Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Betrayal by Gillian Shields

Betrayal, a companion to Immortal, is a one-sit read. As soon as I picked up this book, I couldn't get Evie Johnson or the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies out of my head. Just a few months ago, Evie believed that she was a normal teenage girl. Now, after finding her sisters in the Mystic Way and winning the first battle against the Wyldcliffe coven, Evie knows that she is anything but normal.

Throughout the novel, Evie has a lot of raw emotions swirling around inside of her. She is desperate to find Sebastian, her centuries old boyfriend, and save him from an existence of servitude to the Unconquered. Meanwhile, she continually receives notes that threaten her life and she struggles to unlock the Talisman left to her by her ancestor Lady Agnes. Luckily, her two best friends and sisters in the Mystic Way, Helen and Sarah, are there to help her every step of the way. It is because of her struggles that Evie Johnson finds true power and confidence in herself.

After returning to Wyldcliffe for the new semester, all Evie wants to do is find Sebastian and save him. To do so, she will need the help of Helen, Sarah, and Agnes. Together, they begin to go further into the Mystic Way. Although the group works hard and their powers grow daily, Evie fears that it is too late to help Sebastian. To complicate matters, any of the Wyldcliffe teachers could be out to kill Evie and take the Talisman. Furthermore, no one knows where High Mistres Hartle is, and this makes her an even more dangerous foe.

Betrayal is set in an old gothic mansion on the English moors, reminding me a bit of my favorite novel, Jane Eyre. With her words, the author paints a striking picture of the stark beauty and enchantment of the mansion, ruins, and moors. This background adds even more mystery and excitement to an already intriguing plot line.

I would especial recommend this book to fans of A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. The first book in this series, Immortal, was recently released in paperback. I encourage you to check out this series.

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