The Betrayed

HarperTeen. Jun. 2021. 304p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062291660.
Gr 7 Up–In this sequel to The Betrothed, Hollis has fled the kingdom of Coroa after an attack that killed her husband. She flees with members of his family to Isolte. Among the family is her late husband’s cousin Etan Eastoffe, who believes Hollis married his cousin to gain status. She, in turn, sees him as arrogant and condescending; they are always at odds. When the family finds their power to the throne is in jeopardy, they must work together to ensure the safety of both Coroa and Isolte, and Etan and Hollis must find a way to cast their differences aside. Though the plot is predictable, the characters are more developed than in the first book and readers will find that Etan and Hollis are charming and can reconcile their differences when needed. Action is slow but picks up at the end, leaving readers content. Characters are fair-skinned.
VERDICT A satisfying sequel for fans of the first book.

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