Heiress of Lies

Rated 4.13/5 based on 8 reviews
Blood never lies, but people do…

With the King of Altera on his deathbed, all eyes are on his only child, eighteen-year-old Angeline Robart. The crown princess is called from her studies to return to her father's side, but is kidnapped en route by Connor, a mysterious rogue who has his own reasons for becoming involved in the high stakes game of political intrigue. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301040230
About Cege Smith

Everyone loves a good origin tale. Cege's started when she was eight years old. She snuck out of bed late one night and into the living room to watch TV. Flipping through stations with the volume turned down low, she came across a rerun of a movie called The Exorcist. She was terrified yet mesmerized.

Cege wasn't unfamiliar with the idea of the battle between good and evil. She attended Catholic school in a small town in rural Wisconsin, and at the time knew the 'age appropriate' stories from the Bible. Nothing in those stories prepared her for the visual onslaught of watching the battle between the priests and the demon for the soul of the young Linda Blair. Cege was deeply disturbed by the movie, but nonetheless a seed was planted that night. That seed grew into a rampant fascination with all things supernatural.

Sleepovers turned into B-rated horror film marathons. Her library card was used to bring home piles of books about ghosts and vampires. She still isn't quite sure who she loved first, Stephen King or Freddy Krueger. By the time she was twelve, Cege took a turn at penning her own spooky tales. That love of things that go bump in the night and scare you to death has only grown stronger throughout the years.

The paranormal and supernatural take center stage in all of Cege's stories. Over the years, she has crafted her own origin stories about vampires (the Bloodtruth series), zombies (the Twisted Souls series), and ghosts, angels, and demons (the Shadows series). She's also taken on the folklore around the Fountain of Youth (the Immortal End series beginning with Ageless). There is something for every reader of the paranormal in Cege's books.

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Review by: Sheila Gallagher on Jan. 31, 2014 :
Angeline is to be the queen when her seriously ill father dies. On her way home from the convent she is kidnapped by Connor, a vampire. He is to take her to his Master. Along the way trouble befalls them. Angeline must learn to deal with those troubles so she can return him. I loved Connor. He does not want to be a vampire and is searching for a cure but he will do as his Master wants and bring Angeline to him. Angeline is not the most reticent of victims. Since she has been trained to be queen, she will do what she must to escape and survive to make her way home. I liked her. She is spunky and kick ass. She is not going to let anyone get ahead of her. However, she discovers that much of what she knows is lies. She has to figure out what is true, what is lie. Who she can trust and who cannot be trusted. I do not like that she has to be married to be queen. I also do not like the man, Malin, who has been chosen for her. I have my suspicions what he has done and what he will do. I need the second part of this series to know if I am right. There is a lot of action and adventure in this story and it sets up the series very well.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alysa H on April 03, 2013 :
I won a copy of this book in Elle Casey's January Anniversary Indie Book Giveaway.

First things first: the prologue. I get what the author was trying to do here, of course: give us a taste of what's to come later, so that we know what climax we are building towards. But in the case of this book, the prologue gave away far too much. Therefore the book did not have enough tension or surprises as it went on. Adding insult to injury, the prologue is repeated as Chapter 35 *word for word* as far as I could tell!!! With only one short final chapter after that - which resolves nothing, really, except perhaps readers' interest in Book 2. This just feels like lazy writing (which is a complaint I had about a lot of this book, actually, especially where the romance is concerned).

This had a pretty fresh take on vampires, which I appreciated, but that being said I didn't think that the take was developed enough *as vampirism*. That is, the vampire coven seems simply like a political faction against the Robarts' reign over the Kingdom of Altera, as opposed to a dangerous supernatural enemy. Their threat never quite feels visceral, only political, which is an odd thing when you're talking about blood-drinking immortals.

I generally liked the main character, Angeline. She is compelling, smart beyond her 18 years, and massively pissed off when she finds out that she's been lied to so deeply her whole life - truly an heiress of lies! However, I take issue with the following: rather than calling out the raging sexism of her world, she - and thus the book itself - simply repeat various iterations of "She cursed the day she wasn't born male", thus upholding male superiority without real question. One would think that as part of Angeline's 're-education' (also via males) in this story, she would call out how messed up that is rather than going along with everything. She remains a pawn being manipulated by men, and the book doesn't give any indication that it's aware of social commentary. The book plays it straight, and the excerpt from Book 2 didn't give me a sense that the rest of Angeline's tale will be all that different.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cindy McIntosh on Feb. 04, 2013 :
I really enjoyed Heiress of Lies. It has all the elements that I look for in a book: well defined, interesting characters, intrigue, suspense, a dash of romance without a lot of drama. I am going to buy the next book in the series, can't wait to read the further adventures of Angeline!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: F. McWhorter on Jan. 30, 2013 :
Heiress of Lies is the first book of the Bloodtruth series by Cege Smith. It's the story of Angeline Robart, princess and heir to throne of Altera. She's spent the last few years away from court, studying and preparing to be a queen. But visitors from home bring the worst possible news: her father is dying, and Angeline must ascend the throne sooner than she imagined. Angeline rushes to get home before it's too late to say goodbye, but someone has other plans for her.

An old enemy has been laying in wait--a terrible race of vampires that everyone believed had been vanquished by the first Robart king. And now they hold Angeline captive, threatening her life and the future of all Altera.

Angeline must find a way to free herself and return home, yet to do so she may have to endear herself to vampire that kidnapped her in the first place. Connor is the enemy, but Angeline has a hard time reconciling that fact with her inexplicable feelings for him. And as her own family's dark secrets start coming to light, he may be the only person she can trust.

The story starts off strong by introducing Angeline and giving us a good look into her character. As a protagonist, Angeline is exceptional. She's immediately accessible as a woman who is strong and sensible yet riddled with misgivings. She's the kind of leading lady you can happily root for, telling yourself, "yeah, that's totally what I would have done had it been me."

Much of the praise for this character's likability is due to the author's skill with words. Cege Smith writes with clarity, subtlety, and sophistication. She's created a convincing portrayal of a young woman caught between intention and impulse. Angeline wants to be clever, controlled, and responsible. But she's also sheltered, vulnerable, and emotional. This tenuous balance lends realism and respectability to her character.

Plus she's smart, and I always like that.

In contrast, I didn't feel much for Connor. He lacks Angeline's complexity, and there's a general sense of weakness just under his surface. I'd say he's as well-written as Angeline is, but he isn't as attractive. He's saved by the fact that, as a duo, they're quite interesting. I really enjoyed the way Angeline's feelings for Connor developed. From early on she's attracted to him, but she tempers that with caution and practicality. Meanwhile he has to contend with just how deep his feelings really go.

As for plot, the first half of the book is a little slow. Then things pick up greatly with a healthy dose of intrigue and urgency. And more intrigue. Sadly, the book leaves off just as things really get interesting. Clever Cege. I definitely need to know what happens next and plan on buying the sequel, The Queen's Betrayal. And then there's the third book, Trials of Truth, which isn't out yet.

This book was received courtesy of the author and LibraryThing Member Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

Originally posted at Strange Bedfellows: PNR Reviews
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Shay Hardman on Jan. 22, 2013 :
From the beginning to end, I was hooked. Heiress of Lies is a captivating novel that I couldn't stop reading until I had finished, and still wanted to read more. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did, and I'm grateful to have been given the chance to read it (LibraryThing Giveaway). Cege Smith has spun an incredible story that brought a freshness to the 'vampire world'. Her characters were well developed and intriguing, not to mention very enticing (Conner!)

This story was filled with magic, blood, sacrifice, and love that all seems to orbit around one girl, a princess who is destined to be Queen, whether she likes it or not. This is definitely a novel worth reading and I give it five stars all the way!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: AJ Murphy on Jan. 19, 2013 :
An excellent read, once you start you don't want to put the book down. This could be called a roller coaster ride as it has so many twists and turns to keep you wanting to know what happens next. Who can she trust, where can she turn, what can she do to free herself .....and more....
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Worth on Jan. 18, 2013 :
Angeline is a young woman who got caught in a position that was beyond her control. Now she has to find a way out of it and save her country at the same time. The only person that she can trust is the one who was the cause of her predicament but he isn't allowed to be anywhere near her.

This is one of the best books that I have read all year! I got so into the story that I had a difficult time putting the book down. There are so many twists and turns that you don't know what is going to happen next. I am definitely going to purchase the sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tabby on Jan. 04, 2013 :
This book starts off with a smart and strong female MC and ends with you wanting to know what happens next. The very different vampire origins premise is a nice addition. This novel has quite a few twists and surprises that separate it from other paranormal stories. The historical/fantasy setting also sets Heiress of Lies apart from the more blase vampire novels. Come on book 2.

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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