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The Betrayed (Gifted Series #2)

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First time in paperback-the second novel in the Gifted trilogy, 'an exhilarating religious historical thriller.'(Midwest Book Review)

In this epic trilogy in the tradition of In the Name of the Rose and The Lord of the Rings, an illuminated letter-long buried by the Church and prophesying a fellowship of men and women possessing powerful spiritual gifts-is the catalyst for a profound war that will bring either a new age of enlightenment or a darkness the world has not seen. As ...

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Overview

First time in paperback-the second novel in the Gifted trilogy, 'an exhilarating religious historical thriller.'(Midwest Book Review)

In this epic trilogy in the tradition of In the Name of the Rose and The Lord of the Rings, an illuminated letter-long buried by the Church and prophesying a fellowship of men and women possessing powerful spiritual gifts-is the catalyst for a profound war that will bring either a new age of enlightenment or a darkness the world has not seen. As the Gifted gather and gain strength, following God's clues, their enemies grow more intent on controlling them. Now, their extraordinary mission continues?

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Midwest Book Review
Action-packed...superb...full of surprises.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425223345
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Gifted Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning, bestselling author of Refuge, God Gave Us You, and The Captain's Bride. She is president and co-founder of Good Books & Company, which sells Christian books and gifts via home shows.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    I totally loved the first book in this series, The Begotten. It was fabulous. The second book in this series, The Betrayed was just as good. I recommend reading the series in order. There was a point in the middle of The Betrayed when I put this book down due to other commitments, but when I picked it up again I was pulled right back into that world. The brutality the 'gifted' experienced was as powerful as the miraculous events. I couldn't believe how many times they were captured after trying to get free. And being pursued like that had to make them crazy. I found the parallel between the 'dark' lord and Satan quite interesting. He would get furious when Daria quoted scripture during times of suffering, yet that was the one thing that sustained her. For me, another profound conclusion from this story was how God will sometimes allow others to suffer alongside us to provide encouragement. I loved the message about God's perfect timing and tuning into his voice. And the strategies that the evil Lord, Sorcerer Abramo, used to try to break them were so similar to the devil's. First he tries luring you in with your own lusts and weaknesses. If that doesn't break you he goes after your flesh (like with sickness) and if you still refuse to curse God in the midst of that pain he tries the ultimate tactic of hurting those you love. What a wicked enemy we have! Bergren did such a fabulous job of making me see how the enemy works through this parallel story. It makes me want to memorize more scriptures that I can use when I need encouragement and when I need to fight off the enemy's attacks. As far as the edgy factor goes? I'd rate this with 8 out of ten stars for edgy content. If you want to experience an adventure that will both thrill you and at the same time cut you to the very marrow of your bones, you will love this book.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    The next LOTR?

    Once again I was enthralled by this book. The details are so rich and the characters are extremely well developed that I felt that I was pulled along into the story. At first it was a little difficult trying to remember who everyone was and what their gifts were. The action doesn't really pick up also until the middle of the book. But when it does, BAM! there's a whole lot of excitement going on. Daria has become one of my favorite female characters ever because of her faith and strength. Even when questioning God for the treatment she and others must suffer doesn't waiver her belief. Actually it was good timing that I read this book because my pastor was doing a series on exactly the questions Daria asked in the story. The villain in this book, Amidei, is deliciously evil and the way that he manipulates people to get to the Gifted is scary. The rest of the Gifted are extremely loyal to Daria and will do whatever it takes to save her. All of them get their faith tested in this book. It was also fun to discover a new member of the Gifted as well. Bergren is able to weave historical fact with her imaginative tale perfectly. It's a wonderful blend of fantasy, history and biblical knowledge. The story leaves you hanging so I am eagerly looking forward to the last book in the series. Highly recommended for fans of epic stories like LOTR or Narnia.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exciting and exhilarating historical thriller

    In the year 1340, the Gifted, those chosen by God to spread Christ¿s word among the masses and endowed with divine powers, are in Venice looking for clues to where the Lord wants them to go next. The group consists of the healer Lady Daria d¿Angelo Sir Gianni whose gift is faith Hasani has visions and Father Piero known for his wisdom and Tessa who has discernment and knows who is good and who is evil.-------------- They are pursued by Lord Abramo Amidei who worships the forces of darkness and sacrifices children on the altar of his god. He intends to capture and convert the Gifted or destroy them his plan is to separate them so that they do not have each other to rely on when he tortures them into doubting their beliefs. While the Gifted search for a glass map, a piece of which is hidden in the seven churches of Venice, Cardinal Boreli observes them as he hopes to use them to bring the papacy back to full power when he becomes the pope. Daria is captured and taken to Abramo¿s prison where he tortures her: hoping to break her spirit. The rest of the Gifted mount a rescue, but it will take a miracle from God to free her from that darkness.------------ By books end, the Gifted knows where they are needed next, a place that is anathema to them yet their faith is so strong they don¿t doubt God¿s will and obey him even though they are heading into more troubles. The Gifted are good and honorable but circumstances sometimes causes them to have doubts. Abramo is a fully developed villain who is the sworn enemy of the Gifted and will do whatever is necessary to convert or kill them. Lisa T. Bergren has written an exciting thriller that is full of surprises and confrontations between good and evil.------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 25, 2014

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    Even better than the first!  Couldn't put it down!

    Even better than the first!  Couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Really enjoyed this book!

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I love historical novels and this one was interesting and entertaining. It was not slow going, kept a fast pace right from the beginning and has a different and interesting twist to religion. The time frame and plot are very interesting and informative. The characters and their exploits make it a page turner and keeps the interest. I really enjoyed the way the author put into perspective some of the historal information from the times and places. The characters get into some tough places and situations but their faith in God keeps them going. They are a group with each one having a different type of "power" per se, which separatly does not add up to much. But together, as a group, they are like spokes on a wheel, it all comes together and works. Makes me want to go visiting those places now. I highly recommend if you like this type of historical novel. Now I am wanting to go find the others in the series by this author!

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    The Gifted Face Their Darkest Hour

    L. Bergren gave us a fantastic opening in Bk 1 "The Begotten," introducing us to the Gifted, people from all walks of life endowned by our Creator with divine powers, destined to return the Word and Presense of God to the people of the world. We left them fleeing the manor of their leader, Daria D'Angelo, pursued by the evil forces of the Sorcerer Abramo Amidei, who longs to convert them and control their amazing abilities.
    In Bk 2, "The Betrayed," we find the healer, Daria & her fellow gifted: Gianni-the knight of faith-, Father Piero-the priest of wisdom-, Contessa-the child discerner, Hasani-the seer of visions, & their knights venturing to find where God is leading them now.
    They hide from the Sorcerer in Venice, hoping to seek God's direction and regain their strength, when they are delivered both good & bad tidings. The good come from an artist who tells them a legend of a glass map left by Apollo, a follower of Saint Paul, which may contain guidance for the Gifted. But...at the same time, Hasani has a dreadful vision that Lady Daria will be captured by the Sorcerer. Daria bravely declares 'come what may' & they go to seek the map. Traveling from church to church, they come up with various covers for seeking the pieces, and every time there's an adventure to be had in recovering the parts of the map.
    But, we find in #2 that the Sorcerer also has a portion of the all-important letter from #1 and he knows they are looking for the map-& he beats them to two pieces of it! So, holding both a letter fragment & map pieces, he knows the Gifted will HAVE to come to him eventually, but he doesn't wait for them. At the baptism of a Contessa's twins, Daria and Abramo meet again. We see the might of the Sorcerer at the gathering, where he casts illusions to fool Daria and calls down lightning to burn the manor. Daria is captured and the Gifted divided.
    We see how real Bergren makes her characters. The Gifted are not invincible superheroes who always have the answers. We see how they struggle to understand how God could allow trials and hardships and life-threatening peril to come upon them. We see them both argue and come together, and in the end trust in God's plan, even if He does not make them privy the details right away. A big theme in this book is enduring suffering, overcoming evil with the Word of God, & keeping faith even when understanding the "why's" is elusive.
    The scenes where Daria and the Sorcerer face off are really intense. Begren does not mince words and though she isn't a gorey author (which I'm glad of), this isn't watered down either. The suffering feels very real. I felt it when Daria was abused and tortured, but cheered for her every round she won against Abramo.
    While Daria and Abramo wage war, the other Gifted submit to God's prompting and collect the other map pieces, praying Daria will survive till they can rescue her. But, we see also how God, a very real and present character in this series, is working, unseen by the Gifted, to free Daria. A new Gifted, a fisherman who can work miracles, comes into play, and is a key figure in preparing her escape. Finally, all is set and they invade Abramo's island fortess to rescue Daria.
    The rescue is very daring, my pulse raced as they infiltrated the false abbey to free her and were caught by Abramo's forces. In the end, they manage to escape, but you'll have to read it for the details

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