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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805082522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805082524
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“As in the previous book, this is a full-bodied story that wonderfully combines elements of romance, fantasy, and history…Whether Doyle is describing the Irish countryside, a magical incantation, or a lover’s kiss, her writing is compelling, and it will be hard for readers not to be swept away by this invigorating story.”—Booklist

“The mixture of historical detail and magic makes this bodice-ripper another page-turner.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Seamlessly weaving elements of historical fiction, romance, and magic, Doyle creates believable characters in a realistic setting set in a fascinating plot.  Extremely well written and utterly delightful, this book should appeal to female readers fourteen and older. Although this sequel can stand alone, reading the first book would enhance the experience."--VOYA

About the Author

MARISSA DOYLE is fascinated by the past and lives in Massachusetts, where she is surrounded by history. This is her second novel.

Customer Reviews

I did enjoy this book a little bit better than the first.
Tin Heart Tomes
This is a great series of books and I would recommend reading both books if you get the chance!
Kicking back in New England
It doesn't seem as if the characters had any life; they were all really fake.
Jane Austen

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julieosis on November 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Penelope Leland is off on an adventure of her own. Eager to get away from her newly married, not to mention disgustingly happy twin Persephone, Pen ships off to Ireland with her former governess Ally to continue her studies in magic in the hopes of getting to the same level as her sister.

But things never seem to go according to plan, and Pen soon finds herself more alone than she could have thought possible, Ally is expecting a baby and is dreadfully sick all the time, and though she has her magic classes with Ally's father-in-law to distract her, the gentlemen who she studies with are not enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with a woman.

Quite unexpectedly, Lady Keating, a wealthy woman who is influential in Cork's society has taken a liking to Pen and graciously takes her under wing. She also has a very handsome son, Niall Keating whom Pen finds herself unexpectedly drawn to.

But the Keatings are hiding something. Lady Keating has instructed Niall to woo Pen and to lure her into a sense of security so she can take advantage of Pen's magical abilities. Niall agrees, not knowing what he's signing up for but soon finds himself falling in love with Pen. Niall has to choose where his loyalties lie: with the woman he loves, or with his family.

I find myself a little distraught on how to describe "Betraying Season." I liked it to be sure. Doyle has created very likable characters in the Leland girls and I'm hoping she'll write a third novel with the twins' brother Charles as the main character. "Betraying Season" however, lacked some of the charm that its predecessor "Bewitching Season" oozed in abundance.

My first gripe was with the character of Niall.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kicking back in New England on November 3, 2009
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I read the first book in this series, Bewitching Season, and enjoyed it tremendously. While many sequels fail to live up to the first book, this was definitely not the case here - in fact, I like Betraying Season even better (6 stars!!!). Penelope (Pen) is the focus of this book and heads off to Ireland to study magic. She is determined to apply herself to her studies so that she can become as good at magic as her sister Percy. Instead of studying with her former governess, Pen has a new teacher and joins a group of young men who are also studying magic. Of course these "charming" fellows clearly think she is in over her head and make things as difficult as possible. Adding to her feelings of inadequacy, Pen's former governess seems to be sleeping all the time and just isn't available for any girl talk.

So, what's a girl to do? Well, fall in love, of course! Pen meets Niall Keating and they are immediately attracted to one another. Their relationship is encouraged by Lady Keating who seems more than happy to escort Pen around town, have her over for tea, etc. From this point on you expect a lovely romance, but that just isn't in the cards. Marissa Doyle takes you on a journey of love, deceit and powerful magic as Penelope Leland discovers her inner core of strength.

Like Bewitching Season, Betraying Season will appeal to a wide range of ages from teen to adult. The story moves along at a wonderful pace and I found it really hard to put the book down. This is a great series of books and I would recommend reading both books if you get the chance!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Children's Book Reporter on November 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Spending her first time away from her newly-married twin sister Percy is difficult for Penelope Leland, but she is determined to take the opportunity to learn to wield magic as well as her talented twin. While visiting her old governess/magical instructor Ally in Ireland, Pen learns new magic and meets new people: a wealthy Lady with a disreputable past, a small Irish faery called a clurichaun with a taste for fairy whiskey and an affinity with young witches, a ghost, and a young gentleman with mysterious origins and a very handsome face. In Ireland, Pen's magic thrives along with an exciting new romance...until both threaten to turn Pen against all that she holds most dear.

I always find it interesting to read sequels of books I've already reviewed, to see how they compare to the first book. Overall, I found the writing/plot/and pacing of Betraying Season to show a development and growth in Marissa Doyle's writing. Also, Pen's voice was delightfully easy to follow and interesting. It was infinitely readable and entertaining, but I felt it still suffered from some of the same problems as the first book. Namely, the magic is thrown into the real world in a way that brings up far more questions than are answered; the ones that are answered are a mix between vague and detailed which leaves the reader slightly disoriented. Also, though I thought the overall plot development was well-done, unfortunately the very crux of it was highly doubtful. Without any spoilers, that's hard to explain, but basically I felt like the authors/characters were trying to fool me into believing something was far more important than it actually was.
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Marissa Doyle graduated from Bryn Mawr College intending to be an archaeologist but somehow got distracted. When not writing historical-set YAs and fantasy for adults and kids, she's sailing on Cape Cod, quilting, or collecting 19th century fashion prints. She lives in her native Massachusetts with her family, an alarming number of research books, and a pair of highly opinionated but adorable house rabbits.

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