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Betraying Season

(Leland Sisters #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,126 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Penelope (Pen) Leland has come to Ireland to study magic and prove to herself that she is as good a witch as her twin sister, Persy. But when the dashing Niall Keating begins to pay her court, she can’t help being distracted from her studies.

Little does Pen know, Niall is acting upon orders from his sorceress mother. And although it starts as a sham, Niall actually falls d
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Henry Holt & Company
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Emily Ruth
Jun 13, 2009 rated it liked it
I adored the first book in this series, Bewitching Season, for its fairy-tale like magic and romance. The second book was wonderful as well (not quite as good as the first I personally thought, though I'm sure some of you will disagree). There was a bit more sexuality in Betraying Season, which turned me off a little even though they don't end up sleeping together (yes, I'm one of those that goes for the clean, good stories).
I absolutely must applaud Doyle for her research, however. Check out he
Clare Cannon
Mar 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 13-15yrs
The thing that annoys me about teen romances like this is that they make so much of 'not going all the way' but take you so close that there's very little difference. Was it necessary to centre the primary relationship around his trying to convince her to let him ruin her in order to save her? The first book in this series was so sweet, but both the romance and the excessive magic/goddess worship makes this one quite sour.
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Oh, I am so contrary! When I put down Bewitching Season, I thought 'Well I got through it; it held my attention, but so what?' and proceeded not to think about it again. But I did not know about the sequel. So imagine my surprise as I'm making a quick stop at the library and see Betraying Season. I saw my hands reach out and snag it, my mind vaguely flickered in interest, and suddenly I was checking out with Betraying in hand. So here we are, after I had dissed Bewitching Season, the book had su ...more
Jan 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
This was the companion to Bewitching Season, which was okay, though not great. But this one I just didn't like! Anyway, this is about the other Leland sister, a witch in the Regency Era who goes to Ireland to study magic and gets involved with a mother and her grown up son and daughter. And the mother has some evil plans and plans to use the main character to achieve them.

It's multi-POV, which means the reader knows what's going on, but the main character doesn't. Sometimes that works, but, in t
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Penelope Leland has come to Ireland to further her studies in magic. She hopes to become as good a witch as her dear twin sister Persy, and so she devotes all her energies to being studious. But once Pen meets Niall Keating, that is so much easier said than. Niall is both gorgeous and charming, and Pen is a little surprised when he shows so much interest in her. And she should be, because Niall is only courting Pen at the orders of his mother, a powerful sorceress who needs Pen’s help with a dan ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
Pen takes center stage as this novel's protagonist. She has traveled to Ireland with her former governess and is intent on becoming as good a witch as her twin. However, she meets Lady Keating--and her handsome Niall--and starts to become distracted from her studies. What she doesn't know is that Niall has been instructed by his mother to make Pen fall for him. Niall doesn't know at first what his mother has planned for Pen, but he finds himself falling for her in return and begins to doubt his ...more
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
After her twin sister, Persephone, marries - during her first London season, no less - teenage witch Penelope Leland travels to Ireland in the spring of 1838 with her former governess Ally, who is also newly married. Pen has never been as talented with magic as Persy, and would like to prove that she can be as good a witch as her twin. She hopes her studies in Ireland will enable her to do just that.

Shortly after her arrival in Dublin, Pen meets the handsome young Niall Keating. He begins to cou
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Pen Leland is on an adventure of her own when she arrives in Ireland to intensify her studies in magic. But unlike Persy, Pen is much less shy and much more prone to distractions. And that isn't a good think- especially when her magic is becoming stronger.

When Pen meets Lady Keating, the older woman immediately expresses an interest in getting to know her and invites her to her home. There Pen meets the dashing Niall Keating who entices Pen into a love story. At first everything starts as a sche
Miss Clark
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
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I enjoyed this installation in the Leland Sisters series just as much as the first. This time the story focuses on Penelope (aka: Pen) and her time and magical studies in Ireland. Once again Ally is not there to offer her protection and guidance (which is unfortunate because we haven't really gotten to know her character that much) and Pen is left to the whims of Lady Keating, a witch herself who has some sinister plans. There was a great blend of magic, romance, intrigue, and mystery with some ...more
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a series that combines two things that I really love: Fantasy and Historical Fiction. This book was set in Ireland, and contained different sorts of magical references. The characters were interesting, and likable (except those that weren't likable at all). I became a little frustrated with the main character's blindness about certain things, but I was able to ignore that frustration for the most part. This book is a great read for anyone who likes fantasy, romance, an ...more
Katrina Hohensee
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I honestly liked this book more than the first one. Which is odd, since I normally like the first book in a series more. Both were good. But, and I'll admit it, the romance in this one was a little more prominent. And since I'm a girl, I liked it. :D Although the plot was still fairly predictable and simple, the setting really gave it a good feeling.
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Nov 05, 2008 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy Betraying Season as much as Bewitching Season, I think because the plot was more predictable. It read more like a romance with a magical plot and a witch's motive thrown in--and even included a raunchy scene that went far beyond anything I remember from the first book.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it liked it
This comes out in June -- I just read the galley. It's not high art, but, like the first book, Bewitching Season, it's quite enjoyable. A good lighter read with an agreeable dose of feminisim and the triple goddess as a bonus.
Camellia Schwartzman
It’s a very quick read and was very engrossing. The world building isn’t done very well but the intrigue was the most exciting thing. Pen had very interesting adventure and much improved with her magic. The book overall is just a fun one to spend time in a different world.
Regina Scott
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
History, magic, and love. What more could you want? :-)
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Penelope feels that she not only let her twin sister down but her heroine Queen Victoria as well. Sure, she was there when Victoria was saved, but the special commendation belongs to her twin Persy and Persy alone. Pen feels like a fraud. And that is why she's in Ireland. It wasn't just that she felt like a third wheel at home with her sister in a constant state of connubial bliss with her
Jun 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Pen (Penelope) has travelled to Ireland to study magic after her twin sister Persy's marriage. Soon after her arrival, she makes the acquaintance of Lady Keating who seems strangely eager to befriend Pen and to introduce her to her handsome son Niall.

She is unaware that Lady Keating has instructed Niall to make her fall in love with him. Niall doesn't understand his mother's motives at first but he has decided to cooperate with her instructions. He does not find it a hardship to flirt with such
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kronos Baggins
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not quite as appealing to me as the first book. While I didn't care much for the Ally/Michael romance there (I don't think a healthy relationship can start with a kidnapping), I was okay with it because Ally's wasn't a main character like Persy and Pen.

And now we get Pen/Niall, another relationship that just didn't work for me. Niall is at worst a liar and deceiver (but, oh, he's actually in love with Pen, like that really makes a difference) or at best he's a spineless mama's boy. And his atte
This is the second book in the series. Penelope has decided to go to Ireland in order to improve her magical skills. While she struggles with the prejudices of her fellow male students, she has unwittingly become the target of Lady Keating and her plot to place her son in a position of power. Lady Keating charms Penelope and uses her son, Niall to flirt with her in order to bring her under her sphere of influence. Things begin to go awry when Niall realizes he is falling in love with her and whe ...more
Angélique Jamail
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed BEWITCHING SEASON, and this sequel to it, even more. It's a fun read, a YA fantasy romance that I wouldn't mind my adolescent daughter reading. If you're interested in a fun, funny book with a happy ending, this is a good choice.

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While I am fascinated by this book in many ways (is the stuff about 'saving yourself for marriage' author-endorsed or historically-driven? what's with the gender-essentialist turn re: magic? Ireland, how about that representation of it?) and did enjoy reading it, I don't feel like reading further installments.
Sandra Strange
This Victorian fantasy combination was a bit disappointing because the sensuality went a bit far, with the love interest trying to seduce the magic wielding protagonist so she can't unwittingly participate in his mother's plot against Queen Victoria. Not R rated, but definitely PG13 sensuality.
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed by this book. I enjoyed the previous book so much, that I was expecting great things. For me, this story was missing all the things I loved about the first one - London society, romance, family, etc etc. Pen was so isolated and seemed very naive.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slow to start, but a fun ending. Good magic and triple goddess work.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the characters and the plot. It was absolutely beautifully written.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the 2nd book in the Leland Sisters series. It reads more like a companion series (I’ve already begun the 3rd book which is a prequel) and that kind of bums me out. The first book really focused on Persy, the bookish twin. I knew this book would focus on Pen (Penelope) the more outgoing one, but sadly, with Persy’s marriage, she’s gone off to her husband’s estate and the sisters are separated. I really hoped this would be a series about sisters working together. Oh well. Also – Persephone ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Doyle's first book had been entertaining enough, so I wanted to finish up the series. The sequel, however, was a big disappointment. Granted, it's supposed to a YA novel and isn't meant to be read for it's groundbreaking story or complex character development. On that note, I didn't start the book expecting anything extraordinary. I was just looking for a quick, fun, light read.
Where to begin?
First, I have to say that Betraying Season is by far the better book of the two (not that that's sayin
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Betraying Season is as frustrating as Bewitching Season, but I thought the more confident of the two Leland sisters might provide a more compelling narrative. No such luck. From Pen to Lady Keating, the characters are shallow and insipid. The tantalizing hints that there's more to Doireann come mostly from her absence, but she's also refreshing in that her moral system is consistent. I can't say the same for anyone else.

Niall doesn't examine his mother's plans too closely, ostensibly because he
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