Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Review by Suze
Amani lives in a desert town called Dustwalk. The sand is where she belongs, but that doesn't mean she should stay where she is. She wants to escape and has the feeling she absolutely has to be somewhere else. She does everything she can to leave. When she meets Jin she knows she has a chance. Jin isn't from her town and he's being chased, he has to leave. He also knows how to get away and like Amani he can handle a gun. Together they're trying to free themselves form the people who are after them.
When Amani finally leaves Dustwalk she doesn't know how unsafe the desert really is. There's danger everywhere. She has to make alliances with people she barely knows, she has to fight and she discovers more about herself than she could have ever imagined. There are plenty of problems she has to face. She's being chased by the Sultan's soldiers and somehow finds herself in the middle of a dangerous political game. Will she be able to keep herself safe?
Rebel of the Sands is a spectacular book about djinns, immortal creatures, sand and guns. Amani is a fabulous, fierce heroine, she's tough and she knows how to defend herself. Jin is intriguing and I couldn't wait to find out more about him. I liked his background story and interesting history. Together they're getting into a lot of trouble and it was great to read about their escape plans, to see how they'd manage to get out.
I really enjoyed reading Rebel of the Sands. I think that's mostly because of the unique story and the original world building. Some parts of the story could have been a little bit more polished, but I had so much fun reading it that it didn't matter to me at all. I think this story is wonderful. It isn't a fast read, but it's definitely vivid. Alwyn Hamilton makes the desert come to life, which I loved very much. I liked the fighting scenes, the fact that Amani is so talented and the magical aspects. Rebel of the Sands is an enjoyable read filled with action and excitement.

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