REVIEW: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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.

“My mother had raised me on a thousand stories of girls who were saved by the Djinn, princesses rescued from towers, peasant girls rescued from poverty. Turned out, stories were just stories. I was on my own.”

As soon as I finished Rebel of the Sands, I had to get my hands on the sequel, which was EVEN BETTER than the first. Traitor to the Throne managed to avoid the dreaded middle-book syndrome, maintaining a good pace and developing the characters and relationships from the first book in a satisfying way.

“I thought of Shazad. My sister in arms. We had recognised something in each other the first time we met and we were tied. By more than blood.”

I absolutely adore Amani – she’s powerful, fierce, and an amazing shot. As much as I love her relationship with Jin (swoon), it’s Amani’s friendship with Shazad that was the highlight for me. Amani has emotionally developed so much since the beginning of the first book and nowhere is this more evident than in her bond with Shazad. Amani is definitely not the selfish girl she was when trying to escape Dustwalk.

“This was what the desert did to us. It made us dreamers with weapons.” 

I love the evocative world Alwyn Hamilton has created. As soon as I saw Rebel of the Sands described as Arabian Nights meets the Wild West, I knew this was a book I really needed to read. Apparently the US editions now contain a map, which would have been really helpful at times to keep track of all the places mentioned. But at least now I have an excuse to buy more books…

This is one of those books that you won’t want to put down. Now we only have to wait until 2018 for the final book. That’s not long at all, right? Right???

This is definitely not a book to be missed – JOIN THE REBELLION

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  About the Author

Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College, and then to London where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often. 



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