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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Deceived is the fourth book in The Castle Chronicles by Michael S. Vassel. Mark is dead. Thinking that he can finally find peace, he hopes to find a nice corner to spend eternity in when he is approached by Shane to do something very strange. With no choice, Mark takes up the unique job, helping souls get to their afterlife. Finally, Mark thinks he is seen as a good guy rather than a freak. He should have known this was all too good to last long. Before he knew it, an evil soul of a witch escapes before Mark could take it to Hell. Now somewhere in the mortal realm, Mark has to follow her there, find her, and then cast the spell Shane gave him to banish her back to hell. Sounds simple enough, right? Not really, especially considering that Mark is vulnerable against the witch in the mortal realm. Can he get the job done? Or has being dead stolen the spark?
Very few paranormal novels excite me anymore. With one too many paranormal romance novels in the market, it is very hard to find a genuine novel that follows the genre to the “t.” Deceived exceeded all of my expectations, and let me tell you, I had very high hopes for this novel. Mark’s character is fantastic. He is sarcastic, a little sassy, and very witty. Each dialogue is a treat, and each chapter shares a new aspect about Mark’s personality. I loved the flow of the story and especially enjoyed how smoothly the author transitioned from one chapter to the other. Michael S. Vassel kept the mystery alive until the very last moment and allowed readers to come to their own conclusions before proving them all wrong with a surprising new twist. The pace is perfect and allows Mark to grow and become a well-rounded character. This novel is perfection to the very last word!