Many great novels in 2016 added to the breakdown of my staunch refusal to read books in a series, and Rebel of the Sands was one such novel. A breathtaking Wild West meets A Thousand and One Nights, the landscape itself is almost another character in this rich and developed story. Rebel tells Amani’s story. Born into a desert which is more a part of her than she realises, she is desperate to escape as soon as the opportunity arises. That opportunity comes in the shape of a nameless foreigner who might offer her a way out.
Rebel of the Sands is a fast-paced magical journey and I felt Amani’s sense of urgency in wanting to take control of her own life. When her own unexpected depths make an appearance, Alwyn Hamilton’s skillful storytelling allow us to follow Amani through a physical and emotional journey towards realising her own power.