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November 26, 2010

Book Review - Bewitched & Betrayed by Lisa Shearin

Bewitched & Betrayed (Raine Benares, Book 4)No, I wasn't betrayed by Lisa, but I was a bit bewitched by her last book, Bewitched & Betrayed. This is book 4 in the Raine Benares series of fantasy novels, a series that I have quite enjoyed, even though I've only read books 2 and 4. I may have to rectify that, though I have to say that Shearin does such a great job of making each book understandable that I don't feel the *need* to go back in order to understand what's going on.

I like that in a book series.

My review for Bewitched and Betrayed is now up on Curled Up With a Good Book, and I have to say that I quite enjoyed this novel.

From the review:

"Raine Benares is an Elven Seeker - a woman who can use her inherent magic to seek out criminals and other targets she’s tasked to look for. A major problem has been hampering her life the last little while, though: after being tricked into touching the Saghred, a stone full of potently evil magic that serves as a prison for evil souls, she has become its keeper. She’s barely able to contain the Saghred’s hunger for souls, much less fight off other wizards who greatly desire her power. With Mychael (the Elven paladin who heads the Guardians of the magic school on the island of Min) on one side and Tam (a former Goblin noble with a touch of dark magic himself) on the other, she faces off against an evil dark mage who will stop at nothing to get the Saghred’s power - either with Raine’s cooperation or over her dead body."

I love the mix of humour and dark "end of the world" fantasy in this series. Anyone who controls the Saghred (other than Raine, of course) is most likely going to succumb to the urge to take over the world, if not destroy it. Yet Shearin makes the book (and entire series) fun as well.

Check out the review, and let me know what you think. It's a must-read for anybody who likes some light fantasy.


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