After reading a few books that were less than stellar, it was nice to pick up something I felt good about again. I loved Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle, and have been trying to get my hands on a copy of Betraying Season ever since. I ended up splurging and just purchasing a copy, since I was not able to get it through the library.
Penelope (Pen) Leland has accompanied her former Governess, Ally, to Ireland in order to pursue her studies in magic and prove to herself she is as serious about learning as her twin sister, Persy. But with Ally indisposed, Pen is drawn into Irish society by Mrs. Keating and her charming son, Niall Keating. While Niall is doing his best to woo Pen, it is not entirely of his own volition – at least, not at first. Unexpectedly, Niall finds himself truly falling for Pen, which puts him at odds with his mother’s schemes. Mrs. Keating has plans of her own, and she needs Pen (and Pen’s magic) to help her carry out a sinister plan.
Although VERY enjoyable, it wasn’t quite as good as Persy’s story. Maybe I just identified more with Persy (who was a self-identified bluestocking from the first) than with Pen. It was also difficult to watch Pen be completely taken in by both Mrs. Keating and Niall – and to have her trust broken so thoroughly.
I did like that it dealt with (although very very fleetingly) tensions between the Irish and English, and also prejudice against women scholars. Poor Pen is not easily accepted into lessons by her fellow students in magic.
I missed Ally a bit – she was hardly mentioned and hardly part of the plot at all, since she was indisposed or sleeping most of the time.
I also missed the sibling interactions – Pen is so removed from Persy and Charles, and that was one of my favourite parts about the last book.
I DID enjoy watching Pen gain confidence in her magic, and remain strong/true to herself even while she was being swept off her feet and carried in different directions.
Overall, it was a good read. 4 / 5.