- Series: Rebel of the Sands (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451477855
- ISBN-13: 978-0451477859
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Amani is my first love of this series. Whether she is on a mission to a desert town, or unexpectedly finds herself captured and taken to the Sultan's palace, this girl is strong and capable. But Amani is not a typical martyr heroine, offering herself up as a sacrifice in need of saving. She's able and willing to make smart but difficult choices in the name of rebellion. Amani is badass and a survivor, even in moments when her choices are taken away from her. But Amani is not an island to herself, and I enjoyed seeing Amani as part of a larger group, with friends and people she trusts and respects. That is so different from the girl we met in book one.
Although I hated seeing Amani captured, I love that through the experience, Amani's understanding of her world is broadened. Amani gains invaluable perspective when she is taken right to the heart of the ruthless Sultan's palace, coming face to face with the very ruler the rebellion is fighting against. While in the palace, Amani begins to think about what the rebellion means for all sides, as well as how her previous - often rash - decisions have affected others. Some of my formed opinions of characters even changed throughout this book, and I loved the further complexities that gave the story.
Traitor to the Throne is not always fast paced, but this pacing allows more reflection, and I think that's almost more important for Amani's growth and continued work with the rebellion. Even so, this story is intense. A lot of action is packed in too, especially near the end. These characters are starting a revolution and that means people are going to die - and do die in this story. Very hard choices have to be made, and though they made my heart break, I admired the characters' willingness to make them and keep moving forward.
The romance was definitely one of my favorite parts of the first book, and continues to be so in this installment, despite the fact that Jin and Amani spend a lot of time apart. While separations are never my favorite, and I love seeing these two work together the most, it wasn't as painful as I feared. Mostly because Amani has Things To Do and she doesn't let herself get pulled into unnecessary angst. I love Jin and I think he's a great match for Amani - they are stronger when working together, but I have to admit to being a little bit upset with him in this story. Jin loves Amani and his brother Ahmed, but his heart isn't in their rebellion and that definitely causes some issues. However, Jin and Amani's love for each other is palpable and this story does have some sweet and swoony moments. I have high hopes for the continued progression of their romance in the final book in this series. (GET YOUR STUFF TOGETHER BOY).
I loved how this story developed. However, I do think some of the official cover copy was overstated a bit. There were definitely revelations and surprises and moments of reflection, but not exactly what I anticipated from my first look at the book's description. Thankfully, I'm very happy and excited about where this story took me and its characters.
This is a book and series that I adore and highly recommend. I'm dying for the finale now!
Rebel of Sands had one killer of a ending, and this book picks up not too long after it ended. I loved the way the book starts off. It definitely thrusts readers right back into the thick of the rebellion. While I liked that Rebel of the Sands was faster paced, this book is a little bit slower, but had a much more substance to it. It's a slow burning plot that reveals everything at the right time, while giving you just enough to keep you hooked, yet not enough that it keeps you wanting more. If that makes sense. It was so well written.
This book had everything I had hoped it would have, and more. Strong characters, rich world building, a lot of surprises, and plenty of action, mixed with the right amount of romance. I loved getting to know all the characters more, as well as meet some new ones. I enjoyed getting a deeper look at the history of Amani's world, as well as into the rebellion, and the cause and effect it has on those who are apart of it.
I absolutely love Amani. I admire her strength, and her courage. Her sharp tongue when she's mad at Jin (snickers at some of the things she says), her wit, loyalty, stubbornness, and her ability to literally kick some butt when she needs to. She doesn't hold back when it comes to doing what she thinks is right. She doesn't think twice about putting her life on the line when it comes to saving those she cares about. I love how she's able to keep her wits about her in some of the situation she finds herself in.
Jin is Amani's perfect match. What I wanted between these two I got. I love the way Hamilton wrote these two. Even if they're not physically together for some of the book, they're very much present. If that makes sense. I love the way she wrote that, and how they affect each other, even when not physically together. Talk about sizzle! Hamilton gave me a couple scenes between these two that I LOVED! Yes, it's those scenes that I may have re-read a couple times and my word, they are so, well, awesome.
This is one awesome sequel. From the characters to the setting, and everything this story included. It was perfectly paced, had the right amount of swoon, mixed with the right amount of action, shocking revelations, and the twists that you didn't see coming. My word, this book is just, WOW. I need the next one like now.