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Betrayal's Price

(In Deception's Shadow #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  644 ratings  ·  70 reviews
For some, rebirth is not a reward. Centuries ago the gods demanded Ashayna Stonemantle sacrifice her demon-tainted lover. She did, and then ended her own life, but it didn't fulfill her obligations to the gods. Reborn into a new body, Ashayna has no awareness of her former life until her sentient magic manipulates her into seeking out Sorntar, Crown Prince of the Phoenix. ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 31st 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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P Henderson The best answer to this question would be "sort of". It kinda depends on what you think the book is about.
At the end of the book, her sister has been…more
The best answer to this question would be "sort of". It kinda depends on what you think the book is about.
At the end of the book, her sister has been kidnapped and she hasn't dealt with that yet, and the "big evil" that a rogue god created centuries ago had finally been identified, and it's implied that in future books the two protagonists will go deal with it. But no real progress along that line has even started. But these are all things that come up in the last two chapters so they don't feel like the main focus of the book.
If you take the main point of the book to be her coming to terms with her magic and her relationship with the male lead, then yes, that completely resolves and feels like a decent ending that can stand alone.

And there's definitely NOT a "cliffhanger" on the old school sense where the character is in immanent danger. At the end of the book things do feel as if they are finally "safe" and the major threats have all been eliminated. But it's certainly not a "happy ever after" either.

So.... Yeah, the best I can say is "sorta".(less)
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⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now this is what I look for in a nice romantic-fantasy that lingers more on the quick, casual side of reading (as opposed to those books that require serious attention and thought).

Firstly, there wasn't anything inherently problematic I noticed in the book; all the bad things we acknowledged as bad/wrong and the main characters didn't say or do anything that raised any red flags for me. I give it a seal of approval in that regard.

Secondly, the fantasy and romance were both very well done. The w
Mandy Parmenter
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the past Ashayna Stonemantle killed her lover because he was tainted with a demon and then killed herself. She has now been reborn but has no idea what has happened in the past. She is then pushed to meeting Sorntar who is the Crown Prince of the Phoenix (and a bit of a looker). Sorntar reveals that she is host to a Larnkin which is a spirit creature of vast magic power and he is host to her Larnkin's other half. Through various adventures they are both falling in love with each other, but As ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It started out really well. I was immediately drawn in and didn't want to put it down. Then somewhere along the sixth chapter the grammar fell apart. I literally remember thinking "why is the grammar suddenly so bad?"

The last few chapters are disjointed, with sentences lacking any purpose or sense. For example, on the very last page, "quite" is written when it should have been "quiet." Yes, mistakes happen. Even my OCD can deal with it once or twice, but there were quite a few that really threw
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. I've liked some of her other stuff better. I liked the idea of it. The last 25% was just a little jumbled, disjointed. Bad things were happening and then it was fine. Like- whoops my bad. Totally killed a person. No bigs.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, superb. Started out a bit slow, but once I got into the book, I couldn’t read it fast enough to find out what happens at the end. Definitely ready for more. Received a free book.
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK. Three years after publication and I'm just now reading this book. Shame on me !

Ms Blackwood's imagination has grabbed me by the neck. Her characters are awesome and well fleshed out, the story is something different and the concept is riveting.

For all intents and purposes, I shouldn't have liked this book. It's listed as a fantasy romance. Usually, I read the descriptions of the story for ebooks, soft-back and hard-back books, but for some reason I looked at the cover (with a woman ready to
After reading the sample I was looking forward to reading the whole story, but around midway some things started to bug me.
The world is wonderful; I liked how unique it felt. The different characters and species really piqued my interest. I can’t put my finger on it or come up with the right words, but sometimes it seemed like there was a “and voila! it is done!” sort of feeling about some events. As in something just happened quickly and I thought I might’ve missed a few pages so I went back to
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this amazing series opener, which is a complete standalone with an HEA, yet aptly sets the stage for book two, Herd Mistress. The storyline moves quickly, with the great world building, character development and the forces of good and evil marshalling toward a powerful climax. And what a beautiful cover!
Ashayna Stonemantle is a human general's daughter, trained for the battlefield and determined to save her people from the ravages of a war they can't win. When the enemy calls for a one o
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Betrayal's Price is an interesting, unique fantasy. I've never seen this particular storyline before. The whole idea of the different fantastic races was intriguing. It was interesting to read about the whole idea of being a host to Larnkins.

I really enjoyed watching Ashayna's development of her magic and her falling in love with Sorntar. As they work on getting to know each other and complete their bond, I was surprised at the former identity of their Larnkins. There were several twists I didn'
Maureen Hoar
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic fantasy gone good

This was a refreshing, unique and original story. If you have a slight knowledge if reincarnation this story will interest you. I found is compelling how your previous soul can influence your current life. Then you add the cynicism of the human girl afraid of her magic and the gregarious persona of a Phoenix you have a hit on your hands. I fell in love with the characters and drawn into their plight to love and live free. Book two looks to be just as epic. I can't wait to r
Shirley McLain
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters

Wonderful story line which kept me reading to find out what would happen next. I thought the story was well written and the characters unique. Looking forward to reading the next book. Great job I would recommend this book to all who like fantasy.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this book from start to finish looking forward to next book in the series. Wonderfully written with unique characters. First time I have read anything from author highly recommend

Michelle Ferrari-Johnson
Great story with an extremely talented female character! I love the story and past life background. I was hoping for something a bit more at the end and am curious to see if my question is answered in book two ~
Paula Rodgers horning
Not your typical female in distress

Great read, loved the female heroine. Good fantasy realm with real and not so real characters. Well written, I recommend.
william  Goodrow
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Betrayals Price

Nice read, thought provoking at times. Moves smoothly and an interesting cast of characters. I am interested in the book. Enjoy.
Ronda  Ratton
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must try it!

At first I didnt think I.would get into this book but then I couldn't put it down. I loved this book.
Anna De Matos
I expected a lot more action. But it was a good read.
Mary Murlin
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love this book. She has such a great ability to get you into her stories that you just can't put it down. I really like the whole idea behind the series.
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting. got a little tricky to follow all the different people once the storyline got into depth.
Ugochi Akwiwu
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beverly Laude
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, audio, 2019
I got this book before I realized that I really am not a big fan of the high fantasy genre. I finally decided to listen to the book after a long time just to get it off my queue.

First of all, the narrator was good, but I found it hard to listen to the book at normal speed. After speeding it up to 1.25x, it was better, but still a little difficult for me to concentrate. Maybe it's because there are so many new names, beings, worlds, etc. in a fantasy, but listening to an audiobook version makes i
I'm not a fan, overall, of this story. I enjoyed the first three quarters, but not the last quarter. It felt like an integrated series of stories I've read before. Whenever interesting mysteries arose, they were abruptly clipped off to be pursued, I assume, at some future date.

This first book was primarily to resolve one particular mystery while opening the door to a multitude of others. I completely lost interest, at various intervals, due to the many tangents. It was just overly contrived. I w
Kat Green
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first got this audio book, I was not so sure I'd enjoy it! I was wrong, I loved it, so much in fact that I went back to buy the others. The cover is actually what initially drew me to the book, but the fast moving and unexpected twists and turns kept me totally engrossed and guessing, until the very end. Shiromi Arserio did an excellent job in narrating this paranormal, adventurous love story. I love listening to the audio books as well as reading the ebook since it helps me know the prop ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, despite its flaws. The writing grabbed me right away and I liked the characters for the most part. I struggled with the horse-/wolf-/bird-people but it soon became background detail. It did seem to go on a bit and floundered on the plot; Ashayna and Sorntar were far too back and forth on their romance for my liking, in fact at times I felt like I'd picked up the wrong book or had accidentally skipped forward and missed something, that's how bad they were.

I don't think I'l
Susan Harrowa
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magic, mayhem and memories

A wonderful weaving of unique mystical creatures, humans, magic-both good and bad, and long buried memories of a time long last. Two souls and their awakening magic cores destined to be together must fight legends, fears, and warring cultures, as well as themselves to find any hope of happiness in being together. There are allies they shouldn't trust as well as villains that may not be all bad. They'll have to learn to trust each other and themselves to find their path
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world building and character development spun a fantasy world in my mind.

This book was a very descriptive story. The world building and character development spun a fantasy world in my mind. The story was well paced at one point I thought all was lost and was very upset for our main characters Sontar and Ashayna. But I'm thankful to the author that this was just a little hick up the couple had to navigate.
I will be checking out book 2 soon as I have read my current waiting list of books to
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This book was a bit more disjointed - a slower beginning and a whole cast of characters that felt more like it was the set up to a series, almost as much focused on that as the hero and heroine themselves.
Then the fact that there were "dual" characters or entities.
I also couldn't quite picture the man/phoenix hybrid - or some of the other characters.

Some errors as well, which detracted, but overall a good read. I'd be interested in more - and hope some day they'll be added to my library so more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY! I could not put this book down, but my need for sleep had its way! I loved Ashyana, a scout for her father's army as she was his only heir and could not afford to go to war with his troops, but she was highly trained and she could hold her own against most. There was no way the she could fight the vast army of the enemy and she turned tail and rode to her father to report. I liked Crown Prince, of the Phoenix, Sorntar and his sense of duty, but can the two of them go back through time to ...more
Carolyn R Swickard
Really enjoyed this one

Complex world, lots of species and lots of magic. Nice story of two " young ones" coming of age, though there was a little too much "pride goeth before a fall" at first, that did work out in the end. The magic is not explained in any real way, just seems to be there and is all encompassing when needed - that can be sort of jarring. Looking forward to the next book.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it!

I love that the characters are complete and separate. I disappeared and watched it unfold . This is what I love about reading . The story is full, and complete, and satisfies me like the most wonderful dessert. I started with the last book in the series and I had to have more
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Lisa Blackwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the Gargoyle and Sorceress Urban Fantasy series. She and her new co-author, S.M. Schmitz, are also embarking upon a new Space Opera Romance series. Book one is titled, Vengeance: Warships of the Spire. It can be found in the Dominion Rising boxset anthology.

As well as writing, Lisa is also an avid gardener, horse enthusiast, and dog lover. She

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