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Betrayal Foretold: Descended of Dragons, Book 3 by [Crane, Jen]
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A Bitter Betrayal

Stella Stonewall exposed her scaly side to save the man she loves, the soulful and sexy Ewan Bristol. But her troubles have only just begun. A treacherous betrayal at the hands of a trusted confidante leaves her running for her life.


An Impossible Choice

An unlikely savior offers Stella a way out, but it means leaving everything—and everyone—behind. Can she give up the only home, the only friends she’s ever known to save herself?


A Chance to Have It All

Stella learns of an ancient curse that, if lifted, could change everything. To alter the course of history she must trust her former lover Rowan Gresham, and she must trust the machinations of fate: that she may be the key to it all.

Betrayal Foretold is an emotional ride through the mesmerizing world of Thayer. This third book in the Descended of Dragons series, a new adult fantasy romance, is a can’t-put-it-down story of loss and self-invention, of survival, and of the selfless pursuit to secure the happiness of friends.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996575650
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carpe Noctem Publishing, LLC (31 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01D2BPH4W
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By A Customer on 31 May 2016
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I devoured every word of Betrayal Foretold. Reading for three hours non stop.
That was the perfect way to end the series.
I am sad that it has ended though.
Jen Crane is a master storyteller. The way she weaves her words together is truly magnificent.
I will not spoil the story and tell you what happened because you need to experience the magic for yourself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very shallow, and leaves a lot of questions 8 June 2016
By Shauna - Published on Amazon.com
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Firstly: I was a pretty big fan of books one and two, and while this one I'm only giving 3 stars, I still suggest you read it. My -2 on the stars is due to the fact that the story feels rushed or that the author got bored with it and really didnt want to put effort into it. There were so many opportunities for this book to flesh out some really awesome details but instead it remains very superficial and leaves a TON of questions.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

We start off with a prologue of Brandubh upset over the loss of his dragons, but satisfied because he has spies everywhere and has some kind of "ace up his sleeve". Sounds dark and exciting right? Oh what can he have in store for our favorite hybrid?? It turns out to be almost nothing, which I will expand on further down.

Chapter One we are back with Stella, who is hiding out in the woods, a fugitive from both Brandubh and from the people and government of thayer. Dean Miles still has a vendetta against Stella and has released her journal entries to the entire population. How did she get such entries? Her Pia, who in books one and two is shown as being capable of interacting with their user, but not as being a complete AI with the ability to make decisions or think emotionally, decided to GIVE the Dean the files to "save" Stella. "Wwhen you revealed your origin, your relatives, and your encounters with the sorcerer, I was obligated to share that information with Radix Administration to protect not just the people of Thayer, but to protect you." In books one and two I felt like Pia was an advanced version of Siri, but certainly not an entity. If she -is- a full blown AI then wouldn't she have seen what happened when the files were released and said something? Or reported something? Anything? Instead she doesn't say a word, and lets her friends tell her whats happened and then when asked if someone had tried to access her files casually admits she did it? In response to this they shut down Pia and toss her in the river, which doesn't stop Pia from sending the Dean her location before she's shut down. So Pia turns out to be a kind of bad... phone? Siri? Thing?
Anyways, Dean Miles and her gang shes riled up about dragons find the cabin and surround it. With her is Gresham of course. So conveniently at the same time Bay and Stella's mother have dropped the wards on the cabin in an attempt to lure out Brandubh. Which we dont find out til later, but which is incredibly stupid from a tactical point of view as they tell Stella they have no real plan for how to defeat him. " You think our ragtag gang can defeat the most powerful sorcerer I've ever known?" Bay to Stella. Soooooo they purposely used Stella as bait and dropped the wards... but yet they had no plan to kill him? Didn't think it was possible? It had to be Stella that convinced them to try? Then what was the point? What were they going to accomplish? After a rushed and short battle they do kill him, but not before he reveals his amazing ace up his sleeve! Its Dean Miles! Who reveals herself by throwing a jealousy temper tantrum when Brand tells Stella's mom how much he missed her. Dean Miles reveals she killed Greshams wife of long ago so that she could stay close to him so that she could access Stella. Only worked at the school so she could access Stella. All Brand's doing/ideas of course. So gresham kills her, quickly, and yet the fact that she was working for someone so evil and feared has ZERO effect on the crowd she brought with her and their thoughts that Stella needs to die because shes a dragon.

So we have our evil sorcerer dead in the first few chapters, and his ace in the hole dead. What next?

Well apparently the people of Thayer (by which we only see what a small mob thinks but apparently they represent everyone) can not and will not tolerate any dragons left alive. So Uncle Gaspare shows up and sentences them to death and traces them away. In reality he takes them to an island where apparently all sorts of dragons and other misfits live, thats enchanted so that no one can find them. The catch? They can never EVER leave it. Her friends think shes dead, and so does the rest of society.
Once again we learn that Stella has another surprise relative left alive, her other grandmother. She immediately begins magic training and we skip one uneventful month ahead in time. Stella eventually learns that any type of shifter + another shifter would produce babies, specifically omnis. But it was covered up because there was a curse put on the land that made it so that omnis could never be born again. Meanwhile Ewan is finally told that Stella is alive and Gespare even brings him to see her. Yay love! We learn that the evil curse can be countered, and in a few chapters with some help of others they have a counter curse all ready to go. Stella activates the counter curse by drawing on the power of the stars, ('healing power'?) and breaks the curse. ( why is this healing power never discussed? why does this not turn out to be a bigger thing than just breaking a single curse? this could have been so cool to have a character with the "power of the stars")
About this curse: its tied to some mythical creature of the darkness that we hear about in name, but never in detail. I felt like this was a HUGE letdown. It had so much potential to turn into a great side story or the next villain perhaps, but its only ever mentioned a few short times.
Gresh's father is the one who enacted the curse, and tied it to Gresh's blood so when the curse is broken Gresh feels freer. We never get a good look into if that actually does anything for Gresh. Just a passing mention that he seems to be feeling better.
Then of course, we have to test that the counter curse actually worked, so lets bring on Timbra and Boone (who were told by Ewan that Stella is still alive, even though he wasnt supposed to) and have them agree to make babies here and now!
SKIP TO SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE!
They have a baby. It worked. The end.

Literally I felt like there was soooooo much more that could have been done and explained in this book. Brand's fight was so lackluster, and Dean Miles turned out to be so hollow and empty. This could have and should have been a much bigger and better scene than it was. And killing them off early left us with not really much else to look forward to. It was like a one hill roller coaster, then we just coasted along through the rest. We also never really got to meet anyone that lives on this enchanted island, and didnt get a sense of whether they were different from everyone else, whether they had technology, or really anything at all. Stella hangs out with a few dragons when she first arrives, but we dont even learn anything about them either.

The love triangle: uuuuuh what? we never get a good reason why stella is so drawn to ewan. the whole thing is just awkward and very superficial.

Overall, this book is a good "surface read". It gives you closure on the series and is still pretty good as long as you dont think about the details. Not sure why the author chose to go this route with what looks to be the final book of the series, but at least you know how it 'ends'.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WTF 2 June 2016
By JalizaB - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy this series and the concept a lot but at the same time I find some aspects are missing. With this book, I'm not sure what to think. The beginning left me with a big WTF and as I continued to read, I felt the plot wasn't moving. I couldn't really see where the author was going and how the story even matched with her description for the book. I kept stopping to read the description she had for the book and then wondering when the book was going to match it. What great betrayal? And when was she going to start relying on her ex-lover, Rowan.

And speaking of Rowan and Ewan and her. I don't see it. I'm still left so confused on to why she's so madly in love with Ewan and I still don't understand how her relationship with Rowan turned the way it did. I mean, I understand the events that occurred leading up to this book but as some people have pointed out, she seems so tweeny. A little too tweeny in some parts and truthfully a little self-absorbed. But that's okay, I still like her, I just feel like key pieces are missing in her relationship with Ewan and I'm a huge Rowan fan.

The plot itself is interesting. It starts out definitely different. What normally happens, say, at the end of a book happens right at the beginning, making a huge problem very anticlimactic. Then it slows down until about three fourths of the way and then picks right back up again, finally giving me the answers I've been looking for, as in how does this story match her description.

Overall, if you haven't guessed, I'm disappointed. I was hoping for so much and didn't get it. She writes wonderfully but the plot needed more work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great first half, but second half felt like a long epilogue 20 June 2016
By life's journey - Published on Amazon.com
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In book three, the bad guy is disposed of quickly and it is mainly about introducing and cleaning up the mess of some other bad person who preceded him. It was an interesting and unexpected turn for the story. While it was a good story line to follow and showed Stella beginning to come into her own, it made the ending of the series anticlimactic. Still, I am glad it ended on a good note.

I am a little confused as to why Stella chooses Ewan over Rowan... In book 2, Ewan seemed possessive to the point that he cared less about Stella's feelings and was driven by a stronger need to know what is happening day to day in her life. When Rowan had information, but hesitated to share it with her, she doesn't even give him a chance to explain and completely shuts him out, even though, she was holding big secrets from him as well. There is a huge underlying theme of the inability to trust adults in this series. Then, I feel, a good portion of book 3 is about also saving Rowan, though I am not sure he was ever portrayed as needing this saving. In fact he is said to have a big heart.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars 27 June 2016
By Jana LaPelle - Published on Amazon.com
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As a whole I really enjoyed the series. It was unique and suspenseful and action packed, throw in a complicated love life and you have an interesting story. So why 3 1/2 Stars? I was hooked up until the last quarter of the book and then , for me, things began to unravel. The ending felt rushed and overall too many questions were left unanswered for this to be the last book in the series. I was left feeling unsatisfied in the end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great finish! 1 June 2016
By MissTraci - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this story! It never went where I expected it to, and that was refreshing! I loved the world building in this series, and I'd definitely like to see a few novellas from Thayer! I'd recommend this series to anyone that enjoys an escape from the real world, but is looking for more to a story than hero vs villain or an unrealistic sappy romance. There's politics, intriguing curses, villains (but not who you'd expect) and happiness that the characters fight for, what more could you want?