Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (non-spoiler review) // guns, deserts and bandits

Book: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rating: 3.5 stars


Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.


Guns, rebellions and hints of magic um how fun?


This book moved very quickly. It felt quite short and was really enjoyable! The plot twist I kind of guessed but it still struck me by surprise (even though this was a REREAD lmao excuse my memory). It’s a fast read but a lot is packed into the story.


The writing is nice and I love the world and the setting! The desert is so cool! (well not literally but you know). I also love the magic system and the myths surrounding them. Overall I just really enjoyed the world building.


Amani: She grows a lot in this novel and while I didn’t like her originally, I’ve grown to. She’s badass and strong and character gRoWth

Jin: He’s just very mysterious and I’d like to know more about him. I’m still kind of undecided at this point.


Not instalove, but it did progress way too quickly for my liking. I’m hoping for more development in the sequel.

A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


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11 thoughts on “Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (non-spoiler review) // guns, deserts and bandits

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  1. I finished this a few days ago and can’t wait to start the second one! I loved the world building and felt exactly the same about Armani at the start 🙂 I can’t wait to review it but haven’t had much time 😀

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