Blog Tour and Giveaway: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

March 16, 2017 // Posted by Becca in Blog Tours, Reviews // 16 Comments

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn HamiltonTraitor to the Throne
by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands,
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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.

becca chats


“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.”


About Alwyn Hamilton

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.


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Giveaway Details:

Enter for a chance to win one (1) grand prize set of Alwyn Hamilton’s books, including a paperback copy of Rebel of the Sands and a hardcover of Traitor to the Throne, or to win one (1) of five (5) paperback copies of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (ARV: $10.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 6, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 27, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about March 29, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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  • meigan

    Excellent review! I’m so excited to start this series, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I’ve only read the Rebel sampler, and even with it being so short, I was hooked!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you get the chance to read it Meigan!

  • Fantastic review and lovely quotes, Becca! I still need to get around to reading this book, it’s just kind of huge so that scares me XD I’m so glad you enjoyed it though! 😀

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

    • LostinLit Becca

      I know, 500 pages is a lot! It did go by pretty quickly though!

  • Danielle Hammelef

    I loved your review. I’m going to love reading this book based on the characters alone, not to mention all the action.

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thank you! I hope that you enjoy these when you get to them!

  • Vivien

    So eager to get my hands on the sequel. And the new covers for that matter!!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope you love the sequel when you get to it!

  • So I actually wasn’t the hugest fan of Rebel Of The Sands because it was kinda dull for me and overhyped! But the covers for this series are so gorgeous! Anyway back to the point – I don’t think I’ll be picking this up because I’m just not interested in continuing the series! Good to hear you enjoyed it though and fantastic review!

    xx Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

    • LostinLit Becca

      So sorry this one wasn’t for you 🙁

  • I started this book last week but have yet to pick it up again. So doing that this weekend!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope you enjoy the rest of it! All 500 pages! LOL 😀

  • Samantha D

    I can’t wait I loved Rebel of the Sands! Your review just made more excited! XD

  • I need to buy this one as soon as I can! I loved Rebels and I can’t wait to read Traitor. I’m glad you’re also loving the series Becca 🙂

  • Yaaasss, I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! Usually YA sequels are a little disappointing, but this book was nothing short of awesome. Amani and Shazad’s friendship is perfect! And of course, Jin and Amani’s relationship is great. Imperfect, so teenager-y, and yet so swoony. <3 I loved this book! Hopefully book three does not break our hearts.

    Wonderful review! Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • I so want to read this one! I still have to read Rebel of the Sands though. But these new covers are so gorgeous that I need to get my hands on the books ASAP. I love when a book keeps you on your toes and then a breathless ending?! Yes! Give it to me!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews