Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Hey y'all! Today I'm participating in the Traitor to the Throne blog tour, to celebrate the publication of this excellent sequel. Check out my favorite quotes below!

About the Book:

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Book Two of the Rebel of the Sands series
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Mere months ago, 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 djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

Check out Rebel of the Sands:

(Click on the cover for more information.)

About the Author:

Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College, and then to London where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often. Follow her at @AlwynFJH.

My Favorite Quotes:

But then, this was what the desert did to us. It made us dreamers with weapons. (13-14)


My mother had raised me on a thousand stories of girls who were saved by the Djinn, princesses rescued from towers, peasant girls rescued from poverty.

Turned out, stories were just stories.

I was on my own. (172)


I hated the quiet. I could hear my fears that much louder for it. (265)


“You’ve got a lot of experience kidnapping princesses, do you?” Shazad said.

“I’ll have you know that princesses find me irresistible.” He leaned in conspiratorially. “I’m still working on bandits and generals.” (301)


"What happened to his other translator?" I asked through what I hoped was a deceptively polite smile.

"He came down with a bad case of broken ribs this afternoon." (395)


That smile pulled at the edge of Jin’s mouth. “Have I told you that you’re exceptional lately?”

“No.” I looped the the rope around the edge of the balcony again. “You disappeared on me for a few months without explanation instead.”

Jin spun me around to face him. “You” – he kissed me quickly, on the left corner of my mouth, sending a rush though me – “are” – the right corner of my mouth this time – “exceptional”. (415)


He said he would have torn the desert apart looking for me. And I felt in that kiss his desperation as his mouth found mine. (426)


Maybe rebellion ran in the blood of the Sultan's sons. (482)


And this time, the Sultan had given us an advantage - the only thing that was truly invincible. Not an immortal creature. But an idea. A legend. A story. (512)

(Page numbers and quotes are from the USA hardcover edition.)

The Giveaway:

Enter for a chance to win one (1) grand prize set of Alwyn Hamilton’s books, including a paperback copy of Rebel of the Sands and a hardcover of Traitor to the Throne, or to win one (1) of five (5) paperback copies of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 6, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 27, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about March 29, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Follow the Tour:

Week One:
3/6 – The YA Book Traveler – Mood Board
3/7 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Q&A
3/8 – Love is Not a Triangle – Review
3/9 – Mundie Moms – Review + Favorite Quotes
3/10 – Butter My Books – Guest Post

Week Two:
3/13 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post
3/14 – The Eater of Books! – Favorite Quotes
3/15 – Two Chicks on Books – Author Q&A
3/16 – Lost in Lit – Review
3/17 – My Friends Are Fiction – Review

Week Three:
3/20 – The Yong Folks – Author Q&A
3/21 – The Book Addict’s Guide – Traitor Candle
3/22 – Seeing Double in Neverland – Review
3/23 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review
3/24 – Fiction Fare – Guest Post


  1. Sounds like an exciting sequel. Looking forward to it.

  2. I can't wait to read this! I adored Rebel of the Sands!
    Samantha D

  3. I think the author is awesome and her first book was amazing!! Thank goodness for libraries!!
    So excited to continue the series and maybe own them from this!!

  4. I love these new covers and I've really only heard great things about this series. Such a nice giveaway too!

  5. I haven't gotten to read the first one in the series yet, but I've really been wanting to. This sounds like a great series.

  6. I need to read Rebel in the Sands ASAP. The second book sounds great!

  7. I really want to start Rebel of the Sands soon. I need more diverse fantasy in my life, even though The Wrath & the Dawn kinda let me down.

  8. Excellent quotes! I can feel the emotion, the swoon, the romance, as well as the danger this book promises.

  9. Isn't that one lovely cover? Too bad I can't participate for the giveaway :(

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the quotes. I am looking forward to reading this series soon.

  11. Those are some excellent quotes, and now I'm even more excited to check out this book. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  12. Thanks for the giveaway!! Can't wait to jump into this series!

  13. Great choices of favourite quotes, Alyssa! I was all swoony for the Jin ones haha.

  14. Eee, gorgeous quotes :D Lovely post Alyssa. <3 Thank you so much for sharing :) I hope I will feel like reading this book soon, lol.

  15. I read 50% of Rebel and I loved it (had to stop because of an eye problem). I haven't finish it, but I'm still very excited for Traitor!
    I love the cover and I can't wait to read it.
    Great post, Alyssa!

  16. Excellent post! You really chose some great quotes. I am terribly excited for Traitor!

  17. I would be hugely excited to read both books. Beautiful covers. Thanks for the post!

  18. EEEEEKK!!! Seriously, these covers are so freaking beautiful!! I need to buy them ASAP.
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  19. This sounds like a great series that my daughter would love.


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