Review: The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

Apr •  5 •  2011

Title: The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary/Historical
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Court
Release Date: April 18, 2011
Book: Netgalley/ ARC sent by publisher

“In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment—or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.

Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king’s men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process.

Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes.”

One thing I dislike, is the ignorance people have when it comes to the bible. People think that just because they think they know it, they know whats best for everyone. The Betrayal of Maggie Blair is just that. Religious people ignorant in what they read that they killed, hurt, accused innocent people, women mostly of being witches. And whats worse is those church going people who put everyone down using the bible are worse then everyone else.


This story is very touching but also hurtful to read. As the reader follows Maggie, we see and feel every emotion that she goes through. Hurt, rage, sadness, fear. I wanted so badly to slap all those stupid people for being dumb. And whats ironic is that those people who accused Maggie weren’t perfect either. They were hiding their sins thinking that they can hide from God using his words against him. And boy did the truth ever did come out.


The plot is breath-taking. Every turn of the page lead me to more and more anger as I see the betrayal of Maggie grow and grow. Ms Laird wrote a fantastic book that showcased every little detail in the witch trials. I was literally holding my every waking breathe hoping for the best for Maggie. It just seems that nothing let up for her. 

Now, while most witches trials all lead to a guilty verdict, I was glad that there is that one and rare good ending for some girls who were accused. It wasn’t the best ending. Maggie went through so much that nothing that those people say or do now could ever take back what they did to her. I am glad that Maggie had some kind of good outcome for her. Her strength amazed me. AMAZED ME! She held her head up high and did not stand for what those people did.


I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!





7 Comments

  1. BooksforCompany
    Apr 5, 2011

    Thanks for this review, l haven’t seen one yet! Sounds very touching.

  2. Yeayeayea!! I really am looking forward to reading this one! Maggie sounds like a great character according to your review – I can’t wait to read this one now – thanks, Savy!

  3. Jenny
    Apr 5, 2011

    Nice review Savy! I think ignorance on any level is frustrating, and it’s always amazing to me how people can twist words around so they support their current argument, regardless of how the words were initially meant to be interpreted. I’m really looking forward to reading this one:)

  4. Oh I don’t like zealotry either and I’m glad this is a book that does not champion it. Maggie sounds like a character I really need to meet. Thanks for the great review!

  5. Lisa
    Apr 5, 2011

    I just finished this book a little while ago. I really liked it too, except it wasn’t what I expected. I thought it was going to be more about witchcraft and less about religious tolerances.

  6. Missie
    Apr 5, 2011

    I need to check out that plot. It sounds intense. Maggie’s strength is probably something I could learn from.

  7. This sounds amazing – a great main character plus a breathtaking plot. Great review Savy 🙂