Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Betrayed By Blood Blurb:
In a city of lies and deception, only one thing stands between chaos and justice. For centuries, a band of outlaws called the Amaranthine has kept the peace in Ormere and hidden in plain sight whilst the Order of Sorcerers spreads their deadly magic among the city’s inhabitants.
After losing her fiancé in bust gone wrong, Amaranthine Agent Kaylan Avilion returns home to discover that Elijah didn’t die but instead was changed by the twisted guards of the Order, who seek to find a dangerous artefact tied to Kaylan’s past and the murder of her family. When her sister goes missing and a foe from their past remerges, Kaylan knows she must save Freya before she’s poisoned by the very people who took Elijah away from her. But how will Kaylan react when she learns Elijah’s secret and can they come together to stop the Order’s plan in time?
Blurb for Dark Revenge:
Darkness is sweeping through the city of Ormere as unnatural creatures stalk through the streets. People are dying and time is running out as a new evil threatens to take control of everything. The Amaranthine Order has been decimated leaving only a few of its people left to fight the coming terror.
Stunned by her sister Freya’s betrayal and plot to take over the city, Kaylan must do everything she can to find out what Freya plans to do when she finds an infamous book linked to the murder of their family. A book considered so dangerous that the last High Lord erased its location from history, the Amaranthine Chronicles are said to contain the darkest of all magics.
Kaylan is happy to finally have her ex-fiancé, Elijah, back in her life but he’s not the man she once knew and loved. After being turned into a shapeshifter, Elijah struggles to control his inner beast and his lingering feelings for Kaylan.
Can Elijah and Kaylan come together to stop Freya and uncover the secrets of the book before it’s too late?
Blurb for The Final Battle:
Darkness has claimed the city of Ormere and death has become a certainty for anyone stalking its empty streets. The government is in ruins and lawlessness ensues.
After their last encounter, Kaylan and Elijah barely managed to thwart her sister, Freya’s, latest attempts to find and use the elusive Amaranthine Chronicles. But in her desperation to receive ultimate power, Freya will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Even if it means destroying the last of her family.
Kaylan and Elijah must work on their fragile relationship and put their personal feelings aside to find the book and stop Freya before it’s too late. But with their allies growing thin, and a gang of ruthless shapeshifters close on their trail, will they finally find the book and stop Freya before time runs out? And will Kaylan have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her city and the man she loves?
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One thing about getting a book set that is also a series is you have to read the series in order. And this is not one that you will want to skip around on – it would almost be like cheating. Kaylan Avilion and her crew are spying on others. Elijah has had a life-changing event. The group is trying to find an answer to the mystery surrounding their world. This story is about good versus evil with a paranormal/fantasy twist. Got to love a story that’s great at mixing action, adventure, and suspense.
Our author has created an interesting world where people with special abilities is the norm and more acceptable than they would be in our world. This series flows, very nicely, from one story to the next. There’s no feeling of anything missing as you pick up the next part of the adventure. It shows that not every family is loving – sometimes jealousy rears its ugly head. But power can be a very strong aphrodisiac. There is romance here but it takes a backseat to the action, thrill and just making sure that the bad guys get their just desserts. I almost didn’t want to see this series end because I wanted to continue on the next escapade this group may have. But I don’t get any indication that the ending was final. Will we see Kaylan and Elijah again?
Excerpt from Betrayed By Blood:
Elijah bounded along the tunnel, through the metal door, water splashing against him as he passed through the river. Moving along the tunnels he now called home, he ran until he reached the outer door.
He took a deep breath, feeling flesh and bone move with agonising pain as he shifted back into human form. He knelt down and splashed his face with water from the underground stream. Elijah braced himself against the wall, breathing hard. Kaylan. She was here. He couldn’t believe it.
He turned to see Geth. Geth’s dark skin gleamed under the luminescent light. His hair was braided and a ring glittered on his nose. “What happened?” his friend asked as he appeared in the makeshift doorway to Elijah’s cave, holding out a clean pair of jeans and a black shirt.
Elijah grabbed the clothes and slipped them on. “Kaylan’s back,” was all he said.
“You’ve been watching her again? I thought we talked about this?” Geth asked. “Do you want her to find out about you?”
Elijah sighed. “She knows.”
Geth’s mouth fell open. “How?”
“She hit me with a fireball. I shifted right in front of her,” he explained. Hell, it wasn’t like he had control over it.
“What did she do after that?”
“Nothing. I ran away after telling her to stop looking for me.” He buttoned up the shirt, ignoring the ache in his muscles from changing twice in one night.
“We’ve been through this. You need to stay away from Kaylan. Now she knows what you are, she won’t stop looking. What were you thinking?”
In truth, he hadn’t been thinking at all. He had just wanted a glimpse of her again, to make sure she was alright. “I just – had to see her,” Elijah admitted. “Just because I’m different now doesn’t mean I don’t care.”
“Well, we’ve got more important things to worry about than your ex-fiancé. I found another body.”
He flinched and looked down at his hands, half expecting to see them covered in blood.
“Don’t worry, you didn’t lose control again,” Geth told him. “It’s another victim of the Stardust drug.”
Elijah breathed a sigh of relief. One of his greatest fears was losing control again and having no memory of what he might have done. “Where is it?” he asked.
Geth led him down the tunnel until it opened up into a larger cavern. Tendrils of light danced around the glistening grey rock walls. Elijah had no idea where the magical lights came from, since they were several metres underground, but he always found this place peaceful.
The body of a young man who appeared to be in his early twenties lay off to one side. His skin looked pale and waxy underneath the shock of red hair.
Tiffany Shand was born in Essex, UK and started writing short stories when she was a child.
She has always done writing in one form or another and started writing novels in her early teens.
Tiffany loves to read books and discovered her love for fantasy and paranormal romance during this time.
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After doing a creative writing course in her early 20s, she is now a freelance writer and professional editor.
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