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Rebel of the Sands Hardcover – March 8, 2016
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PRAISE FOR Rebel of the Sands:
“Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun.”--Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“This atmospheric fantasy combines magic, mythology, and the Wild West to create a riveting tale...an exciting, romantic adventure that is unique and all its own.”--Starred Review, Booklist
“If the best of the Old West and the coolest parts of Arabian Nights had a baby who then rebelled by going steampunk, the result would be this gem of a book.” --Starred Review, BCCB
“Readers will be drawn into the story and won’t want to put this book down.” --Starred Review, School Library Connections
“Rebel of the Sands is a winning bit of storytelling, as well as a homage to storytelling itself. It evokes such disparate influences — 1,001 Arabian Nights, Hindu lore and Navajo myth, as well as, inevitably, the triumvirate of Tolkien, Lucas and Rowling — that at times you wonder whether Hamilton can pull it all off. She can. She has circled a spot on the map and claimed it for her own.” --The New York Times Book Review
“Debut author Hamilton combines elements of Western and Middle Eastern civilization and lore with her own mythology, crafting an enticing, full-bodied story . . . successfully mingles romance with thrilling stakes, and hints at a welcome sequel.” --Publishers Weekly
“A perfect combination of American Westerns and Arabian myths . . . Fans of Sarah Maas and Victoria Aveyard should give this one a try.” --VOYA
“Rebel of the Sands is vivid, romantic, and wildly entertaining. You will cheer for Amani the whole way as she escapes the bonds of oppression and finds her own power, and you will mark your calendar for the sequel.” --Rae Carson, bestselling author of the Fire & Thorns trilogy
“Buckle up for a wild ride! Rebel of the Sands is a stunning debut full of irresistible energy, heart-stopping action, and a new voice that sings.” --Alison Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of Eon and Eona
About the Author
Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study history of art at King’s College, and then to London, where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves quite so often. Follow her @AlwynFJH.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is about Amani, a teenage girl itching to leave Dustwalk, her small desert village. She has lived with her aunt and uncle since her parents’ passing, and she wants to escape small town life to live in the city with an aunt she’s never met. Amani is a skilled sharpshooter, and she meets a mysterious young man named Jin in a local gun slinging contest. She quickly realizes he’s her ticket out of Dustwalk. As they travel, their exploits keep putting them in the path of the Sultan’s men, who are trying to snuff out rebellion in their area. And the pair slowly realizes they’ve both been keeping secrets from each other.
Amani and Jin have an undeniable chemistry. Their banter is cute and is one of my favorite parts of the book. The unique setting also drew me in. I enjoyed reading about the desert culture, which is different than any I’ve read about recently. I also appreciated the magic and mythology Hamilton slowly weaves into the tale. The first half of the book pulled me along quickly, with one adventure and/or misstep after another. The second half of the book moved a little slower, but the pace picked back up again by the end.
I definitely recommend this book! The Goodreads description of book 2, Traitor to the Throne, sounds great! It seems like it might be quite different than book 1, and I’m excited to see where Hamilton takes us next in this trilogy.
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I was reviewing the second book in series for a local newspaper and decided to get the audiobook for this (which has a great narrator btw). I loved the story so much, I bought the ebook so I could read it faster. Fantasy fans out there need to read Alwyn Hamilton.
There is no vulgar or adult language. The violence is mildly graphic but is vaguely described. The romance is mostly a few very strong kisses with hints at more but nothing graphic.
Since she is poor and orphaned and under the control of an aunt and uncle who don't want her, she is determined to get away to the city which lived in her mother's stories and which appears to her to be a land of opportunity. However, her plans are sabotaged when she meets a young man named Jin at a shooting competition and finds herself joining forces with him when he is on the run from the Sultan's army. She quickly finds herself involved in a revolution that she had pretty much thought was just a story like the hundreds of other stories she had heard.
The story is filled with action. Jin and Amani have a number of narrow escapes from the forces attempting to capture them. It is also a sort of romance as she and Jin become close while they are on their adventures. But, most of all, it is the story of a young woman who thought she wanted to go it alone and who discovers fulfillment and happiness when she joins forces with others.
I loved the worldbuilding in this fantasy story. The desert setting really came to life. I liked the mythological creatures that made appearances too. Fans of fantasy won't want to miss this exciting adventure.
Review This was a fun read with a good story line. A little Arabian Nights, a little Wild, Wild West, and Djinni, who look human but possess magical powers, are all rolled into one story. Amani lives in the desert town of Dustwalk, where life drags on. She never knew her birth father and her mother is dead. Orphaned and living with her aunt, uncle, and many cousins feels like an outsider and desires a better life. Her mother Zahia, spoke often and longingly of leaving Dustwalk for Izman, the capital of Miraji, where another sister lived. Her goal was to get them to Izman, but with her mother dead, it's up to Amani to get herself there. Amani overhears her Uncle telling her Aunt Farrah that she is in need of husand because "a man could finally beat some sense into her." When Aunt Farrah points out that it is difficult enought to find husbands for their own daughters, Uncle Asid threatens to marry Amani himself.
Upon hearing this, Amani realizes that her timetable to leave Dustwalk must be accelerated. The fifty fouzas that she has managed to save over the past three years is not nearly enough to get her there. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Amani can't remember a time when she didn't have a gun in her hand. She decides to sneak out that night and head over to Deadshot and enter the shooting competition. The prize purse is 1500 fouzas which would be more than enough to finance her escape to Izman. As its name implies, Deadshot is a wild and dangerous town filled with unsavory and shifty characters. Treachery abounds and there is no honor among those who frequent the haunts the town has to offer.
Amani slips out and makes her way to Deadshot disguised as a boy. She is determined to win the competition. However, as her plans go awry, she meets a "foreigner" named Jin, and her life changes in ways she could have never imagined. Following Amani along her path to self-discovery, unlocking secrets of the past, finding a "family" and a place where she belongs is a delightful and entertaining read.
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Characters. Amani was a kick-ass main character and I loved the fact that the novel solely followed her point of view.Read more