The Traitor’s Kiss Review | QuirkyWizard Collab

Hey guys! So, my friend Grace (QuirkyAndPeculiar) decided that we wanted to up the ante of our most recent buddy read.  So, we are cross posting our reviews!  To see my review over on Grace’s blog, click HERE.

One more thing before I hand you over to Grace: if you didn’t know, she and I do something called the QuirkyWizard liveshow.  Every month, we read one fantasy novel and one contemporary novel, and then discuss them in one hour long live chats on our youtube channels.  The next one will be on June 10th on Grace’s channel (click HERE), and we will be discussing this book, The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty!  If you’ve read this book, please come discuss with us!

Without further ado, here’s Grace!

 

download (10).jpg The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Series: The Traitor’s Trilogy book one

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: May 9th, 2017

Star Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

 

Synopsis: 

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

 

Grace’s Review: 

I kind of went into this book not knowing anything about other than Morgan describing it as “Jane Austen with swords” and as someone who’s never read Jane Austen (please don’t kill me I’ll read them eventually) I did not know quite what to expect; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find me hooked and dying to get my hands on the next one.

Starting with my favorite things which were the characters themselves, who were pretty dynamic and relatable. I loved how Sage stood up for her beliefs and was so willing to have open debates with people who disagreed about important things. Then there was Quinn who I felt almost fell into the classic brooding guy type but managed to steal my feels and make me like him when he used his brain instead of other parts of his body ;). The relationship between the two characters was more of a slow burning romance which made me happy because I thought this book was going to slip into an insta-love relationship. It was great to see that the relationship felt very natural and not pushed.
Then there was the story itself which focused on a Sage matching other girls for marriage while resenting the idea of marriage. I loved Sage’s views on marriage and getting to see how she was able to figure out girls wants and needs based on body language and small conversations. Once the plot progresses more I was completely hooked based on just because of Sage’s character. I just love how strong she was and how educated she was for a woman in this time and place.
Possibly the only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that the pacing was kind of off and the beginning was pretty slow but the end was super fast paced. This was saved by the fact that Beaty’s writing style was pretty simplistic but has a great flow to it that was vivid and yet not overly descriptive.
One thing that surprised me was that this held up so well to me for it being a fantasy that has no magic included. Usually fantasies are built on these things but for this fantasy to exclude it and still grab my attention was exciting.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and was surprised at how it’s relationship progressed and the strengths of the main character.
4/5 stars

Buy this book on Amazon HERE.

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