Number of Pages: 373
Release Date: March 2009
Publisher: Del Rey
Formats Available: Paperback, ebook
The noble and magical aelven were riven by war when a rogue clan embraced a forbidden source of magic: the drinking of blood. In the bitter fighting that ensued, the vampiric Clan Darkshore were cast out of the aelven and driven across the Ebon Mountains. Stripped of their various clan colors, they were thenceforth known only as “alben,” hated and shunned. An uneasy peace now holds over the land, but it is whispered that Shalár, the beautiful and bloodthirsty queen of the alben, is readying a surprise attack to win back all that was lost–and none can say where or when she will strike.
The fate of the clans will depend on two young aelven lovers, Eliani and Turisan, who are blessed with a legendary gift: the fabled power of mindspeech. But this ability comes with great risks. Time is running out as the alben mount their attack–and their ultimate betrayal.
Eliani and Turisan are great characters. Eliani is a strong female character, trained to protect and govern her father’s realm as his heir. Turisan is the heir of a neighboring realm. They have similar backgrounds and both know that they must use their newly developed mindspeech power to help protect the aelven lands from the alben.
The leader of the alben, Shalár, has seen her population decline over the years and wants to return her people to their previous status. She and her people feed from the blood of the kobalen that they capture. Feeding on blood is what caused her people to be forced away from the rest of the aelven and named alben.
The world of the aelven and alben is very well crafted and full of interesting details. The descriptions of the ceremonies for confirmation of nextkin and for handfasting were especially fascinating. The character names are exotic sounding but not so exotic that they detract from the story. The Betrayal stands up well to rereads. I’ve read it twice so far and will probably read it again before the next novel of the aelven is released next year. I’d recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading fantasy novels. It is a very enjoyable book with excellent pacing and is an interesting twist on vampires and elves.
I give The Betrayal 4.5 of 5 bookies.
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