The Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game #1)

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well -- and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retr...

Details The Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game #1)

TitleThe Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game #1)
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews The Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game #1)

  • Jennifer Nielsen
    Yes, I'm biased, but I hope readers will love this book as much as I do. I adore Kestra's fire, intelligence, and desire to do the right thing - something that isn't always clear to her. I love Simon's dedication, courage, and devotion to the causes he cares about. And I'm fascinated by these two characters who are working their way toward the truth, but coming to it from completely different angles.If you read this and like it, then I also hope ...
  • Kristen
    3.5stars i thinkI will want to read the sequel for sure- really like where the story is going. Some of the pacing was uneven and my biggest issue was that this has two POVs and I couldn’t really tell them a part in places.
  • LeilaniV
    This book was AMAZING! I really thought of Kestra, as Wonder Woman figure. She's brave, fearless and can kill thousands of men in mere minutes. Everyone think she's the daughter of a Dallisor, but what they don't know is the history of her real mother and the Olden Blade. There's a little romance, but I'd recommend this book to almost everyone. Especially, people who love drama and excitement.
  • Veronica
    SO good
  • Deanna
    Fantasy, adventure, YA, friendshipNielsen's first YA novel kept me reading all day on Thanksgiving. I am glad that she finally chose a female lead character who kicks butt. There were many twists and turns along with a little romance. The back and forth chapters from Simon and Kestra gave different perspectives. I currently am wearing something like a "grip glove" to move my fractured fingers so I thought that was an interesting torturing device....
  • Orianna
    Received an ARC version of The Traitor's Game.As other readers have mentioned, the plot of this novel was a little cliche, but Nielsen's execution of it was absolutely dynamic. The compelling narration convinced me to finish the book in one sitting. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an action-packed read.
  • The Ascendant Reader
    Oh boy, are you in for the ride of your life. Similar to Sage from the Ascendance Trilogy, our heroine Kestra is rather stubborn and strong-willed. She has been captured in order to betray her father and king, however, she won't easily tailor to her kidnappers' demands. One of her kidnappers, Simon, has the burdensome task of keeping the feisty Kestra from wrecking their plans by any means necessary. As the two travel on a treacherous journey, d...
  • Barbara
    As is the case with all the books written by this author, the action starts at the beginning with a kidnapping, and doesn't let up from there. Although many elements of the story are familiar from her other stories and from those of others, I still kept reading because I liked the protagonist, Kestra Dallisor, and her determination to fend for herself against overwhelming odds. Although I liked Simon, her unlikely love interest since they are on ...
  • Megan Lyons
    I have not read any of the author’s 9-12 stuff, though I have seen it around and have been curious. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out her work. The premise appealed to me, as I tend to enjoy books with characters who are kidnapped, and then fall for a kidnapper, such as Maria V Snyder’s Touch of Power or Juliet Marillier’s “Son of the Shadows”. (I’m not sure what this says about me as a person- Stockholm syndrome sho...
  • Lila Kims
    Review based on Advanced Reader's CopyJennifer A. Nielsen has done it again! I was looking more at a 3.5 stars during the first hundred pages or so, but then something clicked and I fell. in. love. This book is amazing, guys. Simply amazing.There's not a lot of action, especially in the middle, but the character development is just AWESOME, okay?? At first, I didn't like tough girl Kestra, but as I got to know her and realized how complex a chara...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Nielsen, Jennifer A. The Traitor’s Game, 400 pages. Scholastic Press, MARCH 2018. $18. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.For three years Kestra has been in exile, living in the Lava Fields with just a few servants. Supposedly it has been for her protection, since she was kidnapped and terrorized by one of her country’s rebel groups. When her father calls her home, she is again kidnapped. And if she doesn’t cooperate, then her Gua...
  • Stephanie Moore
    ***ARC Received From YallFest***This story was not terrible, but it barely landed in the "ok" category as well.There were just too many cliches and elements that I didn't really find myself enjoying, such as: bull headed main character who always had to have her way (and caused more problems because of it), insta-love that made Zero sense (Simon falling in love with Kestra despite her being such a bitch to him for almost their entire time of know...
  • Hannah
    Kestra is a noble's daughter raised to be loyal to the invincible tyrant king, Lord Endrick, and ruthless to everyone below them. However, on her way back home one day, her carriage is intercepted by members of the rebellion, and she is forced into a subversive plan to find a magic blade with the supposed ability to kill Endrick. The book tells the events of a 4-day period, in which Kestra's life is completely changed.An overall great story, desp...
  • Blake Norby
    I really liked this book, and this is totally not my genre wheelhouse. This is one of those fantasy books that also has that old time feel with the castles, rulers, and gowns. Kestra's dad is the right-hand man of the evil magician who has taken over the rule of their country through dark magic. There's of course a rebel group who are wanting to fight the ruling power, and Kestra gets kidnapped by them. Of course there's a boy, and through the al...
  • Ash
    An avid fantasy adventure reader won’t have a hard time guessing the outcome of this book, but tried and true isn’t always a bad thing, especially with Nielsen’s added twists. The story unfolds with exemplary pacing and an intriguing cast of characters— Nielsen has written an especially clever and captivating character in Kestra, who I immediately connected with and couldn’t get enough of. I latched on to Kestra and stayed for her stor...
  • Becky
    Filled with intrigue, adventure, and a touch of romance, Nielsen is at the top of her game with this one. I was lucky enough to hear Nielsen perform a reading of the first chapter or so of this novel at a Scholastic breakfast at NCTE in St. Louis. As a result, I heard her voice resonate in Kestra throughout the whole book making it an even bigger treat.I will eagerly be anticipating the sequel and this novel hasn't officially been published yet.T...
  • Gretchen
    I received an ARC of this book from the 2017 YALSA Symposium.This book was a bit all over the place. The story happened very quickly and included a lot of details and backstory that seemed a bit contradictory in places. I'm not sure that I will be reading the next book in this series.
  • Brian Hoffmeister
    Did a review for this on School Library Journal. Grades 6-8I thought this was a very competent other worlds story, in the vein of Hunger Games, but with a distinctly fantasy feel. Middle schoolers will definitely like it.
  • Lilla
    I received an ARC of this book. It will make a great addition to middle grade fantasy series.
  • Spencer
    Awesome story! It has great dynamic characters with interesting plot twists. I will definitely read the series.
  • Molly French
    I was given an advanced readers copy of this book, and finished it in no more than 3 or 4 days. Such an amazing storyline, and I cannot wait until the sequel comes out. Amazing book.
  • Sharie
    Outstanding new novel!Got the feeling it would Hunger Games reworked when I started - So wrong! It's all on it's own. I can't wait for the next one.
  • Tina Panik
    A bit of a slow start in order to set everything up, but then the characters and conflict intersect nicely. There’s plenty of material here for future volumes!This was an ARC.
  • Celine
    When I heard this story described as The False Prince meets Game of Thrones, I was super stoked. Sometimes, picturing this story in a GOT setting helped to appreciate what was happening a little more, because on its own, I wasn't always buying it.I liked the world building; at the outset, I was a little nervous because there were several things that clearly made this novel a fantasy novel set in a new world, and I worried that all sorts of new cr...