Jun 19, 2013

Review--BlackHearted Betrayal by Kasey MacKenzie

As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston's Chief Magical Investigator, she's responsible for solving any crimes committed by or against supernaturals. But now that she's going home, Riss has no idea just how dangerous--and personal--the crimes have become.

Riss has taken a leave of absence from her mortal job for the Boston PD. Right now she's determined to focus on her Fury duties, like assisting her mother with an unsettling friction brewing in the Sisterhood--a faction of Furies sworn to serve all deities equally. Until now.

Someone is playing favorites. As a result, Riss is ushered into a tumultuous civil war--one that's not just tearing apart the Sisterhood but embroiling every god and goddess in the chaos as well. For millennia, the Furies have policed arcanekind as a united whole, but now they have been divided by something Riss never imagined--and choosing sides could be the most dangerous move she's ever made.

It's been ages since I last read Kasey MacKenzie's Green-Eyed Envy, so diving into Blackhearted Betrayal had it's ups and downs. I tried to think of it as reading a new novel, but that doesn't always work when events and situations are mentioned from previous books. But I just did my best to read the current story and enjoy. And I did, for the most part. I think my lack of knowledge on what's previously happened prevented me from fully enjoying this one. 

Just as Riss and her mother are about to get Ceri, Riss' niece started on her Fury training, they are ambushed by Durra and her posses, but not for anything sinister like we could imagine. The Megara need Riss and her mother's help. They suspect Anubis is behind their problems with the Furies, in that some of the Furies have started working for him.

In order to accomplish that, they get turned into Nemesis temporarily, and this is basically just a suped-up, badass version of a Fury, just more. While Riss' mother looks for some of the Furies who may be working for Anubis, Riss takes the more difficult challenge of entering Anubis' home turf in order to find evidence against him. And since the last time Riss paid a visited, Anubis proclaimed he would basically torture her to death if she were to return. Luckily, Riss has got backup!

While I enjoyed the story, I guess I felt a little disconnected this time around. Mostly due to not having read the previous book in over a year, possibly two. Riss is definitely a great heroine, she's strong and fierce and will do anything to protect her loved ones.

There's some romance between her and Scott, her leading man, but not much as there doesn't seem to be time for any lovin! The action was still good as there were quite a few fight scenes and just that thrill factor involved.

The ending was good too, although I am wondering if this is the last novel for now. I haven't heard otherwise. There did seem to be resolution to this story, but yet there are still just a few threads I feel like are left slightly unraveled. Only time will tell I guess!

Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars


  1. I love how authors can close things out but still leave things open in case they want to come back to it. Excellent review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  2. It's a shame you aren't as connected with the characters since there was such a gap between books... Great review though, it may be a better series to read back to back... keep it all fresh.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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