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The Traitor's Kiss

(The Traitor's Circle #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  10,691 ratings  ·  1,646 reviews
An obstinate girl who will not be married. A soldier desperate to prove himself. A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political allia
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Imprint
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MELISSIA LENOX It has now become book 1 of a trilogy, and is followed by book 2, The Traitor's Ruin, published in July 2018, and book 3, The Traitor's Kingdom, publi…moreIt has now become book 1 of a trilogy, and is followed by book 2, The Traitor's Ruin, published in July 2018, and book 3, The Traitor's Kingdom, published in July 2019. I agree with the author that each book in the series can stand on its own, but why would you want it to? I have tremendous love for book series and find myself all the more excited and invested in character development and storyline continuation. Anyway, the Traitor's Circle is a fabulous trilogy with one of the best female YA Fantasy lead characters ever written, Sage Fowler.(less)
Erin The trilogy is continuous, with the same characters/world, plus some new faces, but the POVs are limited to Sage and her love interest (no spoilers) a…moreThe trilogy is continuous, with the same characters/world, plus some new faces, but the POVs are limited to Sage and her love interest (no spoilers) and a third POV that you meet in the first book.(less)
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Joshee Kun (조수아)
I enjoyed this book more the second time around because I was able to anticipate and appreciate the major plot twist. However, my thoughts and rating remain the same.

My written interview with the author can be found here.

The phrasing annoyed Sage. As long as she was pretty and in a good mood, her husband would love her? People needed love most when they weren't at their best.

You might be wondering why in the world did I give this book 4 stars. After all, many people have given it 1 star because
The Traitor's Kiss was overall extremely disappointing and discouraging. My journey from learning of this book to finishing it has been a tumultuous one, but one that nevertheless left me wishing I hadn't wasted time in it from the first place.

This book was first brought to my attention in being a Mulan retelling, which made me extremely excited. Mulan is one of my favorite Disney princesses - or, er, generals - and also celebrates my own culture. Although it uses minor elements in terms of plo
Wren (fablesandwren)
So before I review a book, I read some reviews of the people that I follow to see the points that people have on the book and see where my views are in comparison. With that being said, apparently there is a lot of hate for this book because it is anti-feminism and encourages girls to hate on girls?

That’s absolutely silly. It’s like people are looking for reasons to hate a book these days.

You are correct in saying that some of the girls Sage (our heroine) was trying to match (she’s an apprenti
♛ may
I am very much surprised (in a good way) how this book turned out for me

- So there’s a few things we need to understand right from the start
- This is a book on espionage and spying and politics
- And I know it got a lot of flak for having problem*tic themes but tbh, in my professional opinion, I didn’t find anything inherently problem*tic…so there won’t be much discussion on that in this review
- What this book DID have was lots of strange but enjoyable things
- Let’s start with the writing
- The w
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to just come right out and be a complete fangirl – this book has one of the sexiest (yet not graphic) scenes EVER written for YA (or…for any genre, for that matter). Fiery Sage and soldier Ash have some serious leap-off-the-page blazing chemistry (which is often attempted in books, and rarely achieved). Author Beaty is able to pull this off, I think, because these characters are so well-drawn and their dialogue is filled with crackling tension (fans of Pride & Prejudice will LOVE this ...more
Attack Salmon
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Buddy read with My Awesome Rant Buddy

I couldn't write a coherent review on this considering I have spaced out on this more than I can count. The writing is good and the story could be better but the pacing is TERRIBLE.

352 pages and Erin Beaty makes it feels like 1000 pages so good job on her part.

The world building is not good at all. I have many questions like What does the Concordium does? Why is it absolutely important for girls to be matchmake? And why does the dowry from the girls go to Duk
Lucie V.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
✅ Characters
✅ Plot and plot-twists
✅ World-building
✅ Action and spying
✅ Romance

Wow! Definitely worth it, this book deserves to be known.

4.5 stars

I'd rather make a mistake than yield my destiny to someone else.

Sage is a strong-willed and independent girl who was raised by her father until he died when she was 12 years old. She is now 17 years old, and she has been living with her uncle and aunt until she became the matchmaker apprentice at 16 years old. I like the fact that Sage is
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omg I'm so happy this is a series! And no there wasn't a cliffhanger I just need more of this world! I am in love with Sage, Alex, Ash, and all the amazing characters! I normally don't love fantasies that don't have magic but I loved this! The world building was amazing and like I said the characters were fantastic! Book 2 now please!!! ...more
Lala BooksandLala
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was really not good.
Elle (ellexamines)
Mar 15, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-coverporn
Oh. So apparently this "Mulan retelling" is actually about white people? okay

--------- an update from four months later
Ignoring the whitewashing, it should also be noted that this book has been accused of using the dark skinned aggressor trope. since this review has somehow gotten popular - it's worth noting that villain-coding for black characters is a long-standing trope built off racism.

hey guys, newsflash: if you harass a reviewer, her one-sentence ten-likes prereview will get popular and th
Aneta Bak
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Traitor's Kiss has a captivating story line, a fearless main character and enough action to keep you reading until the AM.

Yes, I know this book is getting a ton of backlash from many reviewers for offending POC (more about this later in my review). While I don't support this at all, taking colour out of the story, this book was actually really good. The main character is very relatable, and she's the type of independent and tough character that I absolutely love, the romance is ship-worthy a
This book was surprisingly really enjoyable! Also, this isn’t a Mulan retelling?? I don’t know why it’s labeled as that and that’s what the whole controversy was surrounding this book (white washed mulan). My only problem was the way dark skinned people were described. It was extremely... unnecessary.

Full review to come. I loved Sage’s character, the political schemes and the romance. I enjoyed it all so much and I cannot wait to read book 2.

I’ve heard from many reviewers that the only pr
i didn't have a review before but i did have a one line, err, reaction? i suppose to the book, that i have deleted. i've also gotten rid of my star rating.

this update, however, is because of something new that opened up my eyes to the book. i'm disappointed in myself for not having picked it up while reading and i'm so, so sorry for that. i hadn't realised the author had use the dark-skinned aggressor trope and i know that it's extremely harmful to many readers, and again, i want to apologise fo
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dissapointing
Originally posted in my blog!

Gah. I was over the moon after receiving an arc because I have heard such phenomenal reviews of this book. All 5 stars on Goodreads and a lot of big bloggers I look up to raved about it, so I thought it must be amazing! Oh boy was I in for a surprise. I honestly don’t even know where to begin. The first half of the book dragged on for waaaaay too long in my opinion and pulled a Kiss of Deception move that made me have to reread some chapters to understand what was h
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
NOTE: THIS IS NOT A MULAN RETELLING. I REPEAT, NOT A MULAN RETELLING. Besides, China wasn't the ONLY time and place they did matchmaking, so yeah. but still worth the read.

and one last thing: this was TRULY worth staying up past 3am and finishing it along with the audiobook on overdrive and agh! I WANT MORE! and now I have a book hangover.... but on the bright side... 3 books finished in less than a week of each other!! shock!!


oh my heart! so this wasn't like AMAZING or OH MY
Sophia ☻
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
New best series. Forget the Mortal Instruments and Twilight. This book is seriously sexy and badass.
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
The Traitor's Kiss was easily one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. Pitched as Jane Austen with an espionage twist, this book delivers just that and more. Fans of Jane Austen and "The Kiss of Deception" by Mary E. Pearson will likely enjoy this book too!

I'd like to start by addressing the fact that this book's early stages of branding were rocky... Comparing this book to Mulan in a pitch is a bold statement to make. Especially when this book is decidedly very different from Mulan. I see
May 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Was the “plot twist” supposed to be surprising??

The Traitor's Kiss had such a cool premise! I really liked the idea of our heroine, Sage, assisting the matchmaker by posing as a fake option for suitors to give them a false choice and ultimately get them to choose the woman the matchmaker had decided. I thought this sounded so cool and was excited to see women utilizing what powers they had in this fictional, chauvinistic society to create power. However, this is not at all what happened. I don't
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really found the characters in this book so amusing. This is an adorable book that has a good amount of adventure and romance. It was actually humorous to read because so many of the characters are lying and deceiving yet the basically quickly give themselves away or admit to their deceit. Until one big unrevealing in which you will be like whoa! It was a fun read and I am excited to continue this series.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I will not be reading this book because Erin has made it clear she does not care about POC.

WHITE MULAN RETELLING? I'd rather be dead.
25% DNF. Too many cliché tropes and too little time to care about them. I only picked this book up because I have owned it for years and never read it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Now I'm just sad that I own it. ...more
Maggie ☘
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh-reads
This book was pretty entertaining and fast read, especially due to the short chapters, undemanding writing and easy to get into plotline. Although it's definitely not the most diverse or feminist book out there, it didn't have any glaring problems to it either. It was just slightly standerd-ish fun YA story, nothing more for me, nothing less.

I did like the characters for the most part, but I wasn't really connected them. They just seemed slightly run of the mill to me. And the romance was likea
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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ooh, I enjoyed this.

I can see the comparison to Mulan but it's mostly different. The only part of Mulan that reminded me of this was the whole "please bring honor to us all" with the matchmaker.

I enjoyed the plot especially since the main character wasn't a warrior like your typical YA books, but instead, it was her intelligence that made powerful. She was able to figure important things out before anyone else. This book focused on how matchmaking can be used as tools of war. By
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
2.5 stars.

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

The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty
Book One of the Traitor's trilogy
Publisher: Imprint (Macmillan)
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Let me explain why I'm giving this a very hard pass:

The original Mulan story was so much more than just a girl going off to war to save her country and her father. It was about filial and fraternal piety too, because Mulan had a younger brother at home she wanted to protect. If he went off to war, it was very likely that family line would end with her father. So she went to bat for her family and saved her country. She didn't have a love interest the whole time and she was a kickass strategist a
I don't even know what happened. The first 40% of this novel was amazing... Click for full review. ...more
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
Read my full review of The Traitor's Kiss + giveaway here!

Looking at the cover of The Traitor's Kiss, you're given a false sense of security. You're probably thinking this is a nice and innocent book. I mean, look at the pretty roses! Well, let me tell you . . . it's actually guilty of conspiracy, several counts of murder, and not to mention, my pain and suffering—in a good way!


In the first half of the story, you're made to believe that this is mostly an adorable, slow-burn romance. THEN, the s
If I could give .5 stars I would round it up to 2.5/5. The very big reason? The slow as molasses beginning. I got halfway and decided to stop. Skimmed the rest of the book to find out what happened. I was also weary of how boring the plot was. I could care less about Sage trying to be a spy because I didn't feel the need for her to be one. Maybe because I didn't feel the danger they were in. And the word building is too short. Told in dialogue, I lost interest immediately. And even though the ma ...more
Minni Mouse
Entertaining. The lighthearted settings of Ever the Hunted and Ruined meets the light fantasy "spy and espionage" of The Kiss of Deception.

For people who claimed this was a Mulan and Pride and Prejudice retelling...I caught none of that. At all. 🙈

The potential is here. There is medieval-style political scheming, secret identities, a strong and independent female character, multiple points of view to increase the suspense...

1) The maturity of the writing and story devel
Wing (bibliomeds)
First of all I want to establish that I have seen quite a few of mixed reviews about it, so I went ahead and read it without expecting too much (as I had high expectations in a few recent releases but they were disappointing smh.) BUT MAN I LOVE THE TRAITOR’S KISS! THANK YOU SO MUCH Erin Beaty FOR BLESSING ME WITH THIS BOOK AND FOR A GORGEOUS SIGNED COPY!!!! I finished this book in one sitting back in July (stayed up till 2am - it was so lit), and I have no regrets. In fact, I’m glad I did staye ...more
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