A continuation of the Guardian Legacy series, Betrayed picks up where Awakened left off.
***THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK.***
Lil now knows the identity of her father – and it does NOT make her happy. Trying to bond with her and insinuate himself into her life, Valafar succeeds in only pushing his suspicious daughter away. She discovers that he is not only using one of her friends as a medium to contact Lil, but there is a traitor somewhere in the midst of the Cardinals.
Bran’s sister, Celeste, is now living in the Valley while their older brother tries to recover. Bran, who is becoming more distant, refuses to tell Lil what’s going on and won’t link their powers any more. And The Specials, a group of demon children who seem to want to help – can they be trusted? Then Lil finds her abilities becoming more powerful and surprising. What if the demon in her is taking over? And what’s going to happen now that her best human friend has seen what Lil can do?
Then there’s THE LIST. Since the demise of Coronis, her list of purchased souls supposedly disappeared. That means that every demon is looking for it, because whoever finds it will become the new leader. The Cardinals have their work cut out for them.
This book is a conundrum for me. On the one hand, it is pretty well written, has an interesting story line, wasn’t just an exact re-telling of what happened in the first book, and had characters that were relatively well-rounded. I have to say, also, that the betrayal that this book is named for was a good mystery. There weren’t tons of red herrings (which can get really annoying after a while), but there were plenty of references throughout the book that made this reader wonder “Is that the betrayer?” The sophomore book of a series so often gets thrown under the bus when it comes to plot and excitement. Many times it only serves as a conveyance to the third book. It cleans up messes from the first book, gives a few more clues, and then sits there and waits for the next volume. This book built off of the last book evenly and had its own suspense, problems and new characters.
But on the other hand…maybe I needed to wait longer to read it after finishing the first one. I don’t know. I guess since the first one was “fine,” I could have survived without reading the second one. Like Awakened, there wasn’t anything really new here and other than what I discussed earlier, it was pretty predictable. Sure, you could argue plot points, names of weapons, etc., but I’m talking about the story, stripped to its essence. Some series, I want to power through all available. This one, not so much.
3 of 5 Stars (Based on Ink and Page’s Rating System)
Genres: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal
Ages: 14 and up
You might want to know: There is language that some might find objectionable (bitch-slapped, man-whore, ‘biatch’); hot and heavy make-out sessions with brief discussions of sex; under-age drinking; one character flips off another character.
Betrayed by Ednah Walters was published May 28, 2012 by Spencer Hill Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review.