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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 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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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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What a wonderful continuation of Rebels of the Sands!

This book feels both richer and deeper than the first in the trilogy - but in way that is naturally done, Amani's thoughts and views become more complex as she is exposed to more of the world and its intricacies. I particularly liked the more political element as it showed such a nuanced view - how people can argue they are trying to do the right thing, questions of how strong a leader should be, all of which feel very relevant at the moment!

And Amani is a wonderfully human heroine, strong and capable but also young and making the mistakes that go with that. The other characters are equally well-drawn, their actions believable and their feelings clear.

I would still love a map to get the geography of the world in my head, but overall I'm really looking forward to reading the concluding part of the trilogy!
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I really enjoyed this sequel, can't wait for the next book to come out . . . . . .
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Amazing book!
Love Amani & Jin's relationship throughout the story.
I have read this book multiple times and finally got a kindle copy
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Such a fantastic book! Wonderful, complex characters (almost all of whom are POC) and a fascinating storyline
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So much better thatn the first book (and the first book was already amazing).
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It was amazing can't wait for book no. 3.
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After reading the much-loved Rebel of the Sands, Traitor to the Throne jumps ahead nearly a year to when the Rebellion has gained much more ground and Amani is fighting for what she believes in. I feel like this book suffered the second-book-syndrome. That's not to say it was rubbish (because it really wasn't!) it just wasn't as good as the first one - hence the four stars instead of the five.Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert - and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl's instinct for survival. For the Sultan's palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper's nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive... But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani's past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

The reason I didn't like it as much as the first one is because I feel like the book is too long. It's 500 odd pages, which is brilliant in a way, because you get to read more of Hamilton's amazing writing, but I feel like the middle of the book was too slow and the plot dragged a bit. They could have easily could out 100/150 pages and the book would be like the first one: fast-paced and amazing.

"I thought about revenge and about love and about sacrifice and the great and terrible things I’d seen people do.
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