Book Review – Rebel of the Sands

Book: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands 1) by Alwyn Hamilton
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Rating:  4 out of 5 stars




He’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.


Rebel of the Sands is a book I enjoyed for the most part.

The different world this was set in I enjoyed. Having a bit more of a western feel was a tad different than what I am used to. I usually don’t like westerns, but this didn’t bother me in the slightest. It was easy to get into this world. This for me probably has to do with the added fantasy elements to it. Djinni I always find interesting.

Another thing I enjoyed was the plot. But the time jump in the middle of two weeks felt off. Also while I don’t like info dumps, I would have liked some more foreshadowing at some of the information and creatures we got. Now it was more whenever we actually came across them. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the ending or how this larger plot line will continue on in the next books with the rebel prince. He is kind of pushed on us in the last bit. But I am curious.

I quite liked the characters. Amani kicked ass. She was focused on her own things, to get out. But once she was out she started caring more so about the others around her.  I did think her change in being angry with another person nearing the ending was a bit too quick. Also her acceptation of who she was, was a bit too quick. My head would be reeling of it for a while, but she moved on pretty quickly.  Jin is the type of easy going character with some mystery that I am always drawn to in books. The characters that were added later on in the book were also great. I am hoping to learn more about them in the next book.

While I do support the romance couple in the book, I still would have liked a tad more of a build-up. The time jump we had of two weeks just didn’t help with this.

Despite some of these things I flew through the book. The writing is easy to get into, and I did really enjoy reading the book.


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