The warrior's curse

Jennifer A. Nielsen

Book - 2020

The battle for control of Antora continues, and Simon and Kestra have been forced apart; Kestra is a prisoner in the cursed All Spirits Forest where Loelle wants her to use her growing power to heal the land and bring it back to life, while Simon has been made king of the Halderians, but is surrounded by men whose loyalty is uncertain and who fear his connection to Kestra of the hated Dallisor family, and the evil Lord Endrick.

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Series
Nielsen, Jennifer A. Traitor's game ; 3.
Subjects
Genres
Adventure fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Published
New York : Scholastic Press 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
355 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781338045451
1338045458
Main Author
Jennifer A. Nielsen (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Kestra, the Infidante, kills malevolent ruler Lord Endrick halfway through this final volume in the Traitor's Game series, but this doesn't end her troubles. She struggles to resist the corruption that comes with Endrean magic, but as she is forced to use magic countless times, she comes to believe that only through embracing this evil can she save the Antoran kingdom. Simon, meanwhile, is the new Halderian king. He seeks to unite their contentious political allies while protecting Kestra, yet the only thing everyone agrees on is that she must be killed. The two are brought together when a new antagonist, Joth, seizes the throne. Side plots and secondary characters conspire to keep Kestra and Simon apart until the melodramatic finale, when love triumphs over evil. Kestra's dark inner turmoil is compelling, though she vacillates between good and evil enough times to induce whiplash, but the battle over the throne between her, Joth, Simon, and many armies of varied allegiances is repetitive rather than tense. Fans of the series will still appreciate the happy, neatly tied-off ending. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Newly crowned Simon attends to royal duties and secretly harbors a love for the exiled Kestra, who embraces her growing magic to help protect the kingdom from the evil Lord Endrick. By the best-selling author of the Ascendance series.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The battle for control of Antora continues, and Simon and Kestra have been forced apart; Kestra is a prisoner in the cursed All Spirits Forest where Loelle wants her to use her growing power to heal the land and bring it back to life, while Simon has been made king of the Halderians, but is surrounded by men whose loyalty is uncertain and who fear his connection to Kestra of the hated Dallisor family, and the evil Lord Endrick.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The stunning third book in Jennifer A. Nielsen's New York Times bestselling Traitor's Game series!Simon and Kestra are hurtling down paths ever farther from each other as the battle for control of Antora rages.Simon, newly king of the Halderians, is pressed on all sides by royal duties. Harlyn Mindell is his betrothed and intended queen, but Simon can't give up hope for a life with Kestra.Kestra, exiled, feels her magic growing -- and despite everyone's warnings, she knows she must embrace it. That power is the key to the kingdom's future.Both still strive to defeat the evil Lord Endrick, but danger awaits them on the murky road forward. And is a common enemy enough to help them survive -- or to carry them back to each other?Jennifer A. Nielsen delivers breathtaking twists and shocking revelations in an epic and action-packed third installment of The Traitor's Game.