Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: March 7th, 2017Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!
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.
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.
I have an entire lower shelf of my biggest bookshelf is dedicated to research books for REBEL. There’s everything on there from a cookbook called the Persian Kitchen, to a visual guide of clothing through history, to travel accounts through the desert, a huge tome from a charity shop about Harems, and a book called “Fire Beings” about the Jinn (or Djinn as I spell it, so as not to confuse matters with my male lead). There is at least a small something learned from each of these in REBEL. In fact, there is a scene in the harem baths in TRAITOR, with women diving for jewels, which is pulled from an account about of life in the real harems. But yet again, like with studying for an exam, it was hard for me, every time I read something interesting or useful not to rush into putting it into my own writing.
The books that were the most useful in building the world I wanted, were collections of folktales. The 1001 Nights of course, but also collections put together by Amina Shah, a wonderfully skilled anthologizer. When I found these stories, it was totally different to the way I approached nonfiction. I was not just reading these to study them and pluck information out of them. I was reading them for pleasure, cover to cover and absorbing them in a way that I do only with fairytales.
It turns out these were exactly the books I needed to really give shape to the world in REBEL OF THE SANDS. For one there was the fact that the world I was building for REBEL was a fantastical one, so it helps when your point of reference if full of quests and fantastical beings and just a tiny sidestep from our world. But it also was a great point of reference for daily life. Historical texts often deal with the people at the top, the rulers and so on. And travel diaries, while very interesting, tend to be written by westerners and so have an point of view. What these stories provided was a view of daily life, of people who were not commanding armies or living in palaces, as told in their own words.
And ultimately that is what I wanted the feel of the world in REBEL OF THE SANDS to be. To feel like a normal grounded world, where magic was part of day to day life. Which is exactly what fairy tales do so well, weave the extraordinary into a world where no one is astonished by it. And they were a bit part of what helped me build an ordinary extraordinary world.
Brittany: Thank you so much for this wonderful guest post, Alwyn! And guys, if you haven't already, definitely check out both Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne :)
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