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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  588 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.

Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic po
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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Danielle (Love at First Page)

Historical YA is hard to come by, so thank the stars for Anne Blankman. I fell in love with her debut duology set in Nazi Germany, and once again with Traitor Angels she weaves historical fact and her own fiction together so seamlessly, it's a wonder I didn't learn half these things in school. This time around, the setting is London 1666, and we are introduced to one Elizabeth Milton, 16 year old daughter to John Milton, the famous, blind poet who wrote Paradise Lost. You may have studied the ep
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
I love historical fiction! Especially the ones from a more *medieval* time, like 1666. Such a great story!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.

Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of n
Fafa's Book Corner
May 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Mini review:


When I had heard about this book I was sold! I love historical fiction and the treasure hunt stories! Unfortunately this book was not for me.

I could not stand Elizabeth's father. Also Paradise Lost is a poem concerning Christianity. If I remember correctly (correct me if I'm wrong) it was about Satan's descent to Earth. That was very odd to read about. But for the most part I DNFed this because of John Milton. And that ending (I skimmed) left a very bitter taste in my mouth.

I d
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Well researched YA historical fiction is somewhat of a rarity. These are the books that come with an author’s note and lengthy bibliographies which show us that they’re based in fact, with minimal artistic liberties taken. Ruta Sepetys could be considered the queen of the genre, but Anne Blankman appeared to be a serious contender after her Prisoner of Night and Fog duology.

Traitor Angels follows along the same path. Blankman did her homework extremely well. Her book is well researched and conv
I loved the idea of this, but I never got around to reading it. When I finally did, I'm sad to say I couldn't stay focused.

Elizabeth is a okay MC. There were scenes where I thought she was overly dramatic, but that could have been the time period. I like Antonio well enough. I did enjoy the two of them coming from such opposite upbringings and bridging the gap to understanding.

My main complaint is that the story seemed quite dense and dry. There were several pages {some times almost a full cha
i'm rounding down to a 3 under gr's 'i liked it' scale.
this wasn't a bad book, by all means. i was really excited when i first learned about it after reading alyssa's review, which you can read here. but then i saw the average rating and that kind of made me hesitant--it shouldn't but usually it's a review/rating/cover that makes or breaks the interest of a book for me.
i started this, i think, around the time i finished a court of mist and fury but it didn't feel right at the time. when i got ba
Ashley Marie
I don't want to say I was bored by this, because that would be a lie, but it did take me a lot longer to read this than it should've, which is what bothers me. I can't figure out what was "wrong" and made it take nearly a month when it should've taken a week. The characters were interesting, the history was fascinating, and it felt like a historical National Treasure in London-- what DOESN'T sound interesting about that? I loved Lady Katherine and Milton himself reminded me of Mr Ollivander in t ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

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As a big fan of Anne Blankman’s Prisoner of Night & Fog duology, I was eager to read Traitor Angels. With history, poetry, religion and science at the helm, Traitor Angels was a gloriously bustling book, one that I have no regrets picking up. From start to finish, I was hooked to the story and there was no straying my attention away.

At the cusp of the story was Elizabeth Milton, daughter of the famous English poet and political writer, John Milton, who is com
4.5 stars

I loved it like Galileo loves space. Review to come on Happy Indulgence
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Anne Blankman's third novel Traitor Angels proved to me that sometimes, going into a book blind without knowing anything about it can be VERY VERY good thing. I usually do a lot of research about books before I pick them up, which is not only time consuming (and takes time away from reading), but also means that I often decide not to read books that could end up being really awesome! I know that if I would have read the synopsis for Traitor Angels I probably would have passed it, just because I ...more
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I had low expectations for this book, and it was still a total disappointment. The premise of John Milton's daughter going on an over-the-top quest never appealed to me, but since I greatly admire Anne Blankman as an author and historian, I gave the book a chance. For a while, I enjoyed it. The prose was excellent, the setting and period details were well-researched and woven in without info dumps, the characters were interesting enough, and the plot had good structure. I enjoyed how early detai ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5!

Such a sweeping and elegant piece of historical fiction! My biggest regret is that I started TRAITOR ANGELS a few months ago, loved it, but for some reason put it down, and when I picked it up today to finish the last 40% off I struggled a bit in trying to get my bearings back. Apart from that though, this novel is another gem from Anne Blankman! Historical fiction is my favourite genre to read but it takes immense skill to write such flawless historical fiction, that even I, t
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more from the author of Prisoner of Night and Fog. I remembered being far more interested in that story than in this one. Then again, it could be because I am more interested in World War II than in Paradise Lost, by John Milton. You see, this is an attempt of writing a Da Vinci Code in the 17th century.

Here is the thing: I know Paradise Lost is full of powerful quotes, such as 'If I cannot move Heaven, I'll raise Hell', or 'the mind is its own place and in itself can make a heav
The Book Queen
Dec 16, 2015 marked it as maybe-read
Another book by the fabulous Anne Blankman? Yay!

And also, WHAT AN AWESOME COVER. Seriously, that's gorgeous.
Fictional World Dreamer
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
My experience with Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman was a slow and engaging read. But!!! Isn’t that what Historical Fiction is? Slow? This I have to say is one thing that I never understand about people. And why they complain about it. Historical Fiction novels are meant to be slow and enjoyable. I think most people either forget or just don't know. But if you didn’t know, now you do.


But anyways, who said, you can’t learn anything from reading fiction books??? Not, I!!! Traitor Angels by Anne Bla
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it

I absolutely loved Anne Blankman's debut Prisoner of Night and Fog, so I was ecstatic when I heard that she was publishing a new book. While I didn't like Traitor Angels quite as much as I liked Prisoner of Night and Fog, I still found it to be an entertaining and well-researched story regardless.

Set in England in 1666, Traitor Angels follows Elizabeth Milton, the fictional daughter of the famous poet John Milton. When her father is arrested, Elizabeth's only hope of finding him is to decip
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Historical Fiction
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Author Anne Blankman's previous installments, Prisoner of Night and Fog and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke took place during the Nazi infestation that spread across Europe while killing 6 million Jews, and others who refused to accept Hitler's nightmare. This time around, Blankman heads back in time to the 17th century, 1666 to be exact, and writes about the fictitious daughter of John Milton, the author of Paradise Lost. After
Mel (Daily Prophecy)

Two years ago I fell in love with Prisoner of night and fog. Last year Blankman lived up to my expectations with Conspiracy of blood and smoke. This year she proves she is a solid author with Traitor Angels and I can already tell you I wil read whatever she is going to write next. If I would have to compare this book with anything else, I would say it has the same vibes as The Da Vinci Code. With clues and hidden messages that takes Elizabeth on a journey
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Actual rating 2.75 stars

I have always been fascinated by authors who can incorporate fiction or myths into history, so when I first heard about Traitor Angels, I immediately wanted to read it. Although I lack knowledge in history, I always find these types of stories intriguing. Anne Blankman is no doubt a brilliant author to have been able to weave this story, and for that I admire her talent.

Traitor Angels is unlike any other book I’ve read. Set in the time of King Charles II, Traitor Angels
Sarah Amelia
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-by-me
Solid 4 stars! Meaning: This book was spectacular but it was not a book that I loved with all I have in me. I'm going to become better at rating books this year, everyone!

Traitor Angels was such an interesting read. I love historical fiction and the mix of intrigue, science, politics, religion, and a bit of romance thrown in was so much fun to read! Elizabeth was such an interesting main character. She was strong, loyal, yet fragile. She had a breaking point. I had previously heard of John Milt
Jan 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
One word for this book, B O R I N G. It was a snore fest from the first chapter. I tried to like this, believe me. There was way too much descriptions. There was also a bit of backstory and not much going forward. The female heroine, Elizabeth, failed to be realistic for the time period (1600s). She is bad-ass at EVERYTHING and when she scolds people for not thinking a girl can do anything a man can, people nod and agree. This is far from realistic. Between belive-ability and boring descriptions ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Having no prior knowledge of John Milton's Paradise Lost, I was slightly worried it would affect my overall reading experience. But thankfully, it did not! I like quest type stories with high stakes and this was set up to be one of those - and it ends well too. While I did find I had reservations about the execution of the characters and their motivations, I still rather enjoyed seeing this entire journey unfold. ...more
Lisa Mandina
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As usual, Blankman's book has brought historical events I didn't know that much about, or didn't know all sides of, to my attention, making me want to do my own research to learn more about them. Full review on my blog, Lisa Loves Literature, next week!! ...more
Sara Larson
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant historical fiction by the talented Anne Blankman! I can't wait to read this again when it's all finished! (I was lucky enough to read an early version.) ...more
Carol Storm
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Did not finish -- I love me some Anne Blankman, but a sexy YA story about aging, blind poet John Milton from the SEVENTEENTH century? Really? And his feisty daughter fights with knives? And his poems are all in secret code about the end of the world? Puh-leeze!

Note to Anne: why not a YA novel about being Jewish in America after Charlottesville and Pittsburgh? Your first two books were classics about Nazis in Germany -- I wish I didn't have to say this, but . . . maybe it's time for a story about
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction with fact based parts with a twist will always be faves in my book, and this one was wonderfully done! Delightfully written and so very captivating, I just couldn't stop reading! ...more
Oct 24, 2017 marked it as never-finished
Again, this is another book I did not see myself finishing in the future. Also, being in school while I started reading this book played a significant role in my decision. The story did not keep me engaged enough to pick it up again. It was a bit on the slow side.
Kayla Beck Kalnasy
I don't remember signing up to review Traitor Angels (it's hard to keep up with anything when you're sick), but I'm glad that I did. I have a special place in my heart for history, but when you throw together British history, religious history (science so has a place in religious history), and art history, I am so on board. Traitor Angels had all of those, as well as a sweet romance, making for a fun read.

First off, I have to say that this book is not historically accurate. No, I'm not j
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This is the first book I have read from this author and it will not be the last. This is a beautifully written story that has a touch of everything from mystery to love to lies and secrets. The setting is in London middle sixteen hundreds set in the beautiful hillsides.

King Charles II has returned to take his rightful place as King. He is going to change the country and make it a better place for his subjects. But he has some subjects who don't want to accept him as King. Poet John Milton and hi
Heather Taylor
May 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I usually like Historical Fiction but I just couldn't get into this book. ...more
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Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when sh ...more

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