(Website, Twitter)Published by Imprint on July 9th 2019
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
Unlikely alliances are forged and trust is shattered in the stunning conclusion to The Traitor’s Trilogy.
A new queen under threat.
An ambassador with a desperate scheme.
Two kingdoms with everything to lose.
Once a spy and counselor to the throne, Sage Fowler has secured victory for her kingdom at a terrible cost. Now an ambassador representing Demora, Sage is about to face her greatest challenge to avoid a war with a rival kingdom.
After an assassination attempt destroys the chance for peace, Sage and her fiancé Major Alex Quinn risk a dangerous plot to reveal the culprit. But the stakes are higher than ever, and in the game of traitors, betrayal is the only certainty.
The Traitor’s Kingdom is the third (and final) book in The Traitor’s Circle series by Erin Beaty. I have to tell you that I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this book since the end of book two and this was everything I was hoping it would be as a wrap up for Sage and Alex…as well as all their friends. No spoilers ahead for this book.
Sage is now an Ambassador representing Demora in talks with Kimisara to avoid a war and Alex is now a Major leading the Norsari that are tasked with protecting her and the others during the talks. The politics are what drive the story here and I loved how Beaty tied it together with the character’s development. There are still wounds from what happened in book two, but everyone is trying to move forward and make the decisions they think will help relieve the tensions between the countries.
If you know me, you know I love when I can connect to the characters in a book and Beaty did a great job of getting my attention in book one and never letting go. Alex and Sage have both grown so much since book one, both individually and together. In this book, they are both getting comfortable with their new responsibilities and while they love each other, those responsibilities tend to get in the way…even if some exceptions are made for them. There are some difficult decisions that had to be made by both of them and while it might have been really easy to just react, Alex is the one to pull back and really consider the impact of their actions. While difficult to understand in the heat of the moment, I love how Sage didn’t just give up and how Alex let her feel her feelings yet still pushed her to realize how much he loves her. It was actually one of my favorite parts of the book and I know this sounds super vague, but I don’t want to ruin anything so just go read it already.
The secondary characters are well developed in this story as well. We learn more about Queen Zoraya and Huzar which I liked as it was great to be able to know more about their motivations. Lani and Clare are still with Sage, but we also get introduced to Clare’s sister, Sophia who has only been mentioned previously. And then all the other characters as well. They all played an important part in the story and I thought Beaty did a wonderful job of bringing everything together.
As the peace talks are taking place, it becomes clear that nothing is going to get resolved with the group involved so the queen secretly proposes (via Alex and Huzar) that she meet with Sage alone. As the meeting concludes with agreements in place, the group is attacked, and things become even more dangerous for everyone as the queen is injured. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that someone from the Demoran camp is leaking information, but no one is sure who or how and Sage convinces the group to move forward with a plan that she thinks will allow them to figure out who is acting against them.
That’s all I can say now without giving more of the story away so if you want more, you have to go pick up the book. I was so excited to get my hands on this and now that I’m finished, I am going to have to go back and re-read the whole thing again. It was such a great wrap up to a series that had me at page one and I can’t wait to see what Beaty writes next. If you are looking for a fantasy series that will pull you in with great characters, a story that is full of political intrigue, and of course, some swoons, definitely check this one out.
Thank you to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.