- Reading level: 12+ years
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571325254
- ISBN-13: 978-0571325252
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,05,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands Trilogy) Paperback – 4 Feb 2016
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Alwyn Hamilton's debut novel is a high-concept, and highly enjoyable, epic fantasy adventure for young adults. Picture a gun-slinging, hard-drinking wild west, transpose it on to a sweeping, romantic desert, then add a rebel prince bent on overthrowing a wicked sultan, and a little magic in the manner ofA Thousand and One Nights. It's a winning combination. (Guardian)
A hugely entertaining, lushly painted Western with a rich seam of Arabic culture, djinni magic, breathless romance and show-stopping action sequences. (Bookseller - Ones to Watch)
Combining a whirligig narrative with a richly evoked fantasy desert setting, Hamilton barely lets the reader pause for breathe and the best news is there is more to come: it's the first in a trilogy. (Metro)
"Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands is a refreshing addition to the fantasy genre, with a unique setting blending the Wild West and Arabian Nights, a complex heroine, a touch of magic, and a very cool twist that made me want to go back to the beginning and start reading all over again." (Erin Lange, author of BUTTER and DEAD ENDS)
From the irresistible opening paragraph, this rollicking caper expertly mashes up a gritty Middle East with a steampunk Old West, succeeding through the infectious voice of its heroine: brash, witty, cynical, and fierce, with an aching, vulnerable core and a suppressed streak of idealism. The secondary characters are just as memorable, from snarky, secretive Jin to their various foes, who range from cartoonish to terrifying to darkly tragic. Amani's adventures through this immersive alternative landscape continually veer off into unpredictable detours, looping back to an almost overstuffed climax that manages to deliciously satisfy while dangling tempting hints for a sequel.Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun. (Kirkus Reviews - starred review)
I was hooked and raced through the book, completely missing any clues to the secrets revealed in this first in a trilogy. I may just have to re-read it while I wait for the sequel. (The School Librarian)
Rebel of the Sands is a must-read for lovers of fantasy and YA alike. It's pleasingly refreshing in its world-building, and diverse in its cast, down to the gender-fluid Demdjii that morphs between male and female at will. And with a heroine as ballsy as Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Rey, this story is right on trend. It deserves the buzz that's coming its way. (Fantasy Literature)
A wonderful mix of fantasy, mythology, romance and good-old-fashioned girl power! (Inis Children's Books Ireland)
19 Of The Best YA Books Of 2016. (Buzzfeed)
This atmospheric fantasy combines magic, mythology, and the Wild West to create a riveting tale. (Booklist)
The first in a trilogy packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story.See all Product description
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It is about a girl who hails from a desert town where women and orphans are not respected, and she is both. But beware, because Amani is more gunpowder than girl and she decides not to take it anymore and escape to the capital, where she hopes to fulfil her dreams and meet her aunt. But an unexpected turn of events changes her life forever and drags her to the world of princes and Djinns and, suddenly she is in the midst of a revolution that will determine the destiny of the country.
This book will not give you a moment of rest. It is extremely fast paced and vivid, and it makes an arid scene like a desert seem adventurous. Amani is a badass protagonist and I could not wish for more.
I highly recommend it if you are looking for fast paced fantasy with an amazing female protagonist. Plus, the cover is to die for.
The story is simple yet the characters have been placed into perfect broadlines which helps the reader to relate the situations with ease. The story is balanced and the author has played quite well with the plottings without making any fuss with extra overflowing emotions and tears all the way long.
Breakups do hurt but the strength to move on is the key to lead a happy and a new life. This is how things turn the table when Jill meets her celebrity friend Shinta who from the start of the story seems to be awed away with looks, his attraction and care towards Jill too easily gets distracted when Shinta is around and the chemistry between them is beautiful . Now the question arises will Jill be able to overcome her feelings towards Kim? With whom Jill will end up with? In order to get the answers I would highly recommend my fellow book readers to go ahead and read this contemporary romance.
And lastly i would love to flaunt about the author who turns a prose into a beautiful lyrics in particular plots to make the storyline more distinctive and go with the flow. Her immense capability to capture the moments and knock the words into a sharp and definative plot makes the story crystal clear and at the same time the book to be a page turner.
To be quite honest, I don’t think my words can quite capture the essence of what this book has in store for you when you pick it up (because you REALLY should) so I’m going to try and capture it from some of the many lines that were so awesome, I re-read them over and over.
"I didn’t seem to mind proving myself dumb if it meant proving someone else wrong."
You know badass heroines, right? We all love them. There’s Katniss Everdeen and Celaena Sardothien and Mare Barrow. Here’s the thing though, how many of said actually SAID they were badass, because Amani does. And Amani is AWESOME! She’s a fearless dreamer with perfect aim and a will to live, and I assure you, you will LOVE her.
"No one could see me, a girl with a stolen gun, shooting until my fingers were sore and my aim was good enough that I could’ve knocked a shot glass out of a drunk’s shaky fingers."
The book opens with Amani trying to get out of the bleak existence she can’t help but detest. She’s meant for greater things; she’s meant for places where your gender doesn’t make you lose respect, where it’s okay to not be ashamed to have been born a girl. AND I loved that in the middle of an Arabian Night’s story, we had FEMINISM, and equality and non-discrimination. These were real life issues that every girl in the world faces – East or West – and Alwyn handled it all brilliantly.
"I was a desert girl. I thought I knew heat.
I was wrong."
But, of course, a book is NOT complete without the smouldering boy who gets our heroine completely, and in most novels, she just falls right into his arms without much thought and he does almost all of the work. SO NOT THE CASE! Amani, even if she was wrong, wasn’t afraid of doing what she needed to get what she wanted. And the CHEMISTRY! *Swoons* *Finds Ointment for Burns*
These ideas could make men shout for rebellion even when it meant they would hang for it.
The blurb promises you rebellion and love and magic, and IT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! From the stories of Djinn to Ghouls to Skinwalkers, to the passion between Jin and Amani and through all the characters with their dangerous powers and powerful personalities, this book will grip you and never let go.
I guess I just need to end with: ‘Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this masterful Arabian Nights setting, leaving readers spellbound.’
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