Traitor to the Throne
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 ...more
She's a Demdji. She's a blue-eyed bandit. She's Amani Al-Hiza and she's a bad @ss chic!
I love Amani. I mean sure, she doesn't always make the right choice but who does. Amani fights for her people and it's awesome.
I still have a crush on Jin but we shall see in the next book.
I loved the first book better than this one but it might have just been my mood. I think I might read all three of them together next time.
I did love it. And the ending!!!!!! What! Just! Happene ...more
I'm a mess. An emotional wreck.
I cannot be trusted with simple daily tasks anymore.
I won't be the same ever again.
The pain is unbearable.
I can't stop crying.
I NEED TO GET THAT THERAPY FAST.
I'd once asked Jin if the sand sea was like the real sea. He'd given me that knowing smile he used to use when he knew something I didn't.
This book— I couldn't have asked for something better.
I'm still waiting for the moment when at the question "what did you think about ...more
“But then, this was what the desert did to us.
It made us dreamers with weapons.”
“The Djinn were made from a fire that never went out.
An ever-burning smokeless fire that came from God.
And in the early days of the world the First Beings lived in an endless day.
Then the Destroyer of Worlds came.
And with her she brought the darkness.
She brought night.
And she brought fear.
And then she brought death.
Wielding iron, she killed the first immortal Djinni.
And when he died, he ...more
I've been counting down the days to Traitor to the Throne ever since finishing Rebel of the Sands last year. Rebel was one of my top 5 books from 2016 - a fantastic debut and a gripping a story, one that stayed on my mind even after reading nearly 50 books afterwards.
Traitor started a tad rough for me. During the first few chapters I found myself focusing on trying to remember who is who from book one (as much as I loved it, it has bee ...more
I love Amani so much. She's crazy smart and strong and just absolutely kick ass. 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 rea ...more
anyway, you guys can read my review HERE if you'd like! i'll be posting it soon enough if you don't want to click though! ETA: you can scroll down here to read it now :)
*note: it might include spoilers for book one!
That's really all I can say for this book. The moment I got this, which was pretty late into the day on November 16, I could barely sit still. I didn't even begin reading until later that night because I wanted to absorb it all. I stayed up ...more
This one is more Amani's story than any of the other characters that we met in the first book. If you're expecting plenty of your favorites from the rebellion, you're not going to get that. Want more of that ...more
•Rebel of the Sands may not be one of my favourite series, but this second instalment struck me dumb. I was expecting an enjoyable ride, yes, but I wasn't expecting Traitor to the Throne to be so much better than its predecessor. I still had some issues, but at the end of the day, the thrill of the story got the better of me.
•I still am not a fan of the writing. Since I read both this one and Rebel of the Sands in Italian, I should probably try to have a look at the original English version o ...more
A lot more political and a little draggy, but thank goodness there's still a lot of action scenes. I live for Alwyn Hamilton's action scenes because they're just so gripping. They more than made up for some of the dragging parts that eventually led to somewhere. There are stories that turn into info dumps that disrupt the flow of the story, ...more
"I wouldn’t point fingers if I were you. You know what they say: those who point fingers wind up with them broken so badly they point straight back at them."
This sequel started with a bang and ended with an explosion. Traitor to the Throne was a whole new level of adventure, espionage and trickery.
Amani's belief and trust towards the rebellion was tested on this book and I loved every single bit of it.
Alwyn Hamilton's, writing style just keeps on getting better and better. If she wa ...more
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 fr ...more
My 200th review!!
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
I thought about revenge and about love and about sacrifice and the great and terrible things I’d seen people do. I thought about how many people I’d seen lay their lives down for the Rebellion, over and over.
If anyone asked me whether I liked Traitor to the Throne, I'd say 'yes'. If anyone asked me whether it was better than Rebel of the sands, I'd say that some parts were. But if anyone asked me whether I liked the first book or the secon
“I hated the quiet. I could hear my fears that much louder for it.”
Dear lord, why did I wait so long to continue this trilogy?!
Amani is the bomb man, I love her so so much! ❤️
THAT ENDING THOUGH! I can’t deal with everyhing I’m feeling right now. This was so freaking good, I couldn’t stop reading!
This world is just so unique, with its Djinni's, Demdji's, mythical creatures, guns and superpowers.
I'll miss Amani and her badass band of misfits so much but on the other hand, ...more
The ending - I was not ready for it. I need the third book now.
The tension, the million different strategies and possibilities and the new characters just ramped up the storyline and made it so hard to tear away from.
Amani; the character development is amazing - I can't believe she's the same girl from book one. But the sass is still there.
All of the other characters got so fleshed out as well - it was amazing and I loved it!!
IF YOU LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES GI ...more
OMG why was the cover design changed!?
The pink one was fine and it matched the first book! Now I can only get that cover in paperback? Wtf!!! Why are so many publishers doing this to me!!!!!?
God I hope the UK cover ends up being the pink one
Alright looks like we finally have a cover update!
And I like it, works well alongside the first cover. Though I must say the pattern on the outside a bit reminiscent of the Wrath of the Drawn's hardcover.
Ooo...title an ...more
Characters Bespoken: 4.0 /5.0
World Building: 3.75 /5.0
Writing Style: 3.25/5.0
P.S.: Review slump! I am so sorry Jess I know you were excited about my thoughts but maybe some other day!
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BR with My Lady Who Loves To Talk *heart eyes* - You even make me talk more :* <3 :)
Then the plot, as is often the issue when you include very powerful heroes in your stories comes across as B.S when they then don't use said powers to basically wipe out all of their enemies in one go. They never utilize their potential, and while the author threw in some lame excuses for some of them, there were sti ...more
My goodness, so much has happened in this book there was hardly time to draw breaths in between chapters. This was definitely a whole lot better than the first book in terms of intensity and suspense and has me super excited for the last book in the trilogy!
Now on to "Hero at the Fall" 💪 ...more
BUT never fear Alwyn Hamilton did not let us down and this book was amazing as you think it's going to be.
This book is significantly longer than Rebel, like 200+ pages more! More history, more legends, more plot,...more
As Amani is healing in the secret rebel camp, the Sultan's army finally finds them and the war begins. Brave Amani conjures a sand storm in order to get everyone out, but ends up getting caught, and brought to the Sultan. With pieces of steel placed inside of Amani, the Sultan can control everything she does. Amani once said that we need another spy in the palace, who knew it would be h ...more
Idealists make great leaders, but they never make good rulers.
Traitor to the Throne is the highly anticipated sequel in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy. I cannot in all honesty say that I enjoyed the sequel less than the first book, even though Traitor to the Throne received a slightly lower rating from me. I have, however, become more critical of the literature I read. Traitor to the Throne was gripping, action-packed, and spun an intriguing plot, which was somewhat overshad ...more
In the first book I was like okay interesting, interesting but in the second I was like give me more of that...
The best aspect of this book is the characters, the book puts the in a difficult position and it was awesome to see how the corresponded...
Amani is stripped of her powers, a dessert girl with no sand... But she is strong and we realize with her that her power isn't what makes her the person is...
She can destroy empires if she wan ...more
Wow. I actually really loved this book more than I expected! I've read a lot of reviews disappointed with the sequel, so I was rather wary coming into this book. Yet I was not disappointed at all! Yes, this book has rather different tone, pacing and plot from the first story, but I still immensely enjoyed it and think it's a worthy sequel.
“I wouldn't point fingers if I were you. You know what they say: those wh ...more
Traitor to the Throne is definitely a good sequel. Actually, it's much better than Rebel of the Sands in terms of plot, which is something that rarely happens in series, even less in ya. Among young adults "book 2" usually means "drama, build-up for book 3, love triangle", but luckily this was not the case. That said, I'm still not completely sold on some things; don't get me wrong, I really liked this book and I appreciate the series even more now, but for me it lacks the kind of spark that ...more
This book will not be recommended. Instead of recommending or not recommending Traitor to the Throne, I’ll recommend you stop reading my reviews until further instructions. I’m such a downer lately.
I started this book and knew within 50 pages I would not enjoy this as much as the prequel. The first 130 pages felt like a waste of my precious time and, honestly, I gave up on the book quite early on. Big parts of the plot lacked aim and precision and could be descr ...more
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