Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on March 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!
Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.
When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.
Happy Tuesday, friends! Do you know what today is? If you’re anything like me you’ve had this date marked on your calendar for a while now! Not only is it new release Tuesday, but it’s the book birthday for “Traitor to the Throne” by Alwyn Hamilton. You may already know how much I loved the first book in this series, “Rebel of the Sands” (read my review here) and hopefully you saw my recent post on the reasons why I love main character, Amani. But, today, I’m here to tell you all the reasons why I LOVE Traitor even MORE than I love Rebel.
Diving back into the world of the “Rebel of the Sands” trilogy was such a welcome treat. It was so exciting to get back into the story of Amani and her crew to find out where they ended up after the end of the last book. “Traitor to the Throne” did NOT disappoint, and it certainly did NOT fall into the dreaded “second book syndrome”. If anything, it was better than the first and took the whole story to the next level.
After spending so much time wandering the desert in book one, it was interesting to spend most of Traitor in one location. To see Amani navigate through a completely different set of circumstances, but just as dangerous, further demonstrated her amazing ability to adjust to her circumstances and survive. Amani makes some shocking revelations in this book and deals with the consequences of past mistakes, and as much pain it brings to her, she never lets it define or distract her. She is the true definition of a strong and determined young woman. A definite MUST ADD to your badass girls of YA lists.
So, what did I love most about this book? Without a doubt, it’s the relationships between Amani and her squad. The ties between Amani, Jin, Shazad, Ahmed and the rest of the crew continue to grow. The way they take care of , support and defend each other are what totally drew me in. I’m not gonna lie, there are some real heartbreak moments and the stakes are taken to whole new level. No one is safe, so prepare your feels now!
Traitor is quite a bit longer than Rebel, and I’m so thrilled about that. The hefty added page count meant more vivid story-telling and more extensive world-building..which I was all about. But, interestingly enough, by the last page, I still wanted more.
Hamilton has AN innate ability to weave together the perfect words! In this Book She creates an engrossing and riveting story of friendship, survival, discovery and love.