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.
Goodreads rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4.42 stars)
My rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4 stars)
I requested this book off netgalley in return for an honest review.
From my measly 2.5 stars for rebel of the sands, I adored this book so much more. There is more action, we got to meet the characters more, and it was full of surprises.
I enjoyed the short story chapters throughout the book, giving us the reader an idea of the setting of the story, as well as an insight into what the civilians in the story would likely do, as well as a backstory into the events to come. This makes up for the fact there isn’t a map. I also found the character list at the start of the book to be very useful. So, Alwyn, thank you.
This story was an overall rollercoaster, and I didn’t know who to trust, or what to expect. I found myself sympathising with the Sultan at some points, and mostly hating him the rest of the time. I couldn’t feel a little bit of a crush coming on over his reaction to the duck, as well as the conversations between him and Amani. I just wanted to hope that he would be a good guy, and wanted to have a reason for my starting to like him. Alas, I just realised I like bad characters too much. (The darkling, anyone?)
Amani grows so much through this book, and I am glad the majority of it was with her. I really empathised with her when she was in the Harem, and the Sultim’s wives were bullying her and making fun of the scars from the metal being put under her skin. Also Tamid is a coward and deserves everything that is hopefully coming to him. Anyway, back to Amani. She is torn between so much in this book, from wanting to protect her friends, to not wanting to let her country down, and I feel so much for her and the decisions she has made.
I am hoping for Hala and Amani becoming friends, but after the loss of Imin, I am unsure. I think there is hope, as they were both sold for gold by their family, and I feel like they are much more alike than they think. Plus, with how close Shazad and Amani have become, I am hoping that they form a sisterhood and stick together. After all the jealousy in the Harem I am just hoping for the females to be sticking together.
Now. The end. Like what the hell was that all about? First Amani witnesses Shira being murdered by the Sultan due to the ridiculous and childish Sultim, but then Imin pretending to be Ahmed? I feel like Amani has been tortured enough, and really want the next book to be happier, but at the same time, I am really wanting to read about the resurrected Rebel Prince.
You can find Rebel of the Sands on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24934065-rebel-of-the-sands
Here is Traitor to the Throne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29739361-traitor-to-the-throne
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