Traitor to the Throne

28th June 2017
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Traitor to the ThroneTraitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands, #2
Published by Viking on March 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Also in this series: Rebel of the Sands
Also by this author: Rebel of the Sands
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Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.

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 Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton - Simply Adrift

1%: Okay, this is starting off a bit slow
10%: That’s more like it
20%: Wow, this is really ramping it up
30%: Oh god. oh god, oh god, this can’t be good!
60%: I haven’t been able to put this book down!
100%: 😮 Wholly crap! So many emotions!! How do I even…

  • While reading Traitor to the Throne, I went through so many emotions.
  • Traitor to the Throne stepped up it’s game! This book was better, more intense, and had me on the edge of my seat.
  • I had low expectations because I thought I would be reading more of Amani & Jin (Which I wasn’t that keen on, their romance wasn’t something I was interested in. Unpopular opinion?), but nope, that’s not what this book is about and I LOVED that. So don’t read this thinking there’s a lot of love and romance and shizz, cos there isn’t. It’s all war and magic and spy stuff.

What I liked

  • Everything. Honestly, I liked everything about it.
  • The beginning started off slow but as the story progressed, it built up & up & up until the ending. There was so much going on, I was so engrossed in the story. I could not put it down.
  • I love that Traitor to the Throne was not about about romance or how much Amani & Jin loved each other. This series has such an intense story to it, the romance is a by-product. After reading Rebel of the Sands, I wasn’t sure where this story could go. This was a good middle to this series and I am very much looking forward for it’s conclusion.
  • The character relationships were more interesting in this book because half of them aren’t there. There were new characters introduced, as well as the characters from the first book, I enjoyed the new dynamics. You feel what Amani feels, you get attached to the characters she gets attached to. So many things happened and I felt so much emotion, but I can’t say what happened or why without giving it away. The character relationships are more of an emotional nature to Amani than in the first book. I’m not sure how to explain what I mean by that so I hope you get the gist…
  • By the end of the book I was turning pages furiously (Well tapping (?) pages furiously since I read this on my kindle) to find out what happens. I was left gaping and so annoyed that I have to wait so long to see where this story goes next.

More Thoughts

The below may be a little bit of a spoiler to this book, so I’ve put it in spoiler tags. I don’t spoil any major story lines, the ending, or plot points, only minor details which you find out within the first 20% so if you want to read it then go ahead!

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This is my first 5 star review for the entire year! I feel like I need to celebrate ha. I’ve found it very hard to give five stars to any books this year. Traitor to the Throne really affected me that much. This is one sequel I was surprised by.

Have you read this book? What did you think? 

About Jordon

Jordon - Simply Adrift

I'm a 27 year old New Zealander that lives in London, England, mainly so I can travel Europe easily. In my spare time I like to read, watch Netflix, drink coffee, travel & explore new places, and dance around because it makes me happy. I love meeting new people and making new friends, so don't be shy, pop on over to my social media profiles and say hi!


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