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the story do spring back and forth very fast and often, but survives by good time and place info on each shift. the pace are slow, but the acting are very well done and the lead male actor gave an excellent performance on many levels. i wish i had those cool demeanors. br> if you want to see a film with some similarities to don corleone, and killing spree of blood feuds alla sciciliano style, then the grumpy old man recommend il traditore. a strong 8.
Le persone passano, le idee restano. Ma solo se ci sono persone capaci di sostenerle, queste idee. Az elsie arulo watch 2017. Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands, 2) by Alwyn Hamilton Open Preview See a Problem? Wed love your help. Let us know whats wrong with this preview of Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. Thanks for telling us about the problem. To ask other readers questions about Traitor to the Throne, please sign up. Popular Answered Questions Procrastinating Bibliophile Yes, it will be a trilogy. She definitely sets it up for a third book and I believe that the third book already has an blank, untitled book on …more Yes, it will be a trilogy. She definitely sets it up for a third book and I believe that the third book already has an blank, untitled book on goodreads. (less) 16, 671 ratings 2, 315 reviews Start your review of Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands, 2) She can control the sand. She's a Demdji. She's a blue-eyed bandit. She's Amani Al-Hiza and she's a bad @ss chic! I love Amani. I mean sure, she doesn't always make the right choice but who does. Amani fights for her people and it's awesome. I still have a crush on Jin but we shall see in the next book. I loved the first book better than this one but it might have just been my mood. I think I might read all three of them together next time. I did love it. And the ending. What! Just! She can control the sand. And the ending. What! Just! Happened! Happy Reading! Mel ❤️... I NEED SOME THERAPY AFTER THIS BOOK. I'm a mess. An emotional wreck. I cannot be trusted with simple daily tasks anymore. I won't be the same ever again. The pain is unbearable. I can't stop crying. I NEED TO GET THAT THERAPY FAST. I'd once asked Jin if the sand sea was like the real sea. He'd given me that knowing smile he used to use when he knew something I didn't. This book— I couldn't have asked for something better. I'm still waiting for the moment when at the question "what did you think about I NEED SOME THERAPY AFTER THIS BOOK. I'm still waiting for the moment when at the question "what did you think about this book. I'll be able to seriously talk and not blankly stare at a wall. They say the most difficult reviews to write are the ones about your favorite books anD I'VE NEVER AGREED SO MUCH ON SOMETHING BEFORE. Lately it seems like I can't write reviews anymore, and the fact is, I've given so many five stars already this year (I mean, I read 11 books and it's not that many, but most of them are new favorites) so it's possible that I'm worn out by an endless list of feels. Btw, let me tell you all about this wonderful book. First of all, I read the UK ebook, so I struggled a lot without a map. But I looked for it everywhere on the internet and fortunately found it. Here is the link if you have the same problem. I don't really know what to say other than I LOVE AMANI. AND JIN. Amani is such a strong and sarcastic character, I can't even. I want to be inside her head 24/7 or in alternative be her (much better. When I wish I were a character in a book that's when the good reading experience starts, but I identified with Amani from the first chapter of the first book and isn't this evidence that this series is amazeballs? I wasn't beautiful. I wasn't here because of that. I was here because I was powerful. Dangerous. They'd better believe I was. Jin on the other hand. dreamy sigh* I'm so in love with him, it's insane. He's not exactly the best at the beginning (why Jinnnn. and we don't see a lot of him in general *cries* but WHEN he gets there. OH BOY. The chemistry between these two *fans self* They are without a doubt my absolute favorite characters of the series, but Shazad? Sam? Shira) Ahmed? Rahim? They come SO CLOSE. I love every single one of them! They are so well characterized, they are real. Sam and Rahim are new characters so I didn't know them before, but it feels like I've been friends with them for a very long time. I fell in love with Sam at his very first appearance I got the strangest impression he was pausing for effect. After a beat, he stepped forward dramatically. That was when his arm got stuck in one of the vines that hung from the wall. and every successive action (view spoiler) "I. he declared, straightening dramatically, am the Blue-Eyed Bandit. I chocked on a snort that got stuck in my throat and turned into an uncontrollable cough. (hide spoiler) He flung his sheema over his shoulder. It snagged on one of the branches of the Weeping Wall tree. "You need to strip. she told me. As one, Hala and I turned to look at Sam meaningfully. He held up his hands like we had him at gunpoint. Isn't he the cutest? view spoiler) And him and Shazad—OTP (I wish it was Bahi/Shazad again but. yeah) hide spoiler) I also fell in love with Rahim the first time he opened his mouth to talk (view spoiler) to Amani. "You became commander instead. The youngest ever. And the best. He wasn't bragging, I realized. He sounded like Shazad. He's a prince, and a commander and a soldier *sighs* The last thing I needed was another prince in my life. I had a hard enough time with the two I'd already acquired. (hide spoiler) Do you know what else was amazing about this book apart from the characters? The plot! It wasn't slow at all! The mythology! So creative and original! And the PLOT TWISTS. THERE ARE SO MANY AND IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO STAY SANE. I swear there's one every chapter. And also the LAST ONE WAS NOT OKAY. I had an heart attack and I'm still feeling the repercussions after days. I'll be in constant pain till I get my hands on the final book. The only thing I wish was in the first book is the beginning part of this second one. We learn that a lot of things happened in between the two books, and we get to see them only thanks to this fairytalesque summary chapter (they're scattered across the whole book and I must admit, that's a cool format to break the book into different parts. So, since the first book was too too short, maybe that part should have been included and it'd have been the right length. I don't know. The thing is that I can't get enough of this desert and sea world <3 That was the beauty of the desert. It got into everything, right down to your soul. Jin said that to me once. P. s. The author is so sweet! She replied to my tweets and look at all the sweetness aww... “But then, this was what the desert did to us. It made us dreamers with weapons. ” Story “The Djinn were made from a fire that never went out. An ever-burning smokeless fire that came from God. And in the early days of the world the First Beings lived in an endless day. Then the Destroyer of Worlds came. And with her she brought the darkness. She brought night. And she brought fear. And then she brought death. Wielding iron, she killed the first immortal Djinni. And when he died, he burst into “But then, this was what the desert did to us. ” Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The Djinn were made from a fire that never went out. And when he died, he burst into a star. One after another, the Djinn fell that way, filling our sky. ” Finally, after many days of work, I had time to finish this action-filled book. And oh man, it was so good. Whereas the first book was mostly in the desert, this one was concentrated in the walls of the palace and the capital. Even though I had some problems getting into the story in the beginning (but thats not the fault of the book, more my stupid reading slump) as soon as I was really into it I loved it. Its full of action, intrigue and rebellion. All in all In my option the whole plot of the book was the best part of it. Its special in his own kind of way and hugely entertaining. Definitely recommendable for all readers that love exceptional magic, badass characters and a huge exciting rebellion. Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh, Amani, my wonderful Blue eyed Bandit. Shes the absolute best with her badass attitude, her fine talents with gun shooting and kind heart. Could I please be as brave as her? And Shazad. And Hala. And Shira. This book is full of strong independent woman that are so much stronger and cleverer than the men in this story. Dont get me wrong - Im absolutely in love with most of them (Jin ♥️, Rahim and Sam) But the representation of (sometimes) underestimated strong women is just wonderful. The most surprising and interesting character in this story is definitely the Sultan. His character is so complicated, conflicted and kind of evil in some way. The best villains are those who believe they do whats best for their country (Im looking at you Darkling from Shadow and Bone. Jin wasnt a huge character in this book - he was kind of pushed into the background as Amanis cute decoration. I hope that he gets a bigger role in the third book. But all in all I absolutely adore the characters represented in this book. I mean look at my girl Shazad: “I wouldn't point fingers if I were you. You know what they say: those who point fingers wind up with them broken so badly they point straight back at them. ” World ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The whole world building was exceptional in the first book and it only gets better in the second one. I cant write any details (because that would be kind of spoilerish) but I can tell you that youll love it. More tales of Demdjis and mortals and more magic spilled into this world. Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Because Jin and Amanis relationship was so little in this book, Ill concentrate on some other relationships that I think need mentioning. First of all - the friendship between Shazad and Amani: obviously theyre huge friendship goals. Can I have a girl best friend like they have? I want someone to watch my back and save me at all costs. Please? “I thought of Shazad. My sister in arms. We had recognised something in each other the first time we met and we were tied. By more than blood. ” The next one is a little. special. You cant really call it a “relationship”. I dont really now any word for it, but the thing Amani and the Sultan had was so hugely interesting. Dont think they make out or something like that (Ew, no) but the communicate with each other. Thats all you need to know. Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A hugely entertaining writing filled with magic, badass characters, action and tales of Demdji? Brilliant. Continuing this seris with the lovely Ro ♥️ Cant wait for the badass Amani to kick some ass... This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. I've been counting down the days to Traitor to the Throne ever since finishing Rebel of the Sands last year. Rebel was one of my top 5 books from 2016 - a fantastic debut and a gripping a story, one that stayed onmy mind even after reading nearly 50 books afterwards. Traitor started a tadrough for me. During the firstfew chapters I found myself focusing on trying to remember who is who from book one (as much as I loved it, it has been a This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. I've been counting down the days to Traitor to the Throne ever since finishing Rebel of the Sands last year. Rebel was one of my top 5 books from 2016 - a fantastic debut and a gripping a story, one that stayed on my mind even after reading nearly 50 books afterwards. Traitor started a tad rough for me. During the first few chapters I found myself focusing on trying to remember who is who from book one (as much as I loved it, it has been a year since I've read it. The list of characters at the beginning detailing the most important facts about them was super helpful and probably saved my life. However, if you have read Rebel rather recently, you'll have no trouble jumping right in. Once I got my characters sorted, it was one big thrill ride. I love love love Amani! She's a no-nonsense bundle of joy who won't hesitate to pull a gun on you. Alwyn Hamilton's writing was already good in Rebel, but in Traitor I noticed a definite improvement in her style, making this a 500+ page book of top notch story telling. It was more pronounced, more... Alwyn Hamilton. "No more tricks, just a good old-fashioned rescue. " Traitor to the Throne has it all: a fantastic cast of characters, prison breaks, shoot outs, romance, humour, and a whole lot of feels. I loved it. It was everything I could have hoped for in a sequel. And then the ending broke me. Aaaaand Alwyn Hamilton just earned herself a spot on my auto-buy list of authors. Thanks so much to Faber and Faber for giving me a copy to review through NetGalley! It's out now in the UK, and out soon in the US/Canada! Book Depository / Amazon US / Amazon Canada / Amazon UK... Nov 17, 2016 Stacee rated it it was amazing I loved Rebel and was so excited to read this, but I was scared of the curse of the second book cliffhanger. So I when I finally started it, it was all about savoring. I love Amani so much. She's crazy smart and strong and just absolutely kick ass. Shazad will forever be my favorite and I would happily follow her wherever she went. And let's just not even get started with Jin. There's one specific scene that is maybe two pages and it took me 10 minutes to get past it. I just kept I loved Rebel and was so excited to read this, but I was scared of the curse of the second book cliffhanger. I just kept reading it over and over. The plot is a bit of a slow burn. There are lots of reveals and twists and one huge holy shit moment, followed by another one and another then the end. There is action and swoons and laughs and it's one huge roller coaster. I can't even wait to see what happens in the next book. Huge thanks to Viking and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge. Squishy hugs to Alwyn for personalizing my arc at SDCC when she technically wasn't supposed to. I UPDATE THIS A LOT. my bad haha. anyway, you guys can read my review HERE if you'd like! i'll be posting it soon enough if you don't want to click though! ETA: you can scroll down here to read it now. note: it might include spoilers for book one! Holy. Shit. That's really all I can say for this book. The moment I got this, which was pretty late into the day on November 16, I could barely sit still. I didn't even begin reading until later that night because I wanted to absorb it all. I stayed up I UPDATE THIS A LOT. I stayed up until 5 AM to read this and I honestly will never regret that. I know I'm posting this review waaaaay early, but I happened to win a pre-order of the UK version of this book (which releases on February 2) so I thought, eh, why not? But never mind about that! This book guys! This series! Holy WOW, where has it BEEN ALL MY LIFE. I absolutely LOVED Rebel of the Sands when I read it (twice. and it was just so amazing. So rich and unique and refreshing. I fell in love with the characters, the romance, the rebellion. Everything. And this book just proved to me why I did so. It's been around half a year since Amani (my love) joined the rebellion. In those 6 months, she's nearly died, Jin went off as an undercover soldier in an army, things got a little crazy in their side of the desert, and then it gets crazier. Because they're found. And Amani is taken right to the Sultan's place. Since she's Amani, she uses the chance to gather intelligence, but it's a dangerous game. The sultan is smart, and the palace isn't the desert she's used to. And the problem with keeping with your enemies closer is that they might make you question what you know. Can I just scream? Is there a text equivalence of screaming? Because that's all Traitor to the Throne made me do. I was worried about a love triangle and second book syndrome AND HAHA. I could not have been more wrong. Alwyn Hamilton knows what she is doing and it's keeping me in agony throughout the entire book. I can't comprehend ANYTHING, much less type out a coherent review, BECAUSE GOOD LORD. THIS BOOK. THIS SERIES. THESE CHARACTERS. I don't know what to do. Amani is an idiot and I love her for it. I say that in the fondest way possible because, hell, even she knows it. She's reckless and she's stupid and she's selfish and caring and hilarious and amazing and I love her so much. She's just such an amazing main character, no matter how many risks she takes. I love the character she's grown to be and I know Hamilton did an amazing job with Amani's growth. She's not the same girl you met in Rebel of the Sands at first. While her smart mouth is still there, she's different in a way I'm guessing only a rebellion can cause. This book is significantly longer than Rebel, but around 200 pages or so. And I was hesitant about that because, again, second book syndrome. While things aren't as action packed as book 1, that doesn't mean things were boring. Amani might be in the palace, but the it's a dangerous place to be. Not just because of jealous wives in the harem or just because of the sultan- there are other things brewing. Being there wouldn't be easy for anyone. So for Amani? Hah. It's one wild, dangerous ride. Being in the palace meant little of the characters I've grown to love in Rebel. Which makes me sad because I didn't get to see those characters until half of that book, so with this, I was hoping it would be full of them. But! Hamilton has a few tricks up her sleeve because she surprises us with who Amani has to face at the palace. I sure as hell wasn't expecting it and it made it all the more fun. And while that was a great twist and all, I missed Shazad. I missed Delila. More importantly, I missed Jin. I love Jin. I love him and Amani more than anything, though, which is different from what I'm used to in books, honestly. (I tend to like the romance, but I know I'm pretty biased towards one party over the other. But Alwyn Hamilton writes the best romance, holy hell. I am in love with these two and their relationship. They're both so stupid and reckless and no doubt head over in heels in love with each other but also too damn stubborn to admit it to on another. They'll run away from each other instead of facing their problems head on, which will never not make me laugh because I get that so much. I hate confrontation and it's always hilarious when that backfires for them. I just want more Amani and Jin even though I know they're in the middle of a rebellion and being in love isn't as important as getting the sultan dethroned. But still. Their kisses are just SO AMAZINGLY WRITTEN AND PERFECT like, how can you not love it? I think I could go on forever about these two and their camaraderie and bickering and flirting but that isn't the point of this book. Which brings me to another fabulous thing about this series. While there is a romance, it has never overtaken the plot. Not once. The romance is understated in the books because both Jin and Amani know the rebellion is more important. The cast of secondary characters is an amazing one. From old characters like Shazad and Ahmed, to new ones you'll meet in Traitor, they're all written amazingly and consistent. They're fleshed out and not used just for plot purposes and that is great writing, in my opinion. There are a lot of twists in this book. I didn't expect any of them. A lot of dangerous and crazy things occur and it left me reeling. I just know that I'm desperately in need of book three, but also highly aware that I'm not ready for this series to end. Because if the second book nearly ripped my heart out of my chest, good god, what will book three do? Anyway, having ranted, it's pretty clear what I give this. 5 stars, through and through. I highly recommend this series, guys. i am speechless. I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY CHANGED THE COVER JUST AS I GOT THE HARDCOVER ONE IM i hate that they keep changing it to a model. the cover isn't bad, but the old one was much better. so um. i saw the cover. they revealed it at a book festival in Australia (i think- not sure) AND I JUST WANT THE PUBLISHER TO REVEAL IT FOR GOOD BC UGH IT'S SO PRETTY. well at least i think so. IT MATCHES GUYS, IT MATCHES. I can't believe I didn't have this added! But YAY, TITLE! YAY, SYNOPSIS! But oh god. I liked that there wasn't *much* romance in the first book but I hope there isn't a love triangle. Love progressions I'm okay with- but I'm still hoping that isn't the case. ETA: i was told there is NO LOVE TRIANGLE. god bless. Apr 12, 2016 Laura really liked it I think I need a moment to let this one sink in. The ending genuinely got me. Emotions were felt and just UGH. Where Rebel of the Sands was a bit more of a journey book filled with magic and adventure, Traitor to the Throne is focused a lot more on the politics of Miraji and the rebellion. This one is more Amani's story than any of the other characters that we met in the first book. If you're expecting plenty of your favorites from the rebellion, you're not going to get that. Want more of that I think I need a moment to let this one sink in. Want more of that romance? No sorry. It's not as prominent in this book. It is happening. Jin is in Amani's thoughts, but it is absolutely in the background. The chemistry is less so than in the first book, but I'm still rooting for them! So no worries there. Here's the plot of this sequel is just a totally different story. We aren't as much in the gun-slinging desert as we are within the confining walls of the palace. Amani finds herself kidnapped and taken to the palace. (It is SO hard to review a sequel and not spoil the first book, so I'm withholding plot info for that very purpose. What matters is Amani finds herself in the Sultan's harem where the other girls aren't particularly nice and she takes this opportunity within the palace to gather information for the rebellion. *Cue awesome spy movie music* The events of the first book are summarized in the first chapter and a list of characters provided helped to remind me of everything I needed to know before getting started. The story picks up several months after Rebel of the Sands ended leaving room for a little confusion as you piece together all that has happened since then. Once again, Alwyn Hamilton uses the legends of Miraji placing them throughout the novel to explain how the world came to be or to explain a character further. Her writing is so beautiful and engaging. The world she created is one I couldn't get enough of. The mythology felt real as if they were torn from the pages of One Thousand and One Nights. Amani grows a great deal here. It's plausible based on what she's gone through. She has definitely matured and now cares how things affect others a lot more. There aren't as many shoot-outs, so don't expect that same gunslinger we met at the beginning of the series. There is still plenty of action and twists that take us to completely unexpected places. Though the pace was slightly slower, I still flew through the 500+ pages. The addition of the Sultan as an actual in the flesh person in Amani's world was intriguing as it enlightens us to his perspective a lot more than we've been privy to in the past. Like I politics. And the ending just blew me If you enjoyed Rebel of the Sands, you need to read this one now. If you haven't yet, do yourself a favor and start your new favorite series now. I, myself, will be anxiously awaiting the final book... 3. 5 • Rebel of the Sands may not be one of my favourite series, but this second instalment struck me dumb. I was expecting an enjoyable ride, yes, but I wasn't expecting Traitor to the Throne to be so much better than its predecessor. I still had some issues, but at the end of the day, the thrill of the story got the better of me. • I still am not a fan of the writing. Since I read both this one and Rebel of the Sands in Italian, I should probably try to have a look at the original English version 3. Since I read both this one and Rebel of the Sands in Italian, I should probably try to have a look at the original English version of the first and determine whether it's the translation's fault or the author's, but as things stand, I am leaning toward the second. When the moment is heavy with tension, the writing becomes stiffer and colder in trying to achieve the very opposite; where it should convey emotion and mark the climax of a certain sequence of events, there it turns into an edgeless weapon, and in mini-sentences all clustered together in the attempt to create a declamatory tone that does not work at all. Because to be good at rhetoric, one must pay attention not only to words, but also to all the other components of a text, such as rhythm and timing. A trivial, silly thing like knowing when to start a new paragraph becomes fundamental. When you read and the text doesn't sound quite right, it's like riding on a bumpy road -to me, at least; others may not mind. Punctuation, emphasis, fluidity. these are requirements that a good text cannot dispense with. • I am deeply impressed with the plot. I should warn you not to be fooled in this respect, because this plot is one of those that bloom and reveal themselves in their delicious intricacy only as the end draws near. Plots, sub-plots, schemes and devious manoeuvres: I'm home. •As much as I love it when things are not at all what they seem, I also tend to turn up my nose at characters that change so much that they end up seeming caricatures of themselves. Leya's character, for instance, was not very well-handled, in my opinion. She goes from an extreme to the other ans still remains as flat as a pot holder, because the whole thing doesn't seem likely at all. • I love Hamilton's legends. They're so flipping amazing. Should she ever write a collection of myths and legends of her own invention, I would be the first buyer. •I hoped Amani's new-born controversial feelings toward the revolution would be further developed, instead of merely mentioned and then forgotten. I think I would have loved it if the story had taken that direction -thorny issues are my thing way more than easy solutions are. •And speaking about this, I refuse to believe I was the only one who cheered for the Sultan. Actually, I think I do prefer him to Ahmed. Don't know what that says about me. The thing is, there is a moment, in one of the first chapters, when basically Ahmed accuses Amani of being selfish for not wanting Jin to go on a mission, when Ahmed himself is so reluctant to let his sister do the same that Amani and her group would rather not let him know Delila was with them. «Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye. » • Amani and Jin - well, I regret to say that I'm not into this romance, but it isn't too heavy and, plot-wise, it lightens the mood, and does it well. Pros and cons balance each other, when it comes to this ship. I honestly care very little, personally. ➽ I wasn't anticipating Traitor to the Throne with much excitement, but now, for the last instalment, I will. Traitor to the Throne gave hope to a series that seemed meant to be good-but-not-special. Now, instead, I am confident the conclusion could be special. I can't wait... An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. Quotes have been pulled from an e-ARC and may be subject to change. 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, An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. 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. RATING 3/5 QUOTES Why did it seem he was my life and I would only be his death? It didn't matter how pretty something was, it'd kill you just as dead. I wasn't beautiful. Women disappear when they lose their use. The trouble with belief is that it's not the same as truth. I don't like leaving people behind... Jun 18, 2016 Alyssa. Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog. 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 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss 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. Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog. 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 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss 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 whos 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. What I Liked: I've seen reviews from both ends of the spectrum - both positive and negative, satisfied and disappointed. Sequels can be tricky because you'll find a lot of second books in a trilogy, in Young Adult literature, that are awful. This "sequel slump" happens a lot and it's so annoying. But I'm happy to say that I personally did not think that this book suffered from sequel slump. I enjoyed the story very much and I'm looking forward to reading the third novel. This sequel novel begins approximately six months after the end of Rebel of the Sands. Amani is working with the Rebellion, and constantly putting herself at risk for the cause. She is unexpectedly captured and taken to the Sultan. He has found a way to control her, and so he traps her in his palace. She is under his protection but she is forced to reside in the harem. But being in the palace can work to Amani's advantage - she begins to uncover secrets of the Sultan's, that will help the Rebellion. With a little outside help - and inside help too - Amani begins to feed the Rebellion coveted information. But in a palace and deception and lies, Amani must not underestimate the Sultan - or anyone. She quickly discovers that it is those that seem harmless that are the most dangerous. At first, I was a little put out when I realized that most of this book would take place in the Sultan's palace, and that Amani would be separated from the group. and living in a harem, under the Sultan's total control. BUT, a couple of things about this. The Sultan has no interest in Amani, except for her Demdji power (she can't speak lies, etc. Furthermore, he forces her to call a Djinni, but beyond that, he doesn't really make her do much that is totally awful. Do you get what I'm saying? Despite Amani being forced out of her ability (control sand) she isn't forced to do anything horrible, which is one of the things I was afraid of. Another thing I was afraid of was Amani living in the harem. where the Sultan's heir, Kadir, often frequents. He has like, four wives, and he immediately sets his attentions on the blue-eyed Demdji. But Amani is never forced to do anything against her will, with Kadir or anyone else. I probably would have screamed for the entire world to hear me, if sexual assault or rape made its way into this book. Amani was untouched, I promise! The third thing I was afraid of was the massive separation. Amani is in the Sultan's palace for MONTHS. But. so much happens at the Palace under Amani's watch, so it didn't really feel like months, and the tone of the story didn't feel desperate or panicky, for Amani. Her time at the palace was never unsafe or particularly dangerous, though there were a few close calls. A whole host of characters are introduced in the palace, some awful, some valuable allies. In any case, the separation isn't so bad because the story really captured my attention, Yes, Amani is separated from Jin and the others for a long time - but so much happens during that time, it doesn't feel hopeless. And besides, the story has a sandwich-like quality to it. It starts with Amani being with Jin and the rest of the Rebellion group (Shazad, Ahmed, the twins, etc. Then Amani is captured and taken to the palace. And then, after most of the book, Amani is reunited with some of the Rebellion group. I won't say specifics with the exception of Jin - I feel like I have to say that. Amani and Jin are reunited towards the end. I'll get to them in a bit. I love how complex and complicated the author has made the story, with this sequel. The plot thickens! At the palace, we're introduced to several of the Sultan's fifty billion children, and the entire ridiculous harem, and many foreign diplomats and politicians. We learn a lot about the Sultan, who has Amani call a Djinni. We get to see betrayal after betrayal, with some characters playing a double role and beyond. It's not only about the Rebellion trying get the throne to Ahmed and unseat the Sultan - there are darker, more infinite forces at work (captured Djinn, for one. The romance - okay, I'll talk about the romance. I mentioned that Amani and Jin are together in the beginning, and in the end. In the beginning Amani is angry with Jin because he went off to do some undercover work for the Rebellion. as she was bleeding to death. This was a few months before this book started, but months after Rebel of the Sands ended. Amani is angry with him for leaving her, and then she gets captured, and all of this angst lays between them. But I promise, when they reunite, they hash things out, and they find their way. Amani and Jin have a mess between them, but it's their mess, and while they run when they're scared, they always come back (this is more figurative than literal, though it's a bit of both, really. No love triangle. There is nothing triangular about the primary romance in this book - it's Amani and Jin all the way. There are other "sub-romances" among secondary characters, which is cool. But I'm mostly glad that Hamilton didn't touch the main ship. Amani and Jin definitely get closer, even with the massive separation. The reunion scenes and the ones following are so sweet and heartwarming. Speaking of secondary characters, there are so many new characters introduced to the story. At one point, it was a little overwhelming. But the important ones - Rahim (one of the Sultan's sons) Sam (an informant for the Rebellion, and a shameless flirt who is hilarious) even Leyla (Rahim's sister and fellow offspring of the Sultan. stuck in my mind, and were hard to forget. Some old secondary characters show up, like Shira and Tamid. And then there constant secondary characters, like Shazad and Ahmed and Imin and Hala and Delila - I love this group so much. Shazad is so kickbutt and fierce, and I especially loved her role in this book. Jin - Jin is one of my characters, despite him being sparse in this book (remember, that is because Amani is at the palace and not near Jin, for the most of the book. Given that the book is told from her first-person POV, we don't get to see a lot of Jin in this book. Jin is still so important to the story. I love how he is like Amani, in that they are both fighters and yet they are both prone to running when things get too difficult. But I like that they both work on this, in the end. Jin is so fiercely loyal to Amani, and so very in love with her. But he is more than a love interest, and this is clear, given his role away from her (when she was in the palace. Amani grows in her way, given what she has to live with, in the harem. So many jealous wives who want to destroy her, and people in general who think she is a monster - Amani always had thick skin, but living in the palace is an entirely different experience for her. Even being trapped there with no Demdji ability, Amani is powerful. She is clever and intelligent. I liked seeing her character grow and mature, especially without her sandy gift. Keep in mind, that loss is not permanent. Hint hint. I think I've gushed enough! I know others struggled this one (too slow, too boring, too much separation, too few scenes between Amani and Jin) but I liked it a lot and I think it did the series justice. I love Rebel of the Sands a little more, but I think this one was an excellent follow-up. Props to Hamilton for not ending this book in a cliffhanger (not really, anyway. The ending is actually a pretty good one, given that it's the ending of a book two (usually the end of book two's are all sorts of cruel and unusual. What I Did Not Like: Read my comments above, about the separation. However, of course I'm going to put it down as a dislike. In general, I hate the whole separate-the-female-and-male protagonist crap that YA authors like to include in sequels (specifically book two of a trilogy. I'm so over that trope. The separation wasn't terrible in this book, and the romance is stronger than ever by the end, but still. I hate the separation trope, it's annoying. It definitely served a good purpose here, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. For that matter, I expect many, many swoony (and hopefully a little steamy) scenes between Amani and Jin in book three. Would I Recommend It: If you like YA desert fantasies, or epic fantasy in general, this is definitely a book (and series for you. I loved Rebel of the Sands and I personally don't think this book disappoints at all. Of course, you should find out for yourself - because I can definitely see where those with negative/so-so reviews are coming from. This one is a long book but it's such a good story! Rating: 4 stars. This book did exactly what a sequel should do - go deeper into plot, and set up for an epic showdown for book three. I am so excited to read book three! Hopefully we get it in our hands in March 2018, because I don't think I'll be able to survive for longer than that! Pre-read: ETA: Guys I am hearing rumors of NO love triangle. YAAAAASSSSS! I guess my next worry would be the cover. Why haven't they revealed the cover yet? Pretty much ALL of the Winter '17 covers for the "big" publishers have been revealed. You know when covers are revealed so late? When the publisher is planning a redesign for the series. I WOULD NOT BE ON BOARD WITH THIS. D: ALL THE PRAISE HANDS! THIS BOOK IS CALLED TRAITOR THE TO THRONE. "I wouldnt point fingers if I were you. This sequel started with a bang and ended with an explosion. Traitor to the Throne was a whole new level of adventure, espionage and trickery. Amani's belief and trust towards the rebellion was tested on this book and I loved every single bit of it. Alwyn Hamilton's, writing style just keeps on getting better and better. If she was a good "I wouldnt point fingers if I were you. " This sequel started with a bang and ended with an explosion. If she was a good writer before then she was definitely a great author now. The way she chooses her words was pure perfection and every chapter left me wanting more. Amani and Jinn's attraction turned in to something more which made me ship them even harder. Shazad was still gorgeous af and Ahmed was still the brother I wanna have. If you haven't read TTTH yet then you should pick it up and read it immediately because it will remove any book hangover that you have... I NEED MORE AMANI AND JIN. I NEED MORE AMANI AND JIN. I NEED MORE I NEED MORE AMANI AND JIN. I NEED MORE... Jan 20, 2017 Nastassja liked it review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of Rebel of the sands My 200th review! Actual rating: 3. 5 stars I thought about revenge and about love and about sacrifice and the great and terrible things Id seen people do. I thought about how many people Id seen lay their lives down for the Rebellion, over and over. If anyone asked me whether I liked Traitor to the Throne, I'd say 'yes. If anyone asked me whether it was better than Rebel of the sands, I'd say that some parts were. But if anyone asked me whether I liked the first book or the second one My 200th review! Actual rating: 3. But if anyone asked me whether I liked the first book or the second one more, I'd definitely say I liked the first book more, or more precisely, I liked the first half of book 1 more than I liked the rest of two books combined. In my opinion, first 60% of Rebel of the sands are the best among the rest of the series so far. I'll explain why! ● Rebel of the sands had this special atmosphere that at once inserted readers into the western-like world of sand and magic and gunpowder. Mixed together these elements created an unforgettable picture. In Traitor to the throne, though, that atmosphere was gone. I missed the feeling of 'sandy' adventures. ● I really loved romance in book 1. In this part there was almost none of it. Understandably the plot concentrated on palace intrigues and politics more, and it was quite suiting the storyline, but scarce interactions between Jin and Amani didn't do it for me most of the time. Jin was gunpowder in book 1, meaning his presence illuminated the whole book for me; his playfulness and tension between him and Amani were one of the best things I enjoyed. In this book Jin was more like Amani's servant boy: You want to go risk your life, Amani? Yes, go do it. You need to do something secretly without telling me what and risk your life again? Yes, go do it, my sweet, I'll just sit here waiting for you and making you supper. And so one. Let alone that there's little Jin at all: he was wandering somewhere the whole time, and I am not satisfied with the explanation of his doings. I had a feeling Jin was here just as a supportive romantic interest, whose only purpose was to serve and pleasure the one and only. special-snowflake/Mary Sue Amani. I was so not okay with Jin's role. Give me back my witty, funny cinnamon roll! ●I didn't really like Amani in this part. I was looking forward to her old self. the magic-less one. for me she was better without any magic but with her wits and a gun in hand. Alas, instead of a gun I got pathos speeches and Mary Sue-ish whining. Hold yourself together, girl! ●I liked the aforementioned political intrigues. I enjoyed how the author made us consider different points of view, and everything is not as obvious as it seems at first. We have gray areas. And gray areas are always cool when it comes to plot development. It's no secret I like complex villains and Sultan in this book didn't let me down, though, I am not sure he should be considered a villain at all, because the man was telling a lot of reasonable stuff I couldn't not agree with. And that leads me to Ahmed - the Rebel Prince. I don't get why people follow him, because starting from book 1 he was kind of character-less? Compared to him Sultan looks like a more multilayered character. Would I follow Ahmed? Heck, no! I'd join Sultan. (view spoiler) major spoiler about the ending (view spoiler) I'd preferred if Ahmed died in the end. I think his death could've been a better emotional burst for characters to protect his legacies and ideas. And even such skeptics as I am would feel like sympathizing with his cause after his death. But now that he's alive and another more interesting character sacrificed their live. I feel more disappointed with Ahmed and feel more negative about his rebellion. Saving him was a 'meh' move (hide spoiler. hide spoiler) But to find out whose side main characters will ultimately choose, you have to read the book. I'd say that a lot happened during this part and, though, it felt like the first 60% or so of the book were slow and boring at times, the book involved a lot of events to mull about (view spoiler. Especially the one that wouldn't let me go. Metal under Amani's skin. I. just. don't. get. it. How did they manage to put all that metal under her skin without making her look like a Frankenstein? Seriously, the pain must be agonizing when there's metal under one's skin, but Amani just felt light scratching? That's it? Plus, I imagine the metal wouldn't look smooth under her skin, like there's nothing at all there; it must be puckered or something and it must be noticeable that there's something alien under her skin. I have so many how's when it comes to this part of the plot, but I don't think we were given enough reasonable exploitations (if any) how it is possible for all that metal to be there (hide spoiler) The plot development was definitely the strongest in this book! ●The writing was okay, I guess; I can't say it's beautiful or something special, but it was engaging and mostly kept my attention on the book. Plus, as in part one, the author continued inserting myths and legends throughout the story and they were utterly beautiful and fascinating. I'd really like to read the whole book of them! ● Traitor to the throne is more steam punk than western this time around. I am not sure how I feel about the whole machinery thing yet, but I liked the idea of joining magic and mechanics. We'll see how it works out in book 3. Conclusions. Plotwise this book is way better than the first one, but the atmosphere of the previous part is gone. A pity. I like this series, but don't feel like there's something special about it. Good, solid, but without an emotional involvement form my side. I'd preferred to read 500+ about shirtless Jin rather than Ahmed and his rebellion and their blah blah this, blah blah that. Will never understand why Amani joined his cause in the first place. The myths and legends are as gorgeous as in book 1. Secondary charters were nice: some of them new, some from the previous part (view spoiler) But again, what was the purpose of Tamid? To make Amani whine more about what a terrible person she is, leaving a friend in the desert to die? But I think death is a better option than to be a plot tool and be used by girls who always treat the poor guy abominably. Seriously, poor Tamid! hide spoiler. I am looking forward to book 3 but my excitement is lesser now than it was after book 1... Holy shit. My head is fucking spinning. The ending - I was not ready for it. I need the third book now. The tension, the million different strategies and possibilities and the new characters just ramped up the storyline and made it so hard to tear away from. Amani; the character development is amazing - I can't believe she's the same girl from book one. But the sass is still there. All of the other characters got so fleshed out as well - it was amazing and I loved it! IF YOU LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES Holy shit. All of the other characters got so fleshed out as well - it was amazing and I loved it! IF YOU LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES GIVE THIS BOOK A GO YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED I love this series. I need 10 more books of it... *5 TREACHEROUS STARS* “I hated the quiet. I could hear my fears that much louder for it. ” Dear lord, why did I wait so long to continue this trilogy? Amani is the bomb man, I love her so so much! THAT ENDING THOUGH! I cant deal with everyhing Im feeling right now. This was so freaking good, I couldnt stop reading! This world is just so unique, with its Djinni's, Demdji's, mythical creatures, guns and superpowers. I'll miss Amani and her badass band of misfits so much but on the other hand, I *5 TREACHEROUS STARS* “I hated the quiet. ” Dear lord, why did I wait so long to continue this trilogy? Amani is the bomb man, I love her so so much! ❤️ THAT ENDING THOUGH! I cant deal with everyhing Im feeling right now. I'll miss Amani and her badass band of misfits so much but on the other hand, I cant wait to move on to the next and final installment... Apr 19, 2017 Suzanne I LOVE this series! It has quickly became one of my favorite series. This one was ridiculously fast paced and intense. This is one of the best sequels I have read in a long time! HIGHLY recommend this series to read if you haven't! 11/7/16 OMG why was the cover design changed! The pink one was fine and it matched the first book! Now I can only get that cover in paperback? Wtf. Why are so many publishers doing this to me. God I hope the UK cover ends up being the pink one. Update 9/13/16 Alright looks like we finally have a cover update! And I like it, works well alongside the first cover. Though I must say the pattern on the outside a bit reminiscent of the Wrath of the Drawn's hardcover. and 11/7/16 OMG why was the cover design changed! The pink one was fine and it matched the first book! Now I can only get that cover in paperback? Wtf. Why are so many publishers doing this to me. God I hope the UK cover ends up being the pink one. Update 9/13/16 Alright looks like we finally have a cover update! And I like it, works well alongside the first cover. and synopsis But wait the synopsis says Jin disappeared? What? Did that happen at the end of the last book? No, I don't think it did *Goes to double check the end of the last book. Nope it definitely didn't. Man what is it with this guy and being so secretive and mysterious all the time lol. Well whatever I have a weakness for villains, who people have long been demonized, getting good character development so I bring on the Sultan! Though I do hope there is no love triangle, because he is Jin's father right? Man that would be hella weird. I have grown used to, though I still don't like, love triangles between brothers. But I draw the line between father and son. Like come on now, really? Now I just need a cover to squeal over... Concept: 3. 75/5. 0 Execution: 4. 0/5. 0 Characters Bespoken: 4. 0 /5. 0 World Building: 3. 75 /5. 0 Cover: 3. 5/5. 0 Writing Style: 3. 25/5. 0 Overall: 4. 0 P. S. Review slump! I am so sorry Jess I know you were excited about my thoughts but maybe some other day! RTC. BR with My Lady Who Loves To Talk *heart eyes. You even make me talk more. 3: Awesome characters, awesome storytelling, awesome setting and awesome betrayals. This series is as magical as it is savage. My goodness, so much has happened in this book there was hardly time to draw breaths in between chapters. This was definitely a whole lot better than the first book in terms of intensity and suspense and has me super excited for the last book in the trilogy! Now on to "Hero at the Fall" Awesome characters, awesome storytelling, awesome setting and awesome betrayals. This was definitely a whole lot better than the first book in terms of intensity and suspense and has me super excited for the last book in the trilogy! Now on to "Hero at the Fall" 💪... Mar 06, 2017 Dana did not like it Wow, hmmm what to say. This book was somehow simultaneously very boring and also a huge mess. Majority of the plot was contained in a very small space with very few side characters. Then the plot, as is often the issue when you include very powerful heroes in your stories comes across as B. S when they then don't use said powers to basically wipe out all of their enemies in one go. They never utilize their potential, and while the author threw in some lame excuses for some of them, there were Wow, hmmm what to say. They never utilize their potential, and while the author threw in some lame excuses for some of them, there were still a lot of wtf moments in this book. For example (view spoiler. When Amani is captured by the Sultan and he is threatening her with a knife to the gut, couldn't she just have said “I will not be hurt” and it would be true. In the book the Genie people can make something true by saying it. Of course this risks everything going horribly wrong, but the truth would still be that she would not be hurt. Like what did she have to lose by saying that? hide spoiler) Then when (view spoiler) Amani's lame-o Genie dad gets captured by the Sultan and she is trying to figure out how to free him (The all powerful immortal being who sat by and let her mother die, and her live in poverty) says that he can be freed by special magic words, but despite being captured and released several times in the past he doesn't know them. I mean wouldn't he have heard his many rescuers chanting these words to free him? On the other hand a lot of the magic in this book literally just involves writing a name on a piece of paper so *shrug. PLUS even if she freed him, since she was the one who summoned him, she would just be forced to summon him again since she was literally being controlled by the Sultan. (hide spoiler) Also! ALSO the whole plot about (view spoiler. one Genie betraying his entire race to save one of his ten thousand little mortal babies, yeah no. From what we have been told of the Genie dudes so far this seems way out of character. You think you are giving a big middle finger to all your fellow immortals that have rubbed you the wrong way but you are just screwing yourself over! I whatever. hide spoiler) AND THEN this whole issue with (view spoiler) Tamid (her former best friend who of course was secretly in love with her, who she left behind in their old town bleeding in the dirt, so that she could escape guaranteed death or imprisonment. I agree that she was stupid to write him off so quickly, I mean who dies from a bullet to the leg? But if he really loved her he would not have condemned her to stay with him and risk being killed or captured. She should of checked on him, yes, but his whole behavior in this book was soooo annoying. Hate him. “Ugh you won't sleep with me, well screw you then, some friend you are, go crawl into a corner and die you gross genie spawn! ” That's basically his whole vibe. (hide spoiler) AND THEN on top of this plethora of unlikable characters we also get a surprise from (view spoiler. Shira, Amani's cousin/archnemesis. Shira does nothing but make Amani's life a living hell every chance she gets. She would kill her just to get ahead, as she has tried to in the past. But then the SECOND she dies, she is all romanticized like “oh yeah she is this awful cruel girl who made everyone around her miserable and cared for no one but herself but she's dead now, and she was family so I'm going to mourn her death as if she was my best friend” (hide spoiler. Pats head to see if still has any hair left to pull out* And at last, the cherry on the top of this whole plodding mess. (view spoiler) The fearless and brave shapeshifter that takes the rebel prince's place on the chopping block disguised as him. Sounds good, very heroic, okay I can get behind that. EXCEPT THAT THIS MASTER OF DISGUISE HAS BRIGHT GOLDEN EYES! SO HOW IS HE FOOLING ALL OF THESE PEOPLE! Seriously this master spy has bright golden eyes which he cannot change, but he someone manages to fool everyone into believing he is whoever he is impersonating. AND wouldn't he have shapeshifted back to his original form once he was killed anyways, hence making the entire scheme pointless. (hide spoiler. Sigh* drops mic. I know that my own long plodding ranty review will be met with some hate, as is expected with a book that will probably be well received by most. It just didn't really work for me, and seeing as how I had so many issues with it, I probably won't feel the need or want to debate my ranty fuming, just fyi. Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Bin P. S- Don't even get me started on Jin. Check out more of my reviews here Note: I received this book in exchange for a very honest review... Feb 09, 2017 Rebekah I love this author. I love this book. Why? Because it doesn't have middle book syndrome. You know that middle book the just DRAAAGGGS and it overall plot and reason for loving it all in the first place dies. Yes it's a horrible disease and sadly it happens all to often. BUT never fear Alwyn Hamilton did not let us down and this book was amazing as you think it's going to be. This book is significantly longer than Rebel, like 200+ pages more! More history, more legends, more plot, more I love this author. Yes it's a horrible disease and sadly it happens all to often. BUT never fear Alwyn Hamilton did not let us down and this book was amazing as you think it's going to be. This book is significantly longer than Rebel, like 200+ pages more! More history, more legends, more plot, more story, more backstory, more understands, more characters, more twists and turns, more EVERYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE! And it's all brilliant. So here we are, Jin left Amani for fear that he would watch her die. Oh OH! Karma for Amani right? well I love how all these characters are oh so flawed and make terrible choices and that's what makes them so great. I love Amani I love her sassy mouth and everything about her. When Amani is kidnapped well that when the plot thickens. Oh how I don't want to say too much especially if you haven't read the first book, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GO READ IT NOW. This book had me questioning everything. I was scared. I literally had myself torn and frightened at where the author was going to take me. I kept second guessing myself and became just as confused as Amani! Overall: This book did not disappoint if you haven't noticed. If you loved the first book be prepared for just more story. Get prepared for more backdrop and understand and clicking and everything. It's all worth it. *A HUGE thank you to Viking Books for this ARC which I got in exchange for an honest review... Traitor to the Throne is a fantastic sequel. It's just as good as the first and it definitely won't disappoint. As Amani is healing in the secret rebel camp, the Sultan's army finally finds them and the war begins. Brave Amani conjures a sand storm in order to get everyone out, but ends up getting caught, and brought to the Sultan. With pieces of steel placed inside of Amani, the Sultan can control everything she does. Amani once said that we need another spy in the palace, who knew it would be Traitor to the Throne is a fantastic sequel. Amani once said that we need another spy in the palace, who knew it would be her. First let me talk about the cover. What happened? The first cover was so pretty, this one is okay but it does not match the first one at all. I'm a bit disappointed. I instantly fell in love with her in the first book, and that definitely did not change in the sequel. Even though she loses her powers (her powers are just one of the reasons I think she's awesome) she kind of ends up going back to the Amani we got to know at the beginning of the first book. Before you say it, her character development is constantly growing, she does not go back, don't get that confused. One of the things I forgot to mention in my review of the first book, is how much I love Amani's friendship with Shazad. Shazad is one of my favourite characters as well, and the friendship the two share really reminds me of me and my best friend. The two grow even closer in this book, and I absolutely love reading about the two of them together. Since Amani is in the castle for most of the book, we don't get to see much of Amani and Jin. But fear not people, there is no love triangle in this book. Amani only has eyes for Jin, and it makes me really love them as a couple. I wish I could have given this one 5 stars. I was very happy that the author decided to throw in more surprises and other things that I thought could have been improved in the first book, but unfortunately that left a very long middle part that I found a bit slow and boring. There wasn't as much action and adventure in this book, so there were a lot of parts that I had to put the book down and just had no motivation to read it. Overall, this is one of my favourite series and I will definitely be waiting for the final book to come out next year. I highly recommend reading this one if you enjoyed the first book, if you haven't then check out Rebel of Sands first. Happy Reading, Aneta... 3. 5 stars Idealists make great leaders, but they never make good rulers. Traitor to the Throne is the highly anticipated sequel in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy. I cannot in all honesty say that I enjoyed the sequel less than the first book, even though Traitor to the Throne received a slightly lower rating from me. I have, however, become more critical of the literature I read. Traitor to the Throne was gripping, action-packed, and spun an intriguing plot, which was somewhat overshadowed by 3. 5 stars Idealists make great leaders, but they never make good rulers. Traitor to the Throne is the highly anticipated sequel in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy. Traitor to the Throne was gripping, action-packed, and spun an intriguing plot, which was somewhat overshadowed by a rocky start of info-dumps and issues I had with the characters and world-building. ✓ I had enjoyed Amani in Rebel of the Sands, and my admiration of her character continued in the sequel. Her character development is subtle but it is noticeable. Albeit still the same spitfire and emotionally charged little cupcake, Amani has matured since the events of the first book, for example showing more consideration for the fate of others. Though I can see why some do not like her as a heroine, I've bonded with her from the first page of Rebel of the Sands and this instalment has further increased my fondness for this strong-willed, quick-witted, impulsive character. The only aspect of her characterization I found lacking was how her doubt in her cause, namely the Rebellion, was portrayed. I would have expected more introspection, more back and forth, more uncertainty in her behaviour, but she chucked the seeds of doubt aside as quickly as they arose. Overall, she's still one of the pillars of this series, and I hope to see her thrive in the next instalment! ✓ A realization has finally hit me square in the face and I don't know how I didn't notice this before: Imin, the shape-shifter, gives the book the diversity it needs with regard to gender and sexuality. Easily switching between male and female forms, Imin does not have a default gender per se. This was something I had overlooked in the first instalment, but Hamilton made it clear by Imin's personal romantic subplot that she/he isn't female nor male, but both. ✓ Romantic subplots we get plenty in Traitor to the Throne, with me being particularly interested in Amani's and Jin's, of course. For me, these two really have chemistry, even though I didn't feel it quite as much in the sequel. But I loved the crackling tension between those two stubborn children. Hamilton doesn't just hand that HEA over on a silver platter, that's for sure. I love a romance I have to suffer for, and suffer I did. ✓ The general plot was entertaining, for it was action-packed, fast-paced and spouted buckets of uncertainties, intrigue, and scheming at me. Yes, please. We get the reappearance of old, familiar faces and some "moral greyness" which added some spice to the plot. The info-dumps in the first chapters put aside, Traitor to the Throne delivers a smooth ride with nice twists and turns. I was hooked from start (or maybe shortly after, lol) to finish, and I'm keen on book 3! ✓ Though I do have a bone to pick with the world-building, I adore the mythology in this book. Though Hamilton laid a good foundation in Rebel of the Sands, her mythology – namely, the myths and legends of Miraji – truly evolved and blossomed in Traitor to the Throne. At times, I thought her legends of ancient wars and magical love stories were as interesting, if not more, than the actual storyline itself. Hamilton is an exquisite storyteller, and she exceeded the level of her main work with the creation of the stories within the story. ✓ I remember having issues with the writing in Rebel of the Sands, because Hamilton would lose herself completely sometimes, especially in the last action scene. The train of thought was messy and confusing. In Traitor to the Throne, her writing is noticeably smoother! ✘ Contrary to how I felt when I closed the book, Traitor to the Throne and I didn't start off on the right foot. The sequel does not start where Rebel of the Sands left off, which opened a wide gap to dump infos in. And info-dump she did. Basically, the events between the two instalments were wrapped up in the first chapter as a quick summary. I'm sure Hamilton meant well and wanted to cut right to the chase, but I don't like having a shitload of plot dumped on me when I would've preferred to witness it in person. ✘ Though I love the cast of this series, something irked me, namely that there are too many, which decreases their depth. Quality over quantity goes for characters as well. Now, I admit that I experience the same problem when I engage in creative writing. This is not an easy obstacle to overcome, and I'm unsure what Hamilton could have done to solve the problem, other than writing a longer book and give the supporting cast more page time. But especially at the beginning of the book, I felt like I was drowning in names but unable to get a grasp on what personalities I was dealing with. I thought the cast of the first instalment had been extensive enough, with some characters bordering on cardboard material, and it certainly doesn't shrink with Traitor to the Throne. ✘ The following is a very personal opinion with regard to how fantasy is done right, so bear with me. Perhaps I am narrow-minded but I do not approve of world religions being used in fantasy books – there, I said it. If you create a fictional realm with fictional mythology, I just don't understand by the life of me why you'd use an existing world religion. Religion and mythology are closely tied to each other, so this doesn't make any sense. To me, that's lazy world-building, because creating the religious system is one of the hardest aspects of fantasy world-building. Also, there are a million things that could go wrong, so if you do include a religion like Islam, I expect the portrayal to be somewhat authentic. However, up to the mentioning of minarets as a defining architectural element, there had been no reference to the belief in Allah or the daily practice of Islam, for example the daily five prayers as one core element of Islam. Sure, we can say "The people of Miraji just aren't practicing Muslims" but I don't buy it. I'm still pointing at this as incredibly half-hearted religion-building. I've really enjoyed this series so far and see great potential in Hamilton's work for the future as well, but I believe she can do better than the first two books, even though they were entertaining and suspenseful. Traitor to the Throne fell flat with regard to showing-not-telling (which resulted in heaps of info-dumps in the first chapters) character depth, and world-building, which should've been areas in which the sequel was superior to the first instalment. Alas, this was not the case. I'm still very excited for the final instalment, though, because whereas the book lacks in certain department, it certainly creates loads of suspense... I really have no idea what to say other than THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING AND I AM IN SHOCK AND HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO NOW. This was so surprising as this book got off to a really bad start but then I'm not sure what happened and it just got so good. My mind is a jumbled mess right now and I dont think I can form any coherent thoughts so this review will probably be a mess. Alwyn Hamilton really liked to mess with my mind and then make me wait for the next book. Im not even kidding, the last 100 I really have no idea what to say other than THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING AND I AM IN SHOCK AND HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO NOW. This was so surprising as this book got off to a really bad start but then I'm not sure what happened and it just got so good. Im not even kidding, the last 100 pages I was just gasping and…now Im struggling to write this review. This book started off horrible, to be honest. It had been a while since I read Rebel of the Sand and I couldnt remember anything. I read a very detailed summary online but I was still very confused in the first 100 pages. I was not liking this book and left it for a long time but then yesterday I wanted to watch a movie or catch up on my TV shows but I couldnt so I reluctantly returned back to this book. I sat on my bed for almost four hours just reading only getting up occasionally for a minute. I could not let go at all. I was so sure that this book was going to be a disappointment but Ive been proven wrong. I have to admit when I started to read this book I realised I was not a big fan of the writing style. It was not as good as I remember. Theres nothing wrong with it but for some reason, I remember it being better. The book also started months after the first book ended and that bothered me but again Im not sure why. Maybe it was because I was so confused at the beginning. I had no idea who most of the characters were and there were so many to keep up with but at the end, it made more sense. Next year if I can't remember anything again then I think Ill reread the first two books because I dont want to make the same mistake again. The ending shocked me so much and it was so hard to process everything going on because all these things were thrown in my face and the second I started to process it something else was thrown at my face. A majority of the book was kind of slow and there was barely any action (but I didn't mind) but the ending was mind blowing and I am still not over it. I had put off all my assignments to read but now Im not sure how I am going to be able to do them with my mind being all jumbled. This book was truly fantastic and to think I was considering dnfing it at the beginning. I am so glad I carried on and glad that I wasnt able to watch anything because I dont think I would have carried on reading this. I cant remember the first book that much but I think I like both equally. I really dont know what to say other than read this book if you havent. Review for Rebel of the Sands... Jan 27, 2017 Angelina The second installment of this series was even better. In the first book I was like okay interesting, interesting but in the second I was like give me more of that. The best aspect of this book is the characters, the book puts the in a difficult position and it was awesome to see how the corresponded. Amani is stripped of her powers, a dessert girl with no sand. But she is strong and we realize with her that her power isn't what makes her the person is. She can destroy empires if she The second installment of this series was even better. She can destroy empires if she wants. I hope she does) For me was also a big surprise that the second character that was as much intriguing as Amani was the villain. The king was a complex person and his ideals were logical. He didn't act on emotion, he was cruel and he truly believed that he was doing the best for his empire. What I also liked a lot were the descriptions, some parts of the book were presented to us as stories people were telling near campfires. I loved that it made the book more unique... I highly recommend it. My thanks to Netgalley for the e-arc... “But then, this was what the desert did to us. ” Wow. I actually really loved this book more than I expected! I've read a lot of reviews disappointed with the sequel, so I was rather wary coming into this book. Yet I was not disappointed at all! Yes, this book has rather different tone, pacing and plot from the first story, but I still immensely enjoyed it and think it's a worthy sequel. “I wouldn't point fingers if I were you. You know what they say: those who “But then, this was what the desert did to us. ” Wow. Shazad” This book does lack the fast pacing and adventurous nature of Rebel of the Sands. The pacing is quite slow compared to the one in the first book, and it's also much longer book. There's far less adventure, and little to no journeying through the desert and shooting. And more court intrigue, politics, rebellion and magic. “I thought of Shazad. ” It aslo lacks one important (and awesome) character for the most part - Jin. I expected here to be some romance drama which would just make me irritated, while both of the characters act stubborn at one poin or another, there was otherwise no such thing in my opinion. This book was simply less romance centered than the first instalment, the story was focused on other things: such as the rebellion, Amani spying for the Rebel Prince, there were also interesting new characters introduced - such as Sam, a bit more of Shazad and Amani's friendship, and some forgotten characters coming to light again. I did miss Jin though, epsecially since he is one of my favourite characters in this series, and I freaking loved the witty banter between him and Amani in book one. So I hope there's much much more of him in the last book! “Ahmed would tell me that an eye for an eye would make the whole world blind. Shazad would tell me that was why you had to stab people through both eyes the first time around. ” I liked the way this story was written, especially the few little chapters which felt like each little story on its own from different characters. There were some great plot twists and I generally felt more on edge and uncertain about what will happen here than while reading Rebel of the Sands. “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. ” The rebellion theme really got going here and the side characters felt more comlex and thought out (though at some point I felt like there was a lot of them so it took me some time to remember all. While there's no denying I felt a bit more entertained while reading Rebel of the Sands (it was also more fun) I do think Traitor to the Thorne surpasses it's predecessor in some ways, and I honestly cannot with to see how this breathtaking story will end! Recommended to fand of Rebel of the Sands. “Idealists make great leaders, but they never make good rulers. ” P. I do hope the author will be kind enough and give us lots of Jin in Hero at the Fall. I could get over the fact that there was so little of Jin in this middle story, but I do need a lot more of him - with Amani - in the last book! “I thought about revenge and about love and about sacrifice and the great and terrible things Id seen people do. ”. Pre-review: Excited to finally start this! I've generally heard that the sequel isn't as good as its predecessor here, but hopefully I'll enjoy it nonethless! P. S: I completely adore covers in this series! <33 P. S: Why the hell is this one so long? It has almost 600 pages long, while the first one had around 350. Im not going to lie: there are times when I really struggled with Traitor to the Throne. But I would still recommend it to anyone whos interested in reading it, because I think this formula will work for a lot of readers. Theres still loads of action, intrigue, and politics. For me, though, the story could have been at least 100 pages shorter. Based on the blurb, I thought I was going to love it even more than Rebel of the Sands. Amani gets kidnapped and becomes a servant of the cruel Sultan, Im not going to lie: there are times when I really struggled with Traitor to the Throne. Amani gets kidnapped and becomes a servant of the cruel Sultan, which is really interesting. It also allows us to get to know a bunch of new characters, like Rahim and Leyla. I really enjoyed Amanis friendship with Rahim, as well as his role in the story, and there was always an air of mystery around Leylas character, which I really enjoyed. The Sultan was despicable but charismatic, which makes for the ultimate villain. Theres also still that really great world-building, now with more all-powerful Djinnis! And we also got to see more of the powers of those in the rebellion, so that was cool. Fans of Jin will be disappointed, though, because hes barely in the book. Theres not a lot of time for swooning. Still, when hes there, its kind of nice. "You can trust a sailor with knots. Jin said. "And you can trust me with you. " I just wish it wasnt so LONG – 528 pages always feels like such a slog to get through. There were parts I really huffed and puffed through, and sometimes it felt like there was too much going on. Amani was in the middle of all the fun but didnt actually do an awful lot. I know, this sounds terribly conflicting. Because it was! Like I said, though, I do think its a matter of personal opinion and I think this would work for many avid fans. And overall, I just really enjoyed the plot of Amani being in the home of the enemy. It made for an interesting read. Thank you NetGalley / Faber & Faber for providing me with a copy... Apr 02, 2016 Giovanna 4. 25 Traitor to the Throne is definitely a good sequel. Actually, it's much better than Rebel of the Sands in terms of plot, which is something that rarely happens in series, even less in ya. Among young adults "book 2" usually means "drama, build-up for book 3, love triangle" but luckily this was not the case. That said, I'm still not completely sold on some things; don't get me wrong, I really liked this book and I appreciate the series even more now, but for me it lacks the kind of spark that 4. That said, I'm still not completely sold on some things; don't get me wrong, I really liked this book and I appreciate the series even more now, but for me it lacks the kind of spark that would make it one of my favourites. The plot was definitely the highlight of the book for me. It's complex, quite interesting and captivating. Whereas the first book was definitely too light for my taste, this sequel definitely brings in political intrigues and complex schemes. I really appreciated how the author handled it, it wasn't boring and even though this is a build-up for the last book in the trilogy it is an exciting one. New obstacles and issues are raised throughout the whole book, but nothing felt anticlimatic at all. Another bonus for me was how Hamilton handled her villain. I usually appreciate it when authors don't make everything black or white, and show us that we should definitely consider seeing things from another point of view. This doesn't mean that I empathize with the Sultan and what he has done, but I can definitely see the reasoning behind some of his choices now, and well, I get them. That's not to say that I like him and that I approve his choices, but actually, some things he did are extremely logical. The magic system is quite interesting. Djinnis are not something you see often and I don't know much about this mythology, but I love how the author portrays it. One of the strongest elements of the trilogy for me. I also liked the ending. The final revelation definitely shocked me, so kudos to Hamilton for pulling that off. Some things didn't convince me though, to be honest. I missed the atmosphere of the first book. We are not in the desert anymore, not for most of the book anyway, and me a bit? The palace had some potential, and I liked the political intrigue, but it can't compare to the lush, intriguing atmosphere of the first installment. It just isn't as magical, for me. Interesting, but not captivating. I'm not extremely invested in the characters. I like them, but more as a group than individuals. I like Amani and pretty much all the secondary characters, but I don't feel strongly about them. Like, take Jin and Amani's relationship: yes, I like them, but I just don't feel the chemistry yet (I actually felt it more in book 1, but maybe they just need more space, as a couple) not completely. Let's say that I was pleased that Hamilton had the guts to kill people off, but I wasn't shaken when that happened. And that speaks volumes about my emotional involvement. Or lack thereof. Still, this is a great sequel. Probably one of the best you can find among young adults. So even if you didn't love the first book, the series deserves a chance. Traitor to the Throne is much more complex that its predecessor and it made me much more excited for the final installment of the trilogy... "Alwyn Hamilton, stop being so awesome" said no one ever. 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Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré Open Preview See a Problem? Wed love your help. Let us know whats wrong with this preview of Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré. Thanks for telling us about the problem. To ask other readers questions about Our Kind of Traitor, please sign up. Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler) Does Dima sabotage the helicopter taking him to England thereby saving his family? hide spoiler) Richard Jurevics I think the corrupt politicians, their lawyers and the rich criminals they were dealing with had a lot more to gain from stopping Dima reaching a UK …more I think the corrupt politicians, their lawyers and the rich criminals they were dealing with had a lot more to gain from stopping Dima reaching a UK safe house. And I'm not sure Dima's family's are any safer with Dima out the way. Dima said he made copies of the incriminating information he had about his money laundering activities. His wife and children might not be as powerful as witnesses as Dima would be himself, but they could still testify to the fact that Dima rubbed shoulders with both high profile British guests and russian criminals. I don't think Dima would consider his family safe just because he was dead. Espescially while they are still hiding in a rented Swiss guesthouse. I think the aforementioned corrupt politicians, lawyers and criminals most likely had the plane sabotaged. I can't help wondering how though. It sounds like the plane crashed within eyesight of the airport and with no explosion. The two pilots and the plane would have been checked out by Hector and it sounded like Luke and Dima were the only other people on board. Ah well, an ending of a book that leaves you thinking about what exactly happened and what will likely happen next isn't necessarily a bad thing. I wonder if there is scope for a sequel. less) 9, 921 ratings 1, 186 reviews Start your review of Our Kind of Traitor Oct 09, 2012 Darwin8u rated it really liked it “It struck him as a bit unfair that, at the age of eight, he should have manifested the same sense of solitude that haunted him at forty-three. ” ― John le Carré, Our Kind of Traitor Maybe 3. 5 stars. I liked it more than I was prepared to. Reminded me in a lot of ways of Single & Single. It was a tight morality tale in a world lacking morality. Like most of le Carré's post-Soviet/post-Cold War spy novels the real play here is not East v West, THAT is just a side show, the real conflict is ALL “It struck him as a bit unfair that, at the age of eight, he should have manifested the same sense of solitude that haunted him at forty-three. Like most of le Carré's post-Soviet/post-Cold War spy novels the real play here is not East v West, THAT is just a side show, the real conflict is ALL internal. William Faulkner's famous quote from his Nobel Prize speech that "the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about, regardless of the genre" seems to perfectly capture le Carré. But le Carré doesn't just use that idea with people, he uses that idea with institutions (Secret Intelligence Service) and with whole countries. The modern world is a world in conflict with itself. God is dead. But maybe, just maybe, He still listens to all your phone calls, still reads all your text messages, and despite all the past promises made. He might just decide to screw you in the end... Aug 16, 2010 Lobstergirl did not like it Recommends it for: Ivan Lendl Perry and Gail, a 20-something professional couple, are vacationing in Antigua when they are forcefully befriended by a money-laundering Russian mobster, Dima, and his extended entourage. Dima wants asylum in Britain for himself and his family in exchange for evidence incriminating his co-conspirators in European high society and the British parliament. Perry and Gail take their story to the British Secret Service, who improbably put them to work getting the issue resolved. The problem with the Perry and Gail, a 20-something professional couple, are vacationing in Antigua when they are forcefully befriended by a money-laundering Russian mobster, Dima, and his extended entourage. The problem with the novel isn't spy clichés. (If you read genre fiction, you are well acquainted with the clichés and have made your peace with them. They do not hamper your reading, most of the time. The problem isn't staleness. The problem is badness. This just isn't a well-written novel. It is profoundly boring. There is very little actual action; much of it is taken up with Perry and Gail recounting to the Brits what Dima has told them, and then the Brits listening to Dima's audiotapes and watching secret videotapes. This is followed by a long section involving internecine power struggles in the spy management apparatus over how to deal with Dima. Everything seems to be at a remove from any action, until a scene at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, where Gail, Perry, Dima, and Dima's criminal posse and associates all watch Roger Federer duke it out with Robin Soderling for the 2009 French Open championship. Even this scene is quite boring. What tension there is is limited to about the last 10 pages, and a dramatic ending. I was mystified by the constant switching between past and present tense, sometimes even within paragraphs. Overall, the book had a lazy, phoned-in feel... Sep 29, 2018 Manuel Antão If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Calvinist at Prayer: Our Kind of Traitor" by John Le Carré (original review, 2010) About a third of the way through “Our Kind of Traitor”, I sat back and reflected on the elegance of the prose and the grace and ease with which the narrative moved back and forth through time, and two words came inescapably to mind: Joseph Conrad. I can't believe, after all the le Carré novels I had already read at that point, that this was the first time If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. I can't believe, after all the le Carré novels I had already read at that point, that this was the first time the comparison ever occurred to me, but there it is... Jul 18, 2011 F. R. it was ok Well this doesnt just seem to be ‘The Worst Novel Le Carré Has Ever Written, it actually jumps up and down and demands the title. Its odd that an author who has spent half a century writing suspenseful and intelligent thrillers, should now produce one so lacking in suspense or interest. Certainly it seems unusual that when the author returns to what once was his pet subject – machinations concerning Russia – he should create a work so lacking in insight or depth. But more than that, its Well this doesnt just seem to be ‘The Worst Novel Le Carré Has Ever Written, it actually jumps up and down and demands the title. But more than that, its baffling that Le Carré can suddenly have forgotten everything he ever knew about dramatic momentum and hooking a readers interest. Maybe part of the problem is the authors age (he does turn eighty this year, after all) as he never really seems to grasp the young twenty-something London couple at the centre of ‘Our Kind of Traitor. Its possible that the generation gap is now so large that he finds it difficult to get into the mindset of people of that age group. But then the other characters in this book – be they spooks or villains (types Le Carré has proved repeatedly that he knows) also struggle to appear in anything more than two dimensions. Its not a totally terrible novel, as Le Carré cannot make it through a book without producing the occasional good scene or confrontation, but it is a trudge to get to those good parts. And Im very much left wondering, how the man who wrote ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, or ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, has now managed to write such a poor spooks versus Russians yarn... Oct 21, 2010 SlowRain This novel marks a return of sorts for le Carré. Firstly, it's a return to the topic of Russia, something that has been absent from the last few books he has written. It's also a return to his highly-stylized narrative, his great dialog, and decent characterization, all of which were absent from his previous novel, A Most Wanted Man. However, what remains is still what I call an 'activist novel' which is pretty much what le Carré's last five novels have all been about. But this time it has This novel marks a return of sorts for le Carré. But this time it has been muted a bit and the plot takes a more predominant role. Le Carré gets a lot of things right in this novel, and I think many long-time fans will be pleased. There were, however, two items that disappointed me. One involved a subplot regarding the money launderer's daughter, which could easily have been edited out. The other is that le Carré has pretty much ended his last five novels the same way. I think it's high time for him to give us something a little different as it's getting a little predictable now. I say give this one a try. It's good, and you won't be disappointed. Really, I can't say enough about the narrative and dialog. It's worth the read for that alone. It's also interesting to read a few of the newspaper articles that are being mentioned with reference to this novel just to see how close to reality le Carré really is with this plot... May 26, 2017 Bettie liked it description: Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his vory (Russian criminal brotherhood) compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame description: Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service's ruthless internecine battles. An implausible plotline including money-laundering, a bank on Cyprus and the Russian mafia. wait. This was a fast paced thriller from the Le Carre cannon. I enjoyed the writing style, but parts of it seemed convoluted and forced. It didnt seem to have the natural flow that Le Carres stories usually have. But reading this was also bittersweet. As of this time, this was the last Le Carre book I had to read. Now that I have read all the fiction, it is time to wait to see if he surprises us with one more. Nov 24, 2010 Judy The latest novel by John le Carre is getting positive reviews all over the place with sentiments exclaiming that the old le Carre is back and that he has dropped the preaching tone of his last few efforts. Personally, I like it when he preaches to us about the ills of our modern world. In Our Kind of Traitor, I felt the master of spy literature was holding back just a tad and I purely hated the way this novel ended. I just felt lost through much of the story, but that could be because I do not The latest novel by John le Carre is getting positive reviews all over the place with sentiments exclaiming that the old le Carre is back and that he has dropped the preaching tone of his last few efforts. I just felt lost through much of the story, but that could be because I do not understand global finance. Not one bit. My take is that this is a gangster-trying-to-go-straight story. Percolating beneath that is the picture of British government being so in the grip of vested interests and greedy politicians that the true traitor lies there. Is that the meaning of the title? A Russian gangster, an idealistic young teacher from Oxford, his much more realistic girlfriend, the usual failed spy and the usual rogue spy; all the elements are there but it didn't come together well for me. John le Carre has stumped me before. I remember feeling like I was really missing something in The Little Drummer Girl. My husband liked Our Kind of Traitor just fine and explained some of it to me. If you have read it, liked it and are now laughing up your sleeve about me, mment... Dec 23, 2010 Helen Not at the level of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold or the Smiley series, but still, very very good, and better than most of the stuff that le Carre has written since the end of the cold war. What's great about it? His effortless plotting and his thorough knowledge of the amorality of the world's politics. It was a thrilling read. I devoured it over a period of two days, and was sorry when it came to an end. For my taste, there were too many pages of slangy conversation as exposition, and not Not at the level of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold or the Smiley series, but still, very very good, and better than most of the stuff that le Carre has written since the end of the cold war. For my taste, there were too many pages of slangy conversation as exposition, and not nearly enough soaring passages of bleak prose, at which le Carre is unparalleled. Too much show; not enough tell. Still, second tier le Carre is still better than the vast majority of espionage writers working today. I gave it only four stars because his earlier books are masterpieces of literature, not just masterpieces of literary espionage... If it were possible I would have given this book 1/2 a star. It was that bad. Like everyone else on here I have my favourite authors who I know that once I open their books, I will be entertained from start to finish. I do however try to broaden my horizons and try books by authors that maybe I've previously shied away from. I did this with both Andy McNab and Chris Ryan and have been plesantly surprised and still continue to read books by these authors. Unfortunately this book had absolutely If it were possible I would have given this book 1/2 a star. Unfortunately this book had absolutely nothing to recommend it. The plot as far as I could follow was just silly and the excution of it by the author is as poor as anything else I have read. This has to be the worst book that I have read in a long time. I know that this author has a good reputation and many of his books have been made into films with all star casts, but I'm guessing that this one won't be (unless it's given a total makeover by the script department/writers. You might ask, why did I continue to read the book? This is a good question. I generally try to finish all books that I start, for no other reason other than I have read some good books that have started slowly. Finally if any of you Goodreads people know of any good books by Le Carre, then I would be very grateful if you could point me in the right direction. Thank you... If you're a Russian godfather who wants to spill evil banking beans involving the west, do you just snaffle a cute UK couple on holiday in Antigua and grunt, Take me to your leader" LeC moves briskly fr the Cold War to the Russ mafia and corrupt banking, suggested by news stories. Very good. Then, damnit, the way he drawls his story. exposition, Talking Heds, fractured sequence, past/present tense. is downright deadly. Meantime, we'd all like to know his theories on the young UK spy found dead at If you're a Russian godfather who wants to spill evil banking beans involving the west, do you just snaffle a cute UK couple on holiday in Antigua and grunt, Take me to your leader" LeC moves briskly fr the Cold War to the Russ mafia and corrupt banking, suggested by news stories. Meantime, we'd all like to know his theories on the young UK spy found dead at home locked in a duffel bag. Which of two countries dunit? Let's add the JP/Chase scandal of 2012... David John Moore Cornwell- the man the world has come to know as John le Carre- was the son of a con man and a mother he met only at age 21. He spent years in the 1950s and 1960s working for MI5 and MI6 in the most difficult years of the Cold War. His frequently troubled life experiences afforded him the real-world experience that lent such authenticity and depth to the Cold War espionage novels he wrote so ably in the decades to come. Le Carre's conflicted alter ego, George Smiley, the David John Moore Cornwell- the man the world has come to know as John le Carre- was the son of a con man and a mother he met only at age 21. Le Carre's conflicted alter ego, George Smiley, the protagonist of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) and other early le Carre novels, embodied the inner doubts of that seemingly simpler time that foreshadowed the distrust and insecurities of the 60s and 70s, once we had lost our faith in the institutions that dominated our world. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, le Carre skillfully adapted, turning to writing about the more complex, multipolar world that has become ever more familiar to us. His field of battle was still espionage. But his subtext, increasingly, was politics- politics on the grand, international scale. Le Carre's profound distaste for U. S. interventionist policies emerged clearly. Similarly, he showed his hand (most dramatically in The Constant Gardener) for the large, multinational corporations that have come to overshadow the lives we lead. His characters still emerged as fully formed human beings, for the most part. But his writing took on a moralistic tone that some readers found objectionable. Le Carre's latest work, Our Kind of Traitor, bears a stronger thematic resemblance to the Smiley novels than most of his other recent books. The protagonist- a young, unmarried English couple, actually- found themselves mysteriously caught up in a bizarre espionage caper more complex than any George Smiley might have conjured up. The story revolves around a Russian mafia boss (who proudly calls himself the world's "number one money-launderer" and the attempts of a renegade in the English secret service to bring him and his family to asylum in Britain. In the renegade agent's bruising battles with the powers that be to gain the authority for his plan, and in the doubts and recriminations of the young couple he has dragged into the action, there is much that's reminiscent of Smiley's tortured qualms about the moral implications of his work. Four decades later, MI6 is a different beast, of course- a shadow of its former self, sometimes struggling to justify its existence. But Our Kind of Traitor awakens the same sort of moral ambiguity and distrust for authority and convention as did The Spy Who Came in from the Cold... Mar 16, 2015 Patrick For me at least, I think the problem was that it lacked verisimilitude. I'm sure John le Carre has forgotten more about the inner workings of the intelligence services than I will ever know, although at nearly 80, I wonder if he is quite as up to speed on how (and to some extent, if) MI6 go about infiltrating Russian crime groups as he was on the Cold War. I just couldn't believe that MI6 would recruit someone solely on the basis that he had had a chance meeting with a Russian vory/oligarch For me at least, I think the problem was that it lacked verisimilitude. I just couldn't believe that MI6 would recruit someone solely on the basis that he had had a chance meeting with a Russian vory/oligarch while on a tennis holiday in Antigua. Or, for that matter, why Dima, the Russian, would ever have decided to try to use him as a go-between with the UK Government. And while he was admittedly lightly drawn, I never really understood why said character, Perry, would accept the job either. It might have been simply that I wasn't paying enough attention, but I never got my head around quite what the deal that Dima was trying to cut with the UK actually was - only that it involved betraying some of his criminal confederates, whom he felt had betrayed him. Nor did I grasp in more than the vaguest way what it was that the sinister Aubrey Longrigg MP (a kind of melding of George Osborne and Peter Mandelson) was trying to gain from working with them. The book wasn't without its redeeming features. I quite liked the sub-plot about Dima's rather lonely lost children. And the spy, Luke, with his shambolic private life and nagging personal doubts about his mission, felt like he'd wandered in from a (probably rather better) Graham Greene novel. By the end, I can't help thinking that le Carre is most at home working against the backdrop of the cold war. Maybe Putin's desire to reignite it (if that isn't the wrong term) will provide the backdrop for one last great le Carre spy thriller. This was the first John le Carre book which I have picked up in a while. It came with high literary acclaim, and so I was quite looking forward to reading it. Sadly I was quite disappointed with it, there was no real sense of suspense, and it seemed quite laboured and ponderous, not the le Carre books I remember of old. A professional couple from England, Perry and Gail, are on a tennis holiday in Antigua, when they are forcibly befriended by Dima. He is a Russian money launderer for the Vory, This was the first John le Carre book which I have picked up in a while. He is a Russian money launderer for the Vory, but he wants him and his family relocated, safely, to London under new identities. He wants Perry to broker the deal with the British intelligence agencies, a tall order for a University lecturer. Feeling quite sympathetic towards Dima and his family, Perry tries his best. The carrot Dima dangles before the intelligence community, is his vast knowledge of financial shady dealings throughout the world, including London. I couldn't really get to feel any affinity with the various characters. The tale was confusing in places, and I found myself going back several pages and rereading pieces, trying to make sense of it all... If what you know of the world comes from newspapers, or from the T. V. news, then your view is naive, selective, abridged and childish. If you have any mature sense at all then I think you appreciate this may be true. All right - so, I'm naive and childish. hopelessly so. It's the only way I can go on living in my personally simplified version of reality. Reading Le Carre though connects me with another, darker, reality, one I fear might be closer to the truth, whether it's "cold war" or If what you know of the world comes from newspapers, or from the T. Reading Le Carre though connects me with another, darker, reality, one I fear might be closer to the truth, whether it's "cold war" or whatever your latter day nightmare has been: pick your decade since 1960... Is your pension screwed? Are you wondering where all your money's gone? Are you wondering why the once godlike "Banking Industry" has brought the western world to ruin, and has had to bailed out by the humble, unwashed taxpayer - i. e. "you" Do you want to hate the "financial services" industry/government/corrupt "global capitalist ideology" any more than you do already? Read this book. Our Kind of Traitor returns to Russia, post "cold war" to Russian "organised crime" to pan European gangsterism, and "money laundering" on a scale that will leave you gasping for breath and praying that nothing you've read here can possibly be true? All of the Le Carre ingredients are present - fascinating characters, from the leading to the minor, also an ability to winkle out the archetypically "heroic" in the most sympathetic yet also the most odious of character. I'm a fan of Le Carre because for me no one else does a "spy story" that I can even remotely believe in. This is the best book I've read all year... There is always more potential in a John le Carre novel than in anyone else writing books. There is also, almost always, some experimental flaw that's bigger than anyone else's. I've learned to take the good and ignore the bad. He writes bigger books than almost anyone else, enthralling even when they're flawed. Here we have the recruitment of a moneyman from the Russian mafia by the British Secret Service. Dima, our kind of traitor. is the most interesting, wound-up, larger-than-life, nervy There is always more potential in a John le Carre novel than in anyone else writing books. Dima, our kind of traitor. is the most interesting, wound-up, larger-than-life, nervy character I can remember reading in years. He is the beating pulse of this tale, a man trying to get out of the life before new masters in the mafia kill him and his family. He runs across a pair of young Brits on vacation and co-opts them into becoming couriers for him, a funnel to deliver his desperation back to the real spies in London. Of course, the people he connects up with are good spies, but they report back to a political system, one already half owned by Dima's mafia bosses. The tale gets bogged down in the procedure of the spy system and Dima leaves the book for most of the vast middle. Also, the main characters for most of the story, the British couple, aren't terribly interesting. You will see the (unhappy) ending coming from a distance off, especially if you know and like le Carre's previous offerings. The pleasure of meeting Dima is worth the pain of the flaws. This is the best book I've read by le Carre since the Smiley novels. Please enjoy... LeCarre tends to write slower, more cerebral stuff, and this is no exception. This is a more of a drama set in the world of espionage than a spy thriller. The characters are vivid and the world feels quite real. The downside of this is that the book spends a lot of time on mundane details of character, and the premise and plot are more believable than fun. The work splits its narrative into the perspectives of several characters, working through their thoughts ind feelings in much detail. This LeCarre tends to write slower, more cerebral stuff, and this is no exception. This book is for those who favor heavy characterization and characters that are detailed and rich over quick pacing and an eventful plot. LeCarre didn't set out with a bone to pick politically or anything like that, and this book doesn't take on any "issues. It's just a drama set in the world of espionage. For my part, I can appreciate the quality of the prose and the understated realism of the story, but at the end of the day I did not get much actual enjoyment from the novel, and there's not much to take away in terms of theme or message... This was my first spy thriller novel by this author. It was SO hard for me to get into it. I was confused about who was talking, the first person/third person switching made me crazy. This type of writing works for some people, it's just not my style. I chose not to finish it. That's not to say others wouldn't find it worth the time to make it to the end. I think the author is a talented writer, I'm just not the reader he is writing for. I received this as an advance uncorrected proof that I won This was my first spy thriller novel by this author. I received this as an advance uncorrected proof that I won in a Goodreads giveaway... Sep 05, 2015 Jack Not one of John LeCarre's greatest achievements, that's for sure. I actually enjoyed the briskly-paced, well-cast movie version. which successfully developed the main characters in a bare minimum of time and effort. much more than the book. I suppose it's a good example of LeCarre's brand-name "literary thriller" but it's also a good example of why some JLC fans are reluctant to read any of his post-Cold War novels. Three stars. Le Carre's world weary cynicism is a perfect fit for this tale of post-2008 international money laundering and Russian corruption, as the prototypical sad sack Englishman gets roped into the potential defection of a Russian oligarch and his dysfunctional family, while the British intelligence officers tasked to handle him realize immediately that his girlfriend Gail is the real brains and just how easily they're both manipulated for the political purposes of MI5. another great novel by the master of the spy carre may be almost 80, but he can still write a great story. Jun 10, 2018 Spectre Seldom does a LeCarre novel disappoint and this book is no exception. A British couple are innocently embroiled in the defection of a high level Russian crime boss and his family. What is disappointing is the reality posed by the author- there are too many 'traitors' in upper echelons of government, the powerful are able to break the law without consequence, government agencies can not act quickly even when lives are at risk, and in the world of diplomacy and politics trust is a rare commodity. Seldom does a LeCarre novel disappoint and this book is no exception. What is disappointing is the reality posed by the author- there are too many 'traitors' in upper echelons of government, the powerful are able to break the law without consequence, government agencies can not act quickly even when lives are at risk, and in the world of diplomacy and politics trust is a rare commodity. There are some positive similarities to "The Little Drummer Girl" particularly when Hector prepares Perry and Gail for their role in the defection. What is not disappointing is that LeCarre has so many great novels to choose from. Enjoy... May 17, 2013 Robert Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré is a novel about a Russian money-launderer (Dima) who seeks the help of a friendly British couple (Perry and Gail) when they meet on the island of Antigua. Dima's need: to reach British intelligence and defect, not from the USSR, but from the Russian mafia he is fatally associated with. Perry is a dissatisfied academic; Gail is a rising barrister. Neither of them is connected to British intelligence, but Perry hazards a guess that an Oxford associate might be Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré is a novel about a Russian money-launderer (Dima) who seeks the help of a friendly British couple (Perry and Gail) when they meet on the island of Antigua. Neither of them is connected to British intelligence, but Perry hazards a guess that an Oxford associate might be able to put everyone together. Enter Hector, who leaps at this opportunity to catch a big fish and engineer payback within the "Service. He's been trampled, not enjoyed it, and now, in a semi-rogue fashion, he confirms not only that Dima knows incredible amounts about incredible sums being laundered worldwide but also that there is a pathway to extracting Dima (and his family) from the clutches of the Russian mafia dons (led by someone known as the Prince) who want to kill him. le Carré is a professional espionage writer who in this book, at least, shifts the focus of the "Service" from intelligence to crime fighting. The ironies, bits of tradecraft, hardened characters, long-lived rivalries of his earlier novels remain more or less the same, though. At the heart of such writing there's always a competition and it's not necessarily plot-related. It's a competition between proceduralism and character. Intelligence as le Carré portrays it is an elaborate sequence of getting things right; this is what moves the story more than the typical mix of iconoclastic spies, smarmy bad guys, and unwitting accomplices. As a consequence, Hector, Perry, Gail, Dima and others are somewhat forced. There's "backstory" to each of them, but it doesn't add up to three-dimensional characterization. Why? Perhaps because some features of character development are contingent upon characters in idle moments, adrift, floating this way and that. And in a spy or crime book you need to keep them pointed in a given direction which, again, le Carré works out according to the idiosyncracies of secrecy. Having said that, I did find the final passages, when finally released from bureaucratic purgatory, almost touching. A part of Dima that has been presented earlier in the book emerges with genuine pathos: he realizes that he is in the process of becoming what you might call a free prisoner. le Carré writes to entertain. He's not a moralist like Graham Greene. But he does do a lot with this theme of the free prisoner (my phrase, not his) because in the end, he seems to be saying, we're all such creatures. No matter how ingenious and persistent a rogue like Hector might be, or idealistic Perry might be, or perceptive as Gail might be, they all (we all) live in a world governed by the abstract collective behavior of vast, intertwined sectors that are called, for instance, bureaucracy, the economy, science, the Internet…impersonal, irritating, not always rational processes that in the 21st century are determinative. At one point in the novel, Hector's nemesis in the "Service" asks, So what. He means so what if there is a black world in which money gets laundered white, just as long as Great Britain and the City of London get their share of it when it's clean. Again, a Graham Greene would take this question, focus hard on the nemesis, make a psychological study of him in crisis, and give us a true lesson in darkness. Likewise Conrad or Dostoevsky. In le Carré's fictional world, the nemesis is asking a great question that's never answered; le Carré reduces motivation to bureaucratic revenge and criminal expediency. This is what separates someone as talented as he from greater literary talents. He entertains us, he may know enough about espionage and crime to engage us, but his descriptions of existential imprisonment in the modern era are more for fun than enlightenment. For more of my comments on contemporary writing, see Tuppence Reviews (Kindle. BOOK REVIEW Our Kind of Hero by John le Carre Reviewed by Bill Breakstone, November 16, 2010 The English author John le Carre has written 22 novels, the first being Call for the Dead, published in 1961. I have read and enjoyed every one. He is one of those authors I just cant get enough of. His latest work is Our Kind of Hero, and has been critically acclaimed as one of his best. I dont know if I would go that far, but it is a tremendously good read. The story opens at a Caribbean island resort, BOOK REVIEW Our Kind of Hero by John le Carre Reviewed by Bill Breakstone, November 16, 2010 The English author John le Carre has written 22 novels, the first being Call for the Dead, published in 1961. The story opens at a Caribbean island resort, where Oxford professor Perry Makepiece is vacationing with his long-time companion Gail Perkins. Perry is a top-flight amateur tennis player, and is introduced by the resorts tennis pro to a mysterious Russian national named “Dima, ” also a splendid player, but no match for Makepiece, who “sandbags” the two sets in a typically and gentlemanly British show of fairness and good sportsmanship. This immediately impresses Dima, and the two and Gail become intimate friends. A bit too intimate, it turns out. For Dima is the worlds most powerful money launderer, and is near the top of the Russian mafia. However, there is big trouble in Moscows underworld, and Dima wants out, for both himself and his family. He confides all this with Perry, and asks the Oxford Don if he is in reality a spy. When Perry truthfully says “absolutely not, ” Dima asks if he has any contacts within MI6. Dima has some state secrets that should very much interest them, and he proceeds to fill Perry in. Perry immediately realizes that Dimas secrets are powerful stuff indeed, in that he places several highly positioned British diplomats right in the middle of the Russian Mafias influence. I wont divulge any more of the storyline than that; let the reader take it from there. The authors characterizations are brilliantly realized, and his reserved, very English method of storytelling has always fascinated this reader, and does so here once again. Le Carre is nearing his 70th birthday, but has lost none of his narrative powers. His fans are many; then again there are readers who have never taken a liking to his style. Count me among the former. May he write many more tales such as this one, and enjoy decades more of good health and literary happiness... Jul 28, 2010 Keri I've never read any of John le Carre's novels but from what I've seen reviews of, this isn't even his best. So to say that it makes me want to read more of his work is a testament to the novel. Gail and Perry, a lawyer and a teacher, decide to take a romantic trip to Antigua. There they meet a man named Dima and his family. In no time at all, they find themselves buried in international secrets and dealing with the Service. How much can two non-spies help? The novel is written in an odd way. In I've never read any of John le Carre's novels but from what I've seen reviews of, this isn't even his best. In some segments, there's a frame story. Some are in first person. Others are in 3rd. Some present tense, some past tense. We bounce around first between Perry and Gail, then over to one of the three agents that work with them. Despite what I thought, it really makes for a quick read. The story itself was engaging. You wanted to know what happened to Perry, Gail and Dima. You wanted to see if everything would turn out alright and how the subplots ended up. Though I found myself a bit ambivalent toward Natasha's story, I still wanted to figure out just what happened. Which brings me into something I didn't like so much - his characterization of the females in the novel. They were all GORGEOUS except for the god-loving Tamara. Every male character commented on how beautiful Gail was and I feel like she was there more for beauty than for her brains. She's a lawyer and the only time it really comes up is when she has to sign something. Sometimes, she even seems a bit flighty. Though, I did appreciate her aggrivation at her treatment as the "weaker sex" during certain points. The ending came about as I expected it to. Using something that is literally from the newspapers made it that way, but it also gives the story a more realistic depth that I think readers of this type of fiction could appreciate. (Disclaimer: I received this book as an advanced uncorrected proof from Viking... Aug 19, 2011 Emilie This is spy novel, John leCarre is a professional of this type of novel and knows what he's talking about. This is not James Bond with sophisticated gadgets, technology is minimal which leaves room for the development of the plot and of the characters involved. A young couple (Gail and Perry) vacationing in Antigua meets a Russian oligarch (Dima) who chooses them as his intermediaries between the British secret services (and appoints them as referees of the fairness of the negotiations) and This is spy novel, John leCarre is a professional of this type of novel and knows what he's talking about. A young couple (Gail and Perry) vacationing in Antigua meets a Russian oligarch (Dima) who chooses them as his intermediaries between the British secret services (and appoints them as referees of the fairness of the negotiations) and himself. The books opens on the account by Gail and Perry of this encounter to the agents they managed to contact back in England. The bounds they created with Dima and their eagerness to change their lives lead them to get involved into the operation conducted by the agents they contacted to get Dima's information. One of the strengths of the book is its construction, first a flashback that introduces Dima, Dima's family and Gail and Perry and then moving forward, the reader jumps in the story at the same time as the secret services and then follows the developments. The collusion between Russian mafia, the world of finance, politicians and secret services might be exposed by Dima's revelations that he's trying to trade against protection. The service agents that receive Gail and Perry's account see this as a chance to expose the people involved in the scandal and save the honor of the service. Gail and Perry are prepared and sent to play their part along with a team of professionals. The steps of the plan proceed smoothly, this lures the reader in a feeling of safety although plenty aware of some potential problems that start to add up. And the naive impression that everything is easy is counterbalanced by a quite pessimistic view of the links between money and power... I've read some of the more critical reviews on Goodreads which seem to focus on a ridiculous plot, lack of action, and acrobat-like style. To be honest, I've tried only only one other LeCarré book, Tailor, Soldier, Tinker, Spy, which I could not barrel through because of the non-stop shot lingo and numerous characters with name changing as often as wardrobes. I find this novel more bearable simply because LeCarré abandons and even elevates himself above the spy novel to something more personal I've read some of the more critical reviews on Goodreads which seem to focus on a ridiculous plot, lack of action, and acrobat-like style. I find this novel more bearable simply because LeCarré abandons and even elevates himself above the spy novel to something more personal and engaging. This is a novel about characters, not about plot, about relationships not about action. Flashbacks are utilized not to tell us about the plot but to unfold character flaws and motivations. For example, we learn about Perry's reason for keeping secret the details of his conversation with Dima halfway through the novel, a machismo flaw which reappears numerous times in his conversations with his wife as well as the English agents. Gail's journey is about her conflicting feelings of family and the notion that she may not be be comfortable settling down with Perry. The spy story is not the raison d'etre for the novel but merely the structure around the real conflict revolves. Stylistically, it is quite ingenious. The movement in time and person suggests the real struggles of the main couple. While I can understand a LeCarré Fan's dislike for the story, I can't understand why anyone might find this book dribble or trivial... I think I have read too many le Carre's spy novels. I thought this was a great read, a really interesting and novelistic approach to a story told by one of the masters, until the last page. Then it went to pieces. I am now of the mind that maybe le Carre can't or won't write an ending. He finishes the story, the suspense is all over, the good guy/bad guy characters seem settled but in a very real sense of Greek theatre, God interferes and in this case, does not save the day. As I wonder back I think I have read too many le Carre's spy novels. As I wonder back through the pages of his works, all the way back to the very beginning of his career, I now conclude that his attempts to create more intrigue has left him without a way to carry the story into the future. Call me a sap for a happy ending but I prefer to know that all of life is not frustrating. We read novels to escape a bit. We like to be teased but we also like a sense of a future. Yes, it is true that novels "end. They have to. Otherwise, we'd have one novel ever and it would be monstrous. We can understand that novel is a slice of somebody's life just as any given tale of our lives is also just a slice. What le Carre does so well is tell the tale. I wish I could do a tenth as much. But, what happens here is the morals get mixed. Spy novels can have clear right and wrongs. There is nothing that says they can't or must. But the story must also have a sense of intrigue and guess work and skullduggery but not a sense of hopelessness. And, then, maybe it's just me... Oct 27, 2010 Jim Leffert After several disappointing (unsubtle, overly moralistic) novels in recent years, le Carré is back in fine form with Our Kind of Traitor. A Russian money launderer approaches a young British couple on vacation in Antigua, and seeks their aid in convincing British authorities to rescue him from Russian mobsters. In return, he offers to reveal detailed information about prominent British figures collaboration with the mobsters in a plan to gain a charter to open a huge bank in Britain. With the After several disappointing (unsubtle, overly moralistic) novels in recent years, le Carré is back in fine form with Our Kind of Traitor. With the young couples help, a unit of British Intelligence mounts an operation to deliver the Russian and his family to safety in Britain. Behind the scenes, however, a bureaucratic struggle rages over whether the British authorities truly want the Russian and his information. Our Kind of Traitor has many of the familiar themes of recent le Carré novels, but they are embedded in an absorbing and entertaining tale with well-developed characters. This time around, le Carré introduces moral issues with some measure of subtlety, so that their presence doesnt stifle the development of a good story... Much to the dismay of many longtime fans, le Carré chose to keep up with the times after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Yet, despite his shift from Cold War-era espionage to more contemporary themes, le Carré's signature stark prose, pitch-perfect dialogue, authentic characters, and moral indignation have stood the test of time. The critics were pleased to see "the master. Telegraph) back in action, but some had reservations: While the Guardian lamented the "long, fussily narrated opening, Much to the dismay of many longtime fans, le Carré chose to keep up with the times after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The critics were pleased to see "the master. Telegraph) back in action, but some had reservations: While the Guardian lamented the "long, fussily narrated opening. the Scotsman praised Traitor 's "long and elegantly paced plot. Others quibbled about some dubious plot devices and cartoonish villains, but these complaints paled beside "the old magic. Telegraph. Intriguing and tense, Traitor shines a blinding, angry, and welcome light on shady international finances and underhanded intelligence agents. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine... John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England) is an English author of espionage novels. Le Carré has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, Great Britain, for more than 40 years, where he owns a mile of cliff close to Land's End. See also: John le Carré “It struck him as a bit unfair that, at the age of eight, he should have manifested the same sense of solitude that haunted him at forty-three. ” — 11 likes “I've studied the disease, I've lived in the swamp. It is my informed conclusion that we are suffering, as an ex-great nation, from top-down corporate rot. And that's not just the judgement of an ailing old fart. A lot of people in my Service make a profession of not seeing things in black and white. Do not confuse me with them. I'm a late-onset, red-toothed radical with balls. Still with me? ” 6 likes More quotes… Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
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The idea of Europe as an open society continues to inspire me. Also read: Billionaire George Soros: ‘The European Union is in an existential crisis But since the financial crisis of 2008, the EU seems to have lost its way. It adopted a program of fiscal retrenchment, which led to the euro crisis and transformed the eurozone into a relationship between creditors and debtors. The creditors set the conditions that the debtors had to meet, yet could not meet. This created a relationship that was neither voluntary nor equal — the very opposite of the credo on which the EU was based. As a result, many young people today regard the EU as an enemy that has deprived them of jobs and a secure and promising future. Populist politicians exploited the resentments and formed anti-European parties and movements. Refugee crisis Then came the refugee influx of 2015. At first, most people sympathized with the plight of refugees fleeing political repression or civil war, but they didnt want their everyday lives disrupted by a breakdown in social services. And soon they became disillusioned by the failure of the authorities to cope with the crisis. When that happened in Germany, the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) rapidly gained strength, making it the countrys largest opposition party. Italy has suffered from a similar experience recently, and the political repercussions have been even more disastrous: the anti-European Five Star Movement and League parties almost took over the government. The situation has been deteriorating ever since. Italy now faces elections in the midst of political chaos. Also read: Rise of Italys xenophobes was guaranteed by Merkels refusal to reform eurozone Indeed, the whole of Europe has been disrupted by the refugee crisis. Unscrupulous leaders have exploited it even in countries that have accepted hardly any refugees. In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán based his re-election campaign on falsely accusing me of planning to flood Europe, Hungary included, with Muslim refugees. Orbán is now posing as the defender of his version of a Christian Europe, one that challenges the values on which the EU was based. He is trying to take over the leadership of the Christian Democratic parties which form the majority in the European Parliament. The United States, for its part, has exacerbated the EUs problems. By unilaterally withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump has effectively destroyed the transatlantic alliance. This has put additional pressure on an already beleaguered Europe. It is no longer a figure of speech to say that Europe is in existential danger; it is the harsh reality. What can be done? Start with refugees The EU faces three pressing problems: the refugee crisis; the austerity policy that has hindered Europes economic development; and territorial disintegration, as exemplified by Brexit. Bringing the refugee crisis under control may be the best place to start. I have always advocated that the allocation of refugees within Europe should be entirely voluntary. Member states should not be forced to accept refugees they dont want, and refugees should not be forced to settle in countries where they dont want to go. This fundamental principle ought to guide Europes migration policy. Europe must also urgently reform the Dublin Regulation, which has put an unfair burden on Italy and other Mediterranean countries, with disastrous political consequences. The EU must protect its external borders but keep them open for lawful migrants. Member states, in turn, must not close their internal borders. The idea of a “fortress Europe” closed to political refugees and economic migrants not only violates European and international law; it is also totally unrealistic. Europe wants to extend a helping hand toward Africa and other parts of the developing world by offering substantial assistance to democratically inclined regimes. This is the right approach, as it would enable these governments to provide education and employment to their citizens, who would then be less likely to make the often-dangerous journey to Europe. Marshall Plan for Africa By strengthening democratic regimes in the developing world, such an EU-led “Marshall Plan for Africa” would also help to reduce the number of political refugees. European countries could then accept migrants from these and other countries to meet their economic needs through an orderly process. In this way, migration would be voluntary both on the part of the migrants and the receiving states. Present-day reality, however, falls substantially short of this ideal. First, and most importantly, the EU still lacks a unified migration policy. Each member state has its own policy, which is often at odds with the interests of other states. Second, the main objective of most European countries is not to foster democratic development in Africa and elsewhere, but to stem the flow of migrants. This diverts a large part of the available funds to dirty deals with dictators, bribing them to prevent migrants from passing through their territory or to use repressive methods to prevent their citizens from leaving. In the long run, this will generate more political refugees. Third, there is a woeful shortage of financial resources. A meaningful Marshall Plan for Africa would require at least 30 billion (35. 4 billion) annually for a number of years. EU member states could contribute only a small fraction of this amount. So, where could the money come from? It is important to recognize that the refugee crisis is a European problem requiring a European solution. The EU has a high credit rating, and its borrowing capacity is largely unused. When should that capacity be put to use if not in an existential crisis? Historically, national debt always grew in times of war. Admittedly, adding to the national debt runs counter to the prevailing orthodoxy that advocates austerity; but austerity is itself a contributing factor to the crisis in which Europe finds itself. Trump disruptions Until recently, it could have been argued that austerity is working: the European economy is slowly improving, and Europe must simply persevere. But, looking ahead, Europe now faces the collapse of the Iran nuclear deal and the destruction of the transatlantic alliance, which is bound to have a negative effect on its economy and cause other dislocations. The strength of the dollar BUXX, 0. 01% is already precipitating a flight from emerging-market currencies. We may be heading for another major financial crisis. The economic stimulus of a Marshall Plan for Africa and other parts of the developing world should kick in just at the right time. That is what has led me to put forward an out-of-the-box proposal for financing it. Without going into the details, I want to point out that the proposal contains an ingenious device, a special-purpose vehicle, that would enable the EU to tap financial markets at a very advantageous rate without incurring a direct obligation for itself or for its member states; it also offers considerable accounting benefits. Moreover, although it is an innovative idea, it has already been used successfully in other contexts, namely general-revenue municipal bonds in the U. S. and so-called surge funding to combat infectious diseases. But my main point is that Europe needs to do something drastic in order to survive its existential crisis. Simply put, the EU needs to reinvent itself. This initiative needs to be a genuinely grassroots effort. The transformation of the Coal and Steel Community into the European Union was a top-down initiative and it worked wonders. But times have changed. Ordinary people feel excluded and ignored. Now we need a collaborative effort that combines the top-down approach of the European institutions with the bottom-up initiatives that are necessary to engage the electorate. Divorce is damaging Of the three pressing problems, I have addressed two. That leaves territorial disintegration, exemplified by Brexit. It is an immensely damaging process, harmful to both sides. But a lose-lose proposition could be converted into a win-win situation. Divorce will be a long process, probably taking more than five years — a seeming eternity in politics, especially in revolutionary times like the present. Ultimately, it is up to the British people to decide what they want to do, but it would be better if they came to a decision sooner rather than later. That is the goal of an initiative called Best for Britain, which I support. This initiative fought for, and helped to win, a meaningful parliamentary vote on a measure that includes the option of not leaving before Brexit is finalized. Britain would render Europe a great service by rescinding Brexit and not creating a hard-to-fill hole in the European budget. But its citizens must express support by a convincing margin in order to be taken seriously by Europe. That is Best for Britains aim in engaging the electorate. The economic case for remaining an EU member is strong, but it has become clear only in the last few months, and it will take time to sink in. During that time, the EU needs to transform itself into an organization that countries like Britain would want to join, in order to strengthen the political case. Such a Europe would differ from the current arrangements in two key respects. First, it would clearly distinguish between the EU and the eurozone. Second, it would recognize that the euro has many unsolved problems, which must not be allowed to destroy the European project. The eurozone is governed by outdated treaties that assert that all EU member states are expected to adopt the euro if and when they qualify. This has created an absurd situation where countries like Sweden, Poland, and the Czech Republic, which have made it clear that they have no intention to join, are still described and treated as “pre-ins. ” The effect is not purely cosmetic. The existing framework has converted the EU into an organization in which the eurozone constitutes the inner core, with the other members relegated to an inferior position. There is a hidden assumption at work here, namely that, while various member states may be moving at different speeds, they are all heading to the same destination. This ignores the reality that a number of EU member countries have explicitly rejected the EUs goal of “ever closer union. ” This goal should be abandoned. Instead of a multi-speed Europe, the goal should be a “multi-track Europe” that allows member states a wider variety of choices. This would have a far-reaching beneficial effect. Currently, attitudes toward cooperation are negative: member states want to reassert their sovereignty rather than surrender more of it. But if cooperation produced positive results, sentiment might improve, and some objectives, like defense, that are currently best pursued by coalitions of the willing might attract universal participation. Macrons proposal Harsh reality may force member states to set aside their national interests in the interest of preserving the EU. That is what French President Emmanuel Macron urged in the speech he delivered in Aachen when he received the Charlemagne Prize, and his proposal was cautiously endorsed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is painfully aware of the opposition she faces at home. If Macron and Merkel succeeded, despite all the obstacles, they would follow in the footsteps of Monnet and his small band of visionaries. But that narrow group needs to be replaced by a large upsurge of bottom-up pro-European initiatives. I and my network of Open Society Foundations will do everything we can to help those initiatives. Fortunately, Macron, at least, is well aware of the need to broaden popular support for and participation in European reform, as his proposal for “Citizens Consultations” makes clear. The Trento Economic Festival, a large gathering organized by civil-society groups at a time when Italy did not have a government, will meet from May 31 to June 3. I hope it will be successful and set a good example for similar civil-society initiatives to emulate. This article was published with permission of Project Syndicate — How to Save Europe.
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Che pasticcio. Richard Kuklinski earned his place in the serial killer hall of fame by killing for the East Coast Mafia as well as killing as his violent temper urged him on. He killed without care. In fact, Kuklinski relished the killing. With a body count well above 200, Kuklinski was a killer motivated by greed with a hair-trigger temper. He thought nothing of killing someone for merely annoying him. Unlike most serial killers, Kuklinski varied his killing methods and means of body disposal. It was his method of disposing of a body by freezing it to hide the time of the murder that earned Kuklinsky the moniker “The Iceman ”. Kuklinski, while living as a brutal murderer, had a home, a wife, and loving children whom he adored and would do anything for. Lets take a look at the family life the killer escaped to, and what happened to his wife and children after his arrest and death. A Killer is Made in the Typical Way Richard Kuklinski was born to Polish and Irish parents on April 11, 1935, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Both his mother and his father were physically abusive towards Richard and his siblings. Kuklinskis father was a very abusive man. He reportedly killed Richards older brother by pushing him down the stairs. His mother was fond of beating her son with a broomstick, often until it broke in half. She was a strict woman who believed children should be raised with a strict hand under the guidance of the Roman Catholic Church. Kuklinski turned away from the church as an adult. Richard Kuklinski stereotypically enjoyed torturing and killing animals as a child. In one interview, he tells the story of tying two cats together by their tails and throwing them over a wire to watch them tear themselves apart in trying to get free. In the interview, he laughs about how much noise the cats made. Richard Meets His Wife Richard met his wife, Barbara Pedrici, in 1960 when she was only 18 years old. Kuklinski was 25. At the time, Both Richard and Barbara worked at a warehouse. Kuklinski was married and had a little boy. The problem is, he fell madly in love with Barbara. While things grew more serious between the couple, Barbara worried she was spending all her time with Kuklinski. She felt cut off from her family and friends and considered ending the relationship. When she told Kuklinski of her worries, he drew a knife and stabbed her in the back, saying, That is an object lesson: never leave me. ” Kuklinski left his first wife and soon after he and Barbara were married. The couple had three children, two daughters, and a son. Life with Kuklinski was not easy. Barbara tells of his two sides, “Good Richie” and “Bad Richie”. He loved being a father and spoiled his children. In interviews, Kuklinski talks about his family life being some of the happiest moments in his life. He felt his wife and children gave him the chance to live a normal, happy life. Richard Kuklinski was a real Jekyll and Hyde. He adored his family and wanted all the best things for them, however, he suffered fits of anger and rage that led to Barbara being beat. He broke his wifes ribs, blackened her eyes, and tore their house apart on more than one occasion. His beatings reportedly led to two miscarriages. It got so bad that their children began to try to intervene when things got too violent. Married to the Ice Man Barbara enjoyed a financially comfortable life with Kuklinski. He sent their children to the best schools. Money was never an issue. They never struggled to pay bills. Barbara said in an interview that Richard once bought her a “ 12, 000 raccoon coat ”. Richard Kuklinski tried to give his family everything he was deprived of as a child. He said he made at least five figures for every kill he did for the mafia. Barbara knew never to question how they could afford their life. It has been said that Richard Kuklinski was unusual amongst serial killers. He varied his methods of both killing and body disposal. He didnt abuse drugs or alcohol. He wasnt a womanizer. He was very much devoted to his wife and family. He didnt kill out of lust. He killed because it was his job, or he killed because someone made him mad. In one interview, he tells the story of a Christmas eve that displayed the good side/bad side of Richard Kuklinski. He was home, like most fathers on Christmas Eve, putting together toys for his children. The call came through telling him his services were needed. He went to do the job, leaving the toys to be finished later. He shot the man while sitting in the car. His victim was the driver. Kuklinski said the shot was so loud, it left him unable to hear for some time after. He said the flash from the gun left him seeing stars. After finishing his grisly work, Kuklinski returned home to do his fatherly requirements so Christmas morning would be joyful. Kuklinski wanted to be a good husband and father. He hated having to leave the perfect life he built at home with his family. Unfortunately, his criminal life required him to travel, to spend time away from the safety of his family. Kuklinski went out of his way to keep his business away from his home. In an interview, Kuklinski vows to kill anyone who threatened his family, entire rooms of people if necessary. For Richard Kuklinski family was the most important thing. How Much Did She Really Know Barbara Kuklinksis world came crashing down around her one morning, a week before Christmas in 1986. She and Richard had just left their home and were pulling out of the driveway when helicopters, detectives, and swarms of police officers descended around them to take Richard down. She claimed she had no idea what was happening. She had no idea he had been funding their lavish lifestyle through killing other people for pay. When the detective informed her that her of the reason for the arrest by saying “hes a murderer”, Barbara said, “And all of a sudden it was like, ‘I knew that, ” she says now. “I knew he was a murderer. ” Quick note: If you are interested in reading more about Richard Kuklinksi I highly recommend this book. Trust me, you will not want to put it down. Is it possible for Barbara to have spent more than 25 years with this man and have no idea who he really was? Yes. Barbara was abused on a regular basis by Kuklinski. It is entirely possible to imagine she really had no idea or at least didnt feel safe enough to question her husband. He was faithful. He provided well for his family. And he brutalized his wife. Richard Kuklinski wife was just another one of his victims, only she lived through the abuse. Richard Kuklinski's Daughters Now As much as Kuklinski wanted to shield his daughters and son from his violent world, he was unable to keep his rage in check when it came to his wife. Unfortunately, his children grew up in the haze of violence surrounding them. Richard Kuklinski daughters, like his wife, knew to never question where he was when he wasnt with them. The Kuklinski children grew up understanding this unspoken agreement. Richard Kuklinski family knew to treasure the happy times and never question the bad. Merrick Kuklinski has done a few interviews since her father passed away in 2006. She is said to be of an imposing height, much like her father was. She is soft-spoken, a quiet listener. She said she has to compartmentalize the pieces of her childhood, the good and the ugly. At the time of one interview, she had a framed photograph of her father on display in her home. She also has his ashes, and a small bag of his worldly goods, including a list of all his favorite songs. Barbara Kuklinski shares a tiny apartment with her youngest daughter, Christin. Christin and her boyfriend take care of Barbara. Christin publishes a blog that is full of insight into her mind, as well as updates about the remaining Kuklinski family. In one especially poignant post she says of her father, “Yes, you can love and loathe a person”. Growing up in the shadow of such a violent, imposing man took its toll on the children of the Iceman. Conclusion Richard Kuklinski caused pain. This was his gift in life. He killed without remorse or regret. At the same time, he loved his family more than anything. Unfortunately, he was unable to keep his rage in check when it came to his wife. Although he never took his rage out on his children directly, they still witnessed some of his worst behavior. Richard Kuklinski's daughters now live with the shadow of his crimes. 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