Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Published by Viking on March 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.
I was needing a fantasy itch scratched and this totally hit the spot! I loved that Rebel of the Sands had an awesome eastern dessert mixed cowboy western feel to it with pretty good universe building (also, look how pretty that cover is!). While some parts were a bit predictable, there were interesting characters, a road trip, magic, and of course rebelling to draw you in!
It was a fun following gun-slinging Amani (aka. The Blue Eyed Bandit) on her adventure. Admittedly Amani annoyed me at first (she was a bit bratty), but I definitely grew to like her a lot more. I liked that she’s sassy but also matures throughout the book.
He told me not to do anything stupid. But it was damned stupid of them to leave a window open in the stables. And I’d be damned stupid if I didn’t take advantage of it.
Jin, our intriguing Eastern Snake, was pretty awesome. Mysterious, charming, with just enough sass to keep up with Amani. They were pretty cute together, plus throw in a ton of snark and banter and you got a pretty fun pair.
Jin was at my side, pulling his shirt over his head, Parviz disappeared. “Did you just shoot someone?”
“I got us hired, if that’s what you’re asking.” I scratched the back of my head and tried to to look sheepish. I was sure I wasn’t successful judging bu the look Jin was giving me. “And I only shot his glass.”
Jin hooked one arm around my shoulder, leaning on me. “I knew I liked you, Bandit.”
I really enjoyed the road-trip-esque adventure where Amani tried to escape her small town Dustwalk when she learns her uncle wants to marry her off. There’s always a lot running, fighting, sneaking, magic and all around action. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters that pop up later in the story, especially Shazad (yay kickass female characters!). The group of rebels are are so lovable (and pretty cool) and I’m intrigued by the bad guys. Definitely excited to see where it all ends up!
The ending sets up for the rest of the trilogy without much of a cliff hanger ending (much appreciated!) and I’m definitely excited for more. Overall, this was a great start to the series, It’s got an intriguing (magical) world, with fantastic characters, a story with angst and humour, and just a lot of lovely moments.
“Jin blew up a factory.” That seemed like the right place to start, only it wasn’t really. “That was after we burned down a building.” I added. “But that was sort of an accident.”
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