Title: The Traitor’s Kiss
Series: The Traitor’s Circle #1
Author: Erin Beaty
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Genres: YA Fantasy/Romance
Blurb: 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.
I went into this one pretty blind. I only knew that it was a fantasy/romance. I was immediately intrigued with the premise of a society built so much at the matchmaker’s hands. And I loved the medieval setting. It’s one I’m always looking for more of.
The plot was exciting. Sage, as the mapmaker’s apprentice, goes sort of undercover as a Lady. And along the way she begins working with the soldiers, who have to do some disguising of their own since they’re trying to hide the fact that they are traveling with the prince. Romance is blooming among all of this. There are constant dangers and puzzles to solve and Sage is brilliant through every bit of it. I absolutely adored her character. She’s brave and intelligent and refuses to marry for anything shy of love. She constantly thinks up solutions, and I love that she’s listened to and respected by the soldiers. And while she’s a strong character, she’s not arrogant at all. She comes across quite humble.
There are some very interesting twists and bumps along the road. One major thing that I didn’t see coming even with constant clues thrust in my face left my quite giddy. Another major incident left me stunned and quite sad.
In the end, Sage gets her HFN ending. And honestly that was the only thing that left me a little upset. I wanted a stronger ending in the romance department. But, I know that there’s more to come, and I am so looking forward to the next book! 4 Stars!!!