Traitor to the Throne


Please note that this review may contain spoilers for Rebel of the Sands. You can read my review of this novel [here].

Traitor to the Throne was written by Alwyn Hamilton and is due for release in February of next year. It is the sequel to the hugely successful Rebel of the Sands and picks up a few months after the first book left off, with Amani and the other rebels plotting to overthrow the Sultan of Miraji. I’m reviewing this novel based on an advanced copy that was kindly provided by the publisher so please bear in mind that there may be some small changes prior to publication.

Amani’s life has been far from easy since she left Dustwalk. Now that she’s fully in control over her power to manipulate sand, she’s more important to the rebellion than ever. Her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit strikes fear into the hearts of the Sultan’s men and the rebels have managed to take a firm hold over a corner of the desert. Yet, as the festival of Auraneb approaches and the Sultan prepares to renew his alliances with the leaders of the neighbouring countries, the rebels know that they must take their fight to the capital.

However, before they get their chance, their camp is attacked. In the confusion that follows, Amani is taken captive and sold to the Sultan’s harem. The Sultan does not know about her ties to the rebels but he knows that she is a Demdji – powerful and dangerous – so he does the unthinkable and implants Amani’s body with restraints of iron to remove her powers. To make matters worse still, one of these implants is engraved with her true name, the one that enables the Sultan to control her every movement.

Amani is in more danger than she has ever been in before. If the Sultan thinks to ask the right questions, she will reveal everything about her friends and the war will be lost. However, Amani’s mind is still free. She realises that she still can use her situation to her advantage by spying on the Sultan and feeding information back to her friends. It’s not long before she starts to realise that the Sultan is planning something huge – something that concerns humans, Demdji and even their immortal Djinni parents – and only she’s in a position to stop him…


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