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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle

Penelope Leland has come to Ireland to study magic and prove to herself that she is as good a witch as her twin sister Persy. But when Niall Keating begins to pay her court, she can't help being distracted from her studies. Especially when she learns that the handsome young nobleman is reputedly an illegitimate cousin of the new young Queen Victoria, her friend and idol, whom her sister saved from an ambitious wizard's control spell the year before.

Niall Keating has strict orders from his sorceress mother Lady Keating: to make young Miss Leland fall in love with him so that she can be convinced to use her magical powers to help reconcile him to his true father, the Duke of Cumberland, Queen Victoria's uncle. Niall is delighted to comply until he discovers his mother's true aim: to assassinate Queen Victoria by magic and put Niall's father on the throne of England.

Penelope is thrilled when Lady Keating reveals her powers and offers to tutor her in magic. But Niall has fallen deeply in love with the lovely young woman. Even if he halts his mother's evil plans, will Penelope be able to forgive him for trying to seduce her into a plot against her beloved queen?

I spent a great deal of this book with horror movie syndrome, willing Pen to stop being so na├»ve. Despite my utter despair at her blindly trusting Lady Keating, I couldn’t help but enjoy this book.

As with her previous novel, Bewitching Season, Doyle has created another diamond in the rough. When I first began reading Betraying Season I was a bit worried that the story may not be quite up to par with the previous. Though the premise was interesting enough, my attention wasn’t entirely captured in the start. Then suddenly, I was swept up into Pen’s story and unable to put the book down.

I especially enjoyed the changing views. Being able to see the story unfold from both characters points of view was wonderful. Niall and Pen were simply adorable together.

The overall effect was, well, bewitching. Doyle has delivered yet another magical romance filled with secrets, society, and betrayal.

5 Stars!


  1. I have Bewitching Season in my TBR pile. I need to read it soon(:

  2. I'm currently reading Bewitching Season. It's decent so far, very fascinating, but some parts drag a bit. Betraying Season looks awesome!


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