Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: February 4th, 2016
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It's not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al'Hiza must call it 'home'.
Amani wants to escape and see the world she's heard about in campfire stories.
Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.
But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan's army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion...
An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.
Western feel with interesting mythology
This world is brilliant. The writing itself is reminiscent of westerns, which I’ve come to love after books like VENGEANCE ROAD and WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER. And then the mythology is Persian I think (I’m not too sure if this is the right culture. I could be way off), with Djinn and some super interesting magic. I couldn’t get enough.
The horse wasn’t in it for long enough
I am so mad about this. This is the only thing I truly can complain about. WHY DID THE HORSE GO?! I was ready for a magical horse companion. THEN HE WAS GONE. I WANT THE HORSE BACK BUT NOOOO.
Kind of predictable… but fun
Not all of the twists in REBEL OF THE SANDS were all that surprising. In fact I predicted quite a few of them. Only once or twice was I taken by surprise. Despite this I still had a lot of fun reading the book because they were the types of twists and turns I would have put in if I were writing this book.
THE SHIPPING IS STRONG
It’s been a while since I shipped a couple as strong as I shipped Jin and Amani. Like oh my god, the feels and tension were intense. It was frustrating having it develop so slowly, but also satisfying because slow burn. Then there were all the secondary character ships. Much shipping was done!
It gets intense
There are suspenseful fight scenes spread throughout the novel, but it’s right at the end that things get intense. First of characters die that you aren’t expecting and even though you haven’t known them long, their death breaks your heart. Then there’s the battle and magic and war. the ending. It was epic.
REBEL OF THE SANDS was the best book to read during exams. Addictive with a couple I couldn’t help but ship intensely, it was a struggle to put it down. Though it was predictable at times, I had a lot of fun reading it and my god did it get suspenseful at the end. I cannot wait to continue this story in the sequel.