Age Group: Teens
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.
I know, before you even say it, that I took quite a while to read and post a review of this book. I cannot honestly give you an answer as to why that is and after reading it, I regret that I took this long. We are once again transported into the world Hamilton has expertly created and are reunited with Amani and her fight to save the desert nation.
In Rebel of the Sands Alwyn introduces us to this desert community in which she has shaped her story around and has done this beautifully but in the second installment, we are getting this new stronger Alwyn as we see by her writing. Truth be told, I am totally digging it! I was a little scared that there might be that second-book syndrome taking place but that was never the case. Thank goodness!
I think that besides the change of writing style, we see a different Amani as well. Amani is now in enemy territory where her mission is not only surviving but gaining intel on enemy movements, her will, her trust, and her loyalty are constantly being pushed and the question is, will she break? The one thing I really enjoyed about Amani is that we are able to see more of this vulnerable side which gave her this more of an ability to be relatable.
This is an adventure that will require some to use tissues, some to be on their toes but most all will be doing both. Hamilton has fantasy and the desert to a place where readers only dream of going. If you are looking for a read that challenges the second-book-syndrome this is the book for you. An action pack magical story that you will want to experience for yourself.
I give this book 4 souls!