Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

I heard mixed reviews of this book and I am not into Western themed books but this book sucked me in to this fantasy Western/ Arabian nights themed book. The main character, Amani, lives on the outskirts of the country of Miraji where she is considered a nothing since she is a girl (therefore property) and the daughter of a hung murderess (killed her abusive husband). To escape her fate of becoming her husband’s next wife, she saves enough money to enter a shooting contest as a boy to win enough money to go to the capital to find the last of her known family. She meets Jin, a street-smart foreigner, at the shooting contest and when things go sideways, they become allies and Jin becomes her ticket out of town. This is a dangerous journey across the desert with mythical creatures and Dijinn and unknown magic. In the mist of all of this, there is rumors of a rebel prince and his magical army that are fighting the tyranny of the current sultan and the foreigners occupying the country. On this journey, Amani becomes more than a nothing, saving the lives of many and learning the secrets of her country’s history and her own past. This book was definitely not what I expected but I look forward to a sequel.

I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway with no requirement to review.


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