This series was seriously amazing. If you have not read it yet, do yourself a favor and go read it right now. This one has definitely moved to the top of my favorites list for many reasons which I will discuss shortly but first I want to point out that the second novel was not a disappointment. I have been noticing a trend with YA series that the story goes downhill with each consecutive book. Most start out with a bang of a first novel but the story line just becomes less carefully crafted with each book release. That is not the case here. Alwyn Hamilton, hats off to you for keeping the second book as well written and exciting as the first.
So, Traitor to the Throne starts us off a few months after the final scene in Rebel of the Sands. Amani is now neck deep in this rebellion and has mastered her Djinn powers. She is a force to be reckoned with for sure. Through a series of unfortunate events at the beginning of the novel Amani ends up finding herself as a prisoner of the Sultan. This was an exciting development because we kept hearing about how awful this guy was through the entire first book and now we get to meet the man behind the stories. And he is not what you expect.
Without giving too much away, I was thrilled that Hamilton did not go with the predictable “bad guy” personality choices. This character was conniving, certainly, but even Amani started to question her loyalty to the rebellion and whether or not her prince could fill the shoes of this Sultan. With being separated from her friends for most of the book we do meet a cast of new characters while also bringing in some old faces from book one. I won’t give away who but we’ll just say some old ghosts come back to haunt our protagonist in unexpected ways.
I was a little disappointed at the absence of Jin through a good portion of this book but at the same time Hamilton keeps us captivated with their budding romance. Finding ways to keep the lovers separated kept me flipping ahead anxiously to see when his name would pop up next. I love this tactic. It keeps the romance fresh and exciting as too much exposure to our mysterious Jin would result in him being less of a mystery and therefore not as interesting. I can’t wait to see how their relationship progresses in the next installment. But their relationship is certainly not the only interesting one that Amani begins to develop.
Hamilton brings in a wonderful and diverse range of relationships for our main character. We get to experience interactions with old childhood friends, to family, as well as new friends. This gives us a great insight into Amani as a person and how she’s grown from when we met her to present day. I love this. It gives the character depth and makes her well rounded instead of focusing solely on her love relationship. I truly hope that more authors take a leaf out of Hamilton’s book on this one. The message that this presents to females is that you can have a full life filled with many types of interactions instead of your entire world being about a boy. I hope to achieve this in my own writing.
Overall, this series is fantastic. Please go out and buy it immediately, you’ll thank me for it. Unfortunately, we do have to wait until 2018 for the third book to come out but take heart in the fact that we’ll all be suffering together.
This week I’ll be starting a new series called An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’ve heard only positive things about this one so be sure to check back next week to read my thoughts on it. Until next time here’s an inspirational quote to get you through:
“A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to faraway places without ever leaving your chair” – Katrina Mayer