Monday, 22 February 2016

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

They said the only folks who belonged in Headshot 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. 

Published by Faber Books in February 2016
Pages - 348
Cover designed by Will Steele

Summary 
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.
*****
I heard about this book early in 2015 and I had a feeling it was going to be special. At YALC, I managed to get a sampler of the first two chapters and I've waited impatiently ever since to read the rest of the book. I definitely wasn't disappointed and it was so worth the wait. This book shook the ground beneath my feet!
I honestly believe we have found the UK's answer to Laini Taylor.  Seriously - expect the unexpected  with this book. I don't want to give any of the plot away because you have to experience it first hand to understand what I mean.
Amani is one kick-ass, gun welding heroine, who deserves to stand alongside the likes of Katniss and Caelena. Her gun toting skills are better than nearly every man in her life. Determined to get out of Dustwalk, she risks everything for a chance of freedom.  
I loved Jin! He's the type of boy, every girl wants by her side. 
The story seamlessly weaves together an Arabian Nights style setting with  the hardships of the Wild West, bringing you a stunning blend of two very different genres. 
This book has everything you could possibly want and I think everyone should read it. A Adventure, magic, romance and explosive action all blended together to make one of the most epic and original debuts of 2016.
Alwyn Hamilton is a name you really need to keep watching!
If you love Sarah J. Maas, Laini Taylor and Maria V. Snyder, then this really is the book for you. 


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