“A new dawn. A new desert.” – Rebel of the Sands
Publication: March 7th 2017
Synopsis: Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani Al-Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.
When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime–the Sultan’s palace–she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.
Review/Thoughts: Rebel of the Sands focused on the vast desert Miraji. There was a lot of traveling across the world, letting the reader see and get a feel for it all. It was mostly the desert, and in this one it’s focused on the great Capital of Izman and inside the palace walls. I found this really neat. We already got the chance to explore the desert and now we got to explore the Capital. It’s definitely a shift and change but I like it nonetheless. It gives us a chance to experience, see and understand Miraji in full.
Amani in this book is still full of sass and fight. This girl is still growing on me! She’s gotten better with her Demdji gifts, and I love watching her use them. Her control over the desert sands has improved since the first time she used them. Her friendship that she shares with Shazad is everything! They are my very definition of friendship goals. This girl needs a friend and I am thrilled it’s Shazad. For the majority of this book Amani is on her own. She’s within the Sultan’s palace, his heram to be exact. It’s a dangerous place to be with no one to watch your back. and from the moment she woke up within his palace my heart ached for her. This poor girl! She’s all alone with no friends and is cut off from her powers. I still feel terrible for her, but despite it all she manages to survive in the heram and even find a few allies to get word beyond the palace walls for her.
Jin ain’t apart of this book as much as he was in the first. He took more of a role of a background character for a while. I find that kinda sad cause I really like Jin, and his relationship with Amani is precious in my eyes. Because he’s more in the background, the two weren’t by each other’s side as much in this book and their relationship kinda got pushed aside as well. When they were reunited Jin didn’t want to leave Amani’s side or let anything to happen to her. I found that super cute. I enjoyed seeing Jin back in Izman, and within the palace walls. I liked being able to see him interact with his family, and the fact that none recognized who he is, only added to it.
Sam was one of several new faces in this book. I actually find in very interesting and his ability to walk through walls. There’s also a little something there for Shazad and I’m super curious where this will go. Another new face was Rahim. He’s interesting. Not my favorite out of the Sultan’s sons, but I can see him and Jin becoming really good friends. Speaking of, I liked that we got the chance to meet the Sultan. I like that we got to meet the rebellion in the first book, and then in this book we get the chance to see their enemy. I liked being able to see both sides of this brewing war.
This books has less action than the first, but yet again, it was never dull or boring for me. I didn’t crave and long for those action packed scenes. There is just so much about this book I liked and loved! The world of Miraji is still as beautify as it was in the first book. The rebellion has grown in numbers, been found by the Sultan’s forces, chased across the desert, and still they stand ready to fight against the throne all for Ahmed. This book ended with quite the jaw dropping moment, and because of that I’m a little concerned for some of the characters and what might/could happen to them. Alwyn Hamilton truly did a fantastic job with the ending, and as a whole, the entire book! I was in tears, dreading what could happen, and anxious for the characters all while digging my way through the plot twists.
~Till the next Chapter~
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