Traitor is a great sequel to Rebel of the Sands, complete with adventure and good story development leading to what’s sure to be an exciting conclusion to the series next year.
After their victory in book 1, the Rebels continue to gain power and hope to eventually defeat the Sultan. Amani is a big part of their newest plan: to infiltrate the Sultan’s palace and learn his weaknesses. The other Rebels continue to plot and aid her using their skills and powers as necessary in hopes of liberating the Sultan’s subjects, the people of Miraji. The showdown at the end of the book is a great one with a few fun surprises.
Hamilton does a good job further developing her fantasy world and culture. I especially enjoyed the desert legends she weaves throughout the book. They feel like classic fables yet are important pieces of the Rebel tale. I also liked learning the other side of the story as we hear the Sultan’s background and discover what makes him tick. I believe a good villain is someone the reader can understand and (at least to some extent) relate to, and this is exactly how I felt as I got to know the Sultan better.
In classic sequel style, our main character spends part of the book away from her love interest. While the reasons behind their separation make sense, I missed the constant banter between Amani and Jin. I guess I was spoiled since they spent so much time together in Rebel.
I’m not sure if it was just me, but I had a hard time keeping up with the large cast of characters and their beautiful, unique names. So I was thankful for the cast list at the beginning of the book. Don’t forget to consult this list as well as our book 1 recap as you read if you need a refresher!
I recommend this book! I love that, just like Rebel of the Sands, it is classic YA in its tone and pace. I’m anxious to read Hero at the Fall next spring to see how Amani’s tale concludes!
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