I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Rebel of the Sands #2
Published by Faber & Faber, Limited on February 2nd, 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.
Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert - and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.
Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl's instinct for survival. For the Sultan's palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper's nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive... But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani's past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.
A lot more political and a little draggy, but thank goodness there’s still a lot of action scenes. I live for Alwyn Hamilton’s action scenes because they’re just so gripping. They more than made up for some of the dragging parts that eventually led to somewhere. There are stories that turn into info dumps that disrupt the flow of the story, but if you get over those parts, it’s a rather enjoyable read like the first. I completely forgot some of the characters because there were so many, but I read a recap, and remembered some of them. I was also astounded as to the many twists that came our way, especially towards Amani. I felt so badly for the poor girl.
The blurb in the beginning of the description, “This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.” basically fits the entire novel. I hope I gave you ample warning. As with most second books, this suffered the second-book syndrome where not a whole lot happens, and the story progresses slowly, but it’s still adventurous enough to keep reading. I still love this world so so much, and can’t wait what else Hamilton has in store for our characters.
Oh and I have to say that changing the North American covers was a bad idea. The U.K. covers still manage to keep the theme nicely. I really wished they didn’t change it to be honest, I didn’t buy it just because of that reason.