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Blood Phoenix: Rebirth (Broken World) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 22, 2013
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Not so with this book.
Just an amazing opening scene. She had me at the car scene, and the way that scene concluded freaked the daylights out of me. I was hanging on every word throughout the rest of the book.
This had a unique plot and memorable characters. I seriously felt them come to life and I still keep thinking about them. Ria, Boden, and James, I am anxious to see where their stories lead.
I will say, this is my first experience reading about a leprechaun, moreover a leprechaun that stole my heart. Actually all three of them stole my heart.
Very well written, I cannot wait for the next book.
The Heart of Betrayal is about Lia's life in Venda. It is about what she has to put up with to stay alive and how she survives from one day to the next. She starts out living in a prison cell and gradually earns privileges. She studies the Komizar to find out what makes him tick. She tries to play the Komizar's game while adding a few rules. Or sometimes she pretends to play along, but does what she wants to do instead of what he tells her to do. You'll have to read the book to see how that turns out.
In the evenings, people gather outside Lia's window and ask for stories. Each evening the crowd grows. Sometimes the stories are short histories of their world. Sometimes I think her gift tells her which stories to tell. I am not sure if the Komizar ever truly believes that Lia has the gift, but he tries to control her/it by telling Lia what to tell the people. I like the quote above because it gives a glimpse of Lia's strength of character. Lia won't be the Komizar's tool and lie to the people. She is tired of people trying to control her.
As the title suggests, there is betrayal in this book, but Lia isn't the only one on the receiving end of it.
In The Heart of Betrayal, we find out more about Kaden. In particular, we learn about his background and why he is so fiercely loyal to the Komizar. Kaden's story had me liking the guy when I really didn't want to. Even Lia's heart isn't impervious to this new info. Much to her dismay, after finding out more about Kaden, she realizes she does care about him. Then toward the end of the book, we find out why he didn't kill Lia like the Komizar had ordered. Yeah, we all know that he has fallen in love with Lia, but there is another juicy tidbit that Pearson reveals that had me reading faster and wanting to know more. Unfortunately, there wasn't an opportunity for Pearson to explore that little morsel, so I am anxiously waiting for the next book.
We also find out more about the Komizar, like the circumstances under which he came to power and the depth of his sociopathness. Yeah, I know I just made that word up. But once you read the book, you'll see how it fits. He was an interesting character. On the one hand he is completely ruthless and power hungry. On the other hand he seems to care about his people. Maybe if he seems to care about his people it will give him more power and control?
Another thing I liked about the book is that it really isn't a love triangle or love quadrangle - ha. Anyway, she doesn't fall in love with the Komizar or ____. (No, I'm not going to give it away.)She only loves one person.
As the plot thickens, there is a lot going on, and it is interesting to see how everything turns out. I can't say much more without giving away the story, and I really don't want to do that. All I can really say is that it was exciting and you're gonna love it!
I didn't buy it though. If you're a KU member, I'd look at the first book's "look inside" and only read it if you find yourself really interested. If you read it and decide as I did that the rest of the series not being KU means you won't be reading it - you'll never know how the story turns out.
I hate that... Anyway, a pretty good read, with a more interesting plot than many of the genre, from a pretty good storyteller.