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.
I give this book 4/5 ⭐️ it was a nice and quick read. I did have a few issues with it which I will discuss in the spoiler section. The ending did a nice job of setting up for the next book. Definitely if you’re a fan of both Arya and Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones you’ll enjoy Sage and the band of warrior spies she falls in with. However, I will say I thought this was an Asian inspired tale but it’s not in my opinion. It does have some minor Mulan elements though.
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So this book follows Sage and the gang as she becomes a matchmakers apprentice. Because of her adeptness at reading people she soon catches the eye of the warrior/soldier spies. Entangling her in their plot. 🤷🏻♀️
What I really had an issue with was the romance in this. I was expecting a slow burn but events unfolded in a chapter where Sage and Alex are ‘caught’ canoodling by some guards and then it quickly went from there. This book isn’t long at all so it came off as insta-lovie. And at the end Sage and her soldier become engaged… Um ok then? I get that it sets it up for book 2 but that could have been handled differently… Mainly maybe saving the engagement for book 2? Idk.
Overall though it was a nice read.