Title: Rebel of the Sands
Series: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
If she doesn’t get out of Dustwalk, Amani is bound to end up wed or dead—both equally bad fates in her eyes. In a world where women aren’t meant to be seen or heard, and are viewed as property, all she wants to do is escape the ownership of her uncle. But she never imagined escaping on the back of a magical horse with a mysterious stranger.
This is going to be slightly brief, it’s been a little bit since I finished this book, but I basically say all I have to say.
I like the dessert setting and culture. It’s a mix between Middle Eastern and Old Western, where the town feels very much like that cowboy small town focused on mining and guns. But then the larger culture and of the world is more Middle Eastern. It’s easy imaginable where I didn’t need too much world building, but still got enough. The infusion of magic and those that have abilities was very interesting,
Amani’s language was a little choppy at first, but I understand it’s also her dialect. I feel like it either smoothens itself out or I just grew used to it. She has a lot of growth even though she starts out and ends willful and strong and I of course loved that. Amani refused to be sold and controlled just because she was supposed to as a woman. Her ideas and dreams weren’t of a revolution but survival. She’s also a badass sharpshooter, which I feel like seeing a girl have that skill in a fantasy novel is pretty unique. But, it’s in that middle period that we see her become vulnerable as she faces a lot of self discovery.
Jin was cute. I always fall for the roguish swindlers. He kind of reminds me of an Aladdin-type character; mischievous, charming, and on the run. There’s a great push and pull between them. I’m also a sucker for banter.
The only thing I would say is that a lot of the secondary characters are very flat; they’re not fully developed in that we don’t fully get their motivations, they’re just doing thigns because that’s how they do them and to move the plot forward.
This novel is fearless and fun. Our characters end up on an unexpected path and adventure that leasds to so much more. You can find Rebel of the Sands on Amazon and the author at rebelofthesands.co.uk.