Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Also in this series: Traitor to the Throne
Released by Faber & Faber on 4 February 2016
"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...
An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution."
Back when this book got released in February, it got a lot of praise from everyone around the book world. I had gotten curious, and so when I saw it at my local bookstore for a good price, I decided to bring it with me. Rebel of the Sands tells the story of Amani, who has lived in her dull village for all her life and longs to escape to the big city. An opportunity arises, which she takes with both hands, but before she knows it she’s right in the middle of a rebellion.
On the beautiful cover of the edition I bought, it says ‘Like Katniss? Love Rey? Meet Amani’, and that was part of what intrigued me, because I do love both those characters, and I did really like Amani as well. She felt to me more like Rey I guess, and I just thought she was a great character. We also meet Jin, who is a mysterious foreigner with a lot of secrets. View Spoiler »I had thought halfway through the book already that he must be the Rebel prince Ahmed they were all talking about. Turned out Jin was a prince, but not Ahmed. And I actually liked that a bit more, to be honest. « Hide Spoiler
I do have to admit the pacing was rather slow at some points. Enough happened throughout the book, but I thought the action parts were rushed through a bit, and that was such a shame. The book didn’t have me on the edge of my seat which a book like this should really do in my opinion. Still, the story was great, and I did deeply enjoy it. And I have to say the ending did really pick up for me, which is why I still ended up giving this book a high rating.
The world-building in this book was amazing, and I loved hearing the stories of all those different creatures that used to roam the world. What I also loved was that these creatures weren’t just legends and myths but they actually existed at that point in the story. What I would have loved was if this book had a map of the world, because now I felt a bit confused every now and then when they were talking about this country or that country. View Spoiler »Also I really hope the Buraqi that Amani caught (or tamed? I didn’t really know what was going on there) and sold in this book comes back, because I had hoped there was a bond growing between the two, but it wasn’t meant to be, apparently?! « Hide Spoiler
But yeah, I did really like Rebel of the Sands and it gets a well-earned four stars from me. I am definitely picking up the second book, of which I got an ARC through an amazing friend of mine. I can’t wait to delve back into this world and hopefully uncover more secrets.
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