The Traitor Prince

The Traitor Prince

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....

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Title:The Traitor Prince
Author:C.J. Redwine
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The Traitor Prince Reviews

  • Madison

    With The Traitor Prince, C.J. Redwine once again delivers an epic fantasy, with aching romance, adventure, heart-pounding injustice, and high stakes as the characters fight for their survival.

    Prince Javan has spent the last ten years away at school, working harder than all his classmates to fulfil the promise he made to his mother to be the best, learn the most, so that he can become a just and strong ruler. But when he is attacked on the eve of his return home, Javan knows he must now fight for

    With The Traitor Prince, C.J. Redwine once again delivers an epic fantasy, with aching romance, adventure, heart-pounding injustice, and high stakes as the characters fight for their survival.

    Prince Javan has spent the last ten years away at school, working harder than all his classmates to fulfil the promise he made to his mother to be the best, learn the most, so that he can become a just and strong ruler. But when he is attacked on the eve of his return home, Javan knows he must now fight for his future and the safety of his kingdom. Thrown into the treacherous prison, Maqbara, while a traitor takes his rightful place, Javan tries to befriend the prison slave girl, Sajda, who has her own dangerous secret to protect. Forced to fight against monsterous creatures and defend himself against the other prisoners, Javan and his few allies put into place a plan to return him to his throne, but it will not be without sacrifice.

    There is so much to love about this beautiful, richly detailed fantasy. Javan is a character who is easy to like and support. He is noble and honourable, wanting desperately to please his father, honour his mother's memory, and become a good ruler. Being thrown into prison is something that challenges everything he has always known about his life and his faith. But through it, he grows. He's also no soft aristocrat. Javan is more than capable of defending himself, and is both intelligent and strong. But no matter how much readers will like Javan, I believe it will be Sajda who truly steals everyone's hearts. Sajda is formidably strong. She has learnt to protect her heart with stone and use her tough exterior to keep her safe from the prisoners she is forced to control. As the prison warden's slave, Sajda has lived most of her life within the confines of the prison walls. As a feared magical creature, her magical powers have lain dormant bound by the iron cuffs that have been forced upon her. Watching as Javan slowly wiggles his way into Sajda's life, trust, and, finally, heart was so wonderful.

    Amidst the action, deadly gladiator-like fights against strange and monsterous creatures, and the political intrigue of this book, the romance stands as a sweet and heartwarming reminder of the the freedom for which Javan is fighting. Sajda is, at first, defensive, unwilling to believe Javan or risk her limited freedom to protect him. But Javan is persistent and the friendship he offers is hard to resist. I loved how, even as Javan and Sajda become reluctant allies and then friends, they continue to spar, both verbally and physically. Competition is a huge part of their relationship and I loved their banter that lightens the story.

    The Traitor Prince is the third book in the Ravenspire series. I love, love, love, that each of the three books have been standalones, complete stories in their own right. And while there are a few appearances of crossover characters - bounty hunters Hansel and Gretel make another appearance, as does Ari and Sebastian - the stories do not need to be read in any order to enjoy each new book.

    The Traitor Prince is a beautiful fantasy, the perfect addition to this series, and the most addictive mix of intrigue, action, and romance.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

    Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog

  • Cassie James

    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

    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.

  • Iryna Khymych

    1/5 Stars

    Where 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 f

    1/5 Stars

    Where 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.

  • Hesione

    Prison fights? Arabian tales? A warden girl with a mean right hook? I'm here for this thanks.

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Sounds right up my alley...

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