Wednesday, April 11

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

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

Published By: Faber and Faber
Publication Date: February 2, 2017
Date Read: March 12, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 570

From Goodreads:
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.

"God, I knew I was in trouble even then. I was running for my life, bleeding on your floor, and all I could think about was kissing you and damn if we got caught."

After reading Rebel of the Sands, I absolutely couldn't wait to carry on this series. However, I did something that I always do... wait for the final book in the trilogy to release before continuing. Due to it being over a year since I read Rebel of the Sands I decided to re-read the first book before continuing and I am so glad I did as when I was reading it I had forgotten so much since my first read. After devouring the first book in the series and loving it, for the second time I couldn't wait to jump into Traitor to the Throne and it was everything I could have hoped for.

Amani is the legendary 'blue-eyed bandit' and is known as such an esteemed member of the Rebel Prince's followers. But when Amani finds herself in enemy territory she has to hope nobody finds out who she really is. Amani is in the perfect place to get information to her fellow rebels but will she survive the Sultan's scrutiny to be returned to them?

I really enjoyed reading Traitor to the Throne. It was a much longer book then the first one in the series and it took me a lot longer to read, however I enjoyed every moment of it. Once again Alwyn Hamilton has shown her fantastic story-telling abilities and had me swept away in this incredible tail of sand, rebels and a fight for the throne. Everything I could possibly want in a fantasy book.

I was already in love with so many of the characters from the first book and I was so excited to read about them all again. Honestly, although I still enjoyed every moment of this book I found the pace was a lot slower than the previous book. As Amani was seperated from the other rebels and it's told from her point of view I really missed seeing what was going on with them. I especially hated the fact that Amani and Jin were seperated because let's be honest, I'm a hopeless romantic at heart. It most definitely picked up the pace in the final third of the book and that's what I loved.

Traitor to the Throne was definitely a case of 'middle-book syndrome'. It was a bit slow but was putting everything in place for what I have no doubt will be a heart-stopping and fantastic finale to this series. Traitor to the Throne had me on the edge of my seat by the end and my heart broke slightly during that ending. I definitely shed a few tears.

If you haven't read the start of this fantastic series then I urge you to pick it up. It's such a fantastic action-packed adventure in an exotic setting. I cannot wait to see how it all ends in Hero at the Fall. I know it's going to break my heart and I will probably cry my eyes out but I trust Alwyn to give us one hell of a finale.

"I give a damn about you and you are this place. I thought I had to do without you if you were so determined to leave the world. But then you were gone and I would have torn the desert apart looking for you."


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