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Betrayed: The Gifted: Book Two Paperback – July 26, 2021
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An illuminated letter, long buried by the Church—prophesying a fellowship of men and women possessing powerful spiritul gifts—is the catalyst for a profound war that will bring either a new age of enlightenment or a darkness the world has never before seen. As the Gifted gather, gain strength, and follow God's clues, their enemies grow determined to control them.
Watching the Gifted from afar is Cardinal Boeri, who wants to use the blessed power of the Gifted to secure his own place in the hierarchy of the Church, while the duke of Venezia has reasons of his own to seize control. But the greatest menace is Lord Abramo Amidei, driven to turn the healer, Daria d'Angelo, to his own fold—or to destroy her. And as he schemes to tear apart the fabric of her faith by preying upon those she loves, Amidei knows that together the Gifted are undeniably strong and growing stronger. But if he can succeed in dividing them, the Gifted—and then the world—will be his.
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“A rich and carefully crafted medieval mystery, reflecting extensive research. I felt transported to another time and place, ushering into a fascinating world. Lisa tells a compelling story, and tells it extremely well.” –Randy Alcorn, bestselling author of Heaven
“[A] classic battle between good and evil. Disregard Da Vinci Code comparisons and think Lord of the Rings.” –Publishers Weekly
“A full-bodied, absorbing tale that combines authentic historical detail with a universally appealing and gripping story…With crossover appeal for J.R.R. Tolkien and Madeleine L’Engle enthusiasts, this is recommended for all.” –Library Journal
“An exhilarating religious historical thriller…delightful…action-packed…superb.” –Midwest Book Review
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- Publisher : Stonewater Books (July 26, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0988547686
- ISBN-13 : 978-0988547681
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,047,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don’t we all have spiritual gifts? But how many of us truly embrace our gifting? How many of us dare to walk in the “shadows of death,” to truly trust Father to be who He says He is and do what He says He’ll do? Or do we run, as Jonah, in attempt to hide, escape our gifting? Do we stutter and tell Him, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ as Moses did? Do we doubt our ability? Or His ability to work in us? His faithfulness?
Ms. Bergren answers these questions, the ebb and flow, rise and fall of faith and determination in her characters. Each of the Gifted were rough and raw humans—God’s preferred vessels to manifest Himself. Humans with flaws and weaknesses and failures. As Father Pieri says, “I am a priest who believes in Saint Paul’s words—that we are all in the priesthood of believers, that we all share in Christ’s holy mission.”
Ms. Bergren depicts her characters with truth and honesty and depth. Hurts and fears and emotions. Her writing is so vivid and authentic it feels not only as though she has visited the Dark Ages herself but pulls her reader into the streets to walk alongside her.
Having read Begotten and now completed Betrayed (and eagerly anticipating Blessed) I have come to love the characters—Daria’s strength and courage; to embrace her gifting in an age when miracles were thought to be witchcraft. Gianni, oh, his vehemence against the darkness, the sorcerer. Father Pieri, quiet and unassuming, yet possessed of such a strong faith and commitment to his calling and mission. Sweet Tessa, clinging to the others as family while shaking in fear [SPOILER.]
Perhaps it’s the actress in me, but dialogue sets a story in its era and place more than any other factor, and the dialogue in this story is a banner waving at the pinnacle of a castle turret, so true and authentic is it. Yet Ms. Bergren has not overloaded her reader with too much dialect and ancient verbiage to the point of confusion.
Most of us don’t see (or perhaps acknowledge) the intensity of battle Ms. Bergren’s characters face—nay, endure—but her story reminds us oh! so vividly of the Truth of spiritual battle, and the sole purpose and intention of the enemy—and of God’s faithfulness.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.
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And, indeed, the holy mission continues in this second book of the trilogy with more action, more suspense, more of the supernatural being revealed as the war between light and dark reaches a new height. This series must be read in order since each book lays down the foundation for the next.
Lady Daria is still the focus but there are more of the Gifted's voices heard in this book, as well as the voices of the villains'. The subplot of the Church's leadership joining in the fray as the evil one hunts down the Gifted to absorb them or destroy them is quite fascinating and sets up the stage for the next book. I wasn't sure which side the Cardinal will be on and still am not sure at the end of this book so it should make for some great reading for the third and final installment of the series.
Though the action and suspense were intense, there were some areas in the plot that became drawn out and dragged some. Daria and Gianni show unexpected weaknesses that their enemy uses against them and quite a few of their actions felt uncharacteristic, especially in the heat of spiritual warfare. Despite their weaknesses, God shows His omnipotent, omniscient power to remind them who they are and to Whom they belong. The evil portrayed here was vivid and chilling; it was a bit too dark, graphic, and prolonged for me but I understand the author's need to paint in detail what the evil ones were capable of.
This sequel is a thought-provoking and spiritually-stirring follow-up to the first novel Begotten. It addresses our deepest fears and weaknesses and asks how we, as believers, will respond when all is stripped away and even His calling seems far and distant. It also emphasizes the beauty and strength in community, where we can be each other's messengers of hope, faith, and perseverance. I received the book from the author and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.