Before I get to my review, let’s give the author, Alwyn Hamilton the first word:
As she says, Rebel of the Sands is a fantasy novel set in a world that is two-thirds Arabian Nights and one-third weird western. It features magic, Djinni and other mythical creatures — as well as a brave, reckless young heroine, Amani Al’Hiza, who grew up in a backwater village called Dustwalk and taught herself to shoot against all the customs and prohibitions of her society. From the opening scene, where she sneaks into a shooting competition disguised as a boy, Amani is engaging, likable, stubborn and determined above all else to escape her miserable life.
And there’s a rebellion going on in the Desert — a nearly legendary Prince who disappeared years ago, but whose followers are still at large, fighting against the local tyrant and his foreign allies. And though Amani doesn’t think of herself as political, she will soon be swept up in the intrigue and wonder of the rebellion.
Rebel of the Sands is an exciting story, set in an original world full of mystery and magic. It is the first book in a trilogy (apparently — at least, there are three books so far) and I wasted no time leaping on the second.