Review: Blackhearted Betrayal by Kasey MacKenzie

Posted July 31, 2012 by Gikany-Una in 4.5 stars, Rating A, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , ,

Blackhearted Betrayal
Author: Kasey MacKenzie 
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Ace
Shades of Fury #3
ISBN: #987-81937007625
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (294 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
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 the 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.
What G & U are talking about:
Gikany and Una are thoroughly enjoying the Shades of Fury series.  The latest release, Blackhearted Betrayal continues to be enthralling, full of twists and surprises that keep you guessing up until the end.
In Blackhearted Betrayal, questions as to what has happened to Riss’s grandmother and the rifts in the fury sisterhood are answered.  Other questions raised in the previous novels are as well.  Gikany has read all three books while Una jumped in on the second one, Green-Eyed Fury.  There is a substantial amount of carry-over from the plot of the first book.  Several things are finally understood or come to light.  We recommend that you read this series from the beginning as it will have a greater significance and make much more sense.
There is quite a lot of not only Fury politics in this novel but arcane politics as well.  The connections between different minor characters and various deities are interesting.  Especially considering that power among these deities is partially related to the number of worshipers.  Not only the subject of gods but also the hierarchy of the arcanes and gods are fully explained, which was incredibly fascinating.  What we find so pleasurable is that all of what could be very dry material (not to offend, but Una’s not a big fan of researching politics or history in general) was woven into the fabric of the novel seamlessly.  Ms. MacKenzie did it in such a way that made it not only enriching but also fascinating.
Although it appears that the mystery is cut and dry, appearances are often deceiving — something that is illustrated perfectly in Blackhearted Betrayal.   There are clear clues that the evidence points to a particular character, but we enjoy that Riss never accepts things until she has concrete proof.  This contributes to the nail-biting suspense until the end when the shroud is lifted and everything is revealed.
At the end, even though the overall conflict is resolved, we are left with ripples that hold so much potential for the next novel.  Gikany and Una were drooling over the possible repercussions.  In fact, it was difficult to pick up our next book because we didn’t want to let go of the ruminations running though our minds.  Shades of Fury is poising itself as a contender on our must reads list.  Anyone that loves urban fantasy done well with a detective twist should really enjoy this series.  Blackhearted Betrayal is a more than a transitional book, allowing for such possibilities in the future, but also wraps up questions from the previous novels while also giving us another quarry.
Their Rating:
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
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One response to “Review: Blackhearted Betrayal by Kasey MacKenzie

  1. Loved this book too! I can’t wait to see what’s next… This series is definitely on my autobuy list!