Title: The Traitor’s Ruin (The Traitor’s Circle #2)
Author: Erin Beaty
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Synopsis: “A captain with a secret.
A spy with a mission.
A kingdom on the verge of ruin.
After proving her worth as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she learns of a secret mission, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom once more—and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn.
However, Sage’s headstrong insistence clashes with Alex’s gruff military exterior. And after a skirmish with a bordering kingdom, they’re separated when tragedy strikes. Now in enemy territory, Sage desperately scrambles to complete Alex’s reconnaissance mission. Can she save her kingdom once more?” (Goodreads)
After loving the first book in this series, I knew I needed to not waste any time diving into the sequel. I am usually hesitant about continuing a series because I don’t want it to disappoint. I am so glad that I enjoyed the second just as much as the first with just one issue that didn’t take away from the overall enjoyment!
The one thing that I like about this series so far is that the characters are always developing. Sure, Alex and Sage may always be stubborn but they try to work through it and eventually work it out and grow from the experience. I also enjoyed seeing more from Alex and loved reading his PoV throughout the book. He is struggling with a lot and its no wonder he acted the way he did. Does it excuse his behavior? No, but I believe he realized the error of his ways. It also helped that minor characters kept telling him he was being dumb, haha. Sage is still her good ol’ stubborn self and that brings me joy! Probably because I’m also stubborn and it’s nice to be able to relate to the characters.
Speaking of characters, not only do we get Sage and Alex PoVs but we also get another from Huzar who is part of the Kimisar (I think that is how you spell it). Technically they are bad? I mean he is just following orders but I did feel for him in a lot of ways. I really hope there is more of him in the next book.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to the plot for book two because in a way, book one wrapped up for the most part. I did like where book two took us with the introduction of another kingdom in the desert. There is also fighting, a great escape, and mistaken identity. I will say that most of the plot twists were pretty obvious but honestly, I didn’t care. I usually would but it didn’t take away from my love of the characters and so I was okay with it. Now the deaths in this book, just sad. I’m sad just writing about it. Why did it have to happen!?!?
Overall, this book had me giddy from the moment Alex made his grand entrance. I love watching their relationship grow and learning more about the minor characters who feel like so much more. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, you are definitely missing out. I will be talking about this series forever, trust me.