by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands,
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
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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.
“I hated the quiet. I could hear my fears that much louder for it.”
I was so excited when I received both Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne for review! I immediately dove into Rebel and loved it! You can check out my review here I waited just a bit longer to start Traitor because I wanted it to be fresh in my mind for the blog tour. I was eager to see what happens next and got pulled into Traitor so quickly!
Traitor to the Throne picks up shortly after the end of Rebel of the Sands, the rebels are still fighting hard behind the Rebel Prince to overthrow the reigning Sultan. Amani and Jin have been separated once again, Jin loves to run to escape everything and has done so once again. Leaving Amani to be betrayed and end up in the palace of the very Sultan she is rebelling against. Amani has to be clever to survive in the palace and becomes a spy for the Rebels as the Sultan seems to confide in her and use her special talents to aid him.
Traitor was very different from Rebel, most of Rebel is trekking through the desert, lots of guns and lots of battles. Traitor largely took place in the palace and was more about cerebral attacks than physical ones. I found myself really liking both for different reasons, what I missed in Traitor was all of the fierce, gun blazing attitude that Amani had in the first book… I missed it! But she really had to be on her guard so the Amani we all know and love wasn’t super present in this one. Also Jin and Amani were separated for the majority of the book, I’m still not sure how I feel about this… for some reason I haven’t really been invested in them since the beginning so part of me was happy and the other wanted them together to develop their relationship more for me. So I apologize, it seems I am not much help in that department.
“I thought of Shazad. My sister in arms. We had recognized something in each other the first time we met and we were tied. By more than blood.”
I love these characters, like I hardcore LOVE them! The bond between Shazad and Amani is one of my favorite friendships! I also love the loyalty and camaraderie amongst the rebels, they are like one big family and I love it! I also LOVE Ahmed, I wanted to see more of him in this one!
There was so much going on in this book (of course there were 500 pages!) At times I felt like it was a bit too much for me to handle! I was keeping track of the Sultan, his two sons and the workings of the palace, the goings on in the harem where Amani was living, learning about the progress of the rebellion, as well as the status of the surrounding countries and their involvement in the War, while also meeting several new characters and finally meeting the mystical Djinni beings (one being Amani’s Father)… it was A LOT and a times just a bit overwhelming. I still really enjoyed this book, it was just a lot to take in.
Despite a couple of small issues, this sequel really was very good. It was different and interesting and kept me on my toes wondering what would happen next. I love the World building of Miraji and the the descriptions of the desert and the palace. Alwyn Hamilton introduced me to a whole new world within one that she already created and I found it totally fascinating! And that ENDING!! It left me breathless with my heart hammering in my chest! Waiting for the next book is going to be torture, because there are things I NEED TO KNOW… right now!! Where is book 3? Sign me up!!
“This was what the desert did to us. It made us dreamers with weapons.”
Have you read Rebel or Traitor?
What did you think of them?