04 July, 2017

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

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.

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The first installment in the series, Rebel of the Sands, ended with the battle at Fahali which was a big win for the rebels. The second book picks up about a year later… The win at Fahali did not impact the kingdom as much as the rebels would have wanted. They have kept up their rebellion and won and lost quite a few battles over the year. The Rebel Prince’s message is clear for the empire and with Amani, the blue-eyed bandit, by his side, Ahmed seems unstoppable. But then a confrontation leads to kidnapping and Amani finds herself as a prisoner in the Sultan’s Harem. Though she is under the protection of the Sultan, she finds herself pitted against the other women in the Harem in a political situation. That is not all though. She also finds herself face to face with two familiar people from her past. Will Amani be able to discover the games that are afoot? Will she be able to escape from under the Sultan’s fingers?

Amani is truly a brave girl and it is easy to cheer on her throughout. She knows how to handle herself in the tightest situations; whether it is a battle with guns and magic or whether it is a battle of the minds. Amani’s character continues to grow from the first book and it was a pleasure to read about her. Jin on the other hand seemed to make a complete turnaround from his character in the first book. I did not understand his actions at all. Where was the boy who could barely stay away from Amani? I kept telling myself that there must be something in his past that we do not know about for him to act this way. Nothing of the sort was revealed in this book and so his actions felt really out of character.

The author continued to build on the world. We find out more about Djinnis and the ‘science’ in the empire. The plot takes on a whole new level with twists I did not see coming. As a result, the story takes on new turns and progresses well from the first book. 

Looking forward to the next book in the series quite impatiently!

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