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Traitor's Hope

(Chronicles of Gensokai #2)

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Traitors lurk around every bend. Mishi’s mind is betraying her, and she fears her kisō and katana will betray her next. Taka’s heart abandons her for a person she cannot possibly trust. Now that the two friends are obliged to help re-establish peace in the land of Gensokai, the only question is where the next betrayal will come from and if Mishi and Taka will have the stre ...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published October 14th 2017 by Artemis Dingo Productions
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[Shai] Bibliophage
I was not aware that the Traitor's Hope is the sequel to the Chronicles of Gensokai series. But despite that this is the second installment already and that I still haven't read the first book, Blade's Edge, I was able to still follow what the story is all about.

After the battle in Roju City, Mishi felt that she's broken because of what happened. But she still wants to seek out new female kisoshi or an elite warrior. During the battle, Mishi would have died if Taka, a healer, wasn't able to sav
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chloe ❀
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, i-own, girl-power
YES! YES! YES! I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.

Things I liked loved about the book

• Alternate POVs. We get to know about every character's thoughts and learn more about them. It's really enjoyable to read the story in multiple perspectives.

• The romance:
Mitsu and Mishi are so sweet together. Mitsu, after learning about Mishi's flaws, continues loving and supporting her. #ship!!!!
Kusuko and Taka!! Taka came out in this book and I love her even more :D Kusuko + Taka = perfect together!

• No grammatical/spell
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Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, physical-2017
This was a surprising book.. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

FRTC

Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...

This book was such an enjoyable read! It is the second in a series so don’t go into it thinking this is a standalone or first of a new series. I had not read the first but that did not stop me from really liking what I read. It was easy to follow and figure out as I kept reading. The overall story itself was very intriguing, thoughtful, and action pack
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Jena
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I loved the first book. LOVED! The world building! The characters! The magic! I loved it all! I even loved the darkness that the world presented. Traitor’s Hope kept the same pacing and tone from Blade’s Edge and leveled up!

We still get narration from Taka and Mishi, both grown and traumatized in their own ways from the war fought. Instead of hearing from Tsuko this time, we get the perspective of Kusuko instead.

Assassin turned ally, Kusoko was one of the most interesting characters in th
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Nick
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here, then, we return to the pseudo-Japanese world of Gensokai, where lifelong friends Taka and Mishi - the heroes from the first book - are discovering that keeping the peace might be almost as hard as winning the war. Like many second-books-in-series, there's a greater focus on character-building here, a little willingness to let the people breathe and talk to each other rather than rushing headlong into the story.

It also provides a chance for more world-building and a greater sense of the wid
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Kerry Gibbons
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent novel from Virginia McClain.

Although I sometimes struggled with some of the names being so similar (fun fact: most people don’t read the entirety of proper nouns but rather parse the length, first couple letters and maybe last couple letters - the general shape of it - when they read), this was an excellent follow-up to Blade’s Edge. I liked where the story went. The new characters were great additions but I liked that we continued to focus on key characters from the first boo
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Shay
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, arc, reviewed, kindle
When I got this book I had no idea it was the second book in a series. That being said I didn't feel too lost as far as the story went. As a matter of fact it was easy to follow. My biggest issue was keeping the names straight only because there are some that are similar. Besides that this story was great! The story was full of action! The characters were complex. I was in love with the whole love/hate/mistrust issues that were going on between the 3 main characters. It made them real. Here they ...more
LR Braden
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
First off, let me say I love the cover, so kudos to the artist. As a fan of Asian cultures, and Japanese in particular, I'm always drawn to books with an Eastern flavor to them. While there were some inconsistencies in McClain's use of honorifics (for example, having a character use one suffix out loud then switch to another while they're thinking, or having them use two different suffixes for the same person during a single conversation) I think she did a good job of integrating them in a way t ...more
L.T. Getty
When we last left our heroes, kisoshi Mishi and Taka helped topple the Evil Reign of the Roju, a chauvanistic regime that regulates women and class, and we soon realize, have infant girls born with elemental powers, Kiso, drowned shortly after birth. The story continues fairly shortly after the the New Council takes control of the Imperial City, with the fall out and aftermath - it's one thing to strike the Empire's head, it's quite another once you realize there are other leaders, generals, and ...more
Akemi Maniwa
This book only took so long because I kept being too busy to finish it. I loved reading more about the fictional historical Japan McClain has created. It's very common in stories about major uprisings and social political change to end with the change having happened but not have anything about how difficult it is to create a new order. Book two of the Gensokai addresses these in spades.

It was so refreshing to see a female warrior character that doesn't get stuck in the tropes of being a female
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Michelle Kidwell

Traitor's Hope

by Virginia McClain

Artemis Dingo Productions
Sci Fi & Fantasy , Teens & YA

Pub Date 14 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Traitor’s Hope through Artemis Dingo Productions and Netgalley:

If you have a teen/ young adult or are a teen/ young adult who likes Sci Fi &Fantasy then Traitor’s Hope is for you.

Mishi’s mind is betraying her and she fears she will soon be betrayed by her Kiso and Katana as well. And Taka’s heart abandons her for someone she could not trust.

Now two frie
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Becca Wickedly Sweet & Synful Book Blog
I volunteered to read this book in exchange for a review. When I signed up for it I didn't realize it was a book 2 in a series.

Well written very detailed book full of the three m's: mystery magic and mayhem. Written in multiple pov's
Victorique Crawford
Well, this was indeed the most surprising since it is not only just a sequel but also somehow seemed a rather different yet heavily inspired Japanese fantasy.

Although there are no Samurais, and that the system is a little confusing since it was not really explained to me while I had to make some guesses here and there.

However the characters were rather okay, although they blended in at times and I found the plot a tad aimless. It’s like I don’t really know what is happening but the book neither
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Virginia McClain is an author who recently stopped daylighting as a Spanish teacher in Arizona and switched to writing full time in Winnipeg, Manitoba. When she's not writing she can often be found climbing to the top of large rocks, running on trails, backpacking, and generally engaging in any excuse to go play outside. Now that she has moved to the Great White North she will probably add snowsho ...more

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