Book 2 of the Rebel of the Sands series, Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton was a fast paced, wild ride but unfortunately there were some bits that were a bit disappointing. Still crazily actioned packed, this book introduces new characters and new betrayals that will shock you completely.
This book was released on 7th March 2017.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.
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 Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.
Say hello to book two of the Rebel of the Sands series, Traitor to the Throne and all its awesomeness (and some of its not so awesomeness). While I will say that this series is quickly becoming one of my favourites, there were some things about this book that were kind of a let down (but not many).
I still adore the world that this series is set in but unlike book one Traitor to the Throne moves away from the more actiony parts and adds in a LOT more political intrigue. Which was awesome… but I kinda liked the first book a bit better. Rebel of the Sands had this awesome Amani who was sassy and running around shooting stuff but that girl wasn’t in this book (Well… she was technically. Amani is still there as the main character but WOW. Character development).
One big thing that was missing from this book was… (drumroll)… JIN! Before we even jump into the action of the book we have this kind of summary chapter of whats been going on since book one finished which pretty much says: Amani was shot and almost died and Jin fled off to the God knows where because he can’t deal with his emotions like a proper person.
I am still majorly in love with the way that Alwyn Hamilton writes and how detail oriented her world building is. In saying that, like the first book, there are times when the plot stops and there is a chapter dedicated solely to telling one of the mythological stories that are important to the characters/story. It kind of interrupts the flow of the story a bit but not enough for me to get annoyed over.
Just like I said when I read the first book, YOU PEOPLE NEED TO READ THIS! It is very quickly becoming one of my favourites and I definitely think it needs way more attention than it has been getting so far.