Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands

eBook - 2016
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"Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself"--
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780698410428
Branch Call Number: e-book
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Jul 13, 2019

This book confused me so much. Every time I thought I understood what was going on, there was more description added or more backstory added that just confused what was actually going on in the plot. On the other hand, some things that would've made the plot easier to understand were not explained enough! This book could've been so much better if the right things were explained instead of writing more about things that would eventually confuse the reader more than they probably already were.

There were some things that I did like about the book (but being confused the whole time somewhat ruined them for me), I liked the magical aspect. I thought that the underlying magic running through the desert was interesting and to be honest, I wasn't really expecting what ended up happening with it but I did enjoy that part. Another thing I enjoyed was the desert setting. Not a lot of the books I read are set or told in an environment like that, so it was a nice change to see a story told in such a unique setting. Finally I liked the banter between Amani & Jin. You could tell they had chemistry from the first night they met each other and it was clear they were going to be a thing for the whole rest of the book. I did enjoy their little fights because it added depth to just a romantic relationship, but I also enjoyed the tiny bit of heat there was between them at moments. One thing I didn't like was how Jin lied to Amani for almost the entirety of the book about how he was subtly guiding her to the rebellion camp and how it wasn't really talked about after that except for how Amani was upset about it but she didn't ever confront Jin. I hope that is something that is some how resolved in the next book.

Feb 16, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. The setting was unique. The heroine was strong.

Aug 16, 2018

I was wrong about who would be the Demdji, so that was a nice surprise. Fairly predictable plot overall, but the desert and magic twists are great and I look forward to the next book.

Aug 02, 2018

I loved this book! The images created were so vivid, this book made me feel as if I was actually experiencing Amani's world right through her bright, blue eyes. Even though this book is part of a series, it works well as a standalone book. I loved the way the author mixed myth with reality into a nicely written adventure story.

Jul 13, 2018

I really liked this book! I have always said that I’m not much of a fantasy person but apparently my genre of fantasy is a western set in a magical eastern setting.

The heroin was ruthless and gunslinging which I liked. The hero was witty and feisty and tattooed.

Their romance (although’s YA after all) wasn’t mushy and sappy which I appreciated.

There were trains and magic and trekking across the desert and middle eastern clothes and magic and gunslinging and cross dressing.

I think I’ll read the next 2 books. :)

Library_Jill Jan 09, 2018

Arabian Nights meets classic Western in this intriguing fantasy debut about an orphaned girl who knows how to handle a gun and longs to escape her judgmental, claustrophobic hometown. Fans of "Walk on Earth a Stranger" will enjoy some similar plot elements, and the similar mashup of western and fantasy elements.

Dec 03, 2017

A fresh and new story set in the desert with magic and adventure. Follow Amani for the adventure like never before!

Jul 12, 2017

The book and the series is jut amazing! I loved every piece of it!!!!

katbee Jul 07, 2017

I thought the world Alwyn Hamilton created was awesome! I like fantasy stories about genies/djinnis because they aren't very common. Amani is a very strong female character and I like her determination. There are several interesting side characters that I hope are explored more in the other books. I am excited to see what happens next.

forbesrachel Jun 02, 2017

Old west meets ancient middle east in this exhilarating and fresh new series. We first meet the fiery Amani Al'Hiza as she attempts to escape from a future she doesn't desire. Dressed as a boy, she enters a gunslinging competition, where she meets a smooth-talking, yet principled foreigner. Her plans go awry almost immediately, and continue to do so quite often afterwards, but she is able to roll with the punches, thanks to her quick wits, and clean shot. Together with her mysterious companion Jin, she makes her way across the desert, while fleeing and fighting an increasing amount of enemies, moving ever towards her destiny.

Amani's inner journey is just as riveting as her external one, for as she is exposed to more of the world, she discovers that there is more to herself than even she knew, and, that there is a cause she is willing to fight for. There is also the chemistry that she has with Jin. While their relationship is fascinating to observe right from the start, thanks to the author's brilliant hand at writing banter, it only becomes more so as they develop a better understanding and respect for one another.

In this Fantasy series, magic hovers at the edges of its pre-industrial age society in the form of stories, religion, and beings such as the Buraqi. As the story progresses though, it seeps ever more gradually into our purview, matching Amani's changing perspective of the world around her. Hamilton thoroughly lays out the groundwork for the setting, characters, and story, so, when a truth finally comes to light, it makes sense, because all the clues were there in the stories, and memories. In addition to this, her style gives her the opportunity to explore themes like women's roles in society a fair bit.

From its backstabbing politics to its tantalizing mythos, Hamilton deftly weaves the details into an fast-paced, action-driven story. Her rebellious characters hold our attention completely as they grow and interact with one another in ever more interesting ways, and her world already promises that there is much more to come. Pick up volume two right away.

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Oct 02, 2017

This revolution was a legend in the making. The kind of tale that sprawled out long before me and far beyond my reach. The sort of epic that was told over and over to explain how the world was never the same after this handful of people lived and fought and won or died trying. And after it happened, the story seemed somehow inevitable. Like the world was waiting to be changed, needing to be saved, and the players in the tale were all plucked out of their lives and moved into places exactly where they needed to be, like pieces on a board, just to make this story come true. But it was wilder and more terrifying and intoxicating, and more uncertain, than I’d ever thought. And I could be part of it. If I wanted to. It was getting way too late to rip myself out of this story now, or to rip it out of me.


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