STORY | In the aftermath of her horrific loss and her worldly goods given up, Lady Hollis Brite follows the only family, her in-laws, she now has left. Once in their country, one that isn’t receptive of Hollis’ home country of Coroa, Hollis tries to make nice with its people and most especially with her late husband’s cousin, Etan. For some reason, Etan is determined to hate Hollis, but when its him who ultimately convinces her of where her place, they settle into a tolerance of one another.
What neither of them realizes is their fates and futures may entwine in more ways than one.
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REVIEW | It’s no secret that I generally quite enjoy Kiera Cass novels. After reading The Selection, I was hooked in the way of her books being easy, comfort kind of reads. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they usually have some form of royalty in them! Who doesn’t love to read about the intrigue of court, right? The Betrayed picks up immediately after the events of The Betrothed in this duology series.
So I rode into the unknown with doubt in my heart, but my head held high.
Taking the story through, presumably, to the end of Hollis’ journey, I like most of the way things shake out. We see her settle in with family but almost as soon as she does, the secret she learns sends her back to her home country where even more secrets await. The one thing about this book is the final five chapters or so do rush things. The direction the book goes is one way only to change in the final pages in what feels “convenient.” That said, this kind of end (being one that will leave you with a smile) is Cass’ brand and I cannot say I’m mad about it.
If you like prior Kiera Cass novels, then this will be equal to them. If you like uncomplicated and fun royal court fiction, you’ll also enjoy this one. There’s a bit of intrigue and plenty of back and forth moments of drama, but overall, it’s an entertaining sequel to wrap up this duo.
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Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 2021
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Genre: Fiction; Secular, Historical/Dytstopia Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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