Review: Bewitched and Betrayed

Bewitched and Betrayed

by Lisa Shearin
Ace Books – $7.99

Reviewed by Superwench83.

Any novel that begins with the words, “I was being chased by a pissed-off naked guy with a knife,” is a hook for me. And in typical Lisa Shearin style, Bewitched and Betrayed continues to hook the reader beyond the first line, pulling you along cliffhanger after cliffhanger, barbs and gibes in ready supply.

If you haven’t yet fallen in love with Raine Benares and her weapon-laden, spellsinging companions, now is a fine time to pick up the first book and work your way up to Bewitched and Betrayed. You could read them out of order, I suppose, but I recommend starting from the top. Bewitched and Betrayed resolves a series-long subplot thread which you will be dying to learn the answer to. So unlike those of us who have devoured each book as it came out, you don’t have to wait for the resolution. Instant gratification!

As for those who have long anticipated this release, you won’t be disappointed.

In Bewitched and Betrayed, it’s business as usual for Raine–which means it’s not usual business at all. She’s fought goblins and dark mages and hordes of demons, but this time she’s fighting death itself, in its many and varied forms. It seems that her dead enemies don’t have the courtesy to stay that way, and the lives of people she loves–one of whom she’s finding out just how much she loves–are at risk. Meanwhile, Reapers have set their sights on Raine, who is a source of thousands of souls, thanks to her bond with the soul-sucking rock called the Saghred. But even these concerns must be set aside when a dear friend is falsely imprisoned and a high-ranking official is put on an evil mage’s to-kill list.

Not typical for most girls, but then again, Raine has never been average.

I always find it hard to discuss sequels and series without giving something away, yet without speaking in such general terms as to make my words completely useless. So for already-established fans, let me just say that you can expect more of the stuff you love about the Raine Benares books–sexy goblins and sexier (in my opinion!) elven Guardians, wry and witty humor from Raine, explosions, political intrigue…and pirates, of course. Oh, excuse me, not pirates. They’re “seafaring businessmen.”

Plot-driven adventures with characters so vivid you feel like you’re right there with them through every disaster. These books are like potato chips–you can’t stop eating them up. It’s a rare gift to craft a book as riveting as Bewitched and Betrayed. Lisa Shearin has written four of them. The adventure continues with Con and Conjure next spring, and I cannot wait!

14 Thoughts to “Review: Bewitched and Betrayed”

  1. WOW! Thank you, Tia, for the AMAZING review!


    1. Actually, It’s Katie that you need to thank, since it’s her review! She beat me in the reading contest!

  2. Ooops! Thank you, KATIE!!

    1. Yes, Katie. Thank you!! I am so lucky that I have people like you to help me with reviews! Lisa, I’m reading it now!

    2. You’re welcome, guys! It was my pleasure. (Really, it was. I loved this one.)

  3. Deborah Blake

    I love all Lisa’s books and can’t wait to read this one. It is sitting in the top of my TBR pile as we speak!

    Run, don’t walk, to get these books!

  4. Chicory

    I’m glad you were careful not to give anything away, even though that makes reviewing tough. (I’m not getting the book till Saturday -three more days!- so I appreciate no spoilers.)

    1. I hate spoilers. They’ve, well, spoiled books for me on many occasions, so I try really hard not to give anything away myself. Do unto others and all that stuff. 🙂

  5. I think I’ll have to try these books. I’m off to stick the first one in my Amazon wishlist before I forget! 😀

  6. Chicory

    (Well, three days if you count the rest of today and the first half of Saturday, before I get to the bookstore.)

  7. Thank you, Deborah & Chicory!

    And especially thank you to Rabia! ; ) I hope you enjoy the series.


  8. I’m looking forward to the next installment of the Raine Benares series. It’s a hoot as well as action packed, and the dialog is priceless. Well worth reading if you haven’t already.

  9. this is a fantastic review and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve become an addict of this series. I’ll have to check out Lisa Shearin’s website to see if we can order autographed copies.

    1. If you can’t, you can get autographed bookplates to put into your own copy. That’s what I do. {Smile, wink}

      Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

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