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

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Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew. -Goodreads

My Review

My Rating: 5/5

I read this book cover-to-cover in a day.

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, but these moments add layers to the character. Amani is fantastic and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes her character development.

The plot of the book was fast-paced, and at the end of each page there was always a hook that would make me continue reading. 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.

It’s a book filled with mystery, magic, and fierce heroes. Rebel of the Sands has opened my mind to the dangerous – yet beautiful – setting of the desert plains.

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