Title: The Bloodshed Of The Betrayed
Author: A. L. Slade
Genre: Fantasy/fiction, LGBTQ+, YA
Unable to feel emotions, angels are God’s devoted soldiers, who are tasked with carrying out God’s will. One of which is to answer the question: can angels handle the gift of emotions without it interfering with their loyalty to God?
Angel Laramie is given emotions as a trial to decide once and for all if angels are ready to feel again. However, she soon becomes sidetracked by an infatuation with a human called Maggie, prompting her to neglect her orders and allow her mission to fail. She returns to her superiors in hopes of helping the human only to learn her feelings were a test. Her failure means her banishment to Earth until she fades away forever.
Magda Mercy is a twenty-three-year-old college student with dreams of becoming a doctor. Her life changes forever when her brother returns on leave from the military with devastating family news.
In exile, Laramie is confronted by Lucifer with a confounding revelation that changes everything Laramie has ever known as an angel. Lucifer presents an offer of eventual immortality in exchange for Laramie’s ceaseless fidelity. When Laramie declines, Lucifer lashes out by tormenting the innocent Maggie as punishment for Laramie’s refusal. Laramie must now do everything in her power to save Maggie and prevent Lucifer from realizing his goals, even if it means reaching oblivion sooner.
When given emotions as a test, will Angel Laramie prove angels are ready to balance feeling and devotion to God? Angels don't have the burden of emotions but maybe they can handle it. They do a test run on unsuspecting angel Laramie to observe what happens. She soon gets distracted by an attraction to human Maggie and puts her duty to God aside. When her mission fails, she learns of the 'experiment' and is banished to Earth. In walks Lucifer with a tempting offer. The stakes are too high, and she rejects his offer. He vows revenge and punishes Laramie's beloved Maggie. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Laramie must choose between saving Maggie and being exiled forever or redeeming her angel wings and living without love for eternity.
The Bloodshed of the Betrayed is an emotional story about the gift of emotions and their torment once stripped away. A.L. Slade takes everything we know, or thought we knew, about angels and recreates it to fit her imagined universe. Laramie is an intriguing character and I connected with her. The romance is a pure joy to read and reconfirmed my belief that love is love. The addictive plot moves at a great pace with unexpected twists. The world-building along with the emotional narration makes The Bloodshed of the Betrayed an unputdownable read. This is book one in a series, and I honestly can't wait to read more. A.L. Slade is a gifted writer and I look forward to seeing what she writes next. If you're looking for a diverse fantasy with depth, pick up The Bloodshed of the Betrayed. If you're looking for a fantasy adventure you won't be able to put down, pick up The Bloodshed of the Betrayed. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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A. L. Slade is the 17-year-old author of “The Bloodshed Of The Betrayed”, the first book in the anticipated series, “The Mercy Chronicles”. Slade brings this skillfully adapted tale to life with her endless creativity and descriptive story-telling as her hopes to enlighten readers and portray young authors in a bright and intelligent way is the backbone of her writing career. Slade has spent the past 4 years cultivating her first book, "The Bloodshed Of The Betrayed" to be able to share it with the world. Slade has been writing for as long as she can remember, as her craft has always come very naturally to her, and is undoubtedly her greatest passion in this world.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N