Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton
Published: February 2nd 2017 by Faber & Faber
Genre: Fantasy (YA)
Rating: 4/5 stars – ★★★★
I won’t provide a synopsis as this is the second book in the series. If you want to see the synopsis you can click on the title to go to its Goodreads page.
I apparently forgot to review the first book, Rebel of the Sands, but it was a solid 4-star read for me. An interesting start to a YA fantasy series.
This is a spoiler-free review, even if you haven’t read the first book!
I’m actually writing a review pretty soon after finishing the book. I know, I’m getting my reading and blogging mojo back! I read the first book, Rebel of the Sands, last year in preparation for YALC since Alwyn Hamilton would be signing books there. She’ll be present again this year so I wanted to read the rest of her trilogy and get it signed. So I finally picked up Traitor to the Throne.
This is my favorite book in the trilogy. It is, in my opinion, a great sequel that doesn’t suffer from second-book syndrome. I’ve actually been in a massive reading slump for months, and this got me out of it. I managed to read it in one day! It’s 570 pages long, so I do consider that an achievement…
I obviously can’t tell you much about the plot because I promised this would be a spoiler-free review. Traitor to the Throne is far more focused on the actual politics of a rebellion, and on scheming and backstabbing and court. The first book focused more on Amani escaping her dead-end town and finding the Rebellion. That’s why it seemed more action-packed to some readers than this one. I happen to adore royal life and backstabbing and scheming, so this book was right up my alley. If you don’t like political intrigue, you might like this book a little less than the previous one.
What I enjoyed most is Amani questioning their plans. She finds herself considering whether Prince Ahmed would be a good Sultan. Whether he would be able to make tough decisions to save the country. Whether he’d be too kind. I didn’t always agree with her, but it’s nice to see the main character asking questions instead of just blindly believing in something.
I do love the characters in this book. Amani is an interesting person to me. I usually don’t enjoy reading about characters who do things without thinking about it first. Amani is definitely an impulsive person, yet it didn’t really bother me in this book (mini spoiler for my next review: it definitely bothered me in the last book). Shazad might be my favorite female character in the series though.
There are some new characters introduced in this book, mainly Sam and Rahim. I do like Sam, he’s the typical witty and sarcastic thief. But I adore Rahim. Why wasn’t there more of Rahim in this book??
The only thing I didn’t like in this book were the unnecessary complications in the romance. I hate it when authors use miscommunication or a lack of communication to drive a wedge between a couple, and push the plot forward. That’s basically all that happened in this book with the romance. Instead of just talking to each other, they basically ran (or stomped) away every single time and it just made me roll my eyes. Yes, throwing a tantrum and running away is a GREAT way to solve your problems.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s my favorite one in the trilogy. It’s fast-paced and kept me reading. I even managed to finish it in one day! If you haven’t picked up this series, I’d recommend it.