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Betrayal (Blood of the Kindred #1)

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The noble and magical aelven were riven by war when a rogue clan embraced a forbidden source of magic: the drinking of blood. In the bitter fighting that ensued, the vampiric Clan Darkshore were cast out of theaelven and driven across the Ebon Mountains. Stripped of their various clan colors, they were thenceforth known only as "alben," hated and shunned. An uneasy peace n ...more
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Published March 24th 2009 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2009)
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May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009-read
The Betrayal is a romantic fantasy told from three main point of views, Eliani, Turisan and Shalár. They live in a world where the aelven are the dominate race but divided. The aelven consider themselves to be a race of good elves, who rule their world by trying to do no harm and staying inline with nature. The alben are elves who have gone against the aelven creed by drinking the blood of kobalen. The kobalen are primative, hairy man-like creatures with questionable intelligence. The aelven do ...more
Jun 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very decent fantasy story. The world building was great, the writing style really fit the fantasy setting and the storyline was interesting. I liked how you got to see things from both the aelven and the alben side of the story and Nagle even managed to make me feel for the alben, making it hard to pick a side. I was disappointed that the character that intrigued me the most (won't tell you the name of the character) was the one who didn't survive this book though. And I must confess I thought ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
I was very disapointed. The story was very slow and most of this book was set-up. I don't mind a book that is a set-up for a series, but this book was not advertised that way. The main conflict, which was prodominant on the back of the book, just barely got started at the end of the book. I also didn't care for how the two main characters got together. They barely spent any time together (it felt like they were apart more than together). She was afraid to have a relationship with him due to a pa ...more
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Jul 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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1.5 Stars

I made it to page 228 and skimmed the rest. It just seemed to lose steam. The idea was neat but going back and forth between 6+ POV's was just getting painful. I honestly did not care about Dareth and Shalar. Turisan seemed a little flat. Eliani seemed to resort to acting like a little girl than a woman who was in charge of her homelands guard and future ruler.

I liked the story and the premise of the book. It was pretty well written and made me want to know what was going to happen. It was a tad predictable because I figured out who the betrayer was almost right away. I also get frustrated by writers who make up words in other worlds that are hard to say/pronounce/read.
May 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was lead to expect this would be a fast-paced, exciting book. It was just all right. I like the setup, it was the execution that fell short, for me. I was also disappointed to find that it seems to be part one of a much longer series.
Oct 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
I found this book a little wishy-washy for the Eliani/Tursian part. Had this book been really mostly about/with Shalar I may have enjoyed it more but even then Shalar was a little over the top being 'too bad ass' with really little to show for it.

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Pati Nagle is the author of two linked romantic fantasy series: the Blood of the Kindred historical series (THE BETRAYAL, HEART OF THE EXILED, SWORDS OVER FIRESHORE), and The Immortal Saga contemporary series (IMMORTAL, ETERNAL, FOREVER). She was born and raised in the mountains of northern New Mexico. An avid student of music, history, and humans in general, she loves the outdoors but hides from ...more
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Blood of the Kindred (3 books)
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