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The Betrayals

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  3,623 ratings  ·  796 reviews
If everything in your life was based on a lie
Would you risk it all to tell the truth?

At Montverre, an exclusive academy tucked away in the mountains, the best and brightest are trained for excellence in the grand jeu: an arcane and mysterious contest. Léo Martin was once a student there, but lost his passion for the grand jeu following a violent tragedy. Now he returns
ebook, 416 pages
Published May 18th 2021 by William Morrow (first published November 12th 2020)
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Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
even though this book has the enchanting quality i have come to associate with BC thanks to her debut novel, ‘the binding,’ im still trying to figure out why i didnt love this as much.

this is an extremely atmospheric novel. with the abstract concept of the grand jeu, a tragic death, a nefarious government party, and elusive characters, theres a mysterious feel to everything. and i think its because the primary focus seems to be on the characters, which im not quite sure was the best decisio
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I do not know how Ms Collins does this but her writing and imagintion take me on a reading journey that is most unique and captivating.
The world in The Betrayals can be traced down to the dark times in history, with fascism and it ideas such as purity laws or authocratic rule, and yet, this is not strickly speaking a historical fiction. The tale of Claire, Leo and the Rat is an engaging story of choices they make, of courage, of mother's love, and of opportunism or opposition towards dictatorsh
Amalia Gkavea
‘’Tonight the moonlight makes the floor of the Great Hall into a game board. Every high window casts a bright lattice, dividing the hall into black and white, squares and margins. The ranks of wooden benches face one another on three sides; in the space between them, there is nothing but straight shadows on stone, an abstract in pen and ink. It is as still as a held breath.’’

In a country ruled by the Party, a minister who has fallen out of favour returns to the place that marked his course i
This rating may change when I come to my senses, but HOLY SHIT, that was phenomenal!
(and COMPLICATED, such a feast for the human's mind!)
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
At the end of the novel, Bridget Collins notes that the story, and particularly her Grand Jeu, was influenced by Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game. Now if I'd remembered my university reading of that book, this one would have made a hell of a lot more sense. My Latin did, finally, come in handy when deciphering 'Magister Ludi' (Master/Teacher of the Game), but that's where my sense of accomplishment ended. The 'grand game' is a complex mix of music and math, philosophy, religion, and life itse ...more
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
I loved Bridget Collins’ adult debut The Binding so there was never any doubt that I would read her second adult offering and oooh was it gooooooood.

To me Collins’ novels are all about the experience of reading. That journey. Somehow she manages to suck me into these worlds she creates, worlds almost like ours...but not quite.

It’s difficult to describe what The Betrayals is about. I actually went into the read completely blind. I didn’t read any blurb, promotional matter etc. And I love that I
Brenda Waworga
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Wooow… this is so disappointing! I almost don’t want to believe this is the same author who wrote “The Binding” one of my fav standalone book on 2019, maybe the high expectation I put on this book is the “problem” why I didn’t enjoy this

There are 4 POVs in this book (The Rat, The Magister Ludi, Leo and the past Leo) and I can only enjoyed 1 of them, the other 3 felt so unnecesarry or else… felt so bland and boring

The plot is extremely slow with very descriptive writing style (esp The Rat’s POV)
Dannii Elle
The grand jeu is an inexplicable and indescribable game and the students of Montverre Academy are tasked with creating it.

Leo is in his second year and has been given a second chance at creation but the game, for him, is already tinged with grief and guilt. Can the glory and greatness it also promises surpass these feelings? Claire is the only female tutor in this male, academic world and has to prove that despite her gender and tragic family history she is worthy of a place in this elite world.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, lgbtq
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Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**2.5 stars**

The Betrayals by Bridget Collins. (2020).

At Montverre, an exclusive academy tucked away in the mountains, the best and brightest are trained for excellence in the 'grand jeu': an arcane and mysterious contest. Léo was once a student there but lost his passion following a violent tragedy. Now he is exiled there in disgrace with his political career in tatters. But it has changed, even allowing a woman, Claire, to serve in
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: bi mc, minor side character with bipolar disorder(?)

CWs: mentions and descriptions of suicide

Galley provided by publisher

I wanted to read The Betrayals based on my love of The Binding. This too promised a historical fantasy with a slowburn plot and a romance at the centre. Great, I thought. I’m certain to enjoy it.

And I did enjoy it. I definitely liked the story, namely the writing and worldbuilding, granted, but I liked it. I just didn’t like it as much as I was hoping to.

Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
The Betrayals by Bridget Collins was my first read-a-long with Tandem Collective Global and I really enjoyed the interaction with my fellow readers. It was great to talk about what was happening and try to figure out the plot with others. We had a great group and some insightful conversations.

This was a beautifully written book with a gorgeous cover. I was excited to dive in and read. I am glad I read with a group, otherwise I may have given up. This has to be one of the most frustrating books t
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
Was this book intriguing? Yes. Did I know what was going on? No, not really. There were many interesting strands to this book but somehow they didn’t make a whole story. I finished the book feeling dissatisfied as a reader and disappointed as a fan of this author’s previous book. Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bridget Collins returns with an enchanting, original and multilayered story, which is even more enticing and alluring than The Binding. At Montverre, an ancient and elite academy hidden high in the mountains, society's best and brightest are trained for excellence in the grand jeu--the great game--an arcane and mysterious competition that combines music, art, math, poetry, and philosophy. Léo Martin once excelled at Monteverre, but lost his passion for scholarly pursuits after a violent tragedy. ...more
Trisha Tomy
Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2...

I really loved it!

This is some of the best fiction I've read in a while, and really good too. It's one of the few books I've read that are set in France, and is definitely one of the best.

The story is so well written; nothing is obvious, everyone has secrets, and there are so many things at play. There are also two storylines; one storyline is set in the past, nad one set in the sorta present, with three perspectives. I loved the different per

While I did have some issues with certain aspects of The Binding, I did find it to be an absorbing read. The Betrayals promises a similarly generically historical setting with a far less compelling story (I had to slog my way through the first four chapters of this book). There is an overuse of the words 'grand jeu', so that these words are used indiscriminately, appearing in weird contexts were they don't even make sense (feel free to disagree). Also, I was irritated by the belated explanati
The dark academia-est book of all dark academia books.

The Betrayals is a book that strongly requested my entire attention, a novel I kept thinking about all day long. And it's definitely thanks to Bridget Collins, who may not be an author for everyone but she definitely is an author for me. I love her rich vocabulary, the worlds she creates, her love for books and knowledge, the way she writes complex, flawed characters and relationships full of angst and unspoken words and feelings.

The Betrayal
*3.5 stars*

The Betrayals tells the tale of the ongoings at the all male school Montverre, that practices the beloved grand jeu, meanwhile exploring outside impact on the school from an increasingly hostile society.

We follow Lèo Martin (a disgraced politician and former school pupil of Montverre), Magister Dryden (the first female teacher in the history of Montverre) Lèo’s journal entries from his school days and occasionally from the character the Rat.

The Betrayals is an intricately composed
Nov 22, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
(p64) I think if I ever see the words 'grand jeu' again I may just scream. This was a buddy read with a fellow Vee, but we were both shocked by how different this story is in comparison with Bridget's previous book, The Binding. This was a mess, and was trying way to hard to be mysterious and articulate which just fell flat. ...more
Janet Brown
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked Bridget Collins' first book for adults, The Binding, very much. It was an excellent example of how to do intelligent yet accessible historical/fantasty fiction: complex and gripping, with great characters who the reader immediately cared about, and brilliant world building. So I was excited to be given the opportunity to read The Betrayals by the publisher and NetGalley and was sure I'd be in for a treat.

Sadly, I was disappointed. The Betrayals was needlessly dense and wore its learning
✧ jules ✧
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

[screeches into the fucking sun]
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book.....even more than I enjoyed The Binding!! Enigmatic, unique, beautiful prose, intriguing characters that just sucked me in from the very first chapter.
The mysterious 'Grand Jeu' is never fully explained throughout the book and although I am none the wiser at the end of the book than I was at the beginning, the mystery of the 'Grand Jeu', for me, only added to the atmospheric intrigue of this book.
I can see it being a 'Marmite' book, you'll either love it or hate it! I absolu
Theresa Smith
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Binding by Bridget Collins was a standout release for me and as is the natural order of things, this second adult release from Bridget Collins was always going to have a heavy amount of expectation attached to it. The similarity between these two novels stops at the gorgeously coordinated covers. The Betrayals is a very different read to The Binding, another highly imaginative and uniquely crafted story, yes, but not quite as easy to get wrapped up in – for me, at least.

Everything within The
Elle K
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have absolutely zero idea how to review this one. CW: suicide

I wanna preface by saying although I didn't enjoy this one, a lot of people definitely are enjoying it! If you think this is your kinda thing I'd urge you to check out more positive reviews cause I think me and this book just didn't vibe well together.

Ultimately, I've barely any idea what this book was about. Go read the description. There's a school, yes. And a love, or loves, sort of? There's a game that is never explained but is
Rachel Hall
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
At thirty-two and the son of a scrapyard owner, Léo Martin, has risen to the illustrious heights of Minister for Culture after graduating from all-male Montverre, an exclusive national academy that is centred around honing excellence in the country’s national game: the grand jeu. An ill-advised policy disagreement sees Léo cut adrift and exiled to his alma mater with a thinly veiled threat that the government heavies are watching him. None too pleased to be back given the memories of his fierces ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Bridget Collins, HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction The Borough Press and NetGalley for the chance to read The Betrayals.

I would recommend this to: My fantasy-loving colleague.

“There’s a silence, like the gap between two ticks of a clock.
Then she turns away, unable to look at his face.

Léo was once a student at Montverre, an exclusive academy tucked away in the mountains, where students learn an arcane and mysterious game. Now he returns in disgrace, exiled to his old place of learning
Going to be honest here, this one was a struggle to get through. The Betrayals is the second novel I’ve read by Bridget Collins, and it was more disappointing than The Binding.

For starters, I found the world-building incredibly lacking. The entire novel centers around something called a 'grand jeu,' though it never once explains what that means or entails. It seems like a sort of musical/interpretive dance/scholarly (?) composition/production/output, but I genuinely could not tell you. Students
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I was so excited to receive an arc of this I think I squealed, I love Bridget Collins work and this was no exception. An engrossing read, beautifully written, the writing is so completely amazing I just fall into her words. Magical and spellbinding, the characters and story will draw you in and leave you wantIng more and turning pages late into the night. Absolutely amazing and one of my favourites this year.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bridget Collins's first novel for adults, The Binding, was one of my favourite reads of 2019. Its structure worked so perfectly with its themes, and it combined YA energy with quieter, more reflective prose. Her follow-up, The Betrayals, is both more uneven and more ambitious. Inspired by Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game, it imagines an isolated school, Montverre, where young men train in the mysterious art of the 'grand jeu', a combination of mathematics, music and philosophy, writing their ...more
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