Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton: A Review

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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. (Goodreads)

My Review
Rating: 5/5
Wow. Wow. Wow!
I saw this book on booktube and the premise intrigued me (even though I don’t normally read books in a desert setting) so I ordered it.
I finished it in about 5 hours…
I just couldn’t put it down! Amani is a wonderful character; her determination is mainly what makes me like her, I think, because that characterisation is so easy and enjoyable to read. She comes from an abusive and lonely background and throughout the novel we see how it has made her tough and fierce, but also loving and kind. She can be selfish at times, for example leaving someone behind in a dangerous situation so that she can escape. Amani is a beautiful creation though and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes her character development.
The novel in general was just so riveting and spellbinding! I HAD to know what happened in the next chapter, so I just didn’t put it down until the final words had been read. The only issue for me is that I have to wait for the next one! When I buy the new one, it will be hardback which will look strange next to my paperback copy of Rebel of the Sands  on the shelf; I just wish I could afford to buy the hardback edition of it to match!
A book full of wonder and brilliance; Rebel of the Sands has opened my mind to the dangerous, yet beautiful, setting of the desert plains. I want Alwyn Hamilton to have written a lot more so I could devour those novels too! I’m sure any future books will be more than worth the wait though.
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