Fantasy, Young Adults
Rebel of the Sands, Book # 2
Viking Books for Young Readers
March 7th 2017
August 2, 2019 August 4, 2019
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.
About the book
Six months have passed since the end of the first book and Amani joined the Rebel Prince Ahmed. They are hidden in an oasis in the desert and between missions and other, their lives are always in danger. In fact, Amani was seriously injured, so much that Jin, in order to not see her die, goes on a mission among his people. But Amani heals and together with other rebels try to free the city of Saramotai and this is where the second volume begins. It is in this city that Amani meets a woman from her past who will complicate her life.
Later, Amani finds himself a prisoner in Izman, a city where she wanted to arrive in the previous book, but not by her will. And here she will meet new people who will help her with her cause.
I liked the book, a little bit less than the previous one. I didn’t find what I liked in the first book here and that is the complicity between Amani and Jin, as a matter of fact Jin isn’t in the book for about 3 quarter of it. And I knew about it, but after reading the first book I forgot about that.
More over, I don’t like undercover missions even if what Amani does isn’t properly an undercover mission because, poor soul, she didn’t have a choice, but she is a half spy and I don’t like that. But that’s just me, even when I read crimes (which do have undercovers) I always say that I don’t like that.
I started to like the book again when the rebel group came back, more over when Jin came back.
The final twist wasn’t predictable, but I knew there was something wrong with that character. And with final twist I mean who was the traitor, the other twist was predictable, but with the caos of the rebellion, I didn’t pay attention.
I really liked Shira in the end. And I’m happy that we know what happened to the girl whom Imin freed from the palace at the beginning of the book and what happens to the Sultim’s wives (I hate the Sultim but I think the author wrote him like that to be hated).
Anyway, I keep on loving Amani I can’t find anything to hate her and don’t ask me to talk about Jin because I love him even if he wasn’t that present here.
Yes, I gave 4 stars instead of 5, but I can’t wait to read the third book.