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The Traitor's Tunnel

(Trident Chronicles)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Witch-blooded robber Bridget has made a reputation for herself in the capital city, but she's not interested in the attention of the Thieves' Guild--and she's not bothered by the rumors of urchin kidnappings, either. With winter coming, she's looking out for herself and no one else.

Until she picks the wrong pocket, and recognizes her estranged brother Teddy.

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ebook, 139 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by C.M. Spivey
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Claudie Arseneault
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asexual, fantasy, lgbt
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this novella in exchange for a honest review.

It should also be noted I have already read FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN, which happens several (I think 7) years after this. I remembered Theodore and Bridget from then--not in details (it's been a while since I read the novel)--and I remembered ~loving~ them. In fact, Theodore had stolen the "Fav Secondary Character" spot. :3

This has not changed. Both of the leads in THE TRAITOR'S TUNNEL are amazing characters, each
RoAnna Sylver
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
“It was not time to go back. Neither of them could go back, either Bridget to her independence or him to his naivety, his myopia. It was time to move forward.”

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I did what I usually do here with new series - see if there are short stories, and start there. It seems to usually work fine, and definitely does here. You don't need to have read the main series (I haven't, but want to now!) to thoroughly enjoy this brief-ish peek into its world.

The characters are lively and engaging, and I grew tru
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
Pleasantly surprised with this one. Loved all the characters and world-building, and I'm definitely going to check out the rest of the series. ...more
Ceillie Simkiss
I went into this knowing nothing about it, and this was a great read. I look forward to reading the rest of the series! Read my full review here! ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God. Why isn't Spivey a bigger author? His writing is original, fun, and respectfully and quietly diverse. ...more
3.5 stars

This read felt weird to me - it was well written, the characters and plot were interesting.... yet somehow I wasn't engaged at all.

Content warnings include: (view spoiler)

Theodor and Bridget are long estranged siblings and lead vastly different lives. While Bridget leaves a life as a famed and mysterious thief in the streets of the capital, Theodor is on his way to become a great engineer, arriving in the city to take on a job as apprent
sil ♡ the book voyagers
This was such a good book! It's more a novella than a full-length novel but in all, it was so entertaining and fun to read ~ especially because all the conspiracy going on and I love that it's written in dual POV because I do really think we needed both of them. As I said it is written in two POVs // Theodor's and Bridget's, the siblings that haven't seen each other in like more than a decade and really didn't know how to other one look because they're older now. They come from this witch guild ...more
I loved this prequel novella with two siblings - Theodore is asexual and in a relationship with a guy, and Bridget is attracted to multiple genders (currently dating a woman but used to be in a relationship with a guy). Sibling relationships are my jam, and it's even better when everyone is queer. I also loved the story and the side characters, though the layout of the city was a little difficult. ...more
C.M. Spivey is an author that I’ve followed on twitter for a while now, watching for updates on his writings, so when he asked for people to sign up for an ARC of The Traitor’s Tunnel, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on this early! Gods, but I was not disappointed. This book is really incredible, from the characters to the plot to the way Spivey and his characters handle life.

Check out the full review on my blog!
Kristīne Vītola
(panromantic asexual main character (Theodor), in m/m romantic relationship, family-centric)
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I received an advance copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

This novella features a brother-sister duo in the city of Arido who are estranged- Bridget is a robber, and Theodore is the apprentice of a well-renowned city engineer, on his way to his dream job as the Lord Engineer of Arido. The two of them cross paths accidentally, and must reunite to stop a traitor and save their city and the empire.

Although the events in this book occur s
K. Wolf
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! The world-building was familiar, and yet fresh, and all the characters had very distinct and unique personalities. The voice reminded me a lot of the fantasy books I'd read as a kind, in the best way. And all of that diversity! (HELL YEAH ace rep.) The only reason it doesn't get a perfect five stars in my eyes is that it could be a little slow and heavy on the description, but not enough that I didn't thoroughly enjoy it. Can't wait to read the book this was a prequel ...more
Sinead Anja (Huntress of Diverse Books)
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The novella The Traitor’s Tunnel has been on my TBR for quite some time because it has asexual representation and I’m always interested in reading books with ace characters. It is the prequel to From Under the Mountain.

It’s #ownvoices for asexual and transgender rep.


This book was so good. Seriously, I am in love with it. It’s so adorable and cute, but yet intriguing and mysterious at the same time. And I couldn’t stop reading
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
My review can be seen here:
Emily Deibler
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
[pasted from blog]

Full disclosure: I received The Traitor’s Tunnel as an ARC. I have not read the book this story takes place before.

The Traitor's Tunnel is a fantasy novella revolving around two siblings; Bridget pickpockets the wrong person and encounters her brother after they were separated long ago. In the midst of spying on her newly found brother, she learns of a conspiracy that could unravel an empire.

What initially drew me to this novel, as a queer person, was the diversity. Both the pr
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
I hate not enjoying queer books. When you can't find all the queer rep you want, not enjoying one feels like a huge waste. But this book just did not click with me.

It's possible the problem comes from this being a short novella set in a larger series — maybe it would just be more meaningful if I'd read the Trident Chronicles. But since I haven't, I can only review what I know of this story, which is that it feels underdeveloped. Not in a "this is such a great idea I want to see more of it" way,
Kitty Maschan
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don’t pick up many novellas, but this one presented itself when I was having a bad day and I heard there was good representation in it so I decided to give it a go. The characters are developed beautifully throughout the story, though most of the supporting characters didn’t get much development. I expected this though, given the length of the story in comparison to the books I tend to reach for first.

I really liked the use of dual point-of-view characters, Theodor and Bridget. They have such
Rey Noble
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Novella's are some of my favorite reads, mostly because I love short stories with characters that I can jump into and jump out of. Problem with this one was that there were certain characters that just did NOT want to let me go. I still scream about them from time to time. I absolutely adore this novella. It's the perfect little queer fantasy and miniature adventure that I hadn't known I needed. With gender-neutral pronouns, a varying amount of characters across the LGBTQIAP spectrum, and two in ...more
Laina SpareTime
Cross-posted from my blog where there's more information on where I got my copy and links and everything.

Fantasy isn’t my thing at all and especially not adult fantasy. This is very, very much not my cup of tea. But it is still a really well made cup of tea and now I’m dropping this metaphor before it gets away from me. It’s not my thing, but it’s a really cool world, the writing is great with two super distinct voices between its two POVs, and it’s really neat to see such queer fantasy. Also, i
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Note: I was graciously given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

It's ok. The first act drags on until past the halfway point, which wrecks the pacing entirely. Things are worsened by awkward expository worldbuilding. Maybe it's intended to whet reader's appetites for the main series, but I found myself annoyed rather than interested. The setting is just not interesting enough to justify the amount of words spent on it. This could have been saved by the characters but neither o
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqa
I enjoyed this story. With it being a novella, I felt the plot was a bit rushed at the end, the whole time looking at how much I had left and wondering how it would pull it all off. I felt like it could have been a little smother, that it could have been a little longer to make it that way, but at the same time, I can see and understand why it wasn't. I personally would love to see more of these characters and what happens next with their lives, but also knowing that the excitement they experien ...more
Katie Guttenberg
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I knew this was part of a series before I read it, but I thought I would understand it without reading the actual series because it's a prequel. Nope. The book itself was probably good, but I was just really confused the entire time. The worldbuilding just wasn't there, like, at all. The basis seemed cool though. I liked the characters, even though I couldn't really tell who was who. The one saving factor of the book though was the fact that it was highkey queer. In one of the earlier chapters, ...more
This novella is great, even though i dont read the first book but it filled enough information that i dont feel as lost.

Told in dual narrative, Bridget and Theodor. They are siblings but have been apart for 13 years before they found each other again.

Story about them catching a bad guy and some lives with a little magic sprinkled in it.

I feel the connection to both of them and the side character and or love interests also interest me.

This book has LGBT+ rep and anxiety rep that i dare you to
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Traitor’s Tunnel is a prequel novella to the world of C.M. Spivey’s From Under the Mountain. Within its pages, we get to know estranged siblings Bridget and Theodor, the POV characters, children of a powerful witch. Both of them have very different lives, resulting of the very different choices they made as kids, and I was really happy to see it so clearly in their voices.
I really adore Bridget, the sister who left the witch clan to explore her own path and found herself a thief in the big
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Traitor's Tunnel is an EXCELLENT novella, for multiple reasons:
1) The world. I haven't read the Trident Chronicles (yet) but this novella felt like a great introduction to it! I ESPECIALLY love the magic :)
2) The characters. They're very unique and very much have their own agendas, which leads to some interesting conflicts.
3) IT'S QUEER. Expect awesomeness.

Go and pre-order this one. You're not going to want to miss it.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, sff, lgbtq, my-e-things
Enjoyable queer YA fantasy. This is entertaining and likeable and very queer. It felt very YA to me and was maybe a little simplistic for my tastes and I think I wanted a bit "more" somehow (Depth? Complexity? Emotion?), but it was fun and easy to read. This book is full of queer characters and it's always great to read an ownvoices ace character. This world has a cool take on gender--all kids are gender-neutral until they choose their own gender at a certain age. ...more
A fun novella that, in my opinion, would’ve worked better as a full-length novel. I really liked this, but it would be so much stronger with some more time spent to developing the plot and characters. Still, I’m eager to read more set in this world because I do love how C.M. Spivey writes fantasy.
Leader of the Pack
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well-written story! This novella provides a pleasant evening read.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
4 ⭐️
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

I was glad to have the chance and read yet another great book by Cal Spivey. "The Traitor's Tunnel" is part of the "Trident Chronicles" with its most notable novel, "From Under the Mountain". There are witches, mystery and a great deal of fantasy if you enjoy the genre.

But the beauty of this book comes into the from of the social acceptance and diversity. From the protagonists, Theodo
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C.M. Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of high fantasy FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN and the gothic mystery THE LONGING AND THE LACK. His enduring love of fantasy started young. Now, he explores the rules and ramifications of magic in his own works—and as a trans, panromantic asexual, he's committed to queering his favorite genres. In his spare time, he plans his next tattoo (there will alw ...more

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