Traitor by Laurie Lucking – Book Review

Posted May 5, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Traitor by Laurie Lucking – Book Review


by Laurie Lucking

Series: Tales of the Mystics #2
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Publication Date April 27, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Clean Romance, Young Adult
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Pages: 328


Princess Penelope has finally found a way to redeem her past mistakes-if only it didn't require betraying her new fiancé.

Princess Penelope has been the object of gossip and ridicule ever since she returned home in disgrace following her failed engagement to the Crown Prince of Imperia. When her father offers a new start in a country far across the sea, she has no choice but to accept.

Even if it means another betrothal, this time to a total stranger.

Penelope arrives in Delunia determined to avoid bringing further shame upon her family. But her devoted, caring fiancé makes it harder to guard her heart than she anticipated, and rumors of dark magic haunt her with memories she'd rather keep buried far beneath her pristine exterior.

When a poverty-stricken village outside the palace gates looks to her as their hope for a brighter future, Penelope embraces the opportunity to make amends for her transgressions. But in order to help, she must manipulate her new fiancé, putting her reputation on the line once more. And her heart.

Can Penelope rise above the failures of her past, or will she forever be branded a traitor?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Common

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Told exclusively from Princess Penelope’s perspective, Traitor captivated me. I was so surprised that Penelope was the heroine of the story – after all, she wasn’t exactly anyone’s favorite character in Common! I experienced her pain over the way she was treated in her kingdom and in Imperia. And understood her determination to not allow her heart to even hope for more than an amiable marriage to the stranger-prince her father betrothed her to.

I loved that I was able to relate to her so well while still hating the choices she made. Reading Traitor was the perfect way to spend a relaxing morning!

Though Traitor could stand alone, I strongly suggest reading the books as a complete set.

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About Laurie Lucking

An avid reader practically since birth, Laurie Lucking discovered her passion for writing after leaving her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mom. When she gets a break from playing board games and finding lost toys, she writes young adult fantasy with a strong thread of fairy tale romance. Her debut novel, Common, won the Christian Editor Connection’s Excellence in Editing Award, placed third in the Christian Women Reader’s Club Literary Lighthouse Awards, and is a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards. She has short stories published in Mythical Doorways, Encircled, and the upcoming Christmas Fiction off the Beaten Path. Laurie is the Secretary of her local ACFW chapter and a co-founder of Lands Uncharted, a blog for fans of clean young adult speculative fiction. A Midwestern girl through and through, she currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.


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