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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571325254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571325252
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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Alwyn Hamilton's debut novel is a high-concept, and highly enjoyable, epic fantasy adventure for young adults. Picture a gun-slinging, hard-drinking wild west, transpose it on to a sweeping, romantic desert, then add a rebel prince bent on overthrowing a wicked sultan, and a little magic in the manner ofA Thousand and One Nights. It's a winning combination. (Guardian)

A hugely entertaining, lushly painted Western with a rich seam of Arabic culture, djinni magic, breathless romance and show-stopping action sequences. (Bookseller - Ones to Watch)

Combining a whirligig narrative with a richly evoked fantasy desert setting, Hamilton barely lets the reader pause for breathe and the best news is there is more to come: it's the first in a trilogy. (Metro)

"Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands is a refreshing addition to the fantasy genre, with a unique setting blending the Wild West and Arabian Nights, a complex heroine, a touch of magic, and a very cool twist that made me want to go back to the beginning and start reading all over again." (Erin Lange, author of BUTTER and DEAD ENDS)

From the irresistible opening paragraph, this rollicking caper expertly mashes up a gritty Middle East with a steampunk Old West, succeeding through the infectious voice of its heroine: brash, witty, cynical, and fierce, with an aching, vulnerable core and a suppressed streak of idealism. The secondary characters are just as memorable, from snarky, secretive Jin to their various foes, who range from cartoonish to terrifying to darkly tragic. Amani's adventures through this immersive alternative landscape continually veer off into unpredictable detours, looping back to an almost overstuffed climax that manages to deliciously satisfy while dangling tempting hints for a sequel.Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun. (Kirkus Reviews - starred review)

I was hooked and raced through the book, completely missing any clues to the secrets revealed in this first in a trilogy. I may just have to re-read it while I wait for the sequel. (The School Librarian)

Rebel of the Sands is a must-read for lovers of fantasy and YA alike. It’s pleasingly refreshing in its world-building, and diverse in its cast, down to the gender-fluid Demdjii that morphs between male and female at will. And with a heroine as ballsy as Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rey, this story is right on trend. It deserves the buzz that’s coming its way. (Fantasy Literature)

A wonderful mix of fantasy, mythology, romance and good-old-fashioned girl power! (Inis Children's Books Ireland)

19 Of The Best YA Books Of 2016. (Buzzfeed)

This atmospheric fantasy combines magic, mythology, and the Wild West to create a riveting tale. (Booklist)

Readers will be drawn into the story and won’t want to put this book down. (School Library Journal)

If the best of the Old West and the coolest parts of Arabian Nights had a baby who then rebelled by going steampunk, the result would be this gem of a book…Hamilton doles out the details carefully, and by the end all becomes clear, which is quite a feat given how many elements were thrown into a genre blender and spun around. The menacing foes have depth, the allies are staunch and clever, and Amani is golden, if flawed. The hints of a sequel will undoubtedly have readers crossing their fingers. (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review)

It’s Lonesome Dove meets Aladdin, but with a barbed-tongued, restless girl in the driver’s seat. The blending of Western tropes with the magical intrigue of One Thousand and One Nightsbrings danger from every angle, both in the form of the mortal men and supernatural jinni. (The Toronto Globe and Mail)

This fantasy reads like a perfect combination of American Westerns and Arabian myths, a unique blend that is the story’s biggest strength. The heroine and hero have great banter, which serves to quickly develop their true romantic feelings. Amani’s talent with a gun and drive to take control of her life make her a truly likable character despite her flaws. If the story lacks anything, it is originality in the typical "teen learns she has powers and may be the key to saving the land" trope. The novel’s ending is solid, and a sequel appears to be in the midst. Fans of Sarah Maas and Victoria Aveyard should give this one a try. (Deena Viviani Voice of Youth Advocates)

Teaming with action, wicked magic, and vivid characters, this novel will leave fantasy fans begging for more. (Maia Raynor Voice of Youth Advocates)

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The first in a trilogy packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story.

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I'd read a lot of positive reviews about this book, so I went in with high expectations. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed!

Rebel of the Sands is about Amani, a girl living with her Uncle in a dead end place out in the desert - and get book gets off to a rip-roaring pace as she enters shooting contest, trying to win enough prize money to run away.

This fast-paced, exciting start pretty much sets the tone for the whole book. It's a rip-roaring romp through the mystical desert, with djinn, ghouls and sand-horses round every corner. It's also smart-talking, witty and believable, which is testament to the author's talent. Amani and Jin made excellent protagonists and the romance aspect was nicely balanced too (e.g not too gooey!).

I'd definitely recommend this book, and I'm eagerly looking forward to reading the next one!
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I saw this book as a spring/summer must read and the excerpt had me hooked. It was packed with action, character development and a growing 'romance'.
There were some twists. Nothing that wasn't pre warned if your a book worm like me. However, I finished the whole book so it was a (in all) good read. I enjoyed it, but in honesty, I won't be pre ordering the next book anytime soon... didn't have me wanting more like other fantasies I've read.
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Well worth a read, I'll be buying the next one!
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I was completely sucked into this book. The characters were finally drawn. The world in it is compelling. And its fast paced and exciting story had me gripped to the last page.
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I was engrossed in this ebook from start to finish , couldn't put it down.
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Amazing book. Definitely recommend it
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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton follows the story of Amani across the deserts of Miraji. Amani belongs to her uncle and he is free to marry her off to anyone he chooses, or even marry her himself. Refusing to accept her lot in life, Amani plots to run away from the family that has never accepted her and the dead-end town of Dustwalk. She sneaks out one night and heads to a shooting competition, hoping to win the bounty of 1000 coins. She’s a killer shot and knows that she can easily win, but the game makers are corrupt and things don’t go to plan. It is here that she meets Jin, a mysterious foreigner, and their stories become entangled from here on.

Great world building is a crucial to a fantasy novel and Alwyn Hamilton does this perfectly. We are quickly plunged into a magical world that seems to fuse a Western and Aladdin. There are mortal and immortal beings, new mythical creatures and rebel armies. Characters sit around camp fires telling tales of old and I found it so exciting to learn about all the new rules in this fantasy world. It’s difficult to write something completely original these days as the young adult genre is so saturated, but Hamilton’s world is mysterious and magical in all the right ways.

Hamilton spends the first half of the story introducing you to her new world and characters but it’s not until the second half that things start to get really interesting. It took me a little while to get into the story as I found the first half to be a little slow at times. However, there are numerous plot twists towards the end of the story that are completely unpredictable and you’ll be tearing through the last few chapters.

If you’re looking for a book with a kick-ass female lead, then Rebel of the Sands is for you.
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