Review: Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton

Traitor to the Throne

Series : Rebel of the Sands

Publisher  Faber & Faber (Allen and Unwin)

Source : Publisher

Release Date : February 2nd 2017

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

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If you thought Rebel to the Sands was good. Traitor to the Throne is   on another level, there is no second book syndrome here . Hamilton has not rested on the merits of the previous book. Instead   Traitor takes you an surprising instalment that will leave you in suspense. With a cliffhanger that will leave wanting to go begging for the third instalment, next year can’t come sooner. As what a way to end   this book and there  is a lot to look forward to in the third instalment. As there are countless possilbities of what could happen next and it looks like it going to be amazing instalment that I can’t wait to read.

After the ending , of Rebel of Sands, I was eagerly hoping that this book would rest my qualms about this series and it did.  There was something missing, with the first book and I found in the second.  Amani really finds her footing in this novel in the sense, that she really gasps what she is part of and takes charge of things.   She is forced to become more then the Blue Eye Bandit we adored.  She becomes Amani, a 17 year old with great responsibility and a champion of the rebels and woman alike  . The reckless girl we met last year has changed and whilst I loved this new side to Amani. You won’t see the old one completely left behind though as can’t give up the action.

This book ,doesn’t start off where you expect , leaving where Rebel of the Sands ended. This book starts off in the future after a few months of hard slog for rebels where there been some interesting events.  The whole gang is back but Amani is mostly concerned about her current  situation that makes her question everything.   She survived the Old Country and discovered the truth about herself.  She isn’t just an ordinary girl with a killer shot. She a Djinn and  can control the sands. She is the rebels of the sand and now she found her place in the world.

This book may start have  in a similar way to the first book, but Amani finds herself on intriguing adventure in this instalment that she isn’t control of . The others maybe there around play valuable roles , but this Amani’s book truly .  As we get pieces to the puzzle as we follow her on this adventure that takes her into  an interesting situation.  Finding herself in  the enemy camp, yep you read it right.

Like the blurb hints, the book does take places in Sultan’s place and things get very interesting  but that not the only thing going on in this novel.  There are other events that shape this arc that may surprised readers .   Jin disappearing, also is a big part of the novel as Amani juggles  with everything else  that is thrown at her. Considering that he was a big part, was a siuprised but it make sense.  A lot is thrown at her that we the reader learn at the same time that challenges your thoughts about this series.   Hamilton really went to town with this instalment.  And whilst I missed Jin, the culture and twists had me entertained as we really got to know the villains and new characters in this novel. It comes together surprisingly well despite being so long and honestly I enjoyed a longer novel.

As there need to be the build up there was , for the that ending. As Rebel of  Sands were built on the idea of the evil being there but not seeing much of the said Sultan who is an important part of this series. The introduced of him and others in this novel was the smart move and  did change things.  The new direction of this series , is intriguing and I can’t wait to see how the as like the first novel. Traitor to the Throne, definitely raise the stakes  and lived up it’s title.

4.5 couples

 

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