• Mild radio silence for a few days...I was so caught up in Dark Age!
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Well I’ve now finished it and I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself now...😭
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Tonight I’m off to see my favourite person and watch more Mindhunter! We’re rewatching the first season atm💕
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There’s also a raft of new posts up on my blog including a little look at some of my random holiday purchases.
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#qotd: what book gave you the biggest hangover?
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#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #book #bookblogger #blogger #travelblogger #travel #bloggerlife #reeddiffuser #teaenthusiast
  • I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookishbox #fairyloot #brunching #ladieswhobrunch #bookstagram #bookstagrammer
  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#blogger #beauty #beautyblogger #diptyque #perfume #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram
  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #wrapup #holiday #manga #fantasy #scifi #contemporary
  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #blogger #blogtour #achainacrossthedawn #drewwilliams #scifi #bookshelf #booknerdigans
  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #bookish #blogger #bookreview #manga #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #seraphoftheend #viz #vizmedia #bookobsessed
  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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#blog #blogger #beautyblogger #beauty #chanel #chanelmakeup #bronzer #makeup #creambronzer #soleiltandechanel #review
  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #villefranche #travel #holiday #vacation #travelblogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #newtsreadathon2019
  • Off to Southport today with some of my favourite people💕
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Pass me the fish and chips🍟
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There’s a new review of Volume Fourteen of Seraph of the End up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What makes you think of the seaside?🍭🧜🏻‍♀️🐟
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#blogger #book #bookblogger #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookreview #bookshelf #manga #qotd #dateday #seaside #seraphofthend
  • Still playing a little bit of catch up with content I had planned...
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Admittedly, spending two weeks drinking cocktails was well worth it😏
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Tomorrow I’m off to Southport with Sam and some friends, then this weekend we’re off into Manchester for food and a night out🙊
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There’s a review up of Seraph of the End Volume Thirteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #manga #bookreviewer #seraphoftheend #datenight
  • I’m back after a semi unplanned little hiatus😂
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Halfway through my holiday I just started to enjoy the slight disconnect from socials...then I had to unpack.
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Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t travel light😂
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Anywaaay, I have returned with a review of The Girl in Red by Christina Henry...WHAT A BOOK.
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QOTD: Are you an over-packer, under-packer or just right?🙊
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookreview #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #review #thegirlinred #christinahenry #fantasy #holiday #vacation #qotd
Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

September 8, 2017

This is the second novel in Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands series. A western plonked in the middle of the desert with some Jinni folklore mixed in. Yes. I know how amazing that sounds. 

 

Both novels take place in the perspective of Amani, a sharpshooter from the derelict town of Dustwalk who's only goal was to escape the city and her overbearing relatives. Her plan to escape involved using her skills with a gun to win a contest and all was going fine until her plan was derailed by a mysterious foreigner.

Amongst readers in general there is always this fear that the second book in a series will fall into the trap of being a 'filler book', a stop gap until the action picks up again. Admittedly, I'm a reader who often feels this anxiety. Traitor to the Throne completely dispelled my worries within the first few pages.

This novel had all the action of the first book and more besides. You could definitely see the growth in the writing too. So many unexpected twists and turns that were weaved so well into the plot. Very often I found myself wondering how I hadn't noticed this before. I loved how folklore/fairytales were used as part of the narrative and became an integral part of the novel. 

I didn't realise how much I'd missed this world and the characters until I was immersed in the story again. Watching Amani grow as a person and when it came to her heritage was brilliant to see. I also thoroughly enjoyed the moments of doubt she had throughout the novel. It made her seem a lot more real and easier to relate too.  The new characters introduced were very interesting and also expanded the world a little more which was good. Shazad  is definitely one of my favourite characters. I love how she uses the fact that the men in the novel underestimate her. They're blinded by her looks and so don't see how sharp witted she is. 

Plot wise this novel was outstanding, it felt so cohesive. Especially the ending, I have never felt so many emotions in such quick succession. The only thing that would've improved my reading of the novel was if I'd re-read Rebel of the Sands just before this. I'd forgotten a few details but thats just down to me. 

I need the next novel now. 

 

Info

Name: Traitor to the Throne*

Author: Alwyn Hamilton 

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Pages: 570

ISBN: 978-0-571-32541-2 

Rating: 4.5/5

Have you read this? What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x 

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