Aside from an absolutely beautiful cover that I just totally love, Rebel of the Sands was quite a good book. Lately it seems as though I’ve read many books in similar settings. They tend to be sandy settings alive with magical beings similar to genies. And there are often elements of old stories and myths that maybe aren’t so (myth-y for the book).

But, this story definitely had its own take on this somewhat-familiar setting, and I felt that was refreshing. Particularly the realism of violence, crimes against women, and guns. Especially the guns.


Goodreads summary for 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.

My Review of Rebel of the Sands:


It was one of those stories where the plot continued to change. I suppose the main character’s goal changed throughout the story, and that’s always a bit disorienting for me. I prefer having a character who is propelled by their goal, and seeing how that moves the plot/story along. But, it didn’t really detract anything from the story. It’s a story of a bad ruler/king/sultan who is trying to fight against rebel and foreign armies, and the main character finds herself at odds with a war that she never thought she would be in.


I really enjoyed the main character, and I loved her every-man-for-himself attitude, even if that essentially meant leaving behind friends in order to save her own skin on at least three occasions. I just think it’s refreshing every now and then to read about a main character who isn’t perfectly selfless.


I think it was pretty good. And I’m curious to see where the rest of the series will take this story and its characters.

I give Rebel of the Sands 3.5/5 stars.

3.5 stars

Day 3 of my 14 Day Reading Challenge completed!

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2 thoughts on “Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

    1. Yes! I think a lot of it was refreshing to read about, but I don’t think it will be one of those stories I continue to think about long after I’ve read it. I guess I’ll just have to see with the sequels though!

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