Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Book Review: The Traitor's Knife (Five Gems) Book 2 by Elizabeth Kaiser

Traitor’s Knife (Five Gems) Book 2
By Elizabeth Kaiser
Publisher: Hearth Books
Published: Dec. 18, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

When the loyalist cause enlists the mountain house into a weaponry, apprentice Fia is confronted with three refugee children, a disturbingly upstart former messenger, and accidents happening everywhere. Are saboteurs out to nix the weapons works... or is it the incognito crown prince they're after? 

Traitor's Knife continues where Jeweler's Apprentice ended, and nearly seventeen year 
old Fia Brithin from the foothills still has a lot to learn about the mountains, and the people now in them.

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My Thoughts:

Traitor’s Knife is book 2 in the Five Gems Series. I would recommend reading Jewellers Apprentice, book 1, for the back story and character development, but it is not necessary for the enjoyment or understanding of book 2.

In Traitor’s Knife, Fia Brithin continues on as an apprentice jeweller at Olayin House, where refugees from the war still continue to pass through. But now, as the numbers of refugees have slowed, the decision has been made to turn Olayin House into a weapon manufacturing plant. This means more strangers on the premises. And strangers make secrets hard to keep.

Accidents start to happen and more than once Fia’s life is in danger; but are they accidents or is a saboteur trying to stop the weaponry or is someone out to kill the crown prince in hiding at Olayin House? Fia is determined to find out.

Traitor’s Knife is an excellent good old-fantasy novel without magic or vampires. There’s lots of action and intrigue and a little clean romance in there as well. The characters are nicely developed and the interplay of their personalities is interesting. I like the possibility of future development between Fia and Ilido, but perhaps I am imagining things?

Ms. Kaiser has created a world that is easy to visualize, and people you’d like to spend time with. When you finish reading this novel you’ll be left wanting more. While Traitor’s Knife is listed as young adult fantasy, it is appropriate for ages 10 and up and will hold the interest of adults interested in clean fantasy as well.

I would highly recommend Traitor’s Knife to all fantasy readers, especially those who like to steer away from magic, vampires, zombies, etc. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author Elizabeth Kaiser for providing a copy of her book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

E. Kaiser was born into a family of readers, and got started on storytelling around the age of four when her older siblings prompted her into recounting an absolutely ridiculous account of a parallel childhood. It was good for the family's general entertainment, and she discovered the thrill of making people laugh.

At the age of seven her mother read the Hobbit aloud, and a fascination with beautiful fantasy was born. At nine she came to the decision that she wanted to be a writer, and set to reading rabidly to learn the art. At thirteen she attempted her first novel, and it was eaten in a computer's demise.

Afterward, during her teenage years she tried very hard at various times to stop writing all together.

Not succeeding, she at last gave in to her addiction, and wrote "for fun"

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