Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Review: The Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game #1) by: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Release Date: February 27, 2018
from Scholastic
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Source: I received a copy of this from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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.

Jennifer A. Nielsen introduces us to an unforgettable new heroine in this epic tale of treachery and intrigue, love and deceit."

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. This book reminds me why high fantasy will forever be my favorite genre. It had action and danger and romance and a quest. I constantly doubted the characters and I never knew who to trust. This book truly was a traitor’s game with so many moving pieces and there were traitors everywhere you looked.

I have to start with some gushing over Kestra because that girl is a badass and I loved her. She is such a strong character and I loved that people continually underestimated her. She was not one to be at a disadvantage and when you thought you had her cornered, she was really the one pulling the strings. On a lighter note, I really enjoyed how she continually swiped daggers from people when they were trying to keep her unarmed. It amused me greatly and just proved how she would not give up or be stopped. She has grown up in a seemingly privileged life, but appearances aren’t always what they seem. She may have been sheltered but her life wasn’t without danger. She is willing to fight and do what is right and I simply loved her.

Then we have Simon who I also adored, even when he frustrated me. He was such a good guy and just wanted to fight for what he believed was right. He wanted to protect Kestra at all costs, even from herself, and he did everything he could to keep her safe and still complete his mission.

Kestra and Simon have fantastic chemistry. I loved how they were on equal footing and that honestly Kestra was the one really in charge, even when it didn’t seem like it. The power dynamic between them was so interesting. They are clearly falling for one another but neither one is willing to open up with all their secrets or give up on their goals. And at the end of the day, while they may both want the same thing, they aren’t on the same side. It creates such a great push and pull because even as they fall for one another, neither one is willing to give up on their plans. And so their game goes in circles. But I really appreciated that when it came down to it, Kestra was the one to hold all the cards.

This book kept me guessing from the get go. I never knew who to trust and when I thought the story was going one way, it ended up going another. This book was full of twists and turns and it’s impossible to guess what’s coming. Even our MC’s take you by surprise and manage to keep secrets from the reader. So not only are they surprising one another, they are also surprising the reader.

The Traitor’s Game is a fantastic read and one that kept me addicted. I practically read it in one sitting. I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel.

1 comment:

  1. YAAAY so happy you enjoyed this one. I've been meh toward a lot of high fantasy, but I really like Jennifer A. Neilsen.


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