“But then, this was what the desert did to us. It made us dreamers with weapons.” 


Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.

Gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change. 

Personal Experience

Okay, first off, I want to say that, from personal experience, the summary up there sucks. The part where it talks about how she “questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is” is complete rubbish. Amani never wavers in her loyalty to the rebellion. Ever. IF she were to question her loyalty in any way whatsoever, it would be in the fact that the Sultan and Ahmed look very alike, and she begins to hate the mannerisms that Ahmed and Jin got from the Sultan.

Second off, I will have a Spoiler Zone at the very bottom, at which time I will talk to you how I felt about the events that led up to the final act, and the final act itself.

Now, what I thought of the book. It was AMAZING! Good God, Alwyn Hamilton knows how to write. The tons of twists and turns leading up to the final act, and ultimately the cliffhanger, were priceless. I cannot wait till Hero at the Fall, the third installment comes out in 2018. It will be a long year. Anyway, the way the book is put together, how not a single event in completely unexpected or expected is pure amazing. The connecting of all the pieces at the very end is beautiful. 


“I hated the quiet. I could hear my fears that much louder for it.” 

“My mother had raised me on a thousand stories of girls who were saved by the Djinn, princesses rescued from towers, peasant girls rescued from poverty.
Turned out, stories were just stories.
I was on my own.” 

“I wouldn’t point fingers if I were you. You know what they say: those who point fingers wind up with them broken so badly they point straight back at them.”

“I thought of Shazad. My sister in arms. We had recognized something in each other the first time we met and we were tied. By more than blood.” 

Joining the rebellion with Amani? You’ll need to read Traitor to the Throne first!

Indie Bound*


*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.

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Happy Reading . . .


Ahmed Al’Oman bin Izman. Ahmed. Ahmed. Ahmed. Ahmed Al’Oman bin Izman. Ahmed. Ahmed. 

That ending was… Wow. I finished that book, a million thoughts swirling in my head. The most prominent being this:

Idealists are everywhere. In your world and mine. Idealists rule with the promise of better days. They don’t have to rule a kingdom, it could just be a small 2 or 3 person group, but they rule. People follow idealists because they want that future. Sometimes that future happens, and other times, eh, not so much. But regardless, sometimes idealists die, or are killed, and the killer believes that their ideas are no more. But that is falsehood. You can kill people, but you cannot kill ideas. Ideas live eternally (or as long as there is someone to remember those ideas). You can kill a thousand people who believe in the same idea, the same future, and never really destroy the idea. People believe. There will always be someone else to lead the cause if the leader dies. Because even if a single death, or a thousand deaths, makes you rethink your plan a little, it will never make you stop believing. Never. That is the power of an idea.

The leader of the cause, Ahmed Al’Oman bin Izman died. But the cause, the people, didn’t waver. Because they still believe. The rebellion still believes that that they can take down the Sultan. How amazing!


Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton," in {sereneharoon.com}, July 4, 2017, http://sereneharoon.com/2017/07/traitor-to-the-throne/.

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