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.
Published: May 9th 2017 by Imprint
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hey guys! So finally ALL my exams for Semester 1 are over and I’m officially on holidays! *throws confetti* I haven’t had much time for reading (😭) so The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty took me forever to finish…which brings me to the review.
I was really excited to start The Traitor’s Kiss! Besides the GORGEOUS cover and spine,
the story itself sounded interesting. In the beginning we meet Sage Fowler, an orphan living with her Aunt, Uncle and their kids. She is soon taken in by a matchmaker as an apprentice to help form matches. For me, I was excited as to where this story was going, but then it just moved soooo sloooowly. So slow, in fact, that I was very close to DNFing this book and starting my next read. But, I decided to give it a chance…and I’m so glad I did. The second half of the book was awesome and it really redeemed the first half. It focused more on espionage, strategy and it was action-packed.
There were quite a lot of characters that were introduced and, at times, it was hard to keep track. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the characters (especially the soldiers) but between the multiple POVs and the actual story, It could be a bit confusing.
The romance was so good! Sage and Ash were fantastic together and I loved how they worked together as equals when strategising and spying. The beginning was really cute with them getting to know each other and there was a particularly swoon-worthy scene in the second half of the book that I was not expecting (but hot damn!). Overall, i’d say this book is more focused on romance than action, but I found it adorable and I can’t wait to read more about them in the sequel.
There is a big reveal towards the end of the story that I. DID. NOT. SEE. COMING. And I was frantically flipping through past pages to see how I could have missed it. The very end was so intense. Angst, violence, and absolute chaos ensues and it left me shocked. Lets just say it really redeemed the slow beginning…
Overall, without giving too much away, The Traitor’s Kiss was a really great read (well, at least the second half) and I highly recommend it for a story with a strong, independent heroine and a plot filled with espionage, action and a seriously adorable romance.