Tuesday, April 3, 2018

My Thoughts: The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine

The Traitor Prince
(Ravenspire #3)
by C.J. Redwine
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Publication Date: February 13th 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780062652980
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: Own/Edelweiss

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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.

I'm a big fan of C.J. Redwine's Ravenspire series, and I'm so thrilled to have finally read the third book in the series, The Traitor Prince! I only just recently read the second book in the series, The Wish Granter, a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed the story. I absolutely couldn't wait to get started on this newest book, and now that I've finished it, I'm officially caught up on the series! Yay!

If you've read any of the books in this series already, you'll know that these stories are retellings of popular fairytales. The first book was a spin on Snow White, the second on Rumpelstiltskin, and this third book was inspired by The Prince and the Pauper and The False Prince. I'll be the first to admit that I know absolutely nothing about either of those original stories, so I can't really tell how C.J. put her own spin on that story, but I did find the storyline for the book to be really interesting, and, at times, quite brutal! I can't even imagine living in the world in which these characters lived, but C.J. did a great job of creating and describing it.

The characters in this story were really interesting as well, especially the two main characters, Javan and Sajda. The story is told from their two different viewpoints, and I love that, because we can get so much more information that way.  Though, I felt so bad for both of these characters, and all the other innocent characters in the story. As I mentioned above, this world was pretty brutal. There were a few parts that were particularly hard to read. But, I had to keep reading, and the ending left me with a smile on my face.

Overall; The Traitor Prince was a really interesting addition to the Ravenspire series, and I'm so glad to have finally read it! I'm also really glad that I am officially caught up with this series, and I'm hoping that I will get to read the fourth book in the series, The Blood Spell, is released in 2019! (FYI, this fourth book will be a spin on the Cinderella story!) I'll me anxiously waiting to get my hands on that one as well. If you love a good retelling, do check out The Traitor Prince and the rest of the books in this series!

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