Author: Alwyn Hamilton Publisher: Faber & Faber Release Date: 2nd February 2017 Genre: YA, Fantasy Pages: 512 ––– 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. ––– Well – simply, wow! God, I completely adored Rebel of the Sands when a friend recommended it to me last year and I’ve been wanting the sequel ever since. Now, of course, I want the epic conclusion of this fantastical, unique trilogy in my hands right now.
I had a lot of feels during this book and, to be fair, most of them were good. I think the plot of the first book was better – because it was new to me and I’d never read anything like it before. But because this is the second book in the series, I’d already known about the world so it didn’t have the impact on me that it did in Rebel.
HOWEVER… Traitor to the Throne was better than I could’ve hoped. Amani only climbs further up the ladder of my favourite characters –– and the fact that she’s a strong, badass female independent character makes her a VIP, indeed. Also, Hamilton brings back some characters from REBEL who I was uncertain whether they’d be in TRAITOR or not. But they were. And they were fantastic.
I think it was the last 60 or so pages that really had me engaged and on the edge of my seat. It was plot twist after plot twist and this was so well-written by Hamilton that I was hungry AF for more and in dire need of finding out the resolution.
I can’t believe she ended on a line like that, too. And to end this sweet review, here is a quote from one of my favs, Shazad, because I freaking adore her.
“I wouldn't point fingers if I were you. You know what they say: those who point fingers wind up with them broken so badly they point straight back at them.”