Over the Christmas holiday I needed to branch out and read a novel that didn’t have a man’s naked chest on the cover. I was in the middle of reading Kristen Callihan‘s Game on series, and was finding it really hard to put down. The men were fine, the women were strong and the sex was great. However, as much as I love the romance genre, I couldn’t bring myself to flaunt those naked male chests, as fabulous as they were, in front of my mother, sister and brother (my husband is used to it). I had previously read the first three books in Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares series and came across the fourth in my booklist on my Overdrive app. Perfect! It even has a little bit of romance, but is mostly a swashbuckling fantasy book, with a great cast of characters.
The following synopsis is from lisashearin.com:
Bewitched and Betrayed
(Raine Benares series #4)My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. I find lost things and missing people—usually alive. Finding the specters of six evil mages who escaped the Saghred, a soul-eating stone of unlimited power, was easy. Stopping them before they unleash Hell on earth just may be the death of me. Being bonded to the Saghred wasn’t my idea—neither is hunting down its escapees. Especially not when one of them is also hunting me. He’s regenerating his body by taking the lives of powerful victims, along with their memories, knowledge, and most important of all, their magic. The dark mage wants control of the Saghred, and if he gets it, he’ll become an evil demigod whom no one can stop. The only thing in his way is me. One of us doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.
If you haven’t read any of these books, please start with the first novel and read in order. These books have a storyline that continues through each book, and whereas each book has its own conclusion, the evil they are fighting continues to live on to be fought in the next novel.
It had been a few months since I had read the third novel The Trouble with Demons,but it was very easy to get caught up on the plot. Raine Benares is an interesting character, she is beautiful, as well as having a sterling character. She comes from a family of thieves and pirates so that sterling character seems to be quite an achievement! Raine fights some evil dark mages who are trying to separate her from the Saghred (preferably by death). The Saghred is an all powerful power hungry soul stealing stone that has bonded to her, against her will. Raine fights against the evil urges the Saghred gives her, while fighting side by side with two men who she has developed a magical bond with. Whew! I thought my life had a lot going on! Oh yeah, there is also the small matter of both of those men wanting a different level of partnership than she thinks is wise.
This novel was a fun diversion from the romances I had been reading. There was also a bit of romance included in all of the swashbuckling fun. If you need a departure from your usual genre, this series is the perfect read for you!
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