series.)
2. A few (and one notable) enemies meet their end, for good.
3. Raine is starting to understand her power. What I appreciated about this is that even though she has a major-powerful rock to boost her power it is still HER power that gets the boost. She can't all the sudden do powerful sorcery unrivaled, her own meager powers get an upgrade, which she needs to fend off all the sharks out to get her. With help of her family and friends, she's starting to have more confidence in herself and what she can do. Refreshing.
4. Mychael--He finally cracks that Paladin exterior to let Raine see what kind of man he really is. We learn more about his past and what's formed him into the man we know.
5. Tam--we meet someone from his past and his true desires are put to the test.
6. Family--Raine has such a great family that surrounds her from her 934 year-old dad in a 20 year-olds body to her Pirate uncle who plots deviously (and underhandedly)against those in power to her horny cousin who always finds a way to help Raine and score some for himself at the same time. They really make Raine real.
Things I didn't like so much:
1. Exposition--it was mentioned in another review that the author kept referring in detail to past events. I didn't mind so much with this first reading because it's been a while since I read books 1-3, so I found it somewhat helpful. However, I do know that I will be skipping big paragraphs in future re-readings when I read it again. It was a very minor annoyance.
2. Still many loose ends--There seemed to be a few story lines that were started and just left there hanging. A few bad guys showed up once and then nothing, almost as if they just popped in so that we wouldn't forget about them. When the book ended I thought "Well what about....? and so-and-so....?"
All in all, I really had fun reading Raine's latest adventure. I'm looking forward to her next story. You know it's a good read when it makes you want to revisit the entire series from the beginning again--and that's just what it's done for me.
(Contains a few swear words, one sex scene detailed but not graphic, and fantasy violence.)
Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares, Book 1)
Armed & Magical (Raine Benares, Book 2)
The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares, Book 3)
Bewitched & Betrayed (Raine Benares)
Con & Conjure (Raine Benares)(March 29, 2011)
All Spell Breaks Loose (Book 6) (2012)
I just have one quick note for parents whose daughters are reading this series--this particular novel does have a (single) love scene that skillfully avoids any taboo words, but is certainly more detailed than any of the previous novels, so if you're concerned about what your children are reading, you may want to evaluate whether that particular scene is appropriate for your child.
BOTTOM LINE: This wasn't the very best book in the series so far, but it doesn't disappoint. If you are a fan of Raine and her ridiculous antics, then this will be as satisfying as anything else.
LOVE TRIANGLE: It's true- progress was made with the love triangle thing and it was low key. It felt natural and right- and such a relief. Though I will admit that I wished there was a bit more steam and sexual tension in this book. This is the book where the tension BREAKS, which is always bitter sweet.
CHARACTERS: I couldn't have asked for more. We get more Mychael. We see some character development with Tam. Paris and Talon are, as usual, troublemakers, but even there we see even more how much heart they provide the story and the main characters. The bond between Raine, Mychael and Tam both strengthens in some ways and lessens in others. Raine's Dad and other family become more vivid and important.
PLOT: Oddly complicated- it works for the most part, but it was almost as if there were two different story lines and it got confusing in some places and wasn't entirely resolved.
Seriously, though, I think I smiled through the entire book. This series in general just makes me HAPPY and this book lived up to my expectations.
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