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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571325416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571325412
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Palace intrigue, military stratagems, even cosmic powers can't eclipse the complex tangle of love, loss, and loyalty in this Arabian Nights-inspired fantasy sequel . . . all building to a crescendo of heart-pounding―and heartbreaking―climaxes that will leave readers sobbing and desperate for the next volume. Superlative. (Kirkus)

Hamilton’s strong and exciting novel is full of compelling twists and turns, and the ending will leave readers highly anticipating the final volume. (Booklist)

Hamilton doesn’t shy away from the horrors of rebellion and war, but she also has an unflinching eye for the evils we enact outside of battles, the injustices, weaknesses, and betrayals that mark even regular life, and the way we must forgive or move past them in order to coexist. New readers will want to start with the impressive prior outing to understand this world, and then they’ll join the ranks of those eagerly awaiting the next novel, particularly given the dramatic, unforgettable end to this one. (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

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The second installment of this highly-acclaimed trilogy, Traitor to the Throne throws the irrepressible Amani into a world of espionage, harems, and the Sultan himself.

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I fell in love with reckless, danger-loving Amani in 'Rebel of the Sands' when I seemed to be the last person on the planet to have read this highly praised book, so would I enjoy the sequel?

Oh yes, for as much as I relished the first book, I loved this one even more. Hamilton has a very nifty trick for those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first book – she gets Amani to recite a tale about her exploits to date at the start of the story. While I would highly recommend those of you who may not have read 'Rebel of the Sands' to do so, if you pick up 'Traitor to the Throne' first, I can guarantee you won’t be adrift. And the abbreviated blurb is spot on – everything does change in this next slice of the adventure.

For starters, the rebels are having a tough time of it. Life is hard and dangerous as they are unceasingly harried and their comrades continually foray forth on life or death assignments and all too often don’t return. Until it is Amani’s turn to volunteer – and she finds herself in more trouble than she knows what to do with and one of the biggest mistakes she made in escaping her town now rebounds on her.

Amani is put in a position where she is forced to consider the consequences of her actions and question if what the rebels are doing is right for the inhabitants of Miraji. I really loved this aspect of the story. Firstly, considering her situation, I thought it psychologically was spot on and I also liked the extra spin it put on the worldbuilding, when we get a ringside seat as to the motivations of the antagonist. It raised the stakes, winding this adrenaline-fuelled adventure up another notch.
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More like 4.5* if I'm splitting hairs.

I really did like this. It was a good sequel to Rebel of the Sands with plenty of character development for our gunslinging MC, Amani. The relationship between her and Jin is believable and quite sweet when they're not both being stubborn and annoying. The other rebels captured my attention more this time too. Hard not to like Izz and Maz the shapeshifting twins, shy Delilah, snarky, cynical Hala or the often down right unpleasant but still brave and honourable Imin. I really like the fact that Hamilton has not made this struggle for a throne a black and white issue. No doubt it would have been far easier to make the Sultan, who we see a lot of in this book, a fat, indolent and cruel moustache twirling version of himself rather than the subtle, clever manipulator who absolutely believes he is doing what is right for his country. Enough so that it forces Amani to question her choices. The book starts (after the first chapter IMO) with a bang and is a fast paced train robbery of a fantasy from there ending with a explosion and a very slight cliff hanger. (there's a mix of hope and sorrow at least.) I also love how the folklore is woven into this creating a diverse and engaging world.

My quibble is that this was incredibly hard to get into to start with. Personally I could have done without a chapter of infodump recap at the beginning, which led me to keep putting off reading this. I can see it working for other people but I didn't need it and found it off-putting, making this a shade less engaging than book one.

That said there's no middle book syndrome here and I can't wait for book three. A cracking original fantasy. Highly recommend.
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I was lucky enough to have this granted as a wish on NetGalley (just like the first book!), so big thanks to them and the publisher for the opportunity to read it.

I loved Rebel of the Sands last year and was itching to get my hands on the sequel. It’s been a while since I read the first book and it did take me a little while to ease back into the world and characters. I couldn’t quite remember who everyone was or what had happened, but luckily there’s a little recap and character guide at the start of this book, which I appreciated. More sequels need that!

The book plunges straight into the action, which threw me a little a first but I soon got into the swing of things. My gripe was that I couldn’t figure out how much time had passed since the last book. Worse, some big stuff had gone down between Amani and Jin and we weren’t privvy to any of it: it all happened between books and we just saw the fallout of it. It was a bit frustrating, but I still loved their relationship.

After seeing Amani discover her powers in the last book, way this book explored the Djinni powers and rules. Having to obey orders under certain circumstances, being unable to lie, powers of disguise and illusion: it all makes for one fascinating read with so many twists you could never tell where it was going next.

I love the intrigue and intricacies of the court, the relationships there and the balance and fight for power, trying to figure out who was lying and who could be trusted. It’s so different from the dessert world and rebel camp of the first book but I still enjoyed it, even if I did miss Amani having a gun in her hand.
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