Author(s): Erin Beaty
In a historically inspired fantasy realm, the apprentice to a matchmaker becomes a spy for the army to uncover a treasonous plot and finds herself entangled in a romance with a soldier.
An obstinate girl who will not be married. A soldier desperate to prove himself. A kingdom on the brink of war.
What makes her unfit to be a lady, makes her a brilliant spy--but can she spot another?
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 alliances. She spies on the girls--and on the soldiers escorting them.
As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust--and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.
With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, Erin Beaty's YA novel, The Traitor's Kiss, is a classic story with an espionage twist.
"One of the most hotly anticipated young adult fantasy reads of 2017." --Bustle
"An action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance." --Publishers Weekly, starred review.
Praise for The Traitor's Kiss
"Marital and martial matters collide when brides and spies become ensnared in a treasonous plot. . . . Sage is a clever, contrary female protagonist who remains realistic and likable, while her fellow protagonist Ash is enigmatic enough to require a second read. . . . Both epic and intimate, a semi-old-fashioned alternative to the wave of inexplicably lethal superheroines and their smoldering love triangles." --Kirkus Reviews
"This is an action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance. A late-breaking twist gives way to a final act that will leave readers eager for subsequent books in this planned trilogy." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Complex characterization, deftly layered adventure story, and a] balanced blend of political maneuvering, romantic interludes, and action scenes." --Kirkus Reviews
"Beaty balances a taut web of deceit . . . readers will be carried away by the mystery." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)
"A debut novel that blends fantasy, romance, and battlefield action. . . . A slow burn YA fantasy with clever genre mixing." --School Library Journal