“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”
Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’.
Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.
Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.
But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…
An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.
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About the book:
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Book length: 358 pages
Published: February 4, 2016
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Magic, War, Politics, Action
Rating: 4,5 out of 5 quills
Started reading: March 29, 2017
Finished reading: April 2, 2017
“Being born doesn’t make a single soul important. But you were important when I met you, that girl who dressed as a boy, who taught herself to shoot true, who dreamed and saved and wanted so badly. That girl was someone who had made herself matter. She was someone I liked. What the hell has happened since you came here that she is so worthless to you? What’s happened that only my brother’s approval and some power you never needed before can make you important? That’s why I didn’t want to bring you into this revolution, Amani. Because I didn’t want to watch the Blue-Eyed Bandit get unmade by a prince without a kingdom.”
What did I think about the book?
I’ve been waiting so long to finally read this series. And I’m so glad I did =] I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but this story makes me very happy to have read.
This story is about desert magic, romance, war, politics, action, friendship, family and a bit of humour. All these elements make this magical and fabulous story come to live. All these elements are mixed very well in her writing, it makes the story balanced. It’s not overall cheesy with the romance or totally lacking it. The humour makes the story easier to read with all the politics going on.
It was a mystery in the beginning of the book. We didn’t know a lot about Miraji except for the fact it’s a desert country, you have Dustwalk with the weapons factory and Izman is the capital. Jin tells Amani she doesn’t know a lot about her country. She didn’t and neither did we. It might have been confusing to read, but I thought it was fun that we had to learn about Miraji alongside Amani. We got to live and learn Amani’s live.
I do believe this is a clean Young Adult story. There is a romantic factor in this book, but no steamy factor. This makes this story readable for the younger reader’s too. Unlike the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and the Kingmaker Chronicles series. They are very, very steamy. But Rebel of the Sands makes it possible to reach out to younger readers without making the romantic aspects in this story childish or too cheesy. That’s a tough skill to master as a writer, I think.
My favourite characters are Amani, Jin and Shazad. I got more favs, but these three make up the biggest part of the story. Amani is a kick-ass heroine, but has her flaws and struggles. She learns to deal with them and grows a lot as a character. I really like her, she’s stubborn, reckless, but also funny, witty and smart. Jin is a charmer, he’s also witty and stubborn, but I’d like to she his smile in real life hahaha =] And Shazad…. She’s a whirlstorm, but so fierce and I like her strong personality a lot!! These three make the story. Without one of these, the story isn’t this good!!
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