Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Published by: Faber & Faber
Pubilcation Date: February 4th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Young Adult
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
Woah. I was not expecting myself to end up loving this book so much. Like really. We got off to a bad start, and I considered DNFing when I was about 60 pages in… But thank goodness I didn’t because I would have missed out on an epic and beautiful adventure. After the 100 page mark, I was on the edge of my seat needing to know everything.
“The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn’t let weakness live.”
I even made a character collage. So yeah, I basically went from zero to full-on fangirl mode within an hour. And you know what I’ve come to realise? I LOVE STORIES SET IN DESERTS WITH MIDDLE EASTERN THEMES. LOVE THEM. This even has a Western twist. (Be very excited).
The story follows Amani and Jin on their adventure through the desert, and they come across some incredibly interesting things. But I shall say no more about those things, other than there was so much more to the world than I expected.
I started off not really liking Amani that much, but she really grew on me and the both of them are very loveable characters. Their romance is slow burn, and they make a great team. Obviously, I ship the shiznit out of them because they are ADORABLE in their own cute adventurous and mischievous way.
“Jin always smiled at me like we were both about to be in big trouble and he loved it.”
The world building is done really well, although a bit confusing at times. There is a lot going on since they’re travelling a lot, but once you start to know all the different places and names, it’s really great. I just wish there had been a map included. I love maps.
“Aunt Farrah always said I didn’t seem to mind proving myself dumb if it meant proving someone else wrong.”
The characters and places introduced later in the book are so intriguing and I can’t wait to find out more about them. The actual plot itself was really great, I liked all the aspects to it and it was not predictable. Somehow I didn’t see any of the plot twists coming, and was like… Wait. What? HECK YEAH! This is so what I signed up for.
The ending was total perfection, everything wound together just right. It isn’t a cliffhanger but you’ll be dying to read the sequel. (We can all suffer together, right? Strength in numbers, people!).
This is definitely not a book to be missed, especially if you are a fan of The Wrath & The Dawn!
|Overall:||4.2 / 5|