Sold immediately at auction across the world, this phenomenal novel is the first in a trilogy packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story. This promises to be a global super lead. "Tell me that and we'll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand." Dustwalk is Amani's home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need. Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan's enemies are on the rise.
My review - If you've been following my Twitter then you know I have been in the biggest of book slumps since January and now finally I am out of my book slump. Thanks to Rebel Of The Sands.
This book had everything, a wonderful main character, seriously I adore Amani, she might have caused some trouble but she defiantly stands up for what she believes in and she is a bit of a kick-ass, friendship, shooting contest, festivals, magic, love, all this wonderfulness wrapped up in a brilliant book.
I am so happy this is also a trilogy because I need more, right now.
In this story we follow Amani, she wants to leave her town. Living with her uncle, she tries to save enough money to get to Izman where her auntie, who she's never met, is meant to be and anywhere is better than this town, right?
To get money she dresses as a boy and joins in a shooting competition and meets a guy, Foreigner and everything gets a little crazy from there. She escapes her small town, with foreigner/Jin in tow as he leads her towards Izman, but not without some danger thrown in the way, with the commender after them both. And is Jin really leading her towards Izman? Or does he know something about Amani, the blue-eyed bandit, that she doesn't.
Alwyn is a fantastic writer! I felt like I was right there next to Amani in this action packed book. I'm glad that the romance in this story wasn't the main focus and it was just something in the back, which added to the story and flowed nicely. But this book was about so much more, it was about Amani finding out who she truly is, finding others like her and staying that kick-ass that I loved. The ending left a bit open as I feel like nothing is going to stay simple for a long time and I can't wait to see what happens with Amani and the others in the rest of this trilogy.
Since this book already had me tearing up at parts, god help me in the next two books.
I'm recommending this book to everyone and anyone. To everyone that loves a good shooting, train sabotage, magical story then this is the story for you.