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Bewitched & Betrayed by Lisa Shearin
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Sep 05, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: love-triangle, magic, murder, sorcerers, elves, goblins, fantasy, pirates, ghosts
Read from January 18 to 19, 2011

This series is not quite either paranormal romance or urban fantasy, but is more pure fantasy with romance/sexual tension/love triangle. It takes place in the fantasy land of Rheskilia, with this particular book exclusively on the Isle of Mid, which is essentially a university for mages.

Our protagonist is Raine Benares, an elf who has left her family of pirates to become a Seeker, which is basically just a thief-for-hire. In the first book, Raine is hired to steal a necklace, but gets a surprise when that necklace turns out to be the Saghred - a magical artifact of unimaginable power. The Saghred metaphysically attaches itself to Raine and, of course, all hell breaks loose.

In this book, Raine is tracking down the spectres of six evil mages who escaped The Saghred. They're murdering high-level officials in an effort to gain more power.

The premise sounds a bit boring, but the storyline is anything but. It's a fairly quick-paced book, but there's just enough time for Raine to (finally!) get a little action with one of the guys. You'll just have to read it to find out if it was Tam, Mycheal or someone else. :-)

The elf/goblin politics backstory does start to get a bit more involved, but in a good way, not a boring way. I'll be sure to pick up the fifth book, Con & Conjure, to be released March 2011. A sixth book, All Spell Breaks Loose has been announced on the author's blog, but doesn't yet have a release date (that I can tell).

Similar series are: The Retriever series by Laura Anne Gilman (though more of a UF), the Hero series by Moira M. Moore, Lynn Kurland's "The Nine Kingdom Series, the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (also more UF), and the Elantra series by Michelle Sagara.

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