HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Betrayed: The Riddled Stone Volume 3
Author: Teresa Gaskins
Publisher: Tabletop Academy Press, 2016
Related website: http://www.TeresaGaskins.com (author)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 12 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Gaskins, Teresa. Betrayed: The Riddled Stone Volume 3 (published in 2016 by Tabletop Academy Press, Blue Mound, IL). In Banished, nineteen-year-old Christopher Fredrico is accused by his brother Anthony of stealing a valuable Shard and given one month to get out of the country of North Raec or forfeit his life. Chris and three of his friends—Arnold, who is training to become a knight; Nora, from the city of North Yorc; and Terrin, of the forest people of Xell—go with him as he determines to start looking for evidence that might prove him innocent. In Hunted, after Chris separates from the others, Terrin, Nora, and Arnold, who are seeking to locate Chris, are attacked by savage wolves in the Dark Forest of Xell, Terrin’s home, and Arnold is seriously injured, while Chris and his new friend Thomas are seeking for clues. In Betrayed, the fugitives have a price on their heads, the land teeters on the brink of war, and Chris finds out that a trusted friend is behind all his troubles. What will happen to the four companions? Can they do anything about their plight? And who has betrayed them?
This last-named book is the third installment of “The Riddled Stone” series. At first, I was afraid that that the changing between different characters’ perspectives and the flashbacks might cause a bit of confusion, but this quickly passed, and I found the plot to be engaging and enjoyable. People who wish to avoid books with any mention of “magic” in them will not care for it, but as one reviewer noted, it is “light” magic which is rare and constrained rather than dark and occultic. There are a couple of common euphemisms (“drat” and “blasted”), but no cursing, swearing, or profanity. It has nothing specifically inappropriate for younger children, but due to the multiple plots and number of characters, the recommended age range is from middle school to adult. Author Teresa Gaskins is a seventeen-year-old homeschooler. Betrayed is part of an interesting fantasy story, but let the reader be warned—the last page says, “Not the End. Yet.”