Hey guys! This week I get to work with the amazing Rockstar Book Tours to bring you a review of “Traitor’s Hope” by Virginia McClain. This fast-paced, intense YA novel was a thrilling read. The first in the series, “Blade’s Edge” tells the story of Mishi and Taka. These girls live in a world where Kisoshi, powerful warriors, serve as rulers and protectors of the people. However there are no female Kisoshi, and no one asks why. Mishi and Taka are both born as Kisoshi, born with powers that could cost them their lives. They hide their powers, bonding and protecting each other in an orphanage, until one day they are separated. You can get Blade’s Edge here Blade’s Edge
The sequel, Traitor’s Hope, is just as thrilling as the first. It follows Taka and Mishi as they help rebuild their land after the fall of a corrupt regime. Mishi is sent on a mission to lure a dangerous band of mountain raiders out into the open. All who have tried so far have died, and it looks like it may prove just as dangerous for Mishi.
Meanwhile, Taka is struggling with a mind that has suddenly proved untrustworthy. Taka has waking nightmares where she believes she is being attacked, though in reality it is her friends that she is fighting. She is sent to the heart of the battle, but she fears that she may do more harm than good.
This fantasy novel had such good strong female characters! As much as I love fantasy, one weakness of the genre is that it generally has poor representation for female characters. There are plenty that have really badass female characters, but in the end it seems like they all end up getting saved by a man. These women didn’t need any saving though, they were the ones doing the saving. They were strong physically and mentally, they fought battles and dealt with challenging circumstances with ease. I want to be like them when I grow up.
The worldbuilding of this story was intricate and well done. The corrupt government, the Kishoshi, the rebels, it all felt so real. Plus the powers of the Kishoshi were so cool! I love when authors are able to create ideas that are so cool that you just have to keep reading.
Finally, I thought the plotting of this book was really strong. It was well-paced, keeping the balance between action, worldbuilding, and character development perfect throughout the story. Overall, it was a well-plotted story with really strong female characters and very real, emotional relationships. I enjoyed reading both books (aka binging both in one night). You can get Traitor’s hope here Traitor’s Hope (Chronicles of Gensokai Book 2).
Final rating- 4/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂
About the Book:
Title: TRAITOR’S HOPE (Blade’s Edge #2)
Author: Virginia McClain
Pub. Date: October 14, 2017
Publisher: Artemis Dingo Productions
Formats: Paperback eBook
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 strength to survive it.
Virginia thinks dangling from the tops of hundred foot cliffs is a good time. She also enjoys hauling a fifty pound backpack all over the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars. Sometimes she likes running for miles through the desert, mountains, or wooded flatlands, and she always loves getting lost in new places where she may or may not speak the language.
From surviving earthquakes in Japan, to putting out a small forest fire in Montana, Virginia has been collecting stories from a very young age. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.
She recently moved to Winnipeg with her husband (a Manitoba native) and their dog.
1 winner will receive a signed paperback set of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, US Only.
3 winners will receive eBook sets of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, International.
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