I received a copy of T.J. London’s The Traitor through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest opinions on the book.
This post originally appeared on For the Sake of Good Taste.
I’m thrilled to (finally!) share today’s book review of T.J. London’s The Traitor!
If you haven’t already (or need a refresher), be sure to check out my spotlight post for this book. Though the tour has officially ended, I’ll link to the bloggers who participated below so you can check out their posts, too!
About The Traitor
Publication Date: October 26, 2018
eBook: 574 pages
Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #2
Spy. Liar. Scoundrel. Redcoat.
Provocateur and spy for His Majesty, Captain John Carlisle returns to Fort Niagara with the secrets he stole in the arms of the beautiful Oneida innkeeper, Dellis McKesson. Determined to complete his mission and clear his name, he’ll see justice done—and damn the consequences. Now, he finds himself drawn into political intrigue as the British prepare to launch a three-pronged attack that will bring the Rebels and the Mohawk River Valley to its knees.
A dangerous revelation finds Dellis as whispers of intrigue insinuate her beloved is not all that he seems. Unwilling to wait for her lover’s return, she sets out in search of the truth as the Onieda begin negotiations with the Rebels, breaking the neutrality agreement with the crown. A bold move that will stoke a fire between the brother tribes and lead to a bloody inter-confederacy war—one Dellis predicted, and one John incited.
While war between the colonies and the King smolders, the punishing winter of 1777 allows the perfect opportunity for old enemies to settle scores, lying in wait, ready to exploit John’s one weakness—his heart. John is not an innocent man. The truth he’s long tried to hide from can no longer be ignored, the ghosts of the past seeking justice, and karma wanting payment for sins so dark they cannot be forgiven.
I was excited to continue along John and Dellis’ journey in this sequel to The Tory. Once again, I was especially drawn to the characters and, even more specifically, to their flaws. Dellis was a favourite to learn about again, but what I found most interesting in learning more of the characters in The Traitor was the further development of Agnes’ character, especially beyond her work for Celeste. While she still has some progress to make, she’s grown so much since the first novel (at least, from the reader’s perspective) and it was an awesome transformation to follow.
Like The Tory, this book was more violent than I anticipated–for me, this one was more triggering than the previous novel. Still, this is very much the reality within the world of the books; you can’t have a war without violence, even of the particularly atrocious sort. Still, be warned that it does exist, albeit necessarily.
As the novel went on, more pieces of mysteries from the first novel fell into place. Yet, even more questions arose, which is ideal–we need to have something to look forward to in book three, coming in 2019! I’m anxious to see how Dellis and John reconcile their differences as the war continues, and how they come to terms with the secrets that still lie between them.
Like its previous instalment, The Traitor was an enjoyable read and a great addition to The Rebels and Redcoats saga.
About the Author:
T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, November 5
Interview at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, November 6
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste (The Tory)
Thursday, November 8
Review at Hoover Book Reviews
Wednesday, November 14
Excerpt at Spellbound By History
Thursday, November 15
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog (The Traitor)