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Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle
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Aug 16, 11

bookshelves: teen-historical, teen-fantasy-scifi
Read from January 18 to 19, 2010

After her twin sister saved Princess (now Queen) Victoria from a dastardly magical plot, the Honorable Miss Penelope Leland realizes that she must dedicate herself to her magical studies if she is ever to become as gifted a witch as Persephone. To that end, Pen travels to Ireland to live and study with her former governess Ally, Ally’s equally magically talented husband, Michael Carrighar and Michael’s wizard father.

Pen is enchanted by the city of Cork, and by Ireland as a whole, and her skill with magic seems to be increasing daily. But, as Ally is confined to bed by the effects of morning sickness, Pen soon finds herself a bit lonely. As luck - or fate - would have it, Pen meets the mysterious Lady Keating when she absent-mindedly steps in front of the Keating carriage. Almost immediately, Lady Keating takes Pen under her wing, drawing her into the social life of Cork. It doesn’t hurt that Lady Keating’s son Niall is both charming and handsome. He also seems to be more than mildly interested in Pen.

What Pen doesn’t know is that Niall Keating is flirting with her because his mother has directed him to do so. Lady Keating is actually a powerful and dangerous witch who has singled Pen out to help her with a nasty bit of intrigue. For his own part, Niall finds that he is rapidly falling for the Honorable Miss Leland. Before too long, heis as thoroughly in love with Pen as she has with him.

Once Niall learns the extent of his mother’s plans for Pen, he struggles with how to thwart them. If he tells Pen what is going on, will she forgive him for his earlier deception? Will she even believe his claims about his mother? In the end, it is Pen who must discover the heart of the truth about Niall’s mother, for she alone has the magical talent necessary to put a halt to Lady Keating’s evil plan.

Like Bewitching Season, which featured Penelope’s twin sister Persephone, Betraying Season is a pleasing combination of history, mystery, magic and romance. Cork is not London and so not as well known to most readers, but Ms. Doyle still manages to make it an integral and interesting part of this story. Although I found Persephone more likable than Penelope in the last novel, Pen really shines here as she grows into a thoughtful and talented young woman. All in all, an enjoyable historical fantasy romp.

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