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After proving her worth in book one as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she’s called upon to teach his majesty’s soldiers how to read and write, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom of Demora—and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn. During a skirmish, Sage and Alex After proving her worth in book one as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she’s called upon to teach his majesty’s soldiers how to read and write, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom of Demora—and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn. During a skirmish, Sage and Alex are separated. She watches him die before he can deliver important military intel—or so she thinks. She escapes from the enemy and makes an unlikely alliance with a mysterious soldier from a third nation. As Sage tries to rally their support against a common foe, the important political alliance is plagued by secrets and betrayal. Can Sage complete Alex’s mission and save her kingdom once more?


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After proving her worth in book one as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she’s called upon to teach his majesty’s soldiers how to read and write, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom of Demora—and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn. During a skirmish, Sage and Alex After proving her worth in book one as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she’s called upon to teach his majesty’s soldiers how to read and write, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom of Demora—and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn. During a skirmish, Sage and Alex are separated. She watches him die before he can deliver important military intel—or so she thinks. She escapes from the enemy and makes an unlikely alliance with a mysterious soldier from a third nation. As Sage tries to rally their support against a common foe, the important political alliance is plagued by secrets and betrayal. Can Sage complete Alex’s mission and save her kingdom once more?

30 review for The Traitor's Ruin

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I loved this book! Sage and Alex are one of my favorite book couples ever. They make me happy, they make me mad, they make me want to yell at them while shaking them, and they make me swoon. What I like most about this series is the setting. It's similar to The Winner's Curse trilogy where there isn't magic but the setting is historical fantasy. I think that is the right term, but don't take my word for it. Also the chapters are short which is the freaking best! There are things that happen in the I loved this book! Sage and Alex are one of my favorite book couples ever. They make me happy, they make me mad, they make me want to yell at them while shaking them, and they make me swoon. What I like most about this series is the setting. It's similar to The Winner's Curse trilogy where there isn't magic but the setting is historical fantasy. I think that is the right term, but don't take my word for it. Also the chapters are short which is the freaking best! There are things that happen in the story that as a reader you know what is going on because the book is told from both of their perspectives yet they don't know what's happening. So there is a particular scene with a cell, and I was like, nooooooooo! Anyway, I already need the next book! Review copy received via publisher. Review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...

  2. 3 out of 5

    Joshee Kun (조수아)

    RTC I have great news: I am officially a part of the publication of this book! I am going to review the author's manuscript before ARCs are distributed this November. In light of the unwarranted hate toward The Traitor's Kiss, I was tasked to pay special attention to the sequel's representation of diverse characters. I really admire Erin Beaty's humility, as well as her resolve to make her work excellent. If you're hesitating to read TTK because of all the negative reviews, please take a leap of RTC I have great news: I am officially a part of the publication of this book! I am going to review the author's manuscript before ARCs are distributed this November. In light of the unwarranted hate toward The Traitor's Kiss, I was tasked to pay special attention to the sequel's representation of diverse characters. I really admire Erin Beaty's humility, as well as her resolve to make her work excellent. If you're hesitating to read TTK because of all the negative reviews, please take a leap of faith and form your own, justified opinion(s). If you want to know more of my thoughts, you can read my review of TTK here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wing-yee (bibliomeds)

    I NEED THIS BOOK DESPERATELY. I NEED MORE OF ALEX AND SAGE. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ THE TRAITOR'S KISS, PLEASE DO SO. <3

  4. 3 out of 5

    Galleane

    Mon coeur balance entre 2 et 3 étoiles. Ce n'est pas la suite que j'espérais lire et si j'ai aimé le début de ce tome, au final j'ai été quelque peu déçue du contenu. Mon avis complet : https://bloggalleane.blogspot.com/201...

  5. 3 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi ♠

    I'm just . . . I . . . I'm quietly in love with that cover . . . it's just so soothingly pretty for some reason. I blame the peach tones.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scrill

    how did I not know this was a thing? gimme this asap.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ~Bellegirl91~

    So my last update said this book was banished for the night.... BUT I decided to keep going and now that it's past 230am... IT WAS WORTH IT OH MY HECK! So short review for this one: I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOVE Alex Quinn and Sage Fowler oh my heck! These two are actually special characters and such a great OTP and this book with their story had some pretty intense moments and the twists and turns and the foreshadow and knowing things some of the characters didn't know (especially these two) AAAAAAAAHH So my last update said this book was banished for the night.... BUT I decided to keep going and now that it's past 230am... IT WAS WORTH IT OH MY HECK! So short review for this one: I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOVE Alex Quinn and Sage Fowler oh my heck! These two are actually special characters and such a great OTP and this book with their story had some pretty intense moments and the twists and turns and the foreshadow and knowing things some of the characters didn't know (especially these two) AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! I'm just glad I had a freaking hard 2000 piece puzzle that I finished a little after this and the audiobook to keep me sane haha. So this book was actually a LOT better than book 1 but the ONLY reason this is getting 4 stars is cause of the end of the Epilogue. It wasn't my favorite or HUGE cliffhanger, but I still kinda wish it DIDN'T have one and left it where it was before cause now I can't WAIT to get my hands on the last book next year! but I'm glad I was able to read/listen to these this year to get them done so I don't have to wait as long :D but overall I highly recommend this series. they're not amazing but good enough that I think many readers should meet Alex and Sage. Plus Alex is a freaking sweetheart and I want his babies ;) *laughing hysterically emoji* but I want to steal kisses with him too. so go read about these two cause they're seriously the greatest thing ever and their banter, friendship, their stubbornness, and just everything about them is too good. But I"m amaze however it took me almost a week to read/listen to this AND be able to also finish another book as well considering how slow and busy I am lately!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lulai

    I like it, it was a quick read but the author didn't manage to suprise me, I expect a bot more of novelty from this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book went a little off the rails from the first book. I loved the first book. I’m not entirely sure what happened here. These characters were nothing like they were in the first book in the first half or so. Sage sucked and for some reason Alex’s character totally changed. The second half was so much better but I was already so bummed about the beginning that it was hard to get over it. This book was an easy 5++++ stars if the beginning was normal. The political intrigue is great. I really This book went a little off the rails from the first book. I loved the first book. I’m not entirely sure what happened here. These characters were nothing like they were in the first book in the first half or so. Sage sucked and for some reason Alex’s character totally changed. The second half was so much better but I was already so bummed about the beginning that it was hard to get over it. This book was an easy 5++++ stars if the beginning was normal. The political intrigue is great. I really like this author and her writing is great and I will read anything else she writes and the third book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laurapassage

    [http://laura-passage.com/le-parfum-de...] "Le Parfum de la Trahison m'a autant captivée que le premier tome grâce à son héroïne toujours si attachante. Erin Beaty nous passionne une nouvelle fois avec des tromperies, des complots militaires et des destins plus qu'incertains." 19/20

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vina Le

    So I loved Traitors Kiss, it was a twist on Mulan in a way and that made me happy. Then I got to the end and was like “whoa”...need the next one now! This was me reading Traitors Ruin: 😀😍🤨🤨🤨🤨🤬🤬😱🤔🤨🤨🤨 Translation: what the heck happened?!!!? It’s lost it’s magic. I wanted to scream at them the whole time. Sage was whiny and stupid. Alex was a mess and the plot made me sit there going ....”JUST BE OVER ALREADY!” I don’t know if I’ll read the third book but I feel like I want the last 24 hours of my So I loved Traitors Kiss, it was a twist on Mulan in a way and that made me happy. Then I got to the end and was like “whoa”...need the next one now! This was me reading Traitors Ruin: 😀😍🤨🤨🤨🤨🤬🤬😱🤔🤨🤨🤨 Translation: what the heck happened?!!!? It’s lost it’s magic. I wanted to scream at them the whole time. Sage was whiny and stupid. Alex was a mess and the plot made me sit there going ....”JUST BE OVER ALREADY!” I don’t know if I’ll read the third book but I feel like I want the last 24 hours of my life back at this point.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I’m still stuck on how much I liked the first book... since I listened to it the first time I put it on my iPad and kept going back and reading my favorite parts. The first book had strong character development, funny/smart dialogue and a reasonably engaging plot. The second installment of this series kind of dampens my enjoyment of the first book. It’s to the point I wish the first book was a one-off instead of a series. Plot-wise, I kept asking myself... what is the point of all this? It kind o I’m still stuck on how much I liked the first book... since I listened to it the first time I put it on my iPad and kept going back and reading my favorite parts. The first book had strong character development, funny/smart dialogue and a reasonably engaging plot. The second installment of this series kind of dampens my enjoyment of the first book. It’s to the point I wish the first book was a one-off instead of a series. Plot-wise, I kept asking myself... what is the point of all this? It kind of reminded me of those random filler episodes in anime like Naruto where they go off on a random side journey. I don’t want to call it sloppy - the author put a lot of thought into the political side of the story and I thought the details of that were well done, but it wasn’t engaging like the first book. It all felt superficial and kind of rushed. It kind of seemed like she used the same plot devices here too. Which leads me into the characters... At the beginning of the first book, I was almost considering abandoning ship because Sage was a such a little asshole. Her character made a quip that made me laugh out loud and she began to develop into something decent. For me in book two, I wanted to punch her in the face a majority of the time. It feels like a lot of the development she had went out the window in book two. Alex felt about as bland as a blank sheet of paper... there was no complexity to his character at all. It lacked feeling when things happened to the characters. There was no emotional depth. I should give a shit, but I kind of didn’t. Character consistency is one of my biggest pet peeves in books/series and although this one isn’t the worst offender, it is noticeable. How da fuck is Sage soooo proficient with weapons and shit now?Smelling like a Mary Sue up in this bitch. A worthwhile (for me) thing to note again is that the matchmaker thing was really interesting to me. The Matchmaker was an interesting character who’s matches could change the seat of power in their fictional country. I wish this was explored more and not used as a cheap plot device in the first book. I feel like it wasn’t used to it’s full potential in the first book and I had no expectations that it would be here... but I needed something to spice this second book up. Despite, for me, a lackluster sophomore book I still think there is promise here. If not for the series, then for the author. She does some things really well but she wasn’t able to carry over what made the first book enjoyable. A well-developed world is great, but if I don’t give a fuck about the characters or what happens to them in this well-built world, what is the point? Also - the title of these books still irritate me. Makes these books seem like something they aren’t.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Lexi

    Listen. I’ll sell my soul to get my hands on the final book just to see Alex and Sage have their happy ending. I mean both books ended with them knowing they’d be separated once more. I loved this story possibly more than book one. If only because throughout the entire middle i was begging sage to figure it out. To see Alex and know what we knew. Ugh it was just too good. Cannot wait for book three!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne Z.

    4.5/5 This was as lovely as The Traitor's Kiss. If you liked the first book you will like this one just as much. It had a beautiful romance, it was full of the same witty and clever scenes, the same beloved characters, and it had some new ones you won't be able not to fall in love with. Just like The Traitor's Kiss this is not the kind of book that will pull at your heartstrings and make you cry, but it is a book that will make you smile. Sage and Alex are an amazing couple and I am so very happy t 4.5/5 This was as lovely as The Traitor's Kiss. If you liked the first book you will like this one just as much. It had a beautiful romance, it was full of the same witty and clever scenes, the same beloved characters, and it had some new ones you won't be able not to fall in love with. Just like The Traitor's Kiss this is not the kind of book that will pull at your heartstrings and make you cry, but it is a book that will make you smile. Sage and Alex are an amazing couple and I am so very happy that Erin Beaty has not in any way messed up their relationship. There were hurdles, moments you didn't know if they were going to make it, but nothing that made me love them and their relationship less. Those two made me smile, made me mad, made me scream at them, and it also made me swoon for them, they were infuriating and adorable all at once. The plot was fast paced. There were threats left from Kimisar and fear of new threats from the Casmuni. Captain Quinn is now the leader of an Elite group of soldiers and Sage managed to, against captain's Quinn's wishes, to tag along for what she thought was their training. Obviously things were not that simple and escalated from there. I absolutely loved the Casmuni people, from the good ones to the bad ones, every single one of them was written with much care and dedication. The ending was sad, I really didn't want that to happen again but it is the nature/consequence of who Sage and Alex are, of what they do, of who they want to be. So although it was sad, it was realistic and I cannot be mad at the author for that. And....there is another book, so this can still be turned around *hoping* There are also things in the story that are a tad predictable, it is in some ways too similar to the first book. But if you can get on-board with that this will for certainly be as much fun to read to you as the The Traitor's kiss was.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mycoton32

    17/20 - https://www.leslecturesdemylene.com/2...

  16. 3 out of 5

    Emily Donaldson

    After getting to know Sage (and co) in The Traitor’s Kiss I was excited to see where the story went next, especially since a lot of the things introduced in the first book felt resolved. The Traitor’s Ruin expanded the world, including a whole new culture and people not seen much in the first book – the Casmuni. Alex and Sage both changed and grew as characters. What was interesting to me is that I expected them to change and grow together, since their relationship is well established by the end After getting to know Sage (and co) in The Traitor’s Kiss I was excited to see where the story went next, especially since a lot of the things introduced in the first book felt resolved. The Traitor’s Ruin expanded the world, including a whole new culture and people not seen much in the first book – the Casmuni. Alex and Sage both changed and grew as characters. What was interesting to me is that I expected them to change and grow together, since their relationship is well established by the end of the first book. However, though they interact in this book, a lot of their growth comes on an individual basis, something that made me less peevish about the lack of romantic moments. Though I admit I am hoping for some extra romantic moments in book three to make up for it. I like the way their separate POV’s let us see them as individuals and focuses on them as people instead of just pieces in a romance. I remember laughing out loud in parts of The Traitor’s Kiss and though this sequel keeps Sage’s strong willed and often comical personality in place, the stakes are higher for the characters. Alex in particular struggles with the aftermath of his loss in book one. His struggles are compounded by stress from an important assignment that forces him to keep much of his mission secret from those he commands and Sage. I feel these struggles helped me like him more as a character and assisted in his believability and complexity. I look forward to book three. I am especially interested to see what happens with Huzar’s POV since it feels like his presence is building to the final conflict for Sage and Alex. I am also looking forward to seeing more of Casmun and the Casmuni characters that were introduced this book, like Lani and Banneth.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Veronica Villar

    5/5 Send help, please! Si el primer libro me enamoró, este ha ido más allá. En esta segunda parte nos encontramos con nuevo personajes, nuevas culturas, y como no, más sufrimiento >.< ¿Pero qué sería de este tipo de historias sin sufrimiento? En mi opinión nada. Cuando un libro te hace emocionarte y sufrir, para mí, está cumpliendo su función. Una historia que te atrapa, llena de secretos y tramas palaciegas, personajes con carácter, valientes y frágiles a la vez. Si todavía hay gente con dud 5/5 Send help, please! Si el primer libro me enamoró, este ha ido más allá. En esta segunda parte nos encontramos con nuevo personajes, nuevas culturas, y como no, más sufrimiento >.< ¿Pero qué sería de este tipo de historias sin sufrimiento? En mi opinión nada. Cuando un libro te hace emocionarte y sufrir, para mí, está cumpliendo su función. Una historia que te atrapa, llena de secretos y tramas palaciegas, personajes con carácter, valientes y frágiles a la vez. Si todavía hay gente con dudas sobre esta trilogía, dejad esas dudas a un lado y lanzaros a por el primer libro, merece mucho la pena. Además, a diferencia de la trilogía del ganador, los finales no nos dejan colgando con el alma en vilo. Así que la espera no va a ser tan dura. Lo único que sé es que espero con ganas a que llegue junio del año que viene para el final (sí, queda casi un año, pero la espera seguro que merece la pena).

  18. 3 out of 5

    Alex

    First of all, there is no rational universe in which a book that has less than 400 pages requires 112 chapters... and an epilogue... Just no. Aside from that, I deeply enjoyed everything about it. The pacing was great, continuously ramping up the tension, while still lingering just enough on the angst and emotional drama that sets this one on the romance side of things. I deeply appreciated the details regarding the army, and how it was large enough to feel like a functional military - a thing tha First of all, there is no rational universe in which a book that has less than 400 pages requires 112 chapters... and an epilogue... Just no. Aside from that, I deeply enjoyed everything about it. The pacing was great, continuously ramping up the tension, while still lingering just enough on the angst and emotional drama that sets this one on the romance side of things. I deeply appreciated the details regarding the army, and how it was large enough to feel like a functional military - a thing that is tragically rare in YA. Also, the intricacy of the cultural traditions and the misunderstandings that come from learning a new language / way of life was superbly represented - another thing that is tragically rare. This story also turns misunderstandings and over reactions into an almost Kdrama level of art form that I truly enjoyed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica H

    This was a really good book (4.5 not just 4) . Firstly, the author does a great job reminding the reader of the events of the first book. I admit I remembered very little but there was enough information given for me to dive right back in without feeling like I was reading a recap. I was frustrated by some of the things that Sage and Alex did but I was always cheering for them. It is not all cupcakes and rainbows at the end and there were many interesting twists. I am a big fan of the short chap This was a really good book (4.5 not just 4) . Firstly, the author does a great job reminding the reader of the events of the first book. I admit I remembered very little but there was enough information given for me to dive right back in without feeling like I was reading a recap. I was frustrated by some of the things that Sage and Alex did but I was always cheering for them. It is not all cupcakes and rainbows at the end and there were many interesting twists. I am a big fan of the short chapters as a way to keep the pace flowing. I think this was better than the first and I will definitely pick up the last one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

    And now the torturous waiting game begins! I need the next book!! Sage and Alex are by far one of my top favorite book couples. I hate that it always ends the way it does for them! Agh!! Random thought but I really really really hope we get to see their wedding!!! Some parts of this book had me on edge! The sneaking, the not knowing!! I had no one to vent to without spoiling it, it was so hard. I wanted to mention that Osthiza sounds like a beautiful place! I was getting major GOT Dorne Sunspear And now the torturous waiting game begins! I need the next book!! Sage and Alex are by far one of my top favorite book couples. I hate that it always ends the way it does for them! Agh!! Random thought but I really really really hope we get to see their wedding!!! Some parts of this book had me on edge! The sneaking, the not knowing!! I had no one to vent to without spoiling it, it was so hard. I wanted to mention that Osthiza sounds like a beautiful place! I was getting major GOT Dorne Sunspear vibes, so that's how I pictured it. Definitely pick up this series if you haven't yet!

  21. 3 out of 5

    Jen

    I was beyond amped to read this and even more thrilled to find it on Netgalley. That is, until the publisher denied my ARC request, popping my excitement like a balloon. Like I'm gonna want to buy your book now. Please. 🙄 I'll pass. #TheTraitor'sRuin #NetGalley #MacmillanChildren'sPublishingGroup

  22. 3 out of 5

    Autumn

    I rather enjoyed the traitors kiss and quickly dove into the traitors ruin. And I liked it well enough but goodness gracious all the missunderstandings legit all the conflicts would've been resolved if people just opened their mouths once in awhile.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Breana Martinez

    3.5 Stars I loved the Traitor’s Kiss, but this one just kind of disappointed me. Everything I loved about the first book didn’t seem to be “here” for this one. It was certainly enjoyable and well written, but I had anticipated so much more. Nevertheless, I’m excited for the third book to come out

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher via NetGalley *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 4 *Thoughts* The Traitor's Ruin is the second installment in author Erin Beaty's The Traitor's Circle trilogy. Things have definitely changed for Sage Fowler, the girl once deemed too emotional to be eligible to marry and found herself working as a matchmaker and a spy which led her on an adventure of the dangerous variety. These days, Sage is happily engaged to marry Captain Alexander Quinn. She has a best friend in Lady Clare *Source* Publisher via NetGalley *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 4 *Thoughts* The Traitor's Ruin is the second installment in author Erin Beaty's The Traitor's Circle trilogy. Things have definitely changed for Sage Fowler, the girl once deemed too emotional to be eligible to marry and found herself working as a matchmaker and a spy which led her on an adventure of the dangerous variety. These days, Sage is happily engaged to marry Captain Alexander Quinn. She has a best friend in Lady Clare Holloway. She is a royal tutor to the youngest prince and princesses, and is someone who has the Queen's trust. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  25. 4 out of 5

    claire ☾

    I really want to know what happens next...and I really don’t want to wait another year for the last book :(

  26. 3 out of 5

    Cristina

    Luke!!

  27. 3 out of 5

    Kris

    It was ok... But didn’t really hold my attention

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    So good you guys! Full review to come.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    4.5

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kryssi D'Eredita

    This took me a bit to get into, but it got really good once I was there. Nice, short chapters, too!

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