Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- First book of the series
- Read : April 19 – 20, 2017
- Rating : 5 / 5 stars
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.
Rebel of The Sands is one of those books you absolutely cannot put down! It was definitely one of the best, most exciting books I’ve read all year.
I love the main character Amani the most. She’s strong, smart, witty and very resourceful. The best thing is that even though she grew up in a ruthless place, she didn’t let it get to her. Her situation was unfair and dire and she was tried to escape, and she was pretty much ready to die trying. Jin was wonderful, I really liked him too; and I really liked the sense of community, of a common cause of all the people they met in the canyon (not spoiling anything else).
One of the things that made me fall in love with this book was definitely the mythology. I like that for once, everyone accepts the existence of these creatures/beings – as opposed to the clichéd plot in which the main character finds out supernatural creatures are real and that she/her family/etc are part of that world. In Rebel of The Sands they’re called The First Beings (they’re basically immortal beings made by God) and my favorite so far is the Buraqi which is basically a horse made of sand and fire that never gets tired (that sadly can be caught by men using iron).
The plot wasn’t the most original but it was believable, exciting and it kept me glued to the page. The writing was great and though books written in first person point of view aren’t my favorites, this was one was very enjoyable.
To sum up, Rebel of The Sands is a fast-paced, exciting novel that’s very hard to put down. It has great characters and an amazing mythology and I strongly recommend it!