The Betrayal (Google eBook)
The noble and magical aelven were riven by war when a rogue clan embraced a forbidden source of magic: the drinking of blood. In the bitter fighting that ensued, the vampiric Clan Darkshore were cast out of the aelven and driven across the Ebon Mountains. Stripped of their various clan colors, they were thenceforth known only as “alben,” hated and shunned. An uneasy peace now holds over the land, but it is whispered that Shalár, the beautiful and bloodthirsty queen of the alben, is readying a surprise attack to win back all that was lost–and none can say where or when she will strike.
The fate of the clans will depend on two young aelven lovers, Eliani and Turisan, who are blessed with a legendary gift: the fabled power of mindspeech. But this ability comes with great risks. Time is running out as the alben mount their attack–and their ultimate betrayal.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
The first novel in a new fantasy/romance series. The story centers around the world of the aelven and is told from three points of view, Eliani and Turisan, both aelven but from different clans, and Shalar, an alben. The story takes place hundreds of years after the Bitter Wars in which the clans of aelven united to fight against a clan (now a separate race, the alben) who went against the aelven ways and drank the blood of other creatures. Now, Shalar is amassing an army to retake her lost homeland of Fireshore. When the aelven convene a council meeting of clans and no one from Fireshore send any word Eliani and Turisan reveal they have the gift of mind speech and Eliani is sent to Fireshore. The story moved along at a good pace if a bit slow at times but overall a very entertaining read. I will definitely continue with the series.
Review: The Betrayal (Blood of the Kindred #1)User Review - Goodreads
1.5 Stars I made it to page 228 and skimmed the rest. It just seemed to lose steam. The idea was neat but going back and forth between 6+ POV's was just getting painful. I honestly did not care about ...