Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There seemed to be a lot of hype around this book and I think it lived up to most of it. It was very different from anything I’ve read recently and I liked that originality. The opening scenes were great: Amani immediately stood out as a strong protagonist and I became invested in her story straight away. There were a few moments early on when I got a little bored but this was mainly when Jin wasn’t around. The chemistry and banter between Amani and Jin is brilliant – I’d recommend this book just for that – but there’s also lots of action, lots of mystery and mythology. I think this book could have benefited from a map as I got a bit confused by the geography. I guess it would have been too spoilery at this stage but I’m hoping we’ll get one for book two. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down at times, particularly near the end when there are a lot of twists and reveals in quick succession.

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P.S. Sand courtesy of West Sands (think Chariots of Fire) in St Andrews, Scotland. See also my Lady Midnight review.

Originally posted to Tumblr on 24 April 2016

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