Bee Reviews TRAITOR TO THE THRONE by Alwyn Hamilton // 2nd-Book-Syndrome, We Meet Again

Posted January 23, 2017 by Bee in Reviews / 5 Comments

Bee Reviews TRAITOR TO THE THRONE by Alwyn Hamilton // 2nd-Book-Syndrome, We Meet Again

Traitor to the Throne

by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #2
Published on February 2nd 2017
by Faber & Faber
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1), , Rebel of the Sands

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

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.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3 Stars

Rebel of the Sands was one of my favorite reads of 2016. So naturally I was very much anticipating its sequel and beyond happy when I got approved for it on Netgalley. But I always approach sequels with caution because sequels are known to be a bit of a let-down when they’re the second book in a trilogy. And while this book was by no means bad, it just wasn’t as good as the first book to me. Which gives me the sad. But lets go over why it disappointed a bit, shall we?

Honestly, I’m a bit confused. I felt like so much happened but at the same time nothing at all. And it was at the same time also original, while also being a story I’ve read before. There were a lot of characters and places and myths and stuff that, honestly, were a bit overwhelming to me since I’d read the first book quite a while ago and none of it was fresh in my memory. It took me a long time to get back into this world and reconnect with the characters. That is a personal thing, sure, but it did affect my overal enjoyment of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this world and its characters and the amazing myths the author made up. But it was nonetheless a bit confusing to me.

I also still like the writing, but for some reason it felt like there was a lot less sass in this book, which was one of the things I LOVED so much about the first book. Guns + sass = win. But there weren’t many guns in this book. And a lot less sass. And I missed that. I also liked the action but I wanted more of it. I was SO bored throughout most of this book. Because I just don’t like this kind of story. Also a personal thing but still. I have to mention it. Amani also felt a lot less badass and strong in this book compared to the first book. Sure she had stuff blocking her from being badass but that didn’t stop her before so why does it now?

There is also a time jump between the end of book 1 and the start of this one. A whole year. And SO much happened in that year that we don’t know about as reader but it is so relevant to the story that it made me feel a bit lost. And, again, confused. I’m not into the romance as much anymore either. I was very indifferent to it. Though, small cheer for no love triangle! And the romance didn’t take over the plot too much so that’s good too? And also cheers for Sam, one of the new characters introduced. I love him!

So overall… I’m very conflicted, confused and a bit disappointed, but I still want to read the third book. Obviously. Because I want to know how this story ends and ultimately, though it might not seem like it judging from this review, I did enjoy this book. Maybe not as much as I hoped I would, but I did. So if you loved the first book, do read this one. Especially since a lot of other reviewers have already read it too and loved it more than me. So go forth and read it, I say.


About Alwyn Hamilton

Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College, and then to London where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often.

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5 responses to “Bee Reviews TRAITOR TO THE THRONE by Alwyn Hamilton // 2nd-Book-Syndrome, We Meet Again

  1. I’m still very excite to try this but I can completely understand wanting more sass and badass-ness in it – which is why so many of us loved Amani. Thanks for the honest and lovely review!! 🙂

  2. Drat! I was really looking forward to this one. I’ll still read it, but second book syndrome is going to make me bump it down a few places.

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