Review:: City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault

The whole city is searching for Hasryan in City of Betrayal —some for revenge and justice, others to save their friends. Yet no one knows where to find him except Lord Arathiel Brasten, who vanished 130 years ago only to magically return.

Lord Diel Dathirii’s struggle to free his city from the neighbouring imperialistic enclave is far from over. Enemies gather around him, and without allies in Isandor’s upper spheres, he must place his fate in Lower City residents. Little does he know, the city he’s trying to save might well save him in return. (via Goodreads)

I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First things first, this is the second book in a series. Please stop reading this review if you haven’t read City of Strife, which you can find links to in my review. You will get spoiled for things if you continue reading. Consider yourself warned!

Y’ALL. I think I’m in love with this series. The characters, the world, the magic, all of it. I love it. I couldn’t put City of Betrayal down, and my only regret at this moment is that I don’t have the third book in my grubby little hands!

Have I convinced you to read this series yet? No?

Fine, I will wax poetic some more about City of Betrayal.

In the first book, we got to know our heroes mostly, and the antagonists were really more side characters than anything else. In this book, we got a much deeper look at every single one of our antagonists, including the plague that is Avenazar.

I thought I would have hated having Isra’s perspective in the book, but it was a great way to tell what was happening in the compound, and also learn enough about her to sympathize. I’m interested to see if she gets better at doing magic now that she’s no longer bound by the necklace. Another character I thought I would hate was Yultes, but honestly I enjoyed the little worm’s character growth and I look forward to seeing how he continues to grow in the next book.

I just really loved everything about this book. I highly, highly recommend it – AFTER you read the first one! You can pick up a copy of your very own on Amazon or Gumroad!

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