Review: A Torrent of Deceit by Sarah M. Cradit

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Charlotte is now all-in on the war between her two families. She surrenders herself to her mother and the capricious, dangerous LaViolette clan, knowing she alone can save the people she loves. She must do it from within the belly of the beast, where she has no friends. No allies. Her magic means nothing in this den of witches.

Nicolas’ distance from Lauren has allowed her budding relationship with Ashley to blossom. Burying his love for her, he shifts all his focus to helping Charlotte from the outside, spending his days with one eye over his shoulder, and his nights sleepless. But his desperate plan is even more reckless than he realizes, and soon his old life and new one will intersect in irreversible ways.

As Charlotte finds herself deeper and deeper entrenched in the perilous world of the LaViolettes, with no hope or end in sight, she realizes, too late, that Harlowe LaViolette has always been steps ahead of her. With no word from her in months, Nicolas has no choice but to take a bold chance and change course—a move that will come at a tremendous cost for everyone they love.



My Thoughts:

Author Sarah M. Cradit’s story of the warring Deschanels and LaViolettes continues in A Torrent of Deceit.  In desperation, Charlotte decides that she alone can save the Deschanels, however, she has woefully underestimated the power of the LaViolettes and specifically the matriarch’s strategic scheming.

A Torrent of Deceit is highly atmospheric with little forward movement in the overall story arc.  It is about the anguish and stress of living in a war zone.  It is about the constant stress of survival, the exhaustion of looking over your shoulder, and wondering if everyone is keeping up his/her part in the plan.  

Ms. Cradit typically builds a wide base for her stories; she gives her readers ample background, detailed settings, and well researched historical and locale references in addition to her interesting characters and plot premises. This third book in the series is a perfect character arc where readers get insight into whether (or not) the author’s protagonists have the skills and power to overcome the antagonists.  I felt the worried anticipation of wondering of how well Nicolas and Charlotte would deal with all the many obstacles in their way of success.  A Torrent of Deceit is a nail biter of a read, and I am already anxious to get the next book!  

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About the Author: Sarah is the USA Today and International Bestselling Author of over forty contemporary and epic fantasy stories, and the creator of the Kingdom of the White Sea and Saga of Crimson & Clover universes.

Born a geek, Sarah spends her time crafting rich and multilayered worlds, obsessing over history, playing her retribution paladin (and sometimes destruction warlock), and settling provocative Tolkien debates, such as why the Great Eagles are not Gandalf’s personal taxi service. Passionate about travel, she’s been to over twenty countries collecting sparks of inspiration, and is always planning her next adventure.

Sarah and her husband live in a beautiful corner of SE Pennsylvania with their three tiny benevolent pug dictators.

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