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Review: The Traitor’s Tunnel – C. M. Spivey

The Traitor's Tunnel
Book cover: Bridget climbs out of a tunnel.

Witch-blooded robber Bridget has made a reputation for herself in the capital city, but she’s not interested in the attention of the Thieves’ Guild–and she’s not bothered by the rumors of urchin kidnappings, either. With winter coming, she’s looking out for herself and no one else.

Until she picks the wrong pocket, and recognizes her estranged brother Teddy.

Young craftsman Theodor arrives in the capital ready to take the final step toward his dream career as Lord Engineer of Arido. His apprenticeship with a renowned city engineer comes with new rules and challenges, but it’s worth it for the exposure to the Imperial Council.

While spying on her brother, Bridget overhears a secret meeting that reveals a cruel plot. After more than a decade apart, Theodor and Bridget must reunite to stop a traitor whose plan threatens not only their city, but the whole empire.

Set seven years before the events of From Under the Mountain, The Traitor’s Tunnel is the story of two young people presented with a choice–to protect themselves, or to protect others–the consequences of which will change their lives forever.

The novella The Traitor’s Tunnel has been on my TBR for quite some time because it has asexual representation and I’m always interested in reading books with ace characters. It is the prequel to From Under The Mountain.

It’s #ownvoices for asexual and transgender rep.


This book was so good. Seriously, I am in love with it. It’s so adorable and cute, but yet intriguing and mysterious at the same time. And I couldn’t stop reading it.

The worldbuilding is spectacular. I could tell that a lot of effort had been put into constructing a fantasy world, and it paid off. I was able to picture the city in my mind, it was very realistic. The introduction and establishing of the different characters and the interaction between witches and non-witch people was also quite interesting. I’m very intrigued about the witches and this novella certainly leaves me hoping that the main series will delve further into their role in this society and in politics. One aspect of the worldbuilding that I would like to highlight is that it was common for a person in this universe to use a gender neutral pronoun (ze), if they don’t know the gender of another character. Also, the children of witches claim their gender at five and are not assigned a gender at birth.

The writing is very beautiful and descriptive. The city and the region is described to the reader, which I think is great in high fantasy novels because I like to find out more about the setting of the story.

It also works very well as a standalone novella and you won’t need to read From Under The Mountain to understand this book, as I hadn’t read it before reading the novella.


The Traitor’s Tunnel was an amazing introduction into a new universe. I was so spellbound after reading it that I ended up getting From Under The Mountain, which is the first book of the main series and takes place 7 years after the events from this novella.

5-stars
5 stars

Have you read The Traitor’s Tunnel? What do you think of the premise?

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