I received this book for free from AudioBook Reviewer in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Betrayal (The Divine, #2) by M.R. Forbes
Series: The Divine #2
on June 1st 2013
Narrator: Jeff Hayes
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
My name is Landon Hamilton.
I'm a ghost.
I died five years ago, except I didn't get to rest in peace like most of the departed. Instead, I was tapped by Dante (yes, that Dante) in Purgatory to become his champion and save humankind from the rest of the Divine - you know, angels and demons and their mortal followers.
It seemed like a great deal at the time. I would answer my calling as a diuscrucis (a perfect balance of angel, demon, and human) by getting sent back to the mortal world, inheriting the 'magic' to bend the universe to my will, and saving humanity from devastation.
Hindsight... it sucks.
Yeah, I saved the world; but the manipulations of the Divine have left me numb, and the constant fighting is getting old. To be honest, I'm tired of the whole damn thing.
I don't eat, don't sleep, and barely feel. I've become obsessed with the vague warning from the Queen of demons, and the only thing keeping me hanging onto any shred of my humanity is the girl I've sworn to protect.
Except... now she's gone.
She was taken right out from under my nose, and I don't know by who or for what purpose. What I do know is that I'll do whatever it takes to get her back, and there isn't an angel, demon, or god that can stop me.
It's a good thing I've still got my anger.
Betrayal is a contemporary urban fantasy set in New York City and Paris, France. It is approximately 90,000 words and is suitable for adults both young and old.
This starts and it took me a minute to realize that they had jumped five years into the future from book one. Fortunately, M.R. Forbes gives enough information to catch the reader up to speed without dragging the story down. I found that I really needed this because I could not remember book one! This is the hazard of reading so many similar books! Again, it was fortunate that Forbes took the time to make sure the reader knew what was going on. I know I needed that.
Once I got up to speed, I was really able to enjoy the story. Remembering that Landon is a diuscrucis and had to maintain balance really brought it all around. I loved the first part of this and how Landon deals with the crap that is thrown at him.
The problem is that he never makes choices prior to something happening. He is constantly reacting to “so and so” and thus not able to make his own choices. He has a choice to do something about missing girls and decides to let it go, that is, until one of HIS friends goes missing. A lot of the plot is like this and it gets frustrating fast.
For some reason I consistently compare Landon with Bill the Vampire by Rick Gualtieri. The characters are quite similar but what Landon is missing is the growth that Bill somehow finds. It does take Bill a while, and he is still a complete idiot, but I wonder if Landon will be able to move through a character arc and show some growth?
Sadly, the seemingly lack of growth for him in this had me frustrated. I enjoyed the story, especially the narration, but Landon just frustrates me to no end!
Speaking of the narration. Once again, it is done superbly! The voices are differentiated in a subtle way so I can tell the characters apart. What is even more interesting is the fact that the audio has certain effects over various things that happen. When a soul connection is made with Landon there is a sort of echo. This part I did not totally love and the echo was quite weird but it did help to understand what was happening. It is almost like a cell phone usage where someone has a little background noise coming from the phone. Nothing to call the phone company about, but enough to know you’re on the phone. These types of little additives really help to set this audio apart from other stories. It helps keep me involved with what is happening.
Funnily enough, even though this second story was not my favorite, I loved the ending. It’s again a cliff hanger but I liked it better than the way book one ended. I’m just hoping that Landon will start making better choices in book three. I keep wanting to smack my forehead every time he makes a mistake!
In short: Interesting part of the series but not my favorite. You’ll want to read these in order to understand the full story.
|Overall:||3.3 / 5|