Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton


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.

My Thoughts

Rebel of the sands is an action packed book filled with mythical creatures, badassary and romance!  The book is set in a small town desert ruled by the Sultan, a corrupt ruler spreading fear and destruction in his search of power. The book starts off with Amani, the main character, dressed as a boy at a shooting competition. She dreams to escape Dustwalk and be her own person, not having all her decisions already planned out for her because she is a girl. She thinks winning the comp and getting the prize money will be her one way trip to Izman, a place she believes is her chance at freedom. At the comp she meets mysterious foreigner named Jin. The night ends with a fight and the whole place burning to the ground leaving Amani in desperate search for another way out. When the Sultan’s army comes looking for Jin, Amani realises that maybe the way out of Dustwalk is right in front of her. As much as Jin doesn’t want to drag her with him, he makes a last minute decision when Amani is questioned by the Sultan’s army, very well saving her life. At first Amani tries to go separate ways but they end up being thrown back together and they travel through the desert in search for a greater destiny. Along the way they run into many troubles which leads them to the rebel prince and joining their cause for a better world.

I loved Amani’s character! Everyone looks past her because she is a girl and in this world, girls are shunned because they are seen as weak and just something to marry off. But Amani doesn’t want that to be her label. She dresses up as boys, is a great shooter and has some serious badass skills. She doesn’t except no for an answer and has a mind of her own which I absolutely love. She has a habit of leaving people behind and saving herself which I think makes her more realistic. In the real world, people are more likely to save their own skin if it is a them or me situation. However horrible it might sound,  I like this trait of Amani, it makes her more real and not some unrealistic person who jumps in to save everyone and everything. Jin is an interesting character. He has an air of mystery around him throughout the book. He is known as ‘the foreigner’ which leaves you wondering who he is and why exactly did he go to Dustwalk at the beginning of the book. I love how they both stick together in the end and don’t go their separate ways as they originally planned. I loved the romance between Amani and Jin and all their moments together! It was just too cute. It annoyed me a bit though when they started ignoring each other because Jin hadn’t told her who he was. Yeah lying is bad and such but come on! But I was very happy when they finally got together. Also can we talk about the mythical creatures!! I loveeee the Buraqi, a horse fashioned out of sand and wind, the Buraqi run wild around the desert. They are so majestic and beautiful sounding and I want one so bad! Djinn are wicked awesome and I can’t wait to learn more about them.

As much as I enjoyed this book, it still wasn’t as good as I though it would be. I loved the concept of the book but it took me a couple days to finish it because it wasn’t what I thought it would be in my head. That being said I am totally excited for the next book and can’t wait see what the author has in store for Amani and Jin!






“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand”

“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 humour”

“Being born doesn’t make a single soul important. But you were important when I met you, that girl who dressed as a boy, who taught herself to shoot true, who dreamed and saved and wanted so badly. That girl was someone who had made herself matter. She was someone I liked.”

“Midnight dropped like a cloak over the sky like it always did on Shihabian. One minute there were fires and lanterns and stars and moonlight, and then there was just blackness.”

“She can either stay here as my wife or leave as someone else’s. I choose her to stay.’

I didn’t choose to stay.

I chose to get out or die trying.”

“They said the only folk who belonged in Deadshot after dark were the ones who were up to no good. I wasn’t up to no good. Then again, I wasn’t exactly up to no bad, neither.”

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