I was honored to be on the Bookstagram tour for this lovely book today, and I thought I’d share my review here too!
Author: Laurie Lucking
- Date read: April 25, 2021
- Rating: 5 stars
- Genre: Fantasy / Christian fantasy
- Age: YA
- Year pub: 2021
- Pages: 278 (paperback)
- Series: Tales of the Mystics, book 2 (Book 1 is Common)
- Fave character: Prince Vander
- Source: The publisher, L2L2 Publishing
- Notes: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are entirely my own.
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I so enjoyed this book! What a delight! It swept me away to a richly detailed new land of differing cultures, filled with relatable characters and a sweet tale of marriage alliance and searching for redemption.
It was an intriguing twist to follow Princess Penelope, an antagonist from the previous book, Common. (Note: you’ll appreciate parts of Traitor more if you’ve read Common, but it’s not necessary. Despite being hazy on the details of Common since it was awhile since I read it, I still enjoyed this one immensely.) I wasn’t sure about her at first but I loved getting her perspective on things and I quickly grew to feel for her, traveling far away to a new country to marry the son of an emperor.
Prince Vander is the NICEST HUMAN. I kept wanting to shake Penelope and tell her to appreciate this good soul! XD I loved how appreciative he was and how anxious to make her at home in his country, despite her tendency to build walls around her heart. He truly cared and was SO SWEET but also human and I loved that.
Side characters were fun too, from cameos of characters from the first book (eep!) to spirited Princess Dionne, guards, loyal lady’s maid Victoria…
I adored Delunia! Experiencing Penelope’s head-first immersion in this colorful new culture and new language was neat. The setting was so gorgeous!
Penelope’s past mistakes haunted her in a very real way and led to said wall-building around her heart, pushing away those who cared about her from fear of being hurt again by opening herself to love. It could be frustrating at times to see her make those choices, but eye-opening as well, and the journey she took was ultimately so satisfying.
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This sounds so good! I actually own a copy of Common and MUST read it! It totally sounds up my alley. Both of these do! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! ^_^
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Oh, fabulous! Common was so sweet — kind of reminded me of Ella Enchanted and made me happy. I just love both these books and they feel so cozy! You’re welcome and thanks for your loverly commenttt!