After earning her degree in Business Management and Finance, Deborah decided to do something useful with her ability to be long winded. She decided to become an author. Her most recent novel, The Betrayed, is the second book in the Gifted series.
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The Betrayed (Gifted #2)
by Deborah Andreasen
In this sequel to The Gifted, Hunter has a chance to finally claim revenge.
When war threatens her people, Pyper must plunge into a dark and dangerous world in order to save thousands of innocent lives. With an unexpected ally, she must rid the Otherworld of an enemy and protect everything she holds dear.
But at what cost?
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- Winter Queen
on April 11, 2013
Ilyenna is fatally wounded when a neighboring clan attacks her village. Instead of letting her die, the winter fairies heal her and make her their queen...but it comes at a price. She'll lose everything. Her humanity, her emotions, her memories, her family...her love.
Instead, Ilyenna is taken captive by the brutal future clan chief, Darrien, who makes it his personal mission to break her, body and soul.
I was a bit surprised by the feel of this book. I sort of thought it would have just a "fairies dancing in the wind" type air. Instead, it was a dark and violent novel, with more of a Viking world feel.
What I loved about this book is that amid being beaten, starved, humiliated, and nearly violated, Ilyenna still finds hope to love. She stays true to her role as a healer. She is strong.
There are times when she's strong and stubborn to a fault, but that only makes her more human.
I thought the fairies would be a bigger "presence" in the book, but they are pleasingly important while not being overbearing. They play vital roles, yet they're able to play them mostly from afar.
There is this wonderful sense of Balance in the book. It's almost like their religion. The universe must have Balance in all things. Ilyenna throws that Balance off a few times and suffers the dark consequences.
The details in this book are amazing. So much knowledge is expertly woven into the story so that I feel like I'm not learning new culture, I always knew it and I'm just being reminded. And can we mention the cover please? I'm not usually one to talk about a book cover in a review, but this is a special circumstance. The book definitely lives up to that amazing cover!
There is graphic violence, but it's "mild" in the sense that it's not overly detailed. There is also sexual content, though nothing explicit or even detailed. It's eluded to.
There's plenty of heart-pounding action and stomach fluttering romance. There is also an abundance of strong women who do what they must to protect themselves and their clan.
Winter Queen is not your average "fairy tale," and I recommend it to all readers, even and perhaps especially to those who don't enjoy fairy books. This might just be the one to change your mind.
I'm ready for the next book in the series. Now, please.