Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Overall Score: 7/10

Book summary (From Goodreads)

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 would give this book 3.5 stars. At the beginning, I loved the concept and how independent, strong, and intelligent Amani was. When she first met Jin at the shoot-out competition, I knew that he was going to be the love interest and was a little disappointed how early he appeared. I’m glad that there wasn’t a love triangle but more depth to their relationship would have been nice because I didn’t really understand the chemistry. That being said, one of my favorite lines in the book was this:

“Jin always smiled at me like we were both about to be in big trouble and he loved it. The prince smiled like he was forgiving you for it” (Pg. 215)

As to the plot, the first two thirds seemed incredibly aimless with nothing beyond “I want to leave this city” well defined. The last third picked up and saved the book for me. The characters introduced seemed more fleshed out than those that came before them. I will be reading the next book purely because of the last 30 pages or so.

I loved the fantasy aspect of this novel, from the Skinwalkers to the Nightmares to the Djemi (that was a seriously cool aspect, especially with their relationship to iron). The contrast between the mythology and the western parts of the novel made for an interesting concept and I’m intrigued to see where the author takes it next.

Page Length: 320

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Publisher: Viking Books

Source: Library

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2 Responses to Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

  1. mugglebooks says:

    Thank you for your review. Debating whether to purchase this book or not


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