Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Published On: 3-8-16
Page Count: 314
Synopsis: (Found on Goodreads)
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.
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5
I was super excited to pick this book up due to its desert / fantasy marketing. However, the plotline moved too slowly to give this a 5 star. I am excited that there will be two more books, and this will be a series, which is why my rating jumped to a 4.5. If you’re looking for an independent female protagonist escaping an arranged life then I would recommend picking up Rebel of the Sands.
I was in love with the gold cover and totally thought it was the UK edition. Fun fact it's not. I would have liked a cover with maybe details that tie into the book but other than that preference I think the cover is pretty.
Characters: 4.5 / 5
Amani - The synopsis doesn’t do her justice with her shooting skill. Amani wants more for her life than living in Dustwalk, she wants freedom and adventure. The only way for her to do that is to shoot, steal, and escape.
Jin - The foreigner who shoots almost as well as Amani, he is devilishly handsome and Amani is attracted to him for all of the wrong (or right?) reasons. Jin reluctantly agrees to help Amani escape Dustwalk.
Plot: 3.5 / 5
This is where the book fell really short for me, the action scenes were few and far between. However, debut author Alwyn does write amazing mythical creatures. The book was slow until the later parts, where it really picked up with fighting and discovery. I could see a portion of the ending coming although how it occurred was the real twist. The idea of there being a society of djinn having lots of specific powers because they had fathers as gods and mothers who were mortal.. For me, that should have been more fleshed out, rather than just touched on towards the end.
"The world makes things for each place."
"Being born doesn’t make a single soul important. But you were important when I met you, that girl who dressed as a boy, who taught herself to shoot true, who dreamed and saved and wanted so badly. That girl was someone who had made herself matter."