Published by Viking on March 7, 2017
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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.
Traitor to the Throne is the sequel to Rebel of the Sands, a book I very much enjoyed, so naturally, my expectations for this was quite high. I don’t think this book was a bad book, far from it actually, but I just don’t think it was as good as the other one. There was something missing within the story that meant that it failed to grab my attention the same way, plus the romance element annoyed me more than anything, there was a lot of running back and forth and angst surrounding it. I kind of just wanted to bash their heads together.
I think I might have misunderstood what the climax of this story as it just didn’t seem to have the impact that I was expecting, and I’m not sure if that’s something to do with me or the way the story was actually told. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about it. I think I struggled with the fact that it didn’t feel as though there was any real danger, as though Amani didn’t actually need to worry. This whole thing worked alongside the fact that she starts doubting everything, I just felt like Traitor to the Throne needed a little more urgency brought to the story.
Now that I have bored you with the reasons I didn’t like, onto what I did like. I thought the mythology in this book was deeper and richer than the previous. The different storylines of each of the characters really came into play in this story and I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about not only the world but the way the characters were affected by it. I definitely think that the characters were the strength of Traitor to the Throne, they pushed the story forward in dynamic and interesting ways rather than linearly. I will say that the ending for me was a little disappointing, and I had seen it coming from earlier on in the book, but I can understand why it happened.
I will say that I enjoyed where Traitor to the Throne was heading and the politics that are now in play. I think the next book is going to be a really good read if it carries on the way it has been. I kinda want to see Amani become a little more sure of herself and her ideas, especially when left to her own devices I want to see her be a little less dependent on everyone around her and be the badass that she pretends to be.
I would definitely recommend Traitor to the Throne and this series for that matter. I think the mythology and the detail that has been put into the world really makes it a worthwhile read. I’ll be picking the next book up as soon as I get some time and reading that. I can’t wait to see where everyone and everything ends up and how.
Have you read this series? What were your favourite bits? Let me know in the comments!
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