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 retri...

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, Young Adult Fantasy

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

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Release date: February 27, 2018 "Life doesn't give us what we want. It gives us what we need and asks what we will do with it." Oh, this was so much fun. It reminded me a bit of Ruined by Amy Tintera meets The Winner's Trilogy with hints of The Cadet of Tildor, the Mistborn trilogy, Roar, Red Queen, The False Prince, and a lot of YA fantasy books where a wealthy, sheltered girl has to deal with the consequences that come with truth and then joins...
  • 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 ...
  • jv poore
    Abruptly abandoning her beloved Lava Fields, based solely on a demand from her paternal parental unit, is aggravating. The fact that it’s been three years and no reason was given for the reunion, is infuriating. When Kestra’s security carriage is attacked on the journey home, she flips from frustrated to fiercely furious, forgetting all about fear.Certainly, the people of Antora have a healthy respect for that anger. After all, her father is ...
  • R.F. Gammon
    OH WOW. I picked up this book on a whim at the library because it was on the new books shelf and because I had heard of the author from a lot of my friends. I meant to get the False Prince first...whoops. Excuse me whilst I go and preorder both book 2 of this series AND Resistance, the WWII Holocaust novel that Nielsen has coming out. Ahem. Now that that is out of the way...I LOVED THIS BOOK. I know I had it at four stars when I had first finishe...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Rating ~2.5 While, there wasn’t anything particularly bad about this, there also wasn’t anything particularly good or memorable about it either. The romance, if you can call it that, fell flat. Honestly, I thought Kestra had more chemistry in a few scenes with her betrothed than she did in any of her scenes with Simon. I cared about essentially none of the characters, and one of the few characters I did somewhat like died. It hasn’t even be...
  • m a r y l i z
    I AM SO TORN HOW TO RATE THIS.On one hand, I absolutely LOVED it - the sass, the setting, the plot twists, the character arcs . . . they are all so masterful.But on the other hand . . . I'm so very disappointed. Lovely Things: - Can we just recognize the extreme SNARK levels?? I'm convinced that Jennifer Nielsen is the master of witty writing. I laugh SO MUCH every time I read her books because the sass levels are off the charts. And yet, despite...
  • Allison
  • C.P. Cabaniss
    I really hate how this read ended up for me. The False Prince is one of my favorite novels, so I was very excited to get into another fantasy by Jennifer Nielsen. Unfortunately, this one did not work.DNF at page 266 of 388.I received a signed ARC of this at Yallfest in 2017.I was really excited to get into this book. I didn't even really know what it was about, aside from sparse descriptions, but it sounded like a lot of fun. And what I have appr...
  • Lona
    I received a short preview of this book, so I only read about the first 20 pages or so. Nonetheless, I can’t see myself picking up the whole book so I’m going to mark this as a DNF. In the part that I read, there was a lot of telling and not showing, and it was really annoying to read. Plus, I really don’t like it when the YA heroines feel like they have to explicitly tell the reader she is tough and is not at all ladylike, heaven forbid! A...
  • Susan
    Have you ever read a book where you felt it that it had so much potential but then it disappointed you . I really wanted to like this book and there were moments which I did but.... The Traitor's Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen follows a young noble lady Kestra Dallisor, who is ambushed on her way back home. The reason why Kestra is targeted is because her father is the right-hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick. The ones that ambushed Kestra wan...
  • Sara
    OMG!! This was so freakin good and I need the next book now and I don’t know when it’s going to come out 😫 Totally recommend!
  • Meekachii
    Maybe a 1.5 out of 5? I'm honestly disappointed in this book. I wanted so much to like it but had so many issues. the only saving grace for this book was the part right before the end, which I almost didn't make it to, because I came so close to DNFing this book. I was honestly shocked to find that this author has written so many other novels before this because I kept thinking throughout this book that it was written very poorly. The characters ...
  • 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...
  • Zane Jones
    I went into this expecting to be disappointed, and was pleasantly surprised. I LOVED a lot of things about this (the backstory! the character depth! the writing style! the characters! oh my!) but was still a little let down on a few points. One is that it still wasn't as good as the False Prince to me (which I really want to reread now) and definitely felt like it was for an older audience. There was a lot more kissing than I would have pref...
  • Olivia
    This is why you should pay attention to your two Cardinal Rules of book-buying * , Olivia. You brought it on yourself, you foolish girl.*sigh* Reading this felt similar to reading Scarlet. There was less smut, but the frustrating sensation of disliking an author's writing, lamenting the general "overdone-ness" of so many parts, while still being ever-so-slightly, maddeningly interested in the plot was the same.I honestly would have liked reading ...
  • Rissa
    The traitors game ⭐Just because she was kidnaped that doesnt mean she is going to make things easy for them. She isnt helping them, she is helping her if they fail then She dies. So she has motivation for them to not fail entirely. It was unique yet just like everything but I really enjoyed it. It was fast paced, action packed and I got through it really quick. I was invested in their lives and what happened to them. I loved how they fell in lo...
  • Alexa
    Well, to be honest: If I hadnt read this book all at once, this probably would have ended as a DNF for me. I kept reading through the first half to see if my predictions were right and as I said only finished it because I kept going then. I really wanted to like this book because people compared it to Ruined and The Winner's Curse, but for me, the whole concept didnt work at all. My two major issues with this book were a) the tropes and b) the im...
  • mills♥
    I REALLY REALLY LIKED IT but hated the characters. Why must they be annoying? Why!? The plot is interesting and I hope that the characters get better in the next book.
  • Lila (Hardcover Haven)
    hahahahaha NOPE! i can't do it anymore--DNF at 30%this was so heavy-handed, cliche, and overdramatic that it became truly ridiculous. it was instalove TO THE MAX (!!!) with a near kiss at approximately 20%! not only that, but kestra begins to question her life-long, ingrained beliefs about politics after one incredibly MINOR brush with a girl in the market who tries to steal food. further, kestra's always super smug about being "smart," but i swe...
  • Samantha
    Kestra is spoiled, reckless, whiny, headstrong, rude, selfish and by page 110 I loved her. She is a flawed character, due to upbringing, but by no means dumb. Her quick wit, cunningness is reminiscent of Meghan Whalen turner’s Queen’s Thief (though really no one can really compare to Gen). I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the False Prince, but it did have its moments. There were some good plot twists and the action rolled along pret...
  • Laura
    2.5 stars
  • Erin
    For more of my reviews, visit my blog As the Book Ends or follow me on my Bookstagram!I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewMy Rating: 3.5 StarsHappy Tuesday, chums! Who loves a good hate to love romance? Oh, yes, that’s me. It is absolutely my favorite trope. Of all time. The problem with this favorite trope of mine? It’s almost impossible to get just right. If the characters give in too soon, you won’t believe tha...
  • Morgann
    “One to Vanquish, One to Rule, One to Fall, But All to Fool,”2.5 Stars. I have to be honest and say that although I wanted to love this book, I ended up feeling disappointed... Summary: In the kingdom of Antora lives Kestra Dallisor. After 3 years in the Lava Fields, she is brought back to the kingdom by her cruel father. Beside her father is Lord Endrick, the evil king. But a group of rebels discover her travelling and capture her. The rebel...