Today I’m reviewing something a little different for me, a YA fantasy! Traitor’s Knife is the second book in a series of five, the first being the Jeweler’s Apprentice.
Traitor’s Knife has a medieval feel to it, set in the mountains of Olayin, away from the war raging in Othira. Fia Brithin, an apprentice to the Olayin jewel-smith, is much more than an apprentice, she is a keeper of many secrets and is also learning the art of spy craft. One secret she is keeping is that her good friend, Illido the stable boy is really the prince and only living son of King Gregory, the king of Othira. There is a traitor in their midst, and keeping the prince safe is a top priority!
I really like Fia’s character. She is brave and courageous, but at the same time humble and quiet. When the time came to act, Fia didn’t hesitate! Her brothers are fighting in the war, and one of her sisters is a lady-in-waiting to the princess. Her other sister, Ialla, travels to at Olayin House to see how Fia is getting along. Ialla is not easily fooled, and they need to get her away from Olayin House without raising her suspicions. She is a gifted healer, and they quickly find a place for her to be useful and out of the way.
It took me a while to get into this story. I was a little confuse as to what was going on, and at times felt I was missing something. In my opinion, this is not a stand alone, and it would have been better to read the Jeweler’s Apprentice first, which I did not.
When the action started it was exciting! As the story came to an end, I wanted to know more about Fia and Illido. What happens to them? I believe that question will be answered in the up coming books.
I liked Traitor’s Knife, but I think romance will always be my favorite! If you enjoy YA fantasy, you might want to give this a try!
I received an e-copy of the book for my honest review.
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About Elizabeth Kaiser:
E. Kaiser was born into a family of readers, and got started on storytelling around the age of four when her older siblings prompted her into recounting an absolutely ridiculous account of a parallel childhood. It was good for the family's general entertainment, and she discovered the thrill of making people laugh.
At the age of seven her mother read the Hobbit aloud, and a fascination with beautiful fantasy was born. At nine she came to the decision that she wanted to be a writer, and set to reading rabidly to learn the art. At thirteen she attempted her first novel, and it was eaten in a computer's demise.
Afterward, during her teenage years she tried very hard at various times to stop writing all together.
Not succeeding, she at last gave in to her addiction, and wrote "for fun".
Her first novel, Jeweler's Apprentice, is a light-fantasy adventure for teens. The shy, bookish heroine is thrust out on the first step toward the adventure that awaits, and growing up. More books in this series are expected.
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