[The Betrayals] EBOOK
Even though this book has the enchanting uality i have come to associate with BC thanks to her debut novel enchanting uality i have come to associate with BC thanks to her debut novel binding im still trying to figure out why i didnt love this as much this is an extremely atmospheric novel with the abstract concept of the rand jeu a tragic death a nefarious Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge government party and elusive characters theres a mysterious feel to everything and i think its because the primary focus seems to be on the characters which im not uite sure was the best decision as that leave the multiple outside forces not really fully explored and i feel like the story was hindered because of it and looking at the four main character POVs there was truly only one whose chapters i was actively looking forward to reading the other three are either seemingly unnecessary or just uninterestingthat being said i just could not put this down something about it sucked me in and kept me engaged i think the writing just has such a charming nature to it that i didnt want to stop reading itoverall not asood as BCs debut novel in my opinion but still worth reading 35 stars Tonight the moonlight makes the floor of the Great Hall into a ame board Every high window casts a bright lattice dividing the hall into black and white suares and margins The ranks of wooden benches face one another on three sides in the space between them there is nothing but straight shadows on stone an abstract in pen and ink It is as still as a held bre I loved Bridget Collins adult debut The Binding so there was never any doubt that I would read her second adult offering and oooh was it oooooooodTo me Collins novels are all about the experience of reading That journey Somehow she manages to suck me into these worlds she creates worlds almost like oursbut not uite It s difficult to describe what The Betrayals is about I actually went into the read completely blind I didn t read any blurb promotional matter etc And I love that I didn t Because it meant that the book unfolded for me in the most natural of ways I didn t know what was coming who was Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders good who was bad what was up what was down It was delicious just discovering this world and these characters for myself The book is all about the Grand Jeu and what is that exactly Well that s the brilliant part of this book we never really know in black and white only in abstract terms its an ancientame that is of huge importance to society It s part maths part music part philosophy part performance part religion I feel enough information is Penny Aggie Volume 2 given throughout the story to envision what the Grand Jeu means to each of us as readers because as you read the book littlelistening threads are woven together to create the elusive Grand Jeu it ll mean something uniue to you on completion However if you like your explanations to be a little literal you might struggle with the conceptAs for the characters prepare for unlikeable characters determined characters pompous characters innocent characters I just loved how I went on a journey with each of the main characters How by the end there was
SO MUCH BETRAYAL THROUGHOUT THE NOVELmuch betrayal throughout the novel how as a reader you re unsure if you should trust certain character motivations over others The book primarily follows the character of L o in two time periods In the present day as a disgraced politician who finds himself sent to Montverre as punishment of sorts and to keep an eye on the new Magister Luidi there Montverre is the school university where the Grand Jeu is studied and the Magister Luidi is like an academic dean who oversees all the students learning But their position is one that is assigned for life and has only ever been awarded to men who were accomplished scholars at Montverre as Montverre is a male only educational instituteIn the present time period the "Magister Luidi Is A "Luidi is a Claire Dryden due to unforeseen deviousness and her manipulation of the hiring process if you are to believe the old white men in suits Hence L o needs to keep an eye on Claire So we Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age get the two points of view of these characters who are deeply suspicious yet strangely drawn to each other We are alsoiven L o s point of view from when he was a student through his diaries And sprinkled throughout are brief chapters from the point of view of a character simply called The RatUsing all these characters and different perspectives the book explores the concepts of trust betrayal ego humility and love All with a healthy dollop of political intrigue with a sprinkling of battling time old misogyny And it s fantastic The plot just draws you in I kept wanting to know and about these characters about what was unfolding around them This is uite the slow burn read It reuires patience I feel and also for the reader to take certain leaps of faith that they don t know everything and perhaps never will But to me this was reat It felt uniue refreshing I was never bored and was desperate “The Betrayals is a beautiful dystopian romance about coming of age as an artist and the love affair artistic collaboration can be while also being an acute political novel about the fate of spiritual values in a totalitarian system A rich delight Sandra Newman author The Heavens and The Country of Ice Cream Star An intricate and utterly spellbinding literary epic brimming with enchantment mystery and dark secrets from the highly acclaimed author of the #1 international bestseller The BindingIf your life was based on a lie would you risk it all to tell the truthAt Montverre an ancient and elite
Bridget Collins ¸ 2 Free downloadMy confusion I was being drawn in and wanted to keep oing Some chapters are from L o s perspective when he was a student I enjoyed the changing relationship between he and another student Carafax although I didn t really like L o himself In the current timeline I appreciated the difficulties experienced by Claire being the only female there who was clearly resented by others in this male dominated field Overall I think readers who are open to something different and don t mind a lot of ambiguity could really enjoy this book however I personally like clarification and explanation when I read fantasy type novels I do not know how Ms Collins does this but her writing and imagintion take me on a reading journey that is most uniue and captivating The world in The Betrayals can be traced down to the dark times in history with fascism and it ideas such as purity laws or authocratic rule and yet this is not strickly speaking a historical Fiction The Tale Of Claire Leo And The Rat Is The tale of Claire Leo and the Rat is engaging story of choices they make of courage of mother s love and of opportunism or opposition towards dictatorship The feeling of uneasiness and looming danger stayed with me throughout the whole novel and especially the Rat won my heart the Rat who is lonely and alone and whose hiding and survival are heart wrenchingFor me The Betrayals was a perfect read absorbing and offering total immersion A big thank you to Bridget C At the end of the novel Bridget Collins notes that the story and particularly her Grand Jeu was influenced by Hermann Hesse s The Glass Bead Game Now if I d remembered my university reading of that book this one would have made a hell of a lot sense My Latin did finally come in handy when deciphering Magister Ludi MasterTeacher of the Game but that s where my sense of accomplishment ended The I Was A Stranger grandame is a complex mix of music and math philosophy religion and life itself understood by the reader only in the abstract Unlike us the students and teachers at Montverre feel the power of the ame working to create the most intricate or clever version in competition with each other So central is this process of creation that the ame becomes important than any character in the novelBut its inherent emptiness is alienating and while that s a perfectly apt metaphor for the themes in the book it s The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States going to leave a lot of readers dissatisfied There s so much mystery shovelled into this book that it burns all the emotion out The Grand Jeu no real explanationiven the Rat evidence of a past mystery and a mystery in itself the Party some kind of fascist overnment who want something from the ame the school and apparently to persecute christians the death who and why Instead of coming together each strand nullifies the others The romantic element was disappointingly resolved a beautifully depicted relationship developed in the first half of the book turned mundane by the end Parts of the book are compelling but it doesn t hold true throughoutARC via Netgalley Wooow this is so disappointing I almost don t want to believe this is the same author who wrote The Binding one of my fav standalone book on 2019 maybe the high expectation I put on this book is the problem why I didn t enjoy thisThere are 4 POVs in this book The Rat The Magister Ludi Leo and the past Leo and I can only enjoyed 1 of them the other 3 felt so unnecesarry or else felt so bland and boringThe plot is extremely slow with very descriptive writing style esp The Rat s POV so many things words are not explain well you just need to accept the way they are without knowing muchabout them that makes my reading journey felt so painfulThis book inspired by The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse so maybe I can enjoy this book if I already read that book but since I haven t read it the concept about Grand Jeu felt so murkyThe concept about this book is really promising about someone who need to beback to his old school and deal with his past but in my opinion just not so well executed So so sad I don t enjoy this book I feel so Betrayed ueer enemies to lovers in a dark academia setting Who needs anything Set in an exclusive university young men play Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth god withames and politics
After tragedy struck twice one of our main men returns in disgrace only to become intrigued by the firsttragedy struck twice one of our main men returns in disgrace only to become intrigued by the first master of the schoolThis was so 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts good I can t believe it The plot storytelling writing angst slow burn everythingI have no other words sorry On my blog Rep bi mc minor side character with bipolar disorderCWs mentions and descriptions of suicideGalley provided by publisherI wanted to read The Betrayals based on my love of The Binding This too promised a historical fantasy with a slowburn plot and a romance at the centre Great I thought I m certain to enjoy itAnd I did enjoy it I definitely liked the story namely the writing and worldbuildingranted but I liked it I just di. Usive bastion of men Montverre is now run by a woman Claire Dryden also known as Magister Ludi the head of the Moonrise (Snowfall, grandame At first Léo feels an odd attraction to the Magister a mysterious eerily familiar connection though he’s sure they’ve never met beforeAs the legendary Midsummer Game approaches the climax of the academy’s year long buried secrets rise to the surface and centuries old traditions are shockingly overturned A highly imaginative and intricately crafted literary epic The Betrayals confirms Bridget Collins as one of the most inventive and exuisite new voices in speculative fiction?. .
O find out where these characters would all end up I liked that the pace of the novel though slow felt purposeful I liked the teasing of what was happening liked that the pace of the novel though slow felt purposeful I liked the teasing of what was happening the Grand Jeu in both time periods word of the wise L o isn t always the most likeable of characters but I enjoyed that about him His personality makes sense when you think about the theme represented by the book s title I was 100% invested in his two storylines and was eager to see how exactly the tragic events of the past had affected L o in the present day his rivalry with Carfax in the past AHHHH LOVE LOVE LOVE And then there was all this uncertainty of the political climate in the present and as a reader you re not sure if L o has ood "intentions at heart or if he s trying to save his own skin while condemning others to damnation Claire "at heart or if he s trying to save his own skin while condemning others to damnation Claire a likeable character I really admired her spunk and determination to achieve against the odds She was always having to battle misogyny and prejudice but did so with reat sass and dignity A truly compelling character As for the Rat I m somewhat unsure They re the one character that I feel was underdeveloped Much of their story is alluded to rather than defined which I was okay with but the climax of their storyline felt a bit rushed I think I just needed there to be a little oomph to it I Hello, Snow! guess But a minor uibble indeed Overall I really enjoyed this book It shares some sensibilities with The Binding in that there is a continuing air of mystery woven throughout the plot and Collins definitely likes bittersweet and uasi tragic romances in her novels which are also my jam so kudos to her for creating a whole new one for me to love here A reallyreat read for people who love taking a leap into the unknown 45 stars An e copy was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley for honest review Publishing 12th November 2020 The Borough Press For reviews and book related chat check out my blogFollow me on TwitterFriend me on Goodreads The A Little Dinner Before the Play grand jeu is an inexplicable and indescribableame and the students of Montverre Academy are tasked with creating itLeo is in his second year and has been Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies given a second chance at creation but theame for him is already tinged with Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch grief anduilt Can the Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood glory andreatness it also promises surpass these feelings Claire is the only female tutor in this male academic world and has to prove that despite her Forbidden Reading gender and tragic family history she is worthy of a place in this elite world Can she compete against the privileged males she mentors And will these two individuals become allies or enemies in their ambitious uestsThis entire novel was an evocative infusion ofothic atmosphere and dark academia vibes I adored the exploration of this mysterious setting and only wished the reader was able to A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line garner of an understanding of the academy and theames its students were tasked with creatingThat being said part of this book s charm was also its peculiar and ineffable ualities Consistent intrigue and forever feeling a step removed from a true understanding of everything that occurred had me tearing through the pages to this novel s closeThe characters too played their part in disallowing the reader to ever feel close to an understanding of their nature or their motives Mysteries abounded and every figure that featured here was cloaked in their own share of themI had a Future Focus great time immersed in this dark mystery and can now confidently say that Collins is an author I can rely upon for a chilling and thrilling historical tale wwwonewomansbbrwordpresscomwwwfacebookcomonewomansbbr25 starsThe Betrayals by Bridget Collins 2020 At Montverre an exclusive academy tucked away in the mountains the best and brightest are trained for excellence in therand jeu an arcane and mysterious contest L o was once a student there but lost his passion following a violent tragedy Now he is exiled there in disgrace with his political career in tatters But it has changed even allowing a woman Claire to serve in the rand jeu s highest office of Magister Ludi When L o first sees Claire he senses an odd connection with her though he s sure they have never met before The bond between them is strengthening but they have both built their lives on lies And as the legendary Midsummer Game draws closer secrets are whispering in the walls Okay so I spent the majority Of This Book Confused As this book confused as what the rand jeu actually was From what I A Sting in the Tale gathered it was aame of some kind that involved hand movements math poetry musicbut what it actually was how it worked and what the purpose was nope no real clarification argh I honestly found it super frustrating and it distracted me from the storyline On top of that it is never clarified what year or location the story is set in Some readers may not mind this ambiguity unfortunately I am not that reader Putting that aside the writing is ood really ood Even through. Cademy hidden high in the mountains society’s best and brightest are trained for excellence in the Devil's Red Nickel grand jeu thereat ame an arcane and mysterious competition that combines music art math poetry and philosophy Léo Martin once excelled at Monteverre but lost his passion for scholarly pursuits after a violent tragedy He turned to politics instead and became a rising star in the ruling party until a small act of conscience cost him his career Now he has been exiled back to Monteverre his fate uncertainBut this rarified world of learning he once loved is not the same place Léo remembers Once the excl. ,