Blackhearted Betrayal is the third book in the Shades of Fury series by Kasey Mackenzie and an ACE Fantasy.
As a Fury, Riss Holloway belongs to an arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston's Chief Magical Investigator, she's responsible for solving any crimes committed by or against supernaturals. But now that she's going home, Riss has no idea just how dangerous--and personal--the crimes have become.
Riss Holloway has taken a leave of absence from her mortal job as Chief Magical Investigator for the Boston PD. Right now she's determined to focus on her Fury duties: like assisting her mother with an unsettling friction brewing in the Sisterhood--a faction of Furies sworn to serve all the Deities equally. Until now.
Someone is playing favorites. As a result Riss is ushered into a tumultuous civil war--and not one just tearing apart the Sisterhood, but one embroiling every god and goddess into the chaos as well. What was once a precept, to stand as a united whole policing arcanekind for millennia, has been divided by something Riss never imagined--and choosing sides could be the most dangerous move she's ever made.
Marissa Holloway has her feet firmly planted in two worlds - Boston, where she investigates crimes that involve supernaturals - and the world of the Fury - where she still feels like she has to prove herself.
And prove herself, she will. Discord is brewing among the Furies and for the first time in Fury history the race is on the brink of civil war.
Marissa and her mother are tasked with finding evidence that one or more of the demigods are trying to gain power in the hopes taking control - something that would imbalance their whole way of life.
For Marissa this task is personal in more ways than one...and finding proof against this demigod may cost her more than she ever thought possible...
I absolutely love this series and look forward to each installment. Blackhearted Betrayal is fast paced and action packed. Marissa kicks a$$.
I give Blackhearted Betrayal 4 out of 5 stars.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Ace (June 26, 2012)