In Erin Beaty's The Traitor's Ruin, war breaks out between nations and Sage Fowler must infiltrate enemy territory to reconnect with her first love, Captain Alex Quinn. A captain with a secret. A spy with a mission. A kingdom on the verge of ruin. After proving her worth as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she learns of a secret mission, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom once more-and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn. However, Sage's headstrong insistence clashes with Alex's gruff military exterior. And after a skirmish with a bordering kingdom, they're separated when tragedy strikes. Now in enemy territory, Sage desperately scrambles to complete Alex's reconnaissance mission. Can she save her kingdom once more? An Imprint Book "A more YA-friendly Game of Thrones...Recalls classic novels such as Tamora Pierce's Alanna series and Robin McKinley's Blue Sword... should keep readers' appetites whetted for the third installment." -Kirkus Reviews "Complex and clever." -VOYA Praise for The Traitor's Kiss: "A thrilling tale with an unforgettable heroine and a love story that left me breathless..." -Mary E. Pearson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles "One of the most hotly anticipated young adult fantasy reads of 2017" -Bustle "An action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance."-Publishers Weekly, starred review "Complex characterization, deftly layered adventure story, and [a] balanced blend of political maneuvering, romantic interludes, and action scenes." -Kirkus Reviews "Beaty balances a taut web of deceit...readers will be carried away by the mystery." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)
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After reading the first book twice, the second one finally came out and it was something completely different. New location, new people and new plot. I just love it. Most of the time, the second book is worse than the first, but this was not the case here. The first book fascinated me because it was very simple but still with everything you could want. And then the second one was ... more. Erin Beaty took everything from her first part again and made more; more drama, more conspiracy, more secrets and more Sage and Alex. It is totally different from the "The Traitor's kiss" but still, in my opinion, just as good. Just like in the first part, there were small pieces of other perspectives that turned the whole plot once through 180 ° and turned until you didn't know what you could still believe or what you couldn't believe. What maybe annoyed me a bit was that Alex started trying to protect Sage more than before and always kept secrets from her. All in all it was a great book and is one of my favorites.
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