Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen - ADVISABLE

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 Guard and her maid will be killed.  The resistance wants her help searching for the Olden Blade, the only weapon that will give them a chance to defeat Lord Endrick.  But the rebels seem just as happy to have Kestra dead as have her help.

Hopefully the obvious romantic will remain a subplot to Kestra’s destiny, otherwise this could devolve into another sappy romance very quickly.  This is on par with the rest of Nielsen’s writing.

MS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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