I have a confession: I ALMOST didn’t buy this book.
Why? Because I have no money and a deep fear of sequels letting me down, that’s why. But I’m also impulsive and reckless with my money, so, happily, I ended up reading Traitor to the Throne, because who’s going to miss £6.99?
(The to that last question is me.)
Anyhow, I’m SO FUCKING PLEASED that I read this. So pleased. Because my love for Amani has gone from strength to strength. I’m a very romance-centred reader and sometimes when I don’t care about the main character or the world building, I literally just count the pages until the love interest appears. Bad, isn’t it? I’m ashamed to admit that. But I read Traitor to the Throne, and I enjoyed it even more than the first book, despite the romance not playing a big part of the story. I didn’t miss Jin, and just fully appreciated Amani. That girl is a fucking riot.
Also, Shazad. Amani and Shazad’s friendship is GOALS. I love a good strong female lead, but a strong female friendship? Well, fuck me, somebody better pick me up off the floor because I just SWOONED. There’s no jealously in their friendship; Amani regularly expresses how brilliant Shazad is at strategising, and she’s never intimidated by Shazad’s beauty. There’s no judgement and that, my friends, is how friendship should be.
Despite Amani spending the majority of her time in the palace, this book is definitely not boring. There are so many twists and turns and new characters, and you just don’t know who to trust. I loved watching Amani learning how to navigate the palace; learning how to speak the harem’s language and trying to stay one step ahead of the game.
I’m also a sucker for stories within my stories, ya get me? Alwyn creates such an intricate mythology, and I loved reading about the stories that helped to shape Amani’s world.
And now…now I wait for book 3. I spend my entire life waiting for books to be released, so this is not new to me.