Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: 1st Book in the Rebel of the Sands Series
Young Adult Fantasy
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
A new dawn, a new desert.
This was quite an entertaining read, it was like a middle eastern western kind of mix. I read it in one sitting, couldn’t put it down. It has almost non-stop action and you have to know what happens next. The political intrigue and the fight for the throne was also a plus.
It has an easy way of setting up the mythology of the world and the desert setting makes it richer. I certainly would like to have a buraqi of my own 😉
I certainly enjoy the idea of the first beings (magic – nature) fighting back against the factories (progress)
We have Amani who is a really bad ass girl trying to escape from a life where she won’t have choices to be what she wants. Then she meets Jin, a rebel, and things take off from there. I enjoyed their relationship a lot, their banter and support of each other even if a bit distrusting at times. They had great chemistry and their romance is believable.
Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand
Jin was a bit of a mystery but we learn later on why, and he was fiercely loyal even if a bit reckless.
I really liked Amani up until the point where she discovers something about herself that I didn’t think was quite necessary, and it ended up changing her a bit from the badass that I enjoyed to someone a bit insecure. But it didn’t affect the overall story… I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.