This week I am reviewing the self published work The Betryal By Sheila Hendrix
Matt has a dream that sends him, and his brother Zack, on a hunt for a cave. He doesn’t know why they have to go there, he just knows they do. When they arrive Matt finds out the vision turns out to be a trap. A darkness like no other wants to control Matt and kill Zack. That darkness turn out to be the demon like creature Alanya, or The Destroyer, who has wondered the earth seeking people with “special powers” to feed off. For generations he has had no trouble stealing life forces and powers. Until the McCannon brothers came along.
Mat and Zack McCannon were abandoned at a young age by their parents. Leaving Zack to care for Matt, and fostering a brotherly bond that proves to not easily be broken. Now in their late teens the brothers travel the country using Matt’s visions to fight supernatural forces that most people run from. But when Matt has a dream that they have to find a cave, their bond, and their lives, are threatened when the demon Alanya pits Matt against Zack. Alanya does this by controlling Matt’s mind so he will deceive and kill his brother, making it easier for Alanya to take Matt’s life force. What follows is a race against the demon where the brother’s collect a crew of friends, including two police officers and a doctor, to aide them on their mission. This proves no easy feat as the brother and their friends are tortured repeatedly by Alanya and are left questioning the true motives of their hearts. Further complicating this is that Alanya can take on many forms. Sometimes appearing as one of the brothers or their companions. We also find out that the demon has a score to settle with the brother’s parents. And that the doctor, Shane, has a past of his own with Alanya.
Ms. Hendrix does a good job painting a picture of brotherly devotion and the bonds of friendship. I did feel a little lost when it came to why the boys were abandoned by their parents. And why Alanya had a score to settle with them. I was left feeling like I missed something, that more of a back story could have been told. References were made to past adventures and other supernatural forces they had faced, but once again, I felt a little lost. At times it felt like I came into the story midstream, missing out on little bits of information. As this book is part of a series, I hope Ms. Hendrix explores the characters further in future books. The story was a good read and not short on adventure. I did find myself distracted by a few minor editing mistakes, but nothing that took away from the story. It just gave it a slightly disjointed feel. I look forward to reading future books from Ms. Hendrix and seeing where the McCannon brothers are headed next. You can barrow this one, but I might want it back!
Shelia Hendrix is a native of Alabama and is the author of the young adult series The Dark Circle. You can find her books on Amazon, and find out more about her on her website http://www.sheilahendrix.com./
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I would also like to thank Nurture Virtual Book Tourz for putting together this book tour.