Review : Rebel of the sands

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

 

I just finished reading this, and I really liked it! To be honest, I did not have very high expectations for this one, but I found it  extremely enjoyable.

What I liked

  1. I loved the setting and the whole Middle-Eastern theme it was going for, which made it so different from most fantasies.
  2. The main character! Amani was such a phenomenal character, badass to the core!
  3. I really liked the side-characters as well.
  4. The magic and myths were really unusual and interesting.
  5. One thing about this book that struck me was how the rebel group in this book acknowledged the fact that it was not just one ruler who needed to be overthrown, but the system that needed to be changed. Especially with the status of women- in most fantasy books where sexism is part of the status quo, it often goes unchallenged, except by this one special snowflake girl. However, in this book, the rebel group recognizes the fact that the way women are treated is not right, and rebel against it.

What I didn’t like

  1. I felt the plot was rather predictable.
  2. I did not really care for the romance.
  3. This might be a personal peeve, but I felt that the world-building was at times too direct in the adaptation from Middle Eastern culture. For instance, a character’s name was Ajinahd Al’Oman Bin Izman. This style of naming is almost identical to that among Arabs, and since this book is set in a fictional world, that kind of makes it lose credibility.

Rating: 4/5

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