Review: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Review: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn HamiltonTraitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands, #2) by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #2
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on March 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 528
Source: Netgalley
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The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!
Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.
When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.


A pretty darn enjoyable sequel to The Rebel of the Sands series, it mixes it up a bit, going more for the espionage, political intrigue within the Sultan’s palace rather than rebellion action.

The story actually jumps a few months into the future and we quickly learned that our infamous Blue Eyed Bandit Amani almost died but is quickly getting into the thick of things once more. The story is sort of like a sandwich, where the start and the end is the action and the battles, while the middle takes place in the palace and we see Amani play spy in the Harem.

I really enjoyed all the action, it was very reminiscent of the first book. The espionage part I found to be a bit slower but it still helps gives us an inside look into the Sultan and his harem. The Sultan is pretty manipulative and it was interesting to see Amani go through some internal turmoil about the Rebellion. I liked that Amani got the chance to grow a bit as a character (but still remained her badass self).

His gaze flicked to me. Like he might be able to suss out the truth just from looking at me. Whether a girl of seventeen would really think she could take on a half dozen grown men with nothing but a handful of bullets and think she could win. Whether the famous Blue-Eyed Bandit could really be that stupid. I preferred ‘reckless’.

The relationships were definitely my favourite part of this book. I adored Amani and Shazad’s super awesome girl-power friendship, they just make such an awesome duo. Shazad, a general in the rebellion, seriously just gets better and better. She’s brilliant and I hope she gets an amazing happily ever after too!

“I see you managed not to get yourself shot this time.” Shazad whirled to face the remaining soldiers as I did the same. “You still owe me those twenty fouza, though.”

“Double or  nothing?” I offered over my shoulder as we met back to back.

The other rebels/demdjis remained awesome and there’s a few new characters that quickly won me over,too. In particular, the “other” Blue Eyed Bandit (Sam), who plays the charming Casanova so well. I love Sam and his flirting ways,

“You’ve got a lot of experience kidnapping princesses, do you?” Shazad said.

“I’ll have you know that princesses find me irresistible.” He leaned in conspiratorially. “I’m still working on bandits and generals.”

Jin. I can finally talk about Jin and the romance right! Okay, so you might have heard, he’s not in the book a lot and that’s definitely sad. But holy cow, the sparks that flew off Jin and Amani when they were together kind of makes up for it. So swoony. They definitely still have stuff to work out but I love that their relationship is about them.

Through the crowd, among the mass of pepole, his face swung straight towards me. Like we were tied together by some invisible bond. Like we were in needles of the paired compasses. Jin’s eyes found mine. I was wrong. He didn’t have his father’s smile. Because that troublemaker curve to his mouth was all ours.

The ending. I was not expecting that! Needless to say, I’m pretty excited for the next book! Overall, Traitor to the Throne was a great addition to the series. The plot is a little slower but with twist and turns, revelations, action and swoony moments, it’s easy to get sucked into the universe!

More Quotes! Because swoony Jin.

That smile pulled at the edge of Jin’s mouth. “Have I told you that you’re exceptional lately?”

“No.” I looped the the rope around the edge of the balcony again. “You disappeared on me for a few months without explanation instead.”

Jin spun me around to face him. “You” – he kissed me quickly, on the left corner of my mouth, sending a rush though me – “are” – the right corner of my mouth this time – “exceptional”.

{*Thanks to Faber and Faber and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Alwyn Hamilton

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.


Author: Cyn

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20 Replies to “Review: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton”

  1. Oh, I need to get started on this series! They sound really good.

    1. It definitely worth checking out! Lots of action 😉 Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Great review for this, sounds like a series I need to try!

    1. Thanks! It’s been a great series so far!

  3. I’M SO GLAD THE SEQUEL IS GOOD! Now I just have to wait for a copy to arrive…

    1. CONFETTI! I hope you love it, Amanda!

  4. Glad this was a good addition to the series!! Great review!

    1. Thanks, Grace!

  5. YAY! Cyn, I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! This review makes me so happy! I loved this one, nearly as much as I loved book one (okay, I’m pretty obsessed with book one, so it would have really been something if I had enjoyed this book more than book one). 😀 I love the quotes you shared! Makes me want to reread the book… again. Gah! Wonderful review!

    Have a lovely weekend, Cyn. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Thanks, Alyssa! I was a little worried that it would hit a sequel slump, but it was definitely a great read!

  6. I have got to make some time to read this series. I have a signed copy of the first book. The author was so nice when she signed it and I am really excited about reading it….hopefully soonish.

    1. Yes, Carole! This series is totally worth checking out! That’s awesome you’ve got a signed copy! Hope you love it!

  7. I am glad to see you liked this. I have book one on my wishlist 🙂 Brilly review!

    1. Hope you get it soon and love it! Thanks, Kim!

  8. I totally skimmed this because It’s on my TBR and Rebel of the Sands was one of my faves last year — I was so thrilled it earned 4 stars from you!

    1. Haha, fair enough! I hope you love Traitor to the Throne as much as I did (and more!)!

  9. Oooh, more espionage and political action sounds perfect to me! Plus I am living for Amani and Shazad’s friendship, definitely want to see more of that. Jin quotes! *swoons*

    1. The Amani and Shazad is super fantastic, totally love it! And I can’t wait for more Jin moments 😀

  10. Sounds like this was a fantastic sequel! I started the first book on audio last year, but stopped listening for some reason. I need to finish it. Great review!

    1. You should definitely give it another go! Hope you enjoy it! Thanks, Lori!

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