Title: The Traitor’s Ruin
Author: Erin Beaty
Series: The Traitor’s Circle #2
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Kathleen McIrnerney
Length: 11 hrs 43 mins (384 pages)
Publisher: Imprint; Listening Library
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Recommended for fans of: The Remnant Chronicles, The Winner’s Trilogy
Content Warnings: child death, death, violence
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 really enjoyed the continuation of this series! Sage and Alex are clearly meant to be, but this book throws some hurdles at their relationship that only get exacerbated by political intrigue and potential war. I like how this book expands the world, introducing new kingdoms, customs, and characters. I love Sage’s penchant for languages and diplomacy! This book has some truly heartbreaking moments, especially when Sage and Alex are separated, but it provides room for so much growth and adventure. The ending is very exciting with some crushing twists, but still offer a sense of resolution. Solid YA fantasy series so far!