Last year I read Rebel of the Sands and I FINALLY picked up this book just after Christmas hoping that it was going to be a good read. It wasn’t. IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT.
This review will contain spoilers from the first book, you have been warned!
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 cannot praise this book enough. It is so action-filled; from the very start to the very end. I loved reading this book so much I struggled to put in down. A definite gripping page turning. Alwyn knows what she is doing; her writing style draws you into the world of gunslingers and supernatural beings that you couldn’t possibly want to leave.
Amani is definitely one of my favourite YA Female Protagonists. Her feisty spirit, her determination to never give up and the fact that she ‘laugh-out-loud’ funny, is one of the main reasons that I love this book and this series. She’s a strong female and she never lets anything stop her.
Having been stripped of her powers and ultimately reduced to the girl that she once was, before Jin and the rebellion, Amani must survive in the Sultan’s grasp. What I really liked was instead of her mopping around all of the time, which she could have done, she began to observe her surroundings and use the fact that she had been captured to her advantage. A woman of action.
Throughout Amani’s imprisonment, she will begin to question where her loyalties truly lie. She will spend a fair amount of time with the Sultan, earning his trust, all the while trying not to be discovered as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, she begins to wonder herself if what the Rebel Prince is trying to achieve will cause more damage then good, and if so does that mean that the Sultan is truly in the right?
Reading several reviews, a few expressed the lack of Amani and Jin. Having been captured would it not be too easy for Jin to come within hours to rescue her? To me it felt refreshing to have less romance in the story; it was good to focus purely on the rebellion and badass female action. That doesn’t mean to say that I am looking forward to some more Amani and Jin “action”.
The pace of the story flowed brilliantly and I never felt bored for a second. You really get drawn into this book, it feels that you are apart of the rebellion, standing side with Amani and the Rebel Prince.
This book cannot be faulted, Alywn has created a superb universe that’s ready to be dived into.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? And more importantly, are you ready for Hero at the Fall!?!