Eighteen-year-old Trystan Colbourne believes she has nothing to lose. Her father has died, her stepmother has stolen her inheritance, and her stepsisters are as vicious as they are beautiful. If she wants a future beyond their cruelty and indifference, she has just one chance to make it for herself—by accepting an enticing offer from an unexpected benefactor. The offer? A life of freedom in exchange for her part in a harmless deception.
Trystan hopes her freedom will give her the chance to find out whether her mysterious new friend Donevan can be trusted with her secrets… and her heart. But trust is a dangerous business, and when her harmless deception turns sinister, Trystan discovers that trusting the wrong person may have placed the entire kingdom of Andar in grave peril. Unwittingly embroiled in espionage, treason, and deadly intrigue, Trystan will be forced to decide who she really wants to be, and how high a price she’s willing to pay to make her dreams come true.
This is not just a Cinderella re-telling. The traditional fairy tale plot line is the driver for Trystan's big decision, but there is so much more to this story than that. Our heroine must grapple with putting what she knows is right, not just over what she wants, but ultimately over her own freedom from an oppressive life, no small thing. She becomes a changed person in the process, but once decided, never wavers.
The main characters are fully fleshed out and likable, their banter together is fun, further rounding their personalities. I definitely rooted for them, and enjoyed the supporting characters as well. As a debut novel I think this was great, and I'm looking forward to more from Kenley Davidson!
It's been awhile since I've done a giveaway, and I think Traitor's Masque is perfect for it! I would love to share this story by giving away a kindle copy for another reader to enjoy. That reader could be you!