- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands Trilogy) Paperback – 2 Feb 2017
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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)
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.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Love Amani & Jin's relationship throughout the story.
I have read this book multiple times and finally got a kindle copy
I don't really want to say too much about how this happens but when Amani is captured during a mission for the rebellion she finds herself taken prisoner and held captive in the Sultan's palace. We're used to seeing her as a fierce fighter and someone who never backs down from a challenge but she's now in an impossible situation, trapped without her powers and with no backup on hand. She hasn't given up on getting back to her friends but her hands are quite tied and it's not going to be easy for her to escape. I love that she tries to turn the situation to her advantage though, she is in an ideal situation to spy on her enemies so if she can only figure out a way to pass what information she can find on to the rebels she could be the key to winning the rebellion. I just love that Amani never quits, no matter how impossible the odds look she keeps fighting for what she believes in.
There is a lot going on in this book - political intrigue at the palace, the rebel's attempts to rescue Amani, concubines disappearing from the harem and the Sultan's latest prisoners who are even more dangerous and powerful than Amani. You'll see familiar faces from Amani's past who may or may not be trustworthy, the rebels will suffer plenty of setbacks, friends become enemies while enemies might turn into allies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 4 days ago by The Bibliophile Girl
It was love at first chapter. Both the writing style, plot and characters managed to convince me right from the beginning and this has without doubt become one of my new favorite... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Yvo @ It's All About Books
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Faber & Faber and NetGalley*
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I love this! Great plot with Amani meeting many more people and some incredible plot twists I did not see coming - and i'm normally pretty good at guessing plot twists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Megan Stapleton
Let me start with the fact that I liked this book. But I didn't love it. It has some definite second book issues. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zarah