Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews {Book Review}

Red Sparrow was one of my top books in 2021 and I was lucky to pick up a copy of the second book in the series, Palace of Treason, last year as well.

These books have everything; mind games, betrayal, sacrifice, sex. Jason Matthews brings everything to the table.

Did I expect for all that to tone down as the series progressed? Oh, no! Give me more!

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Dominika Evegora’s life is about to get even more complicated.

Still working with the CIA, she is placed under pressure when someone in the SVR starts suspecting that she is the mole. To protect her cover, Dominika needs to get to the mole in time before he passes on crucial information. Who is the mole and how close are they to revealing her secret?

As tensions run high, Dominika’s role places her and the ones she cares about at risk, but how far is she willing to go to protect them?


There is depth and knowledge in the writing which is what gives the book its edge because you know the information isn’t just sucked from someone’s thumb, but contributed from real-life experience. The detail in the spyware is top level.

There were plenty of new characters to keep track of — new villains to despise and new betrayals to leave you heartbroken. Yes, I was emotionally invested.

Apart from the evil characters you might remember from the previous book, we’re introduced to new ones, and they take it up a notch. It’s an emotional rollercoaster packed with action and violence. Cue the torture scenes that make you want to look away but your eyes stayed glued to the pages.

Dominika’s daring decisions and selfless character is admirable, more than I can say about some characters in the book. She’s still putting herself last when it comes to choosing safety for someone else or herself, and the stress of losing her is real.

The romance and hot passion is obvious between Dominika and Nate, and has intensified. The few sex scenes though were emotionally charged.

However, Nate’s behaviour at some point made me want to smack him really hard. He could have been ruining a good thing.

I never took a liking to Hannah; even her actions to save a life and her important but short role in the book didn’t change that.

Gable continues to be the guy you want as a big brother, and his humour is awesome.


I loved this book as much I did the first one, despite the same tropes, it still kept me in suspense.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.20 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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