February 3, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Book two in Rebel of the Sands series
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2017
Source: eArc from the publisher
Rating: Evil Love
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.
Amani finally find her place in the world, and it’s with the rebellion. In Traitor to the Throne she will have to fight for her liberty and to trust other people with her life.
Amani grew up a little; she made decisions and opened her eyes to the world. I really like this character because she is strong and independent, she knows what she wants and rebellion is her new family.
I like all the character in the rebellion, the less interesting is Ahmed, I’m not so sure that he will be a great sultan, he is too kind. I like Shazad too, she’s a very smart general, and she is also a very good friend to Amani. Imin is great and Hala, even if she can be a pain in the ass, is very important. Maz and Izz are wonderful and even the new character Sam is interesting.
Jin is the character I prefer, he made mistakes but he is trying to be a good man and he wants to help Amani.
If you want romance, there is a little but it’s not the principal subject of this book. Amani is kidnapped and now she is at the Sultan’s mercy, he can do what he wants with her. She will have to live in the harem with women who want her dead, with a sultim who is not a respectful man and with a Sultan who wants her only to have more power. She will find some allies in the harem and she will gain some trust of the Sultan.
The Sultan is very developed character, he is a bad guy but he’s persuaded that what he’s doing will save his people; he’s so sure of himself that it is almost touching. The oppression of the people for him corresponds to saving their lives, the eradication of the Demdji will allow the world to be better and if he could eradicate all the Jinns he would. In a sense, it makes me think a lot about Trump or at least what people who have voting for him believe.
What is most pleasing in this story is that the rebellion is acting, but nothing is gained, their opponent is strong and contrary to what people think, the Sultan is intelligent. He’s surrounded by people who don’t necessarily trust him but his advantage is that he is aware of it.
The rebellion is advancing little by little but we are well aware of the magnitude of the task, they have beautiful beats, the Sultan always finds a way to put sticks in their wheels. In the end, hope is really hard to find, I hope the next volume will bring back a little peace and love among all the characters I love so much.
I immersed myself in this suite with impatience and joy and I’m not disappointed, I find it more profound that the first and I love the turn of history. I appreciate that Alwyn Hamilton has the courage to give us a story where people have to fight to get what they want but where they finally feel their desperation several times.
Quick word: A perfect sequel to a bouncing and vibrant story.
About the author
Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her early years bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College. On graduating she worked in a bookshop in France, where she rediscovered YA. She then moved to London where she now lives and put her degree to use working for an auction house. REBEL OF THE SANDS is her first novel.
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