Title: The Traitor’s Game
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Goodreads review: here
Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well – and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.
The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what – and who – it is they’re fighting for.
5\5 ⭐ 98%
WRITING: The first two chapters were really hard to get into, and I almost put the book down. But the minute I got to chapter 3 and the POVs started switching back and forth the pace picked up and it was much easier to read.
STORYLINE & PLOT: the twists and turns! As I said, I didn’t get into it right away but after the first few chapters I was really hooked.
The mystery\puzzle aspect was surprising! I loved it, but it was something I never would have expected from the synopsis.
CHARACTERS: I had to grow to like Kestra, but by the end I was 100% rooting for her! Simon is a cinnamon roll TBH. Trina annoyed me to no end. I hated her.
I’ve said before that entitlement is one of my least favorite traits in a character, but she just never learned! She could spontaneously disappear and I would be much happier.
WORLD BUILDING: I’m very particular when it comes to magic systems and worlds, but I really enjoyed how subtly the world was described! I’m interested in how it’ll expand, because I don’t know how much more there is, and how much more our characters will see.
What did you think of The Traitor’s Game? Predictable or no? Favorite character?
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