Title: The Traitor Prince
By: C.J. Redwine
Release Date: February 13th, 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Summary from Goodreads: Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.
After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.
The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.
Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.
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Review: I'm always leery about picking up a book in the middle of a series that I haven't read yet. It usually lands me in trouble, since I don't know the characters or any of the back story, but this book sounded so amazing, I had to give it a chance.
I loved that it read like a stand alone. It felt like I was reading a brand new story and all the characters were new and exciting. Whatever is in the previous books, I couldn't tell you, but this book was amazing.
Javan is kidnapped in a plot to take over the crown. He's thrown in to a death fighting ring to get rid of him, but no one expected him to win. The fight scenes are exciting and the character development is right on key. Loved how there is mention of Dark Elves and Fay. I'm hoping these things have a bigger roll to play in later books.
Loved, loved, loved. You should definitely read this book.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.