Monday, 15 February 2016
Book Review: Rebel of the Sands [Rebel of the Sands #1] by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands has been a book I heard about months ahead of publication. The UK publisher was very secretive about it all, and those who were interested in the 'super secret book that we knew nothing about' were teased for months. We got a compass attached to a quote, we got a chapter sample, cover flats, and even a personalised copy of the book. The build up for this was spectacular and thankfully it was so worth it.
When a book is hyped up so much it can be hard going into it, having such high expectations can put pressure on you to expect more than what you might be given, forcing you to put the book down or not liking it as much as you thought you would. But Rebel of the Sands is a book that not only takes you on an adventure across the desert, but also gives you one surprise after another, and I really did not see them coming.
Amani wants to get out of the town of Dustwalk. It's run down and practically deserted, with no chance of any type of future for her. Her big plan is to go to Deadshot and win a pistol fight, giving her enough money to run to Izman. But we all know the best laid plans don't always work out, and Amani finds herself escaping with her life, and what little money is left in her pocket. Forced to return home and sneak back in, she begins to formulate another plan of escape, but her new escape plan was not one she saw coming, especially with the mysterious Jin as company and co-conspirator.
Rebel of the Sands is a book full of mystery, danger, adventure, and magic. I absolutely loved the world and fell into the pages easily. The world is a mix of old town western, with a touch of magic, and a lot of old fashioned values, which makes Amani a remarkable character. Women are second class citizens in Amani's world. They are treated as property, married off to whomever will take them, whether it be someone they want, or unwanted affection from Uncles. But Amani doesn't want to live her life in Dustwalk, she wants to leave and stay with her Aunt, and it's this desire that sets in motion a series of events that take her out of Dustwalk, and into the wild world.
With soldiers, and Demdji around every corner, the journey for Amani and Jin is not an easy one, but it is filled with some amazing sights and wonders that really stand out within the pages.
Rebel of the Sands was more than I expected it to be. I fell into this world head first and did not want it to end. After the revelations within the pages, I really need to know what happens next. I need the next book in my hands very soon.