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Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands) Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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PRAISE FOR Traitor to the Throne:
*"[Traitor builds] to a crescendo of heart-pounding—and heartbreaking—climaxes that will leave readers sobbing and desperate for the next volume."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[Traitor] is full of compelling twists and turns, and the ending will leave readers highly anticipating the final volume in theRebel of the Sands trilogy."--Booklist
"[A] worthy sequel...unforgettable."--BCCB
PRAISE FOR Rebel of the Sands:
“Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun.”--Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“Debut author Hamilton combines elements of Western and Middle Eastern civilization and lore with her own mythology, crafting an enticing, full-bodied story . . . successfully mingles romance with thrilling stakes, and hints at a welcome sequel.” --Publishers Weekly
“This atmospheric fantasy combines magic, mythology, and the Wild West to create a riveting tale...an exciting, romantic adventure that is unique and all its own.” --Starred Review, Booklist
About the Author
Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College, and then to London where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often. Follow her at @AlwynFJH.
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Amani is fierce and beautifully flawed. She’s a great combination of weak and strong, cunning and naïve. Watching her try to navigate the dangers of the sultan’s palace kept me turning pages.
The sultan is the kind of antagonist you both admire and abhor—a worthy opponent for the rebellion. He’s proof that the best villains are the ones who believe they’re doing the right thing. He had me questioning my assumptions right along with Amani, wondering if the rebellion was really the noble cause it appeared to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed Traitor to the Throne, and I anticipate great things from book 3!
We begin the story some months after the events of Rebel of the Sands. Jin is MIA on his own mission, having left when Amani got shot and took a while to heal. Amani finds herself being taken prisoner so that she can rescue some of her captured band members. And it’s really where all the trouble begins when one of the other prisoners calls her by her mother’s name.
It’s not long before the band of rebels are on the run again and Amani is taken prisoner only to be sold to the Sultan. No one knows where she is at since she was taken in the middle of the night and it will be up to her to save herself, and of course learn whatever information she can about the Sultan’s plans.
While it may seem like not much really happens progress wise in this one, you have to look deeper, because in fact a lot really does happen. Amani is sent to the harem in the Sultan’s palace and she’s surrounded by his wives and of course the Sultim’s wives as well, those three are the real villains for Amani. Amani is going to have to use skills and cunning attitude in order to find out any information that can help Ahmed and the rebels.
The Sultan keeps her prisoner with metals trapped under her skin. Without knowing where they are, Amani can do nothing but obey his commands. While in a sense I get that Amani has to follow the Sultan’s commands since she is a djinni and his prisoner, I felt like his commands weren’t very specific. All the djinns that I’ve come across in literature basically have it where you must be very, very explicit with your wishes or else the djinn will turn your wish against you. And we see that in some vague sense with other djinn in the story, but Amani finds herself to follow all these vague commands. For example, the Sultan says “follow her” to Amani in regards to following a servant. He’s not telling her when she needs to follow said servant but Amani does it right away. This happens quite frequently and I almost want to shout to Amani you don’t have to do it! He’s not saying WHEN you need to do said commands! Djinn have constantly been able to twist commands so that they are in their favor more than their master. I’m not sure if it’s because Amani is only the daughter of one and not a full blooded djinni that makes her more susceptible to vague commands, but I really didn’t care for her lack of “cunningness” when it came to her own personal being. This is one of the few things that drive me crazy throughout the book.
The other thing that I didn’t care for was the lack of Jin time. Jin is away for a part of the beginning and it’s for a mere moment or two before Amani is kidnapped that we get to see the two of them together. Then we get a little more togetherness towards the end, but it wasn’t quite enough. Since they were nearly inseparable in the first book I was kind of used to them together. And then it was because of the reasons behind all their separations that it didn’t lead to many swoony moments between them in the short time they had together. For Amani was quite peeved that Jin just disappeared after she was shot. Which, yeah, bad move, Jin!
There was a lot of tension in this one! Not really in the romantic sense either, but good old fashion tension where you don’t know what will happen to all our beloved characters! There’s a greater sense of danger too for it seems that the Sultan gets the upper-hand more than once throughout the book. And then people go missing, getting caught, there’s a LOT that happens that will have you gasping for breath and wondering at the fate of all of the rebels!
There was also a few new characters to pop into the story! Some get spoilery, but one that’s not is Sam! He is…something all right! LOL! He’s quite the character and I loved his smarmy attitude. It also looks like he’s been smitten by Shazad. Though he’s not in the story nearly enough for my liking I quite enjoyed what we did see of him and what we learn.
Which is another thing I wanted to mention! I can’t remember if the first book was like this or not either, but I loved how every now and then the story is put on “pause” for a storytelling of a different kind. Mythology plays a pretty big role in parts of the story, and I love that when the timing is just right, we actually get to know a little more about that myth or story within the story! The way it just fits seamlessly into the story at large is remarkable! It doesn’t really detract from Amani’s story at all, but it enhances it!
The ending to this one will amaze and surprise you! Just when you feel lost and confused and have no clue as to where things will end by the next book, we get to see a teeny, tiny light that will guide us there! There was still that same initial gut wrenching reaction though! This book will tear your feels anew!! The question is: are you ready for it?
Traitor to the Throne was one fast paced, action packed read! The characters continue to amaze and delight me as I kept turning the pages one by one! This book doesn’t fall anywhere close to that dreaded middle book syndrome! It’s pretty much on par with being as amazing as its predecessor! I cannot wait to see how this incredibly thrilling series will end next year!!
Overall Rating 5/5 stars
Strong female protagonist, action, sacrifices, dilemma after dilemma. Can't get much better than this.
While this is tagged YA it doesn't dumb it down or make the protagonist into some sappy, boy-swooned whiner. Amani was awesome. I'm hoping there will be more books in the series since the ending was pretty open.
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We pick up shortly after we left off. Amani finds herself at the center of the revolution.Read more