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Betrayed By Blood

I tried to write a spoiler-free review, but if you just want to know my rating without any additional details, I think it is a fun collection and well worth your time if you like urban fantasy, romance, and adventure.



Book Information:

Title: The Amaranthine Chronicles Box Set (3 Novellas)

Author Name: Tiffany Shand

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Release Date: January 25, 2017

Page Count: 203

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Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33642816-the-amaranthine-chronicles-complete-series

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Review

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC copy of The Amaranthine Chronicles by Tiffany Shand for a fair and honest review. I tried to write a spoiler-free review, but if you just want to know my rating without any additional details, I think it is a fun collection and well worth your time if you like urban fantasy, romance, and adventure.

    Potential Spoilers Ahead

I have not read anything by Tiffany Shand before this collection. A fellow author recommended her work to me, so I signed up for the ARC (advanced reader copy) review. I am very glad I had the chance to read this collection and share my thoughts (in no particular order.)

The first aspect to impress me was the cover. Yes—I know the old saying “never judge a book by its cover,” but so many collections seem to feature one image repeated with different color schemes. I like the fact that the author took the time to create separate cover art for each of the three novellas and to include all of them in the collection. This attention to detail right at the start is impressive.

Second—I love the fact that it is a collection. I am a person who likes to “binge” read a series. (Waiting for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower or the next book in Game of Thrones is very difficult. Anticipation is fun, but only if you have to wait a short amount of time!) I was happy that I did not have to wait for the resolution.

Third—I like the story world. It is urban fantasy with a mixture of modern living and ancient buildings; magic and technology; standard vehicles and futuristic Transpos. A not-so-secret organization is bent on destroying everything except what fits into their worldview and a brave few are willing to resist. The fight scenes are a mixture of magic and martial arts, claws/fangs and daggers/knives. In other words, a fun place to visit in a novel. (It would be a bit too dangerous in real life—especially with wolf-like shifters roaming around ready to go for your throat.)

Finally—I enjoyed the romance between Kaylan and Elijah. In a world seeped with magic, both dark and light, they are a realistic couple. I could easily believe the aspects that drew them together and the issues that kept them apart. Family also plays a large part in the theme of the novel. What do you owe them? What they owe you? How much are you willing to risk for the sake of that familial connection?

Shand spins an interesting tale filled with magic, narrow escapes, danger, intrigue, romance, and plenty of adventure. I kept turning the pages, wanting to find out what happened next. I look forward to reading other books by this author!

The Novellas in the Box Set:

Betrayed by Blood:

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?

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?

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?

Meet the Author:

Tiffany Shand started writing short stories when she was a child. After doing a creative writing course in her teens, she discovered her love of nonfiction writing and is now a freelance writer and professional editor.

She writes both non-fiction for writers and fiction, and is the author of the urban fantasy Excalibar Investigations Series. When she’s not writing, you’ll usually find her reading.

Tiffany lives in Essex, UK with her family, two very spoiled cats and a hamster.

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