Amani lives in a small, dead-end town in the desert where being poor and a woman leaves you with very little options. Amani dreams of leaving the town before she can be forced to be one of her Uncles wives. Enter Jin. A foreigner who gives her the chance to leave everything she hates behind. This leads them on an adventure through the sandy desert. However the desert is full of dangerous magic, the cruel Sultan’s army and more problems at every turn. On top of it all Amani finds herself in the middle of a rebellion. This book is full of magic, love and adventure.
Rebel of the Sands is a historical fantasy novel, set in the Middle East but with a Western twist. The beginning was a little slow but I was glad I persevered because once I got into I couldn’t put it down. We are first introduced to our heroine, Armani, as she dresses up as a boy to take part in a shooting contest. Right from page one we are shown a strong, feisty young woman and this continues right the way though. If anything she becomes more bad ass as the book goes on as she begins to find out who she truly is. Her courage and determination to live a life on her own terms inspires the reader to want that for themselves. She is a true fictional role model for any person who thought that had to be who someone else wanted them to be. Amani doesn’t stop fighting for her freedom, and from start to finish she makes you sit up and take notice of her fighting spirit.
Jin on the other hand is a little more reserved but is also fighting for what he believes in. He does have a lot of secrets but I dare anyone not to fall a little in love with him as they read this captivating book. And to top it off there is no awkward love triangle! Bonus!
A lot happens at the beginning but before I knew it Amani and Jin find themselves amongst rebel princes and magical creatures. Hamilton writes the Rebel Prince perfectly. At one point I was so moved by what he was saying to Amani I wanted to go sign on to be part of the rebellion!
So if you haven’t read this book and you are looking for a book to get you out of your reading slump, this is the one. The beautiful scenery Hamilton describes, along with the interesting folklore on Djinns and other magical creatures leaves you wanting more. And lucky for us this is part of a trilogy. YAY!
Rating – 4/5 stars
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