Rebel of the Sands |Alwyn Hamilton | Review

“You know, I never believed in fate until I met you… then I started thinking coincidence didn’t have near so cruel a sense of humor”





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.


In the month of May I am trying to read as many of the series as I can that are on my shelf. Rebel of the Sands, has been on my shelf for the longest time. I will admit that I didn’t have high hopes for this series, I picked it up with the thought that I am going to read the first book, not enjoy it and then unhaul the series. This is now not the case. I really enjoyed this book.

I really love Alwyn Hamilton’s writing style. It is so mesmerising and magical, to the point where I struggled to put this book down from page one. I actually read this book in one sitting before a late shift at work. I was so absorbed by the world, the writing style, the magic and the characters that I didn’t realise how much and how fast I was reading. Next thing I knew I was 50 pages from the end and almost late for work. Alwyn certainly puts you under a spell with this book.

I absolutely love the strong female characters in this book. I will say that at the start when Amani is posing at a boy, I did roll my eyes and think “here we go again”, however that was instantly quashed when I realised that this is not your typical YA fantasy, it was such a unique world and style. Shout out to Shazad and Hala as well, what amazing women! I cannot wait to see where the characters go in the next book. I am sure they are going to kick ass yet again!

I will say in parts this book can get a little bit confusing especially with the magic and political system. Not overly complicated, however you might find you will have to revisit certain parts again just to get your head around it. However once you are in the zone and have a general understanding this book will get a lot easier to read.

I can’t wait to read the next book and continue with the series. I hope I enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed Rebel of the Sands.

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