Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen | Published: February 27, 2018 by Scholastic Press | Series: The Traitor’s Game #1 | Length: 388 pages | Genre: YA Fantasy | Source: I got this book at Yallfest.
For three years Kestra has been in exile, but that doesn’t stop her from being dragged into her father’s political plots. With him being the right hand man of the king, Lord Endrick, Kestra is very valuable. While on her way back to Woodcourt a band of rebels attack Kestra’s entourage and blackmail Kestra into finding the Oden Blade for them. This dagger is rumored to be the only weapon that can kill Lord Endrick, but it has been lost for years. In the group of rebels a boy named Simon is tasked with being her protector and to see their mission through no matter the cost. As he struggles to fulfill his orders more and more secrets emerge that none of them see coming. With motives shifting left and right Kestra must find a way to not only protect herself but also try to find out who she’s fighting for.
Last year while I was at Yallfest, I was headed to the Cassandra Clare signing and saw that they were having an ARC drop for this book with the author actually signing the copies as they were handed out. I really wanted one, but didn’t think I’d have time to stop before the signing. So I went to the signing and then quick hopped in line and got to meet the author and get this ARC signed as well. It was amazing and Jennifer was so sweet. I loved this book!! While it does tend to follow some of the typical YA tropes, Jennifer A. Neilsen is able to put a spin on them to make them her own. I really like Kestra’s character and how much internal struggle she has and how much her character grows throughout the book. She is honestly just a stubborn girl who wants her father’s love, but is thrown into a crazy plan to get a legendary weapon for a group of rebels she thought were vanquished. Some of those plot twists had me gasping and my boyfriend asking me what happened to her now lol. There was a tiny part in the end that kinda had me a bit annoyed with how the same conversation seemed to keep happening over and over, but it was very miniscule. I so cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. I need to know what happens to Kestra and Simon and where their stories will go. All in all, this is an amazing book and I highly recommend it to anyone that likes a good YA fantasy book.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.