Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands Series #2)

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands Series #2)

by Alwyn Hamilton

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Overview

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the New York Times bestselling Rebel of the Sands, by the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Author of 2016!

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.


* "Superlative.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A robust and satisfying sequel, Traitor to the Throne ranks at the top with the novels of Morgan Rhodes, Rae Carson, and Leigh Bardugo." —VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451477859
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Rebel of the Sands Series , #2
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 785,369
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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. Follow her at @AlwynFJH.

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Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands Series #2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! You can't help but to root for Amani the whole way through! Ready for the next installment!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an arc of this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Faber & Faber for the opportunity to read and review Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton! The list of characters at the beginning of the book helped refresh my memory of the first book in this series, Rebel of the Sands. The introduction summarized the past events also and brought me up to speed. Rebellion and war are center stage in the middle of a bundle of tumultuous relationships. Amani gets herself captured so she can rescue other rebels, willing to sacrifice herself if needed. This story is filled with death defying actions and more disguises than I can keep track of, all pulled together seamlessly to strengthen the rebellious plot. Spies, intrigue and harems in the desert setting build a tale of a dangerous Sultan and his kingdom and several heirs to his throne. The tension grows in this sequel and some lives are lost while some are spared. The surprise ending of this sequel, full of turmoil and deception, leaves me anxiously awaiting the third book. 5 stars for an action packed adventure fantasy!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton Book Two of the Rebel of the Sands series Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers Publication Date: March 7, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I've seen reviews from both ends of the spectrum - both positive and negative, satisfied and disappointed. Sequels can be tricky because you'll find a lot of second books in a trilogy, in Young Adult literature, that are awful. This "sequel slump" happens a lot and it's so annoying. But I'm happy to say that I personally did not think that this book suffered from sequel slump. I enjoyed the story very much and I'm looking forward to reading the third novel. This sequel novel begins approximately six months after the end of Rebel of the Sands. Amani is working with the Rebellion, and constantly putting herself at risk for the cause. She is unexpectedly captured and taken to the Sultan. He has found a way to control her, and so he traps her in his palace. She is under his protection but she is forced to reside in the harem. But being in the palace can work to Amani's advantage - she begins to uncover secrets of the Sultan's, that will help the Rebellion. With a little outside help - and inside help too - Amani begins to feed the Rebellion coveted information. But in a palace and deception and lies, Amani must not underestimate the Sultan - or anyone. She quickly discovers that it is those that seem harmless that are the most dangerous. At first, I was a little put out when I realized that most of this book would take place in the Sultan's palace, and that Amani would be separated from the group... and living in a harem, under the Sultan's total control. BUT, a couple of things about this. The Sultan has no interest in Amani, except for her Demdji power (she can't speak lies, etc.). Furthermore, he forces her to call a Djinni, but beyond that, he doesn't really make her do much that is totally awful. Do you get what I'm saying? Despite Amani being forced out of her ability (control sand), she isn't forced to do anything horrible, which is one of the things I was afraid of. Another thing I was afraid of was Amani living in the harem... where the Sultan's heir, Kadir, often frequents. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I loved Rebel and was so excited to read this, but I was scared of the curse of the second book cliffhanger. So I waited...and when I finally started it, it was all about savoring. I love Amani so much. She's crazy smart and strong and just absolutely awesome. Shazad will forever be my favorite and I would happily follow her wherever she went. And let's just not even get started with Jin. There's one specific scene that is maybe two pages and it took me 10 minutes to get past it. I just kept reading it over and over. The plot is a bit of a slow burn. There are lots of reveals and twists and one huge OMG moment, followed by another one and another one...and then the end. There is action and swoons and laughs and it's one huge roller coaster. I can't even wait to see what happens in the next book. **Huge thanks to Viking and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge** **Squishy hugs to Alwyn for personalizing my arc at SDCC when she technically wasn't supposed to**
Anonymous 9 days ago
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Loved+it+
weiner More than 1 year ago
I read this in two days could not put down. I was angry ,sad ,laughing,and cherring,can't wait to get to number three.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Amani, our Blue-Eyed Bandit, is back with the Rebel Prince, Ahmed and his crew. Except her guy, Jin, has run off. He was scared that she was going to die after being shot coming to his defense. When Traitor opens, she is trying to rescue some of her compatriots that have been captured. During their mad escape with other Demdji who were in jail with her friends we discover that the Sultan is collecting Demdji. We don’t realize why until Amani does actually get captured and the Sultan reveals his plans. As she gets to know him she starts to doubt her cause. There is something about the bad guy, isn’t there? When we get introduced to the Sultan, horrible things have been done to Amani and immediately I dislike him. However, he treats Amani kind of like a surrogate daughter which confuses her. Is he really that bad a guy? Ummm, Yes! He is one dastardly dude! However he was written with a subtlety that even when we know how bad he is, he still left me with that question in my gut, a hint of hope before that hope was dashed yet again. See what I mean? Subtle evil! Interesting! For those of you who love Jin and Amani’s love story, it comes to the forefront of this story and may change how you feel about him and them as a couple moving forward. There is a lot of love, but for me, she is just such a strong character and her personality dwarfs his. I’m looking forward to seeing how they move forward in the next novel, which has actually already been released. Will I wait as long to read the next one? Nope, not after two solid books. I have faith that Alwyn Hamilton is going to give me a third strong story and a conclusion that I will also love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant, exhilarating sequel to Rebel of the Sands. 5 stars is not enough to show how much I loved this book! Even over 500 pages long, I was never bored or felt that it dragged. I was so caught up in the story and Amani’s predicament that the pages flew by. I didn’t want it to end! This is a mesmerising, gripping journey, with deep, real characters and a brilliant plot that will leave you breathless. I loved ‘Rebel of the Sands’ but I think that ‘Traitor to the Throne’ takes Amani’s story to an entirely new level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved the first book, be patient with the first half of this one - it gets back to the same thrills and fabulous characters after a while.