Rebel of the Sands #2. Author: Alwyn Hamilton.
Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.
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. (Published Summary.)
I think this actually got better than the first book (although that might have been prejudice, because the two lovers were separated). Amani actually spends part of the book questioning the rebellion, coming very close to seeing both sides of a question (yay Amani!). Really fun fantasy building.
Sexual Content: ‘The young sultan was known to take wives into his harm the same way he had his country: by force.’ / (False) rumor that the blue-eyed bandit seduced the Emir’s wife. Some kissing. ‘The queen’s eyes swept over one of the girls, who was wearing a sheer muslin dress
that showed a whole lot more of her than you’d expect, and glanced away in disgust’. Intense kissing, the two start undressing before being
Language: 24 d***, 7 hell, 4 derogatory
Violence: Character passes corpses strung up for the birds. Character smashes soldier against the wall. Breaks another soldier’s neck. In the
fighting, some women are shot. Some fairly brutal melee fighting, both hand-to-hand and guns. Character’s drugged and chained up. Djinni admits to past deeds – burying a city in sand and killing a couple who trapped him. One character punches another in the face. Character sees soldiers dragging a screaming girl past – realizes from her face that she’s been tortured.