The Traitor's Crux (The Dark Powers, Book 1)
In a country ravaged by years of war, plague, and death, witches and wizards are blamed for the state of the world and hunted by the U.S. government. Kenadee Coria was only a young girl when her brother was taken prisoner for having magical powers. Now sixteen years old, Kenadee discovers she too has magical powers and must face the facts: the government is watching, and they have plans for her. She’s given a deadly mission and an impossible ultimatum: the lives of a hidden group of magic refugees, or the safe return of her long-lost brother.

The Traitor's Crux (The Dark Powers, Book 1) Details

TitleThe Traitor's Crux (The Dark Powers, Book 1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 14th, 2017
PublisherOftomes Publishing
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

The Traitor's Crux (The Dark Powers, Book 1) Review

  • Ben Alderson
    January 1, 1970
    I am really excited to announce that Oftomes Publishing has signed this incredible debut novel.It is slated to release January 16th 2018... it may seem like a long way away... but it will come around quickly! This is PERFECT for fans of the Witch & Wizard series by James Patterson meets The Darkest Minds. It is incredibly well paced and action packed! OH AND BRYCE <3I am so excited to announce this! If you are reading this please add it to your shelves! YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!
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  • Christine Spoors
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a fun and exciting debut novel. It's a really interesting mix of fantasy and dystopian and I flew through it! This book follows Kenadee, a girl who discovers that she has magic. In this alternate America there is an evil president (v relevant) who despises magic and the main character soon has a run in with the government. I won't say much about the plot, but it was full of twists and turns!Oddly I didn't always like the main character Kenadee, but I still enjoyed reading this book This is such a fun and exciting debut novel. It's a really interesting mix of fantasy and dystopian and I flew through it! This book follows Kenadee, a girl who discovers that she has magic. In this alternate America there is an evil president (v relevant) who despises magic and the main character soon has a run in with the government. I won't say much about the plot, but it was full of twists and turns!Oddly I didn't always like the main character Kenadee, but I still enjoyed reading this book the whole time. I think that says a lot about how great Prather's writing is. She had me so intrigued in the world that I didn't mind the main character's stubbornness. As the story focused on the main character we didn't learn much about the others, so I am really curious to learn more about everyone in book two!I really liked the magic in the world. I don't think I've read many books that are both dystopian and magical so I loved that it was so unique. I would really like to learn more about the rest of the world, so I'm very excited to see what we will learn in the next two books. I didn't expect the ending at all so I am definitely intrigued!Thank you to Ben from OfTomes for letting me read an early copy of The Traitor's Crux.
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  • Carey Blankenship
    January 1, 1970
    I got the chance to read this lovely book before it came out, and, LET ME TELL YOU! This book is a fabulous read. If you're looking for a mix of The Darkest Minds meets The Hunger Games meets The Fifth Wave, then look no further! Let's define what works well for this book. I think it's the strongest element is the human nature. Truly I believe that these characters acted as real people will. Not to spoil anything, but, put under these pressures, I think a lot of us would have acted the same way I got the chance to read this lovely book before it came out, and, LET ME TELL YOU! This book is a fabulous read. If you're looking for a mix of The Darkest Minds meets The Hunger Games meets The Fifth Wave, then look no further! Let's define what works well for this book. I think it's the strongest element is the human nature. Truly I believe that these characters acted as real people will. Not to spoil anything, but, put under these pressures, I think a lot of us would have acted the same way as these characters acted. The author captured these people beautifully. We see the tortured souls, the evil souls, the ones who love tremendously. I love too that it's so easily black and white at a lot of points int he novel. Magic can be used for evil as much as it can be utilized for good. Evil wins as much as the good wins here, which is very reflective of real life. SPEAKING OF WHICH. When I first started reading this book, the evil characters reminded me entirely of Trump and Pence, and it gave me a real fright. As terrifying as it is, I loved that this book was able to poke at the conditions of our real life. Leaders can be dangerous. Let's all read this and reflect upon it! Here are other things that worked well! The pacing of the novel is fantastic. Action packed and intense, but also ready to pull out those quiet and slow scenes if needed. As a writer myself I always struggle with those training scenes, but this author handles it fantastically! I might look to those training / transitional scenes for myself as a reference or even refer to them for my other writing friends. The romance in the book was cute and endearing. The friendship made me feel sentimental. The plot had no holes and was well thought out! Overall, just a great read! I can't wait for this book to come out so other people can enjoy it, and I can't wait to read the sequel! Great job, Jessica!
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  • legenbooksdary
    January 1, 1970
    Some of you guys know that I cannot resist a dystopian book and so I had to give this book a try. This is a book about fighting the resistance against a bad president that rules the country. Sounds a bit familiar with what's happening right now in the world, isn't it?Magic is a big part of this book and its great that the good guys have a major advantage from the bad guys who is the president and his army. Basically the whole story is about the president manipulating others to get his job done a Some of you guys know that I cannot resist a dystopian book and so I had to give this book a try. This is a book about fighting the resistance against a bad president that rules the country. Sounds a bit familiar with what's happening right now in the world, isn't it?Magic is a big part of this book and its great that the good guys have a major advantage from the bad guys who is the president and his army. Basically the whole story is about the president manipulating others to get his job done and what he wants. Can't really blame Kennadee for acting for what is best for her family. Being threatened for the lives of loved ones is a very painful torture. I thought this was a standalone book but I don't think so. There's still so many things unresolved and I look forward for the sequel.
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3/5Genre: YA Fantasy/DystopianRecommended Age: 14+ (some language, violence)I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.In a country ravaged by years of war, plague, and death, witches and wizards are blamed for the state of the world and hunted by the U.S. government. Kenadee Coria was only a young girl when her brother was taken prisoner for having magical powers.Now sixteen years old, Kenadee discovers she too has magical powers and mu Rating: 3/5Genre: YA Fantasy/DystopianRecommended Age: 14+ (some language, violence)I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.In a country ravaged by years of war, plague, and death, witches and wizards are blamed for the state of the world and hunted by the U.S. government. Kenadee Coria was only a young girl when her brother was taken prisoner for having magical powers.Now sixteen years old, Kenadee discovers she too has magical powers and must face the facts: the government is watching, and they have plans for her. She’s given a deadly mission and an impossible ultimatum: the lives of a hidden group of magic refugees, or the safe return of her long-lost brother. – Amazon.comA book about witches in a dystopian setting? Sign me up! I had actually heard about this book before I was offered a chance to review it and so I was very excited to read this book. I liked the book well enough. I thought the plot development was well done and the writing was very easy to follow. I also thought the book had a very interesting concept.Unfortunately, I did have a lot of negatives I came across in this book. I thought the characters weren’t very well developed outside of Harlow. A lot of the characters were just there for the main character to converse with and I felt they didn’t have a lot of personality behind them. I thought the book jumped around quite a bit, which made it confusing for me to follow along. There was also one part in the book where the characters said one thing was going to happen, said another thing the next page, and then went with their original wording the page after that. I read that passage over and over again to try and figure out what might have happened, what I might have skipped, but I now think it might just be an error in the book, maybe two revisions that got spliced together accidentally? I also thought that the book could have been written better. I think the main character’s magical abilities could have made an appearance in the book earlier on. I also think more of her backstory should have been discussed in the book to give the reader a better foundation of the world we’re in. I also think that the most interesting character in this book was Harlow and I would love a spin-off book from her POV or the rest of the books from her POV. The author built Harlow to be such a complex and interesting character and I’m excited to see where Harlow goes from here.Verdict: While I did have more negatives to say about this book then positives I still enjoyed this book and I would recommend it just because it’s very unique and because it’s a pretty good book beyond the flaws. If you’re looking for an unique book to read and you’re a fan of dystopian books, this might be the book for you. This book comes out on November 14, 2017!
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  • Brittany Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review, so I would like to thank first Oftomes for the opportunity.I won’t go through the synopsis again. From what I read it sounded like an excellent, original idea. The book combines two of my favourite themes: magic and dystopian worlds, so far I was in love!!As I read the books I could feel the pain and anguish of the characters. I started to put myself in their shoes and I was finding it difficult to stay impartial as a reader! The ch I received this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review, so I would like to thank first Oftomes for the opportunity.I won’t go through the synopsis again. From what I read it sounded like an excellent, original idea. The book combines two of my favourite themes: magic and dystopian worlds, so far I was in love!!As I read the books I could feel the pain and anguish of the characters. I started to put myself in their shoes and I was finding it difficult to stay impartial as a reader! The characters were well thought out and the story moved along at a great speed. The writing was very clear and concise whilst conveying the characters emotions.Saying all these lovely things there were a few times that I saw what was going to happen and a few bits were predictable, but then when you read so many books it’s almost impossible not to sense the “next step”. Also at a few points I was ready to throttle Kenadee myself just because of her stubbornness and also because of her blind faith. I look forward to reading more about the world they are in and seeing how things work out. I can not wait for the sequel to come out!! I recommend this book to anyone that has a love for fantasy/action/dystopian themes as this book combines the three seamlessly!
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  • Noha Badawi
    January 1, 1970
    Dear lord, i need book two like NOW ! Awesome debut, review to come tomorrow.
  • Kris
    January 1, 1970
    This was soooo good!!! Definitely blends elements from different ideas perfectly. Witches, powers... Amazing! Can’t wait for the next one!!
  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Oftomes Publishing*Kenadee Coria lives in a version of the United States that is divided into those with magic and those without. When Kenadee was young her brother was taken prisoner because he had powers.Years later, Kenadee discovers that she too has magic. The President himself intends to use these powers for his own gain.Torn between saving her family and going through with the President's plans, what will Kenadee d *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Oftomes Publishing*Kenadee Coria lives in a version of the United States that is divided into those with magic and those without. When Kenadee was young her brother was taken prisoner because he had powers.Years later, Kenadee discovers that she too has magic. The President himself intends to use these powers for his own gain.Torn between saving her family and going through with the President's plans, what will Kenadee do?I don't know what it is about The Traitor's Crux, but something just didn't sit right for me throughout the whole book. This made it impossible for me to feel like I really connected with the story.This was an ARC so naturally there were a few mistakes which meant that I had to re-read a few sentences, something that obviously doesn't help with the flow of the writing/story.I found some of the characters' reactions a bit off - for example, Kenadee didn't seem that shocked when she found out that she had magic, and accepted it very quickly. It was a bit unbelievable that Kenadee was asked to babysit for a couple who barely knew her, but maybe they were more trusting than me.The magic seemed a bit tacky at times and I would have liked more explanation about certain things such as the teleportation devices and where the food appeared from - the magically appearing food actually made me think of the Harry Potter books, as did the rooms that would disappear when they weren't in use. The Room of Requirement anyone?The set-up at the camp seemed a bit too good to be true - everyone had their own houses and there was even a library - but maybe that's because I used to dystopians were they live in worse conditions.I didn't have any strong feelings about Kenadee or any of the other characters, except of course thinking that the President was a dick.I was not a fan of the romance at all. It was as if the moment Kenadee saw Bryce she decided that she wanted him to be her boyfriend. She was a little stalkerish at the beginning. I like my romances to be slow burning but Kenadee and Bryce got together way too quickly for me.I love the cover and from the blurb I thought The Traitor's Crux had potential, but unfortunately I'm left with the feeling that it's not quite there and needs more polishing.Unfortunately this wasn't for me.
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  • Amy Whittaker
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from OfTomes Publishing in exchange for an honest review.I'm a huge fan of dystopian novels, like Divergent and The Hunger Games so when I heard that The Traitors Crux was a mix of dystopia and magic I got very excited and knew that I'd love this book! This easy read transported us to a unique world filled with a great ensemble of characters and the occasional plot twist!When it came to our protagonist Kenadee, I didn't click with her and found it difficult to get over her s I received this book from OfTomes Publishing in exchange for an honest review.I'm a huge fan of dystopian novels, like Divergent and The Hunger Games so when I heard that The Traitors Crux was a mix of dystopia and magic I got very excited and knew that I'd love this book! This easy read transported us to a unique world filled with a great ensemble of characters and the occasional plot twist!When it came to our protagonist Kenadee, I didn't click with her and found it difficult to get over her stubbornness and blind faith however at the same time I really appreciate her realness and I understand her action and the way in which she dealt with different situations; at the end of the day we will do anything to save the ones we love. Harlow and Bryce, on the other hand, were my favourites and I instantly fell in love with their characters, they're both just so badass and powerful! I definitely ship Kenadee and Bryce, however, I felt their relationship was very insta-romance and happened very quickly. But Prather redeemed herself when they didn't instantly get back together after that trust was broken, and that for me was real romance as you could see that they both still loved each other but the hurt and distrust was still too new.There's no doubt that this book is extremely fast-paced and certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book, particularly in those action scenes, of which there are many! However, at times I felt scenes were a bit rushed and left me a little confused about what had just happened. Nevertheless, we had some serious plot twists that I didn't see coming and I thought the ending was perfect, the only negative thing is that I don't have the sequel in my hands because I need to know what happens next!Thank you again to OfTomes publishing for sending me this fab book!
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  • Ceres95
    January 1, 1970
    Kenadee saw her father get killed, her brother get kidnapped, and since then with her mother they have been treated as plague victims. Only one family helped them and this one has just been murdered because they too had magical powers.Kenadee finds herself faced with a choice; she must infiltrate a group of refugees with magical powers and deliver them to the president if she wants to see her living brother again.The president has also just told her that she had magical powers and that she was s Kenadee saw her father get killed, her brother get kidnapped, and since then with her mother they have been treated as plague victims. Only one family helped them and this one has just been murdered because they too had magical powers.Kenadee finds herself faced with a choice; she must infiltrate a group of refugees with magical powers and deliver them to the president if she wants to see her living brother again.The president has also just told her that she had magical powers and that she was special.The subject is interesting, it deals with discrimination, the president who doesn’t have powers use the people who have and on whom he can have power by blackmail them, to kill the rest of the population with powers that hides.I will start by talking about Kenadee, very frankly I wanted to hit her very often, she annoyed me to the highest point. She has to make a choice, save several lives or save only one, so yes we talk about her brother's life but does she really think that the president will release him? I can understand that she makes this choice at first, but when she arrives in the group, she becomes friends with Tess, Delia and Bryce, and they trust her. The only one not to trust her is Harlow, and for good reason, the latter has already been kidnapped several times by the president, he wants to get Harlow at any cost because her powers are very strong. With all these people she’s learning to know, she’s still ready to sacrifice them for her brother whom she has not seen for 9 years, there are children among them. In short, I didn’t like Kenadee and I really hope that she will catch up in the next book because the story has enormous potential.Full review : http://ceresbooksworld.com/2017/11/07...
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  • Catherine Furfaro
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on my blog: Witch Plus CatAs much as I try to get into the whole YA dystopian genre, I just can’t do it.Seriously, if the world turns to bat shit crazy (which seems like it is), find a sixteen-year-old girl, stick with her, because like every book in this genre, she is likely to save the world.I actually find it funny that it’s always the female teenagers that rise up against evil politics to save the world from damnation. And yes, it’s nice to see, young girls especially, t Originally published on my blog: Witch Plus CatAs much as I try to get into the whole YA dystopian genre, I just can’t do it.Seriously, if the world turns to bat shit crazy (which seems like it is), find a sixteen-year-old girl, stick with her, because like every book in this genre, she is likely to save the world.I actually find it funny that it’s always the female teenagers that rise up against evil politics to save the world from damnation. And yes, it’s nice to see, young girls especially, that they can make a difference in the world and be strong characters. I think it’s just reading this scenario in every YA dystopian book I’ve read so far, that starts to become old. I’m over it.It’s probably best now to mention I didn’t finish this book, but after the fourth chapter I felt like I knew what was about to happen. I could be wrong, but I wasn’t in the mood to continue.I did like how there was a fantasy element to the story, magic being its focal point. It gave us something unique to this genre.I did love the writing of Jessica Prather, so I would definitely read more of her work. It was just the genre, sorry.If this was the first YA dystopian I read, I’m positive I would’ve loved it. But alas.
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  • Melleny
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars***If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog:www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.zaBut here is a snippet and overview of what I thought:Overal, I think that this series has potential. I also think that because this is the author's first book, she has done a good job and can only get better. There is definitely some places that could use development but at the end of the day, she has a good start. The writing had almost all of the basi 3.5 Stars***If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog:www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.zaBut here is a snippet and overview of what I thought:Overal, I think that this series has potential. I also think that because this is the author's first book, she has done a good job and can only get better. There is definitely some places that could use development but at the end of the day, she has a good start. The writing had almost all of the basics down but it just needed some character to it, something that made it unique to the author. The plot has potential. There were certain events that worked well and then there were certain events that were confusing which could be solved by fleshing them out a bit. But the bare bones are there. The characters were okay. Harlow and Kenadee had some substance to them but the others felt a little too two dimensional. They needed some life to them. But I think that if the writing improves and the plot clears up in the next book, the characters will follow suit. Thank you so much to Oftomes Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to review!
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  • Ellen Vergauwen
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy in exchange for review.This book isn't like anything I've read before. I absolutely loved the way this book was written, it was fun and easy to read and I finished it before I even realised the end was near (that's the problem with ebooks folks).It was a very unique story, at least it was to me, and maybe not something I'd have picked up myself if it wasn't for this review (and my blind trust in everything Benjamin recommends and publishes).Magic, fantasy, mystery, ... it I received a free copy in exchange for review.This book isn't like anything I've read before. I absolutely loved the way this book was written, it was fun and easy to read and I finished it before I even realised the end was near (that's the problem with ebooks folks).It was a very unique story, at least it was to me, and maybe not something I'd have picked up myself if it wasn't for this review (and my blind trust in everything Benjamin recommends and publishes).Magic, fantasy, mystery, ... it pretty much checked all the boxes for me, exactly the kind of thing I wanted to read. AND this is the perfect book to read in the upcoming, rainy, cold months.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the idea of a community of magical people being hidden from the big bad. In this case, the government who wants to use their powers for controlling people. I wasn't a fan of Kenadee. She kept making the same mistakes and expecting different outcomes. I liked Bryce but the relationship with Kenadee seemed to happen too quickly especially for her being an outsider. I was more interested and invested in Harlow. What action there was I enjoyed but would have liked to have read more about the I liked the idea of a community of magical people being hidden from the big bad. In this case, the government who wants to use their powers for controlling people. I wasn't a fan of Kenadee. She kept making the same mistakes and expecting different outcomes. I liked Bryce but the relationship with Kenadee seemed to happen too quickly especially for her being an outsider. I was more interested and invested in Harlow. What action there was I enjoyed but would have liked to have read more about the community. I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lois Carr
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance reading copy of The Traitor’s Crux in exchange for an honest review. I haven’t read many fantasy novels involving witches for a long time, practically since I read Harry Potter when I was younger...I was pleasantly surprised when The Traitor’s Crux turned out to have similarities. The magic and the concepts in this book were unique but it reminded me of Harry Potter in more of an atmospheric way. The battles in this book were reminiscent of battles at Hogwarts and it was th I received an advance reading copy of The Traitor’s Crux in exchange for an honest review. I haven’t read many fantasy novels involving witches for a long time, practically since I read Harry Potter when I was younger...I was pleasantly surprised when The Traitor’s Crux turned out to have similarities. The magic and the concepts in this book were unique but it reminded me of Harry Potter in more of an atmospheric way. The battles in this book were reminiscent of battles at Hogwarts and it was thrilling. Right at the beginning the President and VP the author was describing reminded me of Trump and I thought that was how it would continue...However, I started to feel that President Reed was more like President Snow from The Hunger Games. The Traitor’s Crux has such an interesting and unique storyline whilst reminding me of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games and I think it’s all a great combination for an amazing read! I’m giving The Traitor’s Crux three stars and it would’ve been four but I feel that occasionally the story lagged and became slow. Other than that it was a great book and I can’t wait for the next one to see what happens after such a tumultuous ending!
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  • Jessica Prather
    January 1, 1970
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