Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas and rumor has it that somewhere djinn still perform their magic For humans it s an unforgiving pla

  • Title: Rebel of the Sands
  • Author: Alwyn Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780451477538
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic For humans, it s an unforgiving place, especially if you re poor, orphaned, or female.Amani Al Hiza is all three She s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, theMortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic For humans, it s an unforgiving place, especially if you re poor, orphaned, or female.Amani Al Hiza is all three She s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back country town where she s destined to wind up wed or dead.Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route But though she s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she d gallop away on mythical horse or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

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    1. Jin had the sort of smile that would turn over whole empires to the enemy - that made me feel like suddenly I understood him exactly, even though I knew nothing about him.I was so certain I would love this book. A Middle-Eastern fantasy with djinn, magic and mythical horses? It's like a unique and delicious recipe for exactly the kind of book I would love. And yet, for the first two thirds, I was so painfully bored I very nearly DNFed it.Rebel of the Sands does pick up toward the end when the re [...]

    2. Let me start by saying I don’t give out 5 stars easily. It has to be a book I find nothing wrong with, absolutely love, and plan on reading again and again.Rebel of the Sands does all of that. About halfway through I was freaking out because I wanted a sequel so badly. I knew I would need way more of this world and the characters. I seriously cannot recommend this book enough.The story starts with a shooting competition. Amani is disguised as a boy and needs to win in order to finally have eno [...]

    3. 4.5 stars Guys, meet your new favorite historical fantasy series. This book has spectacular world-building, nimble dialogue, finely drawn characters, and epic battles with magic--not to mention so much chemistry between the main characters that the air is practically charged with the irresistible pull between them. This is that sweeping story (and romance) you might've wanted from THE WRATH AND THE DAWN but didn't quite get. I loved the writing, I loved the characters, and I loved that everyone [...]

    4. Oh, good lord this book was boring. This is a spaghetti Western meets Middle Eastern fantasy and it is just as bad as it sounds. Ok, I guess it wasn't terrible terrible, but it is so excruciatingly dull. Awhile back, Walk On Earth A Stranger came out. It was also a Western, and it was also super fucking boring. But apparently a lot of people loved it. I wasn't one of them.Aside from the Middle-Eastern-magic thingy, there are a few similarities between this book and Walk On Earth A Stranger.1. Gi [...]

    5. I fell right in love with this freaking book! I don't usually like sand books < -- that's what I call them, lol, but I loved this one so much! It was such a different take on anything I have read. We have Amani who is dead on with a gun and she's wanting to get out of her town and away from her evil uncle and his wives and kids. It's not a very good living situation and she wants to get out before she is married off or married to her uncle. Hell to the no! Amani enters a gun contest one night [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this! It was a very cool world and culture to be immersed in. Now that being said I didn't absolutely love it, but it was entertaining!

    7. First read of the year! I quite enjoyed this and while it did take me a little while to get drawn into the story, I was definitely entertained. I also have a question - is the name "God" used correctly in this book? I believe the religion is fictional however it draws upon the Islamic faith so I'm unsure. There are many names for God and this particular name just instantly reminded me of the Christian god (maybe this is just because I'm most familiar with Christianity?). Alongside the Middle Eas [...]

    8. The series’ covers do not match! Why, oh why?Tragedy aside, this shiny book took me longer than necessary to read. And it wasn’t because it wasn’t interesting, just very, very—pack of turtles running a marathon—slow. The setting is unusual. It’s not everyday that I read a book set in the desert. That makes for a bleak visual world-building, I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t impressed by the description of places, no shock there. Fortunately, I loved the mystical creatures presented, [...]

    9. "But if knowledge was power, then the unknown was the greatest weakness of immortal things.” Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Dustwalk always seemed like a prison to Amani - boring with horrible people in it. The only things she loved were her mother and shooting with a gun. When her mother gets hanged for killing her husband and Amani is being send to her aunt, Amani’s urge to run away becomes strong. She tries to win the money to get away - but chaos and a foreigner come into her way. Soon sh [...]

    10. ❝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.❞I think everything from Rebel of the Sands was set differently but it just made it! Alwyn Hamilton was able to mix fantasy with some romance in it and set it in a midwestern/eastern setting and I think that was great of her! Even with that, the fantasy added more since there were mythical creatures and abilities gi [...]

    11. It's not that this book was bad - it's that it was so bad I nearly had to do pails to get through it, so bad I felt tired just looking at it, so bad I ended up leaving it behind in France even though the copy I had didn't belong to me. It's fine, though, because I'm pretty sure the person who owns the copy I borrowed hates it so much she'd rather it were across the channel too.I couldn't make head nor tail of it: it's a weird unnecessary blend of wild west and Arabic folklore, set against a sort [...]

    12. This book was so good! I'm in love with its setting and unique world-building; it's a fantasy, Middle Eastern-based western, what's not awesome about that? The writing isn't incredible, but it works nicely, and it's very fast-paced and engaging. I did not want to put it down and I read it in 2 days. I love Amani as a main character and I really love Jin. Their relationship develops really nicely; the dynamic reminds me a little of Graceling, which I loved. The religion and mythology is really fa [...]

    13. I get slightly nervous going into Massively Highly Anticipated Books of My Life -- because what if I don't like it???? What if my expectations are too high??? Whatifwhatifwhatif. But, WHY DID I EVEN WORRY ABOUT REBEL OF THE SANDS?!? It was a glorious conglomeration of Persian fantasy, magic horses, sass, and gunsd I absolutely freaking loved it.(Seriously tho, was this book written for me?? Omg.)It's basically set in a dusty fantasy world with Middle Eastern influences. I was actually surprised [...]

    14. The summary of this book calls it a mash up of The Wild West and Arabian Nights (though it is not a retelling). I think that's pretty accurate in terms of the setting and feel. I do want to acknowledge that there are many negative stereotypes about Middle Eastern culture and the historical US West that are used here, but I don't think the author has ever lived in either region as far as I can tell. Although I ended up loving this story, I don't disagree with people who have questioned if it was [...]

    15. 1.5 StarsI'm honestly amazed at how popular this book is considering how heavily it relies on stereotypes of middle eastern culture and lore to develop its plot, world, and characters. Not a fan at all.

    16. THE ENDING WAS PERFECT. Perfect, as in an excellent balance of "happy" and "omg tell me more". No cliffhanger, no agony, but things are just starting to heat up in the desert (hehehe). I can't wait to read more! :D***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn HamiltonBook One of the Rebel of the Sands seriesPublisher: PenguinPublication Date: March 8, 2016Rating: 5 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from ):She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate o [...]

    17. Buddy read 4/5 (we're aLMOST there !!!) with, Praggs♡♡♡DNF @ 50%I started this book with such high expectations! I mean, fierce desert girl escaping a terrible situation with her sharpshooting skills! W o w, sounds great !!!But after reading twelve chapters. . .Personally, I’m just concerned where the plot went. . .Literally nonexistent. The clichés in this book are intense. We got:- “The Special Snowflake” – this girl has striking blue eyes (that has to be mentioned three times p [...]

    18. I read this for the 2017 MacHalo Group Reading Challenge.Five girl-with-the-gun stars!This book is a little bit of thisand thismixed with this:The girl who taught herself to shoot a gun. Until she could knock down a row of tin cans like they were nothing and the gun was everything."Because I'm the girl with the gun."What a fantastic debut novel! I loved it!It's a Western set in an alternate Middle Eastern-type world. There are lots of magical beings - djinni, Skinwalkers, horses made of sand (Bu [...]

    19. I loved everything about this book and to be honest I didn’t expect to. The fact that the setting was very different to what I usually read was why I loved it. I loved how Alwyn Hamilton decided to change the typical setting that is in every other book and made it so diverse. Everything about it was perfect! There was just enough romance, and all the fantasy and magical creatures were just great!! I was so intrigued from the beginning. The sad part now is that I need to wait to have the second [...]

    20. This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books.Rebel of the Sands has one of the best opening chapters I've read in a long time!We start by finding Amani Al'Hiza disguised as a boy and about to take part in a gun shooting competition. To escape her dead-end town of Dustwalk and her repulsive uncle (who wants to marry her), she needs to win the competition to have enough money to finally flee to Izman. At the competition she meets Jin, the mysterious foreigner, and Amani soon finds [...]

    21. It's been almost a year since I've read this, but it stuck to me in a way that I can still remember a lot about what I loved about it. In this glorious piece of heaven you will find:1. A realistic heroine -- Amani's fierce AF. She has a huge mouth that she can't shut, is incredibly sassy and fierce. At first she was too into herself and a bit stuck up, but her development was amazing and she turned into such a compassionate, loving heroine by the end. (Not that her original murderous self wasn't [...]

    22. Video Review: youtube/watch?v=XHRZyUpdate 2/19/16 - After sitting on this one, I'm rating it a 2.5 instead.All I can really say about this is that the book left a lot to be desired.Rebel of the Sands tells the story of a young woman gunslinger named Amani. She lives in this small town that she says has too many of two things: guns and sand. Orphaned and living with her uncle and aunts, she finds the opportunity to leave the town behind with the help of a mysterious foreigner. That's all you get [...]

    23. 3.75 STARSRebel of the Sands reminded me so much of the Grisha trilogy mixed with some X-Men elements set in the desert.This book was a pretty fun read. For sure I liked it but I didn't really love it. At times, the beginning felt a little slow and info dumpy but the story picks up fairly quickly. The characters were actually my favorite part and I loved all the different abilities each Demdji had. Although, I found that Amani's ability to manipulate sand was a little unusual. It was different f [...]

    24. WESTERNS, I love 'em. FYI. So REBEL OF THE SANDS was already on my radar before I read the preview chapters, but now I NEEDS IT. B/c this:A group of factory workers still in their uniforms huddled around a nomad in a busted-up wagon who was shouting about selling Djinni blood that’d grant good folks their hearts’ desires. His wide grin looked desperate in the oily lamplight, and no wonder. It’d been years since anyone round these parts had seen a real live First Being, let alone a Djinni. [...]

    25. And then all I could see was the sand and I forgot about everything. About fear. About bombs. About Jin. The desert reached out for us all with huge open arms. The churning mass that was chaos in the streets became order in the sand, welcoming us home.If there’s one book this reader could not wait to get her greedy hands on, it was Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. It promised intrigue, badassery, a strong, fierce heroine and a brutal, beautiful setting and storyline that knew no mercy.And [...]

    26. Mini review:Wow this was so much fun! I loved Amani and Jin. The magic and the stories were really cool! Will definitely be continuing this series.

    27. "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.”Rebel of the Sands is one of the most delightful and thrilling books I’ve read in a long timeIS TINY, BEAUTIFUL GEM OF A BOOK IS NOW ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITES.I was left completely speechless after I’d finished it. Where do I even begin to describe this wonderful book? Now, I am a self-admitted shallow person. [...]

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