The Traitor Prince

The Traitor Prince

by C. J. Redwine

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The Traitor Prince 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
HugsandKissesforBooks 10 months ago
The Traitor Prince by CJ Redwine. The third book in the Ravenspire series. Rahim, Javan’s unknown cousin, has been chosen to be a replacement for the true prince because he’s half royal. His father, Fariq, conceived Rahim with a peasant woman. Rahim is bitter and feels justified in taking the true prince’s place. Javan, the prince, has been away at school for the past ten years, working hard to meet his mother’s dying wish that he will graduate with honors. Javan is kidnapped and thrown in prison where he struggles to stay alive and tries to find a way to reach his father, the king. In the meantime, Rahim is trying to weasel his way into power. Javan finds trusted allies and he literally fights for survival. The prison warden throws everything she can at Javan to crush him. Javan discovers more about himself and about his country than he ever imagined. I love Sadja, her strength and abilities. I also rooted for Javan the whole time! Strong world building and characters make The Traitor Prince a very enjoyable read, 5 stars!
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
When I started this series, I knew that it would be based off fairy tales and I knew that it would become one of my favorites. And sure enough, it has. Although this one wasn't my favorite in the series, it was still a great one! Prince Javan has been at school for ten years. On his way back to his kingdom, he realizes that someone has come in to take his place. He has fooled everyone and no one realizes that the person there is not the same prince. He has started this horrible tournament for prisoners to help keep them respectful and scared. Prince Javan must find someway to out the Traitor Prince and convince his people he is the one fit for the throne. I think the main problem I had with this one was the fact that it was SO. LONG. The synopsis gives you basically the entire story. And I'm sorry, but it was just too drawn out for my tastes. The main plot point is the fact that the prince isn't who he said he was, but then there's so many CD's and so many tracks talking about the same thing! I think I got to CD3 and there's like 20+ tracks on each one and they were still talking about what kind of prince he was. That was just a bit overwhelming for me. If I could have skipped ahead and not missed any of the important parts I would have. I did however like the setting. I LOVE that Redwine is letting us into the other realms that she created from the original series and I love that she carried over some of the other creatures. I LOVED everything about the world from The Shadow Queen, and I wanted to know more about them then, so getting them in other books is pretty awesome. I also liked the magic and the fantasy creatures that were in this one. Redwine definitely made for an awesome ending with the way it all came together. And that last scene in the arena also made up for some of the long-windedness of the beginning of the book. This one didn't start out as something I was interested in, so I took it to the audio. I find that if read it on audio I can get through it. This one worked so much better for me, I was able to force myself to pay attention and get through it. It wasn't my favorite, but it was still one I was glad I didn't miss.
RememberingJulie More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this one. C.J.'s books are always compulsively readable and fun and action packed and creative - I don't know where she dreamed up some of the things in this book. I loved the slow burn romance and related to Sandja a LOT. The villain and his motives and reasoning were fairly well fleshed out, but I think I still wanted a little more from him. The Wish Granter still is my favorite in the series, but this is second in my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this version of the tale, recommended. You don't actually need to read the other books in the series, as these are stand alone books, but why wouldn't you? You will get hooked on old fairlytales with a new spin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I liked the chacters and the plot.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“He was no puppet. By his father’s blood and his own tenacity, he was a prince. A ruler. A god among men. And once he was through carving his destiny out of the blood and bone of those who stood in his way, everyone in Akram would bow before him, his name the prayer they raised as they begged for his mercy.” I haven’t read any of the other books set in the Ravenspire universe, but I might have to go back and check them out now, because I thought that The Traitor Prince was pretty good. We follow Prince Javan Najafai after a failed assassination attempt and an imposter takes his place, forcing Javan to hide in Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to expose the treachery is to compete in Marqbara’s deadly tournament. Things I Liked Javan is such a good person. He’s actually an angel? He is so dedicated to his family and genuinely cares for his kingdom and his people. He has so much honor and integrity and just purity, that was admirable. But he never felt perfect or inaccessible. These chapters were so incredible short that I flew through this book. It was just so easy to read and I didn’t want to put it down. Rahim was a good villainous character. He was smart, which I love in a villain, and he was actually scary. He is a threat and creates actual fear and tension in the story, and you don’t know quite what to expect from him. He keeps the story interesting. I really liked the friendship and partnership that develops between Javan and Sajda, the warden’s number 2 who has secrets of her own. I felt like I saw their relationship progress and saw their trust building. So when a romantic turn came, I bought it. Things I Didn’t Like I felt like the action was most successful in the beginning of the story and in the first round of the tournament when we’re in Javan’s POV. During the other rounds we see from different perspectives, while adding to those character’s, detracted from the tension and anticipation in the action. I felt like the ending was a little unsatisfying overall. There’s nothing too major that I didn’t like, but it felt a little easy and some characters felt weaker. It just wasn’t the strong finish I wanted from this story. Overall I’m really happy with this and I’m surprised at how much I liked it. Javan was so pure and kind and it was impossible to not connect and want him to succeed. I really liked seeing the relationships form while in Maqbara and seeing the kingdom of Akram. The Traitor Prince was a quick and fun fantasy about honor and family that put me in fantastic reading mood. I received a copy of the book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review