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The Traitor's Crux

(The Dark Powers #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In a country ravaged by years of war, plague, and death, witches and wizards are blamed for the state of the world and hunted by the U.S. government. Kenadee Coria was only a young girl when her brother was taken prisoner for having magical powers.

Now sixteen years old, Kenadee discovers she too has magical powers and must face the facts: the government is watching, and t
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Published November 14th 2017 by Oftomes Publishing
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Ben Alderson
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I am really excited to announce that Oftomes Publishing has signed this incredible debut novel.

It is slated to release January 16th 2018... it may seem like a long way away... but it will come around quickly!

This is PERFECT for fans of the Witch & Wizard series by James Patterson meets The Darkest Minds. It is incredibly well paced and action packed!


I am so excited to announce this!
If you are reading this please add it to your shelves!
Christine Spoors
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This is such a fun and exciting debut novel. It's a really interesting mix of fantasy and dystopian and I flew through it! This book follows Kenadee, a girl who discovers that she has magic. In this alternate America there is an evil president (v relevant) who despises magic and the main character soon has a run in with the government. I won't say much about the plot, but it was full of twists and turns!

Oddly I didn't always like the main character Kenadee, but I still enjoyed reading this book
Noha Badawi
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
A very on point mix of dystopian & fantasy; i flew through the book. It was very difficult to put it down. Every few pages something new was happening.

Action, romance, friendship, political-conflict and well magic.

In this debut novel, we follow the story of Kenadee. A teenage girl who discovers that she's got magic; the very thing that the government - lead by the evil president - has outlawed and is capturing all those who have it.

It was a very realistic story to an extent of course. The polit
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
3.5 stars for these, probably stupid, reasons

1) how many times can a girl take a shower in one book? Apparently like a hundred
2)The conversations between Kenadee and Bryce were forced and awkward and made me cringe half the time
3)TOO. MANY. EXPLANATION. MARKS. (Btw I absolutely HATE HATE HATE explanation marks for some odd reason)
4)the ending was kinda lame...
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some of you guys know that I cannot resist a dystopian book and so I had to give this book a try. This is a book about fighting the resistance against a bad president that rules the country. Sounds a bit familiar with what's happening right now in the world, isn't it?

Magic is a big part of this book and its great that the good guys have a major advantage from the bad guys who is the president and his army. Basically the whole story is about the president manipulating others to get his job done a
Paige Green
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 3/5

Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian

Recommended Age: 14+ (some language, violence)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

In a country ravaged by years of war, plague, and death, witches and wizards are blamed for the state of the world and hunted by the U.S. government. Kenadee Coria was only a young girl when her brother was taken prisoner for having magical powers.

Now sixteen years old, Kenadee discovers she too has magical powers and mu
Quid pro quo: I requested an early copy of this book and it was sent to me for free by OfTomes Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I received its advanced readers copy in September 2017. I normally read early copies within the week I receive them. In that same week, I would have finished the book as well. However, it was not the case with The Traitor’s Crux (TTC). I remember stopping on page seventy-three because it was not gripping my attention. I didn’t pick it up again that month.

In O
The Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather is a rare beast indeed. A book that weaves themes of magic and dystopia – two of my favourite genres so rarely mixed together.

A young girl called Kenadee experiences a trauma as a child. Her elder brother Eli was discovered to have magic. He is taken away (possibly killed) by the evil President (think President Snow from the Hunger Games but even more diabolical). Her father is killed trying to protect Eli so it is left to Kenadee and her mother to pick up t
Carey Blankenship
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got the chance to read this lovely book before it came out, and, LET ME TELL YOU! This book is a fabulous read. If you're looking for a mix of The Darkest Minds meets The Hunger Games meets The Fifth Wave, then look no further!

Let's define what works well for this book. I think it's the strongest element is the human nature. Truly I believe that these characters acted as real people will. Not to spoil anything, but, put under these pressures, I think a lot of us would have acted the same way
Megan » Hello Book Bird
I wake the next morning to wet drool stains on my pillow and streaks of sun washing in through the closed blinds of my window.

The United States is no longer what it used to be. Ravaged by war, plagued by a magic-hungry ruler, the US is now under tyrannical leadership of a man named Malen. He disbanded congress, eliminated the Bill of Rights and the constitution, and set himself up as the highest power. Upon his assassination, Thomas Reed steps in. So begin the Witch Wars where even children
Brittany Smith
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review, so I would like to thank first Oftomes for the opportunity.

I won’t go through the synopsis again. From what I read it sounded like an excellent, original idea. The book combines two of my favourite themes: magic and dystopian worlds, so far I was in love!!

As I read the books I could feel the pain and anguish of the characters. I started to put myself in their shoes and I was finding it difficult to stay impartial as a reader! The ch
Chynna Williams
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Traitor's Crux is a debut novel written by Jessica Prather, and I was lucky to receive this book for free from the publishing company in return for an honest review. Before I get into my review, I want to thank Oftomes Publishing once again, for allowing me to review this novel from a debut author!
Plot: The Traitor's Crux follows our main character, Kenadee, who finds out that she is a witch. Living in a Dystopian parallel world of America, where magic is outlawed. President Reed, the Presi
Darque  Dreamer
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Traitor's Crux is fast paced and edgy! It is unique and exciting! For lovers of dystopian worlds AND magic, this is a must read!

The synopsis of this one really hooked me. I was promised a dystopian world, run by a corrupt government hunting witches and wizards! I was definitely not disappointed! 

I loved the concept of magic being banned, forcing the witches and wizards to go in to hiding in a secret camp of refugees. It felt unique and intriguing to me. It also reminded me of a new TV show c
Casey Williams
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it

The Traitor's Crux is set in a futuristic world with witches and wizards. These witches and wizards are hunted by the U.S government and is blamed for the state of the country that has be damaged for years of war and death. Kenadee Coria was only young when her brother got taken away from her, because he was magic. Now nine years later Kenadee find out that she too is magical. One day, she gets snatched by the president and is given a mission to go into this camp full of magical people, who hide
Nia Dragin
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Entertaining & Memorable Debut | Review of ‘The Traitor’s Crux’ (The Dark Powers #1) (Review originally posted on Cyn's Workshop)

Such an interesting concept has gone into the making of this novel. In some ways, it is reminiscent of Sally Green’s Half Bad series, with political upheaval combined with magic. However, while Green’s series was similar to Harry Potter, this series takes a look at an American society that has been destroyed and changed with the discovery of magic. Now those with ma
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kenadee saw her father get killed, her brother get kidnapped, and since then with her mother they have been treated as plague victims. Only one family helped them and this one has just been murdered because they too had magical powers.
Kenadee finds herself faced with a choice; she must infiltrate a group of refugees with magical powers and deliver them to the president if she wants to see her living brother again.
The president has also just told her that she had magical powers and that she was s
Sep 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Originally published on my blog: Witch Plus Cat


As much as I try to get into the whole YA dystopian genre, I just can’t do it.
Seriously, if the world turns to bat shit crazy (which seems like it is), find a sixteen-year-old girl, stick with her, because like every book in this genre, she is likely to save the world.

I actually find it funny that it’s always the female teenagers that rise up against evil politics to save the world from damnation. And yes, it’s nice to see, young girls especially, t
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars***

If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog:

But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought:

Overal, I think that this series has potential. I also think that because this is the author's first book, she has done a good job and can only get better. There is definitely some places that could use development but at the end of the day, she has a good start. The writing had almost all of the basi
Stephanie Noel
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a enjoyable and was fun to read. I actually couldn’t put it down because all I wanted to do was keep reading. The book was fast-paced and brought me into this world of magic and the idea of making hard choices. I also liked the writing style how the author made a book that feels relevant to today’s climate and a book that makes you think.

As for the characters I really liked Kenadee and felt sympathetic to her situation. She is forced into a situation and must choose bet
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Traitor's Crux is a delightful new type of YA/dystopian fantasy tale, in which magic is illegal and those who practice it are tortured and executed. Kenadee is a 16-year-old girl who didn't know she was magical. That is, i until she is forced by the President of the US to infiltrate a magical hideout and report tio him. Otherwise, her mother and brother will be killed. Kenadee manages to join the magical resistance, but can she turn on those who took her in, or is her family's lives more imp ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of a community of magical people being hidden from the big bad. In this case, the government who wants to use their powers for controlling people. I wasn't a fan of Kenadee. She kept making the same mistakes and expecting different outcomes. I liked Bryce but the relationship with Kenadee seemed to happen too quickly especially for her being an outsider. I was more interested and invested in Harlow. What action there was I enjoyed but would have liked to have read more about the ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
[X] For all the lovers of Throne of glass and Magic!

Kenadee sees how her dad is murdered and her brother is taken. Magic is danger and she knows that all to well.

I read so much books with Magic in it this year and i am happily putting this book between that list. I always thought this book was overhyped, but no i totally get what everyone means.
The story is great and it fits perfectly in the list of dystopian books.
I hope there will be more in another book.

[I have to admit the cover is amazing
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talented young author

I really enjoyed this story. The beginnings of a continuing epic. While I felt there were a few holes, the story drew you in and kept you moving forward. It had the draw that keeps you needing to know what's going to happen next. The character development was complete enough to engage with and relate too. I've read many older, more seasoned authors with less and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it for any lovers of fantasy, and particularly to those who li
Lois Carr
I received an advance reading copy of The Traitor’s Crux in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t read many fantasy novels involving witches for a long time, practically since I read Harry Potter when I was younger...I was pleasantly surprised when The Traitor’s Crux turned out to have similarities. The magic and the concepts in this book were unique but it reminded me of Harry Potter in more of an atmospheric way. The battles in this book were reminiscent of battles at Hogwarts and it was th
Gabrielle Hyde
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the premise of this novel. It was very much a combination of “X-Men” and “Witch and Wizard” by James Patterson, and was a very strong plot throughout.

However, I felt the novel was way too fast paced, and could have easily been fleshed out. The characters and their motivations fell a little flat for me, and needed more substance to them. The romantic relationship was started way too quickly, and I would have liked to have seen it blossom more over time, and maybe even not make i
Alison Morquecho
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I decided to read this book because I follow the author on Instagram and really like her. I give this book a 3.5. I did enjoy the story line but there were just a few things that didn’t make sense. Other than that I liked the characters. I would have to say that Harlow is def my fave. The main character wasn’t my fave but I liked her. I thought this story to be very interesting and am excited to see what happens next!
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I saw this book about quite a lot on Twitter and the premise intrigued me. It's a mixture of a dystopian, which I havn't read in a long time, and fantasy, which I'm loving at the moment. So when I received an email from Oftomes asking if I would like to read and review this one I jumped at the chance. I'd built up quite a hype for this book and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my own expectations.

When I began reading my first thought was this reminds me a lot of The Hunger Games. There
Alexis thacker
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book keeps you wanting more! I love the suspense, action, and drama that make up this book. I'm looking forward to a second one!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Oftomes Publishing*

-Contains minor spoilers-

Kenadee Coria lives in a version of the United States that is divided into those with magic and those without. When Kenadee was young her brother was taken prisoner because he had powers.
Years later, Kenadee discovers that she too has magic. The President himself intends to use these powers for his own gain.
Torn between saving her family and going through with the President's p
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I loved this book. I have been meaning to read The darkest Minds, but this book is what I imagined that book being. It was really well written, full of raw emotion, and made me want to cry, laugh, and get angry with the main character.
Kenadee is an amazing, fully built character. She has so many different emotions and has a set-in-stone reaction, which makes her more realistic. I read about so many characters who change their reactions, going from tough to a princess in several seconds. Kenadee
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