The Traitor's Kiss by Erin BeatyThe Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty

The Traitor's Kiss

byErin Beaty

Hardcover | May 9, 2017

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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 proper lady-which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for a suitable 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.

With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, Erin Beaty's The Traitor's Kiss is full of intrigue, espionage, and lies.

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"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)

Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can't drive a tractor, but she won't eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and served in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor. She and her husband have five children, two c...
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Title:The Traitor's KissFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.58 × 6.5 × 1.2 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:ImprintLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250117941

ISBN - 13:9781250117946

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC This book had me captivated from page one. I have read some negativity regarding the descriptions of POC in this novel and while I do agree that some of the word choices were poor, I did not find myself feeling like this was a racist novel. POC are described as protagonists and antagonists in the novel, and I do hope the author learns from this and ensures her next novel is perhaps a little less.. cringey with word use. BUT, that said, overall I really really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced without feeling rushed and Sage pretty quickly became a favourite female character of mine. Would absolutely recommend reading
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic main character, great romance! The Traitor's Kiss has a captivating story line, a fearless main character and enough action to keep you reading until the AM. Yes, I know this book is getting a ton of backlash from many reviewers for offending POC (more about this later in my review). While I don't support this at all, taking colour out of the story, this book was actually really good. The main character is very relatable, and she's the type of independent and tough character that I absolutely love, the romance is ship-worthy and there is tons of action. Sage Fowler is force to reckon with. She is the exact opposite of what a girl in her society should look and act like. She doesn't like make-up and acting like a helpless girl who needs the help of man. Sage would rather read books or spend time outdoors, she is not afraid to get down and dirty and work for her living. Sage is intelligent, sassy and caring to those who care about her. I absolutely loved her as a main character. The romance in this story is great. The two main character are able to relate to one another, teach each other new things, and they just compliment each other so well. I was so happy that this book didn't have an insta-love romance, or a love-triangle. I found myself shipping the couple early on in the book and I still do. It was a very well written romance. The antagonists of the story is where the author made a lot of big mistakes. The author chose to describe the antagonists as "dark" and "darker" which is already offensive enough, but she also went on to say things like "they faded into the shadows" and a lot of stereotyping when it comes to tattoos and such. I was really surprised by reading some of these lines in the story. I feel like the editing team going through this book during its first stages should have pointed it out and changed it. I'm just hoping that Erin has learned from her mistakes (since this is her first published book), and won't do this again in the future. Overall, it was such an amazing book. I really recommend it, as long as you're able to put colour aside when you read this book. I know its not for anyone, and if you don't want to support the book/author for this reason I completely understand, I just ask you not to rate the book (especially on goodreads) without reading it first.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Military Excitement! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* #indigoemployee The Traitor’s Kiss is perfect for fans of military tactics/war strategies. I love a strong female lead and Beaty presents an exceptionally inspirational one by the name of Sage Broadmoor. Sage loves to read, loves to share her knowledge with others and especially loves to gather information. She is extremely intuitive, and it is often difficult to keep anything secret from her for very long. The Traitor’s Kiss is another novel that readers have branded as racist while promoting girl hate. It has also been accused of being a whitewashed retelling of Mulan. While I will admit that sometimes the female characters can be cruel to one another, this attitude is more based on social ranking then sex. Sage is seen as a lower class citizen, and is therefore looked down upon by upper class ladies. At the same time, Sage resents this behavior and shows mean tendencies towards those whose social rank exceeds her own. It is important to acknowledge that the male and female population of our own world is not inherently good. There are jealous men and women who spread nasty rumours, as the novel portrays. I have met several mean individuals throughout my lifetime, this is simply a reality. We should not judge the author for including realistic elements in her story. As for the racist accusations, I am not sure how to respond. There are characters of colour described throughout the entire tale, both as protagonists and antagonists, and none of the descriptions are written in a cruel or negative fashion. While it is true that some of the villains in this tale are described as darker-skinned, it is important to note that they are the secondary antagonists, working with the main light-skinned antagonists. I wholly encourage readers to keep an open mind and give this book a chance. It frustrates me that so many individuals blindly accept the criticism of others without forming their own opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-11

Editorial Reviews

"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)