Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands

Okay, let me start off by saying, Yes, it has been several years since I last graced the pages of this sad, neglected little blog. I know this, I also know probably no one will come back to reading this after so long, but I thought it would be fun to start reviewing again. I will also say that my reviews are usually pretty short, and I don’t like spoilers much, so I will endeavour to do as little spoiling as necessary, if not any at all. Right, let’s begin…

Tell me how you want your story to go, he says, and we’ll write it straight across the sand.

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…

Okay, so let me be honest…the actual reason I picked this book up was for it’s gorgeous cover…I mean, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but dang, it’s a pretty cover…and it’s gold…and who doesn’t like a bit of bling, right?

The other reason I picked it up was I saw it on someone’s Youtube book haul video (can’t remember who, sorry…perhaps Kristina Horner? Not sure) and again, the bling caught my eye (man, I must be really superficial!).

I won’t give the story away, because I enjoyed it, and I think you might too. I just want to say that the MC, Amani, is a strong willed, crafty, gun slinging female with a smart mouth which constantly gets her a beating by her uncle and aunty. She’s selfish as all get out at the beginning of the story, but her arc is beautiful, and the person that comes out of it in the end is someone who is not completely changed, but changed enough to make her likable. I must be honest, I didn’t like her as a person at the beginning of the book, and I was a bit worried about that. Another good thing…NO LOVE TRIANGLE! Now, I don’t mind a bit of love triangle every now and then, but seriously, it is nice to not have one for once.

Jin is an interesting character, and I liked him a lot, but I knew roughly who he was and what he was about within the first couple of chapters. I wish his character arc had been given a little more thought, and I hope in the next book we can see some of that arc for him.

It did take me a little while to figure out the setting, if it was in our time or not (there are guns, but also swords, knives and scimitars, as well as magical beings) so it took me a while to figure out…and even then, I wasn’t so sure…a desert…let’s just say it was set in a desert…which it was.

I really enjoyed this book, and couldn’t put it down and I am looking forward to book two…I hope I don’t have to wait for too much longer.

Over all I give it almost 5 stars…4.8 I guess. I’d love to know what you thought of it if you’ve already read it.


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