Book Review

Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

rebel-of-the-sands-alwyn-hamilton-faber-faber-readaraptor“They said the only folks who belonged in Deadshot 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 either.”

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

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.


When I went to pick up my first book of over 300 pages in a long time I wanted something I could really sink my teeth into. Something that would grip me so hard that I would be anticipating bedtime just so I could read. Alas the chores needed doing and the reading was still a slow progression, but I’m seeing 4 weeks a bloody brilliant win for my reading time. And the book of choice definitely made me want to throw out any responsibility and just read!

Rebel of the Sands was published last February and the fact its taken me over a year to get to it is actually criminal. I should be strung out by the Gallan! I knew I would love it as soon as it dropped through my letter box yet the time just never seemed right. Now I’ve read it though I need the rest of the books in my hands straight away… even though they aren’t out yet! (*EDIT* actually… the second book came out last week… going to a bookshop on payday!)

Its about a mystical world of poverty that has almost forgotten the magic that lies within it. Its about a girl who wants to escape the binds that are around her because she was born a girl in a mans world. And its about the boy that helps rescue her and helps her see just how magical the world is, even though people believe the magic has all dried up.

Its a love story, but its enough of an action packed ride to make me forget that I dislike love stories. Amani is an incredible main character who hasn’t let the oppression of her world grind her down. She’s got whit, intrigue and a brilliant sense of humour, and I loved her kick-ass style right from the start.

Jin was a little cocky for my liking at first but I grew to like him as the story went on. There were definitely parts of it when I hoped Amani would get away from him once and for all but the world he brings her to is incredible so I can excuse him for everything. The book really picked up for me towards the end, especially once there were more incredible characters introduced and I was really sad to come to the end of it.

The magic and intrigue of the world created by Alwyn Hamilton really was brought to life with her brilliant writing and ability to get a dry, humid desert full of mystic and nightmarish creatures to jump right out of the page and into your head. I was genuinely scared whilst the two main characters walked through the desert at night and I wanted to scoop them up myself and transport them to where they needed to be!

A fantastic book that definitely will be worth a read to anyone looking for a little dark fantasy in their life. I can’t wait to read the second!

Rebel of the Sands was published in February 2016 by Faber and Faber. My copy was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

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