Title: The Traitor’s Ruin
Author: Erin Beaty
Date of Publication: July 10th, 2018
In the sequel to The Traitor’s Kiss, war breaks out between nations and Sage Fowler must infiltrate enemy territory to reconnect with her first love, Captain Alex Quinn.
After proving her worth in book one as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she’s called upon to teach his majesty’s soldiers how to read and write, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom of Demora—and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn.
During a skirmish, Sage and Alex are separated. She watches him die before he can deliver important military intel—or so she thinks. She escapes from the enemy and makes an unlikely alliance with a mysterious soldier from a third nation. As Sage tries to rally their support against a common foe, the important political alliance is plagued by secrets and betrayal.
Can Sage complete Alex’s mission and save her kingdom once more?
I loved this book! Sage and Alex are one of my favorite book couples ever. They make me happy, they make me mad, they make me want to yell at them while shaking them, and they make me swoon.
What I like most about this series is the setting. It’s similar to The Winner’s Curse trilogy where there isn’t magic but the setting is historical fantasy. I think that is the right term, but don’t take my word for it. Also the chapters are short which is the freaking best!
Alex has been dealing with inner demons from what happened in book one, so much so that he doesn’t always make the right decisions. Sage therefore has to go around these things, even disguising herself in a few situations, unknowingly knowing how much her presence is actually affecting Alex.
There are things that happen in the story that as a reader you know what is going on because the book is told from both of their perspectives yet they don’t know what’s happening. So there is a particular scene with a cell, and I was like, nooooooooo!
At the beginning of the book there is some lovely romance which then takes a turn into action and plotting and many obstacles. There was a scene that made me seriously sad, yet it happened. The writing was on point, and I’m so ready for book three!
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