Happy Friday! Today, I am excited to review the YA fantasy Traitor by our own Laurie Lucking. I have been looking forward to Princess Penelope's story for a while now, and it didn't disappoint. Traitor is book 2 of The Tales of the Mystics, but the books are standalone.
Princess Penelope has finally found a way to redeem her past mistakes
-if only it didn't require betraying her new fiancé.
Princess Penelope gets mixed up with a deceitful duke in Common and ends up with a broken engagement to a crown prince and the taint of scandal. Now, her father wants her to start afresh in a distant country by marrying the crown prince of Delunia. Trouble awaits her there too though--will she betray another prince or redeem herself?
The book starts with Penelope learning of her engagement and having to deal with leaving her close-knit family and home for a strange land. She's homesick before she even leaves, and on the voyage to Delunia--with only a faithful maid and a couple of guards--she is befriended by an older gentleman who splits his time between her homeland and her new land. Soon, she is trying to settle into a new culture and keep her distance from her kind, smitten fiancé--for she feels she will never love again and only wants friendship in her future marriage. Poor Vander! It all works out well in the end though.
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the setting (love stories about different cultures) and the growing relationship between Prince Vander and Penelope. I appreciated the lessons Penelope learned. If you're looking for a sweet YA romance with a fairy tale feel, I highly recommend this one! I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
You can find Traitor here.