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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Betrayed By The Gods by Cassandra Cade

Betrayed By The Gods by Cassandra Cade
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Genre: Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Length: Full (322 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Larkspur

On predulivian earth, the Republic of Amenti flourishes in Utopian splendor. But there is trouble in paradise, and Xandra Varen and Arrosiah Ari find themselves in the middle of prophesied times, torn between love and duty.

As a god reborn on Terra, Arrosiah’s sole mission is to atone for an ancient mistake made by his fellow Quelli, who bestowed two omnipotent crystal skulls upon humankind. Xandra will face death and beyond to defeat a malicious goddess and protect herself and her country at the risk of losing much of what she holds dear.

This is the story of eternal love amidst treachery and self-sacrifice in a place where dreams are a reality and shadows are stolen. In a sacred era when consequences are dire, Xandra and Arrosiah will navigate a sea of ancient lies, and grapple with atomorrow that threatens to separate them at every turn.

Long ago Earth was inhabited by a far reaching advanced civilization run by specific orders pre-ordained, where a pair of star-crossed lovers strain to find their way in the society and to each other but there are obstacles they must overcome because all is not as it seems and love is not enough when you’re Betrayed by the Gods.

Cassandra Cade brings us this mystical world with a unique story line and plot. She brings us our hero Arrosiah Ari and our heroine Xandra Varen who are the bright stars in her novel. Her supporting characters are also interesting and varied some good and some evil incarnate and she knows her characters very well and communicates them very well to her audience.

Her love story was heart breaking and heart wrenching as we follow our hero and heroine on their quest and you will find yourself cheering and crying in equal measure. The love scenes are spicy and sensual but also filled with warmth and love.

While I immensely enjoyed the plot of the story and some of the parts of the story flowed seamlessly and kept my rapt attention, there were some parts that confused and confounded my as to why she got to a certain conclusion or used an unfamiliar term and, while the appendix helped a great deal it didn’t always answer my questions or clear up my confusion. And I have to admit the editing mistakes took away from the book as well. But still I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to the next episode.

If you are a fan of fantasy and enjoy magical places and interesting characters you will enjoy this read. And enjoy the next in the series Nexus out now.