The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3)
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.

The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3) Details

TitleThe Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherBalzer + Bray
ISBN-139780062653000
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

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The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3) Review

  • Hesione
    January 1, 1970
    Prison fights? Arabian tales? A warden girl with a mean right hook? I'm here for this thanks.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Sounds right up my alley...
  • Iryna Khymych
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free egalley of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher!1/5 Starsbetter end of the bargainWhere do I even start with this book? As excited as I was with the premise, the actual story for me did not deliver. And neither did the writing. From the first page I already had a feeling this was not going to be a book that I was going to end up enjoying. The writing was stagnant, ill-paced, and unimaginative. I’ve read books with beautiful prose and des I received a free egalley of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher!1/5 Starsbetter end of the bargainWhere do I even start with this book? As excited as I was with the premise, the actual story for me did not deliver. And neither did the writing. From the first page I already had a feeling this was not going to be a book that I was going to end up enjoying. The writing was stagnant, ill-paced, and unimaginative. I’ve read books with beautiful prose and descriptions and this just fell flat. For example, the main character traveled three weeks through the desert in the span of one sentence. That’s it. That’s all we got. I mean are you telling me that the character’s trip across a large, arid, and possibly dangerous desert was so uneventful? The main villain of the story, Rahim, was your stereotypical villain. His dialogue (along with everyone else’s) was pitiful. He was a pathetic villain who was violent for the sake of being violent. That’s it? What drove him, besides growing up poor? Was the author trying to say that people who grow up poor and unwanted by their fathers all grow up to be murderous villains? His backstory needed more work and so did his motivations. Our goody two-shoes of a main character, Javan, somehow found himself thrown into what was allegedly the most dangerous and heinous prison in the city of Akram. While there he suddenly became a “gladiator” forced to fight against vicious monsters and fellow prisoners for the chance at a possible meeting with the King to possibly maybe gain his freedom. Yup. That’s it. I can’t tell you how sick I am of the whole gladiator trope. If you are going to go down that route write it well, (Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave as an example). Also coming back to Javan all he ever did was repeat himself. Literally every other page of his POV involved him repeating things he said and being all “woe is me”. I was tired of hearing about why he was where he was and the endless repetition of his monologue. I went a lot farther into this book than I wanted (80%), only because I was initially so excited to read it that I kept hoping there had to be some sort of redemption to this story towards the end (which I ended up skipping to). FYI, there wasn’t. I can’t even bring myself to write about the other characters or issues I had with this book because I will surely run out of space.
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  • Cassie James
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, this doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The Traitor Prince is all I was expecting and more. C.J. Redwine is an author who I have been super impressed with ever since The Shadow Queen and she just keeps getting better and better. The Traitor Prince continues this amazing series with the story of Javan, a very interesting and compelling character. He is the Crown Prince of Akram, a kingdom he has been away Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, this doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The Traitor Prince is all I was expecting and more. C.J. Redwine is an author who I have been super impressed with ever since The Shadow Queen and she just keeps getting better and better. The Traitor Prince continues this amazing series with the story of Javan, a very interesting and compelling character. He is the Crown Prince of Akram, a kingdom he has been away from for a very long time. Javan has been at the prestigious Milisatria Academy for the Comportment and Education of the Nobility in the northern kingdom of Loch Talam since he was 7 years old. Javan is what we call a ‘Straight A's’ student. Due to the dying wish his mother made, He's made sure he is the best at everything. He never made time to have fun and instead strived for perfection, He never even went home for holidays. Javan eventually graduated with top Honors. The day of his graduation, He is attacked and left for dead by some assassins from his homeland. It is revealed that they were sent to get rid of him so his illegitimate cousin Rashim (who Javan never knew existed and somewhat resembles the Prince) will take his place as the Crown Prince and no one will know better as Javan hasn't been seen in years. Javan luckily survives from the clutches of death and escapes with the intent of stopping the imposter from taking his throne. But as he unfortunately finds out, the betrayal and treachery runs deep. Instead of being liberated, he is branded a traitor and sent to be executed. But for the kindness of a guard whose conscience will not leave him be, he would have been murdered. He is instead sent to the Maqbara, the vicious prison of Akram where the worst of the worst are sent. Javan is thought dead by those who want him gone.In Maqbara, Javan meets Sajda. She's beautiful and deadly and has been enslaved by the warden of Maqbara since she was a child. Javan has a hard time in the prison as he quickly makes enemy with a thuggish leader of a gang after saving an old man (who is a dear friend to Sajda) from them. Javan learns that a tournament is held twice a year in Maqbara, whoever emerges the champion gets an audience with the king and asks for a boon as long as it is within the parameters of the law. The Tournament won't be easy as it involves many rounds of battling deadly monsters and emerging victorious. But Javan is desperate for any way to get to his father and reveal the treachery (by showing his father something only both of them knows about). What makes the whole situation more precarious is that the King is being slowly poisoned by his enemies unknown to Javan, their plan is for Rahim to ascend to the throne after the death of the king. Javan has to win the tournament for the sake of the future of Akram, He realises that there is no way for him to do it without Sajda's help. He enlists her help by offering her what she wants most, freedom. Sajda hasn't had an easy life, being enslaved to the villainous Warden at 5 was hard enough, but to have her magic locked away and stifled is the worst. Her powers gave her strength enough to survive Maqbara and the evil prisoners. But what she has always longed for is freedom and knowing what it's like to truly live. Meeting Javan was an unexpected blessing in disguise, they don't have it easy at first. But as they got to know each other, they both begin to realise they are each what the other needs, in more ways than one.There is so much action and I loved the way it was vividly portrayed, It was like the words came to life. That spellbinding ability is not something all authors have. I finished this book in less than 6 hours nonstop. The romance between Javan and Sajda is amazing, intense, hot, deep, meaningful and it was borne from the rawest of emotions. C.J. Redwine is so good at tugging at my heartstrings and making me fall head over hills for her characters.Javan is honorable, resilient, loyal and loving, Sajda is badass, guarded but an angel underneath, brilliant, powerful, amazing, and just about every good quality I love in a heroine. The ending of The Traitor Prince was really quite satisfying, There's this understanding that things had to happen the way they did for everything to be alright. I loved the way the brilliant storylines were wrapped up, I can't wait for the next tale in the Ravenspire series. The Traitor Prince has it all, drama, action, adventure, romance, betrayal, suspense, magic, top notch writing, MONSTERS!! and a resplendent and symbolic breathtaking cover.I happily recommend it to fantasy fans, It will resonate well with lovers of the series.P.S: Those glimpses of characters from the previous books are so cherished, It was really nice to at least get those tidbits. (Ari was freaking adorable).P.P.S:The monsters in this book are terrifying, those who love stuff like that will have a field day. I loved the descriptions and the scenes were so well put together I was too entranced to even be scared.P.P.P.S: Last one, I have to say this one last time. You will ship Sajda and Javan so hard because they're cool like that.
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  • Simona
    January 1, 1970
    That cover though 😍😍😍
  • Carina Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    This book broke my heart. Which was fully rude of it. But I loved it so very much, despite how broken my heart is. These fairytale retellings are the very best. And this third one was so amazing. I love how every book is a standalone, yet set in the same world around the same time. And small hints from all the other books.This book tells the story of Javan and Sajda. It begins with Javan still at his school, where he have been at all times for the last ten years. Javan is a prince. He is doing h This book broke my heart. Which was fully rude of it. But I loved it so very much, despite how broken my heart is. These fairytale retellings are the very best. And this third one was so amazing. I love how every book is a standalone, yet set in the same world around the same time. And small hints from all the other books.This book tells the story of Javan and Sajda. It begins with Javan still at his school, where he have been at all times for the last ten years. Javan is a prince. He is doing his very best to become the best at school to honor his dead mother, and to make his father proud. And ah, Javan really is the best there. I loved that. But oh.He also ignores just about every person in this school too, which was depressing to read about. I wanted and needed this lovely boy to have more fun. To spend time with his could-be friends. He does have one friend, though, Kellan. And I wish there was more of this boy. I do not know what happened to him. He was pretty awesome, but was only there in the beginning. Anyway. Not going to share the whole start of the book, just that Javan is still at the school, almost about to graduate and go home to his kingdom. But then he's almost murdered when he's ready to go home. Then another boy is pretending to be him, taking his carriage and things home with him. Javan survives his attempted murder, and follows the impostor. It does not go well. Ack.The plot of this book is how Javan is trying to reveal that there is an impostor trying to steal his kingdom. But people to do believe him. His own uncle is working against him, saying that he is the impostor. And so Javan is about to be murdered again. But instead ends up in the worst prison in this kingdom. And gosh, this prison. It was all kinds of awful and I couldn't help but love every moment spent in it. Which was just about the whole book. Shudders. There is so much happening. Whole book was interesting and exciting.While the beginning of the book is all Javan, when he arrives at the prison we start getting point of views from Sajda too. And oh, how I adored this girl. I loved reading about her so much. She has been inside this prison since she was five years old. Since she was sold as a slave to the warden. My heart simply broke for this girl. She hasn't been outside for so long. She's had to protect herself from prisoners. And from the warden woman. All that she wants is to be free. To travel far away. To know everything. Sniffs.I simply loved getting to know Sajda. I loved how she had one friend, and older man named Tarek. He was amazing to read about. Though this one scene with him killed me. Gosh. There is also something special about Sajda. She had magic. And in an awesome way. Though the warden has placed cuffs on her arms, so her magic is very limited. Sad face. But Sajda was amazing. Brave and fierce and strong. I really enjoyed reading about her and learning about her magic. I just wish to know even more about her.Reading about Javan spending time is this prison was pretty awful. A few people want to kill him here too, of course. Rude. But he quickly becomes sort of friends with Sajda. And I loved reading about these two getting to know each other. Eee. They were the cutest together and I shipped them so hard. I loved how she was able to help him and protect him, for the most part. Which he needed. Because this prison has an arena. And there is some type of fighting. And it was so brutal and awful and so exciting to read about.I have already said more than I was going to about this book, yet not nearly enough at the same time. Gosh. There is just so much happening. I loved Javan and Sajda so much. There is also a point of view of the false prince, and it was the rudest. I hated this boy. So much. But I loved this story. I loved how Javan and Sajda worked together, trying to figure out how he would be able to prove he was the real prince. Their story was the best. I just wish there was even more. I want another book with them. Ack.There are tons of reasons for why this book was amazing. The school beginning was a bit slow, but also fast to read, and it passed so quickly too. Ahh. And then the prison parts happened. And the arena. And the small romance started. And this whole book was simply perfection. And I loved it very much. So five stars for sure. Even though my heart is all kinds of broken. Because there were a lot of death in this book. Gruesome ones too. And some of them ruined me a little. But so well done. So I couldn't help but love it.I love how the cover fits so well with the story. First, it's gorgeous. And it fits very much. The crown is for Javan. Aka the crown that he does not have at the moment. And the iron cuffs are for Sajda, that she is forced to wear at all times. Gorgeous cover, but brutal too. I must also mention the ending of this book a little bit. It's all kinds of bittersweet. A good ending, like all these lovely books, but also so heartbreaking. And also very fitting with the characters, and I loved that. Broke my heart a little, but beyond amazing.I have so much love for all these books by C. J. Eee. She's amazing. And her books are awesome. And I simply cannot wait to read more books from this world. They are all going to be so good. Sigh. Next one will be Cinderella, and I simply can't wait. And also, I very much need the Hansel and Gretel story soon. They are in many of these books, and I love them already. Huge thank you to HarperTeen for the auto approval on Edelweiss, that made me able to read this precious book early. So happy to have read this.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: http://carinabooks.blogspot.no/2017/0...
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  • TheQuixoticBookWorm
    January 1, 1970
    I was happy to have the chance to read an ARC of this book from the publisher, because I so enjoyed Shadow Queen and Wish Granter. Needless to say, I dove riiiiiiight on in!For me, the book went like this: Catch my interestWho's the bad guyWait are you the bad guy?OMG Break my heartPut it back togetherBreak my heartPut it back togetherBREAK my freaking heartFix it again...Y'all this book is gonna mess with your emotions. Redwine winds her stories together like intricate tapestries, and it's a pr I was happy to have the chance to read an ARC of this book from the publisher, because I so enjoyed Shadow Queen and Wish Granter. Needless to say, I dove riiiiiiight on in!For me, the book went like this: Catch my interestWho's the bad guyWait are you the bad guy?OMG Break my heartPut it back togetherBreak my heartPut it back togetherBREAK my freaking heartFix it again...Y'all this book is gonna mess with your emotions. Redwine winds her stories together like intricate tapestries, and it's a privilege and a treat to be immersed in the worlds she creates. This was especially so in Traitor Prince. Parts of the world are beautiful, extravagant even, some parts are impoverished and seemingly "forgotten" to the rest of the known world. The school that Rahim attends seems to be off in it's own safe little bubble until events unfold that change up the whole game. And my favorite setting, which is where the majority of the story takes place: the prison! It's dangerous, intense, survival of the fittest, betrayal, secret alliances and friendships, and a blatant disregard for life of all kinds for the pleasure of the richest. I don't know how, but she managed to put a LOT into the cold, stone walls of this prison, and it's practically bursting at the seams with detail. Just don't let your guard down, because there is a lot of heartbreak and grief sprinkled throughout the whole book. The creatures that are in the book were fantastical and uniquely creative. The only thing is that the sudden demise of various characters, creatures, and plot lines... basically whatever ended, left me desperately wishing for a little more. More backstory, more resolution, more... details? Just a little more. Maybe that was the point? I feel like some parts were just missing, and others were repeated overly so, and I wonder if that's something that will be polished for the finished version of the book. A solid 4-4.5 stars from me! (Wish Granter is by far my favorite of the three so far, but I tried not to compare for the sake of this review!) The beautiful world of the Traitor Prince will captivate your attention! Enjoy!
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    The one thing I love about series such as 'Ravenspire' is the format where each book is told from not only a different perspective within the chapters themselves, but the series as a whole. With fairy tale retellings there is plenty of room in which you can interweave classic stories and create a world where they can interact, whether that's with little callbacks to old characters or with a universal mythology of creatures and magic.'The Traitor Price', does a fantastic job of staying within the The one thing I love about series such as 'Ravenspire' is the format where each book is told from not only a different perspective within the chapters themselves, but the series as a whole. With fairy tale retellings there is plenty of room in which you can interweave classic stories and create a world where they can interact, whether that's with little callbacks to old characters or with a universal mythology of creatures and magic.'The Traitor Price', does a fantastic job of staying within the universe developed in the first novel while also creating a new branch from which this story finds a home within the series. Each book so far has had the iconic moments tied to the original fairy tale while bringing something new and a bit darker to breathe new life into the story and I have to say I think this book achieved that darkness a bit better than the previous two by taking us into a prison of horrors. Lastly, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was a bit of a two for one special where (view spoiler)[Greek mythology was met with subtle nods to Aladdin, (hide spoiler)] and if partnerships such as that are seen in future books I am very excited to see where the next adventure awaits. **Undying love and gratitude to HarperCollins for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • Alyssa Schneyman
    January 1, 1970
    The one thing I love about series such as 'Ravenspire' is the format where each book is told from not only a different perspective within the chapters themselves, but the series as a whole. 'The Traitor Price', does a fantastic job of staying within the universe developed in the first novel while also creating a new branch from which this story finds a home within the series. Each book so far has had the iconic moments tied to the original fairy tale while bringing something new and a bit darker The one thing I love about series such as 'Ravenspire' is the format where each book is told from not only a different perspective within the chapters themselves, but the series as a whole. 'The Traitor Price', does a fantastic job of staying within the universe developed in the first novel while also creating a new branch from which this story finds a home within the series. Each book so far has had the iconic moments tied to the original fairy tale while bringing something new and a bit darker to breathe new life into the story and I have to say I think this book achieved that darkness a bit better than the previous two by taking us into a prison of horrors.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    I am going to round up to 4 stars for this book simply because I fell in love with Sajda...can I please just have a book that focuses on her backstory?!!?This was a fun, and at times, intense retelling of some fables/fairy tales. I have loved the rest of Redwine's set in this universe so I was thrilled to get my hands on this one.If you in any way like riches to rags stories, gladiators, slow burn romances...this book is for you!Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC!
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