Traitor to the Throne: Rebel of the Sands Review

Traitor to the Throne: Rebel of the Sands (Book 2)

by Alwyn Hamilton

This is not about blood, or love. This is about treason.

Amani has always been more gunpowder than girl. But as the Blue-Eyed Bandit her powers have gone from strength to strength – as has the rebellion she risks her life for.

The a brutal kidnapping leads her straight to the Sultan’s palace, and she is forced to return to her desert-girl’s instincts for survival. Betrayal, cunning and espionage are a way of life here – and Amani finds she fits right in.

But with the ghosts of her past swirling all around her, Amani’s greatest fight may be to keep her own secret heart and desires under control…”

After reading Rebel of the Sands, I knew I had to read Traitor to the Throne when it came out. I would definitely advise you to read Rebel before Traitor, otherwise I think you will get lost.

Six months after the events in Rebel, Amani is being dragged into a city in chains, where she actually has planned a takeover along with Shazad. However, they did not inform Ahmed of their intentions. Jin had left due to Amani almost dying, and she hasn’t seen him since she got shot. Their hidden camp is found and they have to flee, Amani is captured and traded to the Sultan, who places her into the harem and she has to learn to survive in a world that is built on mistrust.

Wow, wow, wow! That was incredible! I could not get to sleep after putting it down as I wanted to know what happens next! It had my attention straight away and took me on a magical ride. I went through all the emotions: happiness, sadness, shock, horror, betrayal. I was laughing at a few points and almost crying at others.

My favourite characters have to be Amani, Jin, Shazad, Imin and Rahim. I loved getting to know new characters from the Sultan’s palace, although I was a bit upset that we did not see more of the rebels, but I am sure that will be righted in the final book. I loved all the characters, and due to it being written from Amani’s perspective, I felt everything she felt (which is incredible), I also could not believe some of the bits and felt such strong betrayal from those characters.

My favourite part has to be all of it. I actually quite enjoyed the odd chapter that was thrown in almost like a section break, where we followed another character, but as if it being told in the future about the past (like a campfire story or a legend being passed down).

Traitor to the Throne ends on a cliffhanger, this is due to the Rebel of the Sands trilogy being wrapped up in book three which will be out next year (currently untitled).

While reading Traitor to the Throne, I described it as a kidnapping and survival story while she tries to help the rebellion. I would recommend to anyone. 5 out of 5.

Traitor to the Throne





  • Storyline
  • Characters
  • First Person Narrative

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