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The deceiver's heart, Jennifer A. Nielsen

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The deceiver's heart
Title
The deceiver's heart
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Jennifer A. Nielsen
Title variation
deceivers heart
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Language
eng
Summary
Now firmly on the side of the Coracks, sixteen-year-old Kestra Dallisor plans to use the magic Olden Blade to kill the evil Lord Endrick, but when she fails, Endrick turns her into one of his Ironheart soldiers, without any memory of her rebellion, and bound to obey him, his spy within the Coracks; the rebel Simon is desperate to return her to the Kestra he loves, but he is reluctant to use the magic that might heal (or destroy) her--and neither Simon or Kestra is sure who they can trust among the rebels, because the whole rebellion is endangered by its increasingly murky politics
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  • Grades 7-10 In the opening of this middle book in the Traitor’s Game trilogy, Kestra, the Infidante, confronts the megalomaniacal Lord Endrick but fails to kill him. Instead, he replaces her memories and charges Kestra with destroying the Corak rebellion. The rebels rescue Kestra when they see the plan has failed, but she acts as if they are strangers abducting her; worse, if Endrick’s magic can’t be reversed, a new Infidante can only be chosen if Kestra dies. Simon, her star-crossed lover, is naturally against this. While the Coraks bicker, the Halderians and Brillians, both uneasy allies, implement their own secret plans. The memory wipe keeps Kestra frustratingly devoid of agency for much of the book, and readers invested in her relationship with Simon will need patience, for he spends much of his time pining. The convoluted political maneuvering is compelling, with bloody results, and while Kestra’s memory problem is solved, the result leaves her forever changed and in even more danger. Though uneven, this is an angsty, high-stakes setup for the final volume. -- Krista Hutley (Reviewed 11/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 6, p53)
  • Afflicted by magic, a young woman is not quite herself...and is unsure of who she wants to become. Sixteen-year-old Kestra Dallisor returns to the royal Antoran court, now (reluctantly) the Infidante: the prophesized wielder of the Olden Blade, potential destroyer of evil Lord Endrick, and thus, savior of the Banished (Halderian) people. When an assassination attempt goes awry, Lord Endrick—the Dominion leader and last known Endrean magic user—meddles with her memories and remakes her into an obedient Ironheart. Uncertain of her loyalties and love interests, Kestra must decide if she will rejoin the Corack rebels or rekindle her relationship with Simon Hatch, once a servant and now revealed as the Halderian heir. Repetitive political machinations, melodramatic lovers' miscommunications, explosion-filled action sequences, and requisite romantic triangles ensue. Unaffected by the magic, co-narrator Simon provides a more logical perspective and linear counternarrative, but amnesia essentially (frustratingly) resets Kestra's journey. Nielsen's (Resistance, 2018, etc.) generic fantasy setting—pre-industrial (barring the evildoers' tech), vaguely Northern European—unevenly explained magic, and obligatorily odd fantasy beasts are standard, stale fare. Kestra and Simon are presumably white. A serviceable sequel that establishes obstacles for the young lovers to overcome in the next installment but contributes little else. (Fantasy. 12-18) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10763092
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nielsen, Jennifer A
Dewey number
  • 813.6
  • Fic
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 10
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The traitor's game
Series volume
book 2
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Weapons
  • Conspiracies
  • Insurgency
  • Magic
  • Memory
  • Adventure stories
  • Weapons
  • Conspiracies
  • Insurgency
  • Magic
  • Memory
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Adventure stories
  • Conspiracies
  • Insurgency
  • Magic
  • Memory
  • Weapons
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The deceiver's heart, Jennifer A. Nielsen
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1047523979
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781338045413
Lccn
2018033262
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1047523979
Label
The deceiver's heart, Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1047523979
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781338045413
Lccn
2018033262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1047523979

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