Hero at the Fall is almost here! I don’t know about you guys, but I cannot wait! In the meantime, if you haven’t started the first two books in the Rebel of the Sands series, now is the time! This is one adventure-packed, YA fantasy series you do not want to miss! Check out my review for book 2, Traitor to the Throne, below!
A sizzling, unputdownable sequel to Rebel of the Sands that will make you question everything you thought you knew about the land of Miraji!
The gunslinger Amani al’Hiza never wanted to be a hero or a revolutionary, but now she’s become a key member of the rapidly growing rebellion against the Sultan of Miraji. After Amani is captured by the Sultan’s army and imprisoned in his palace, she realizes she’s there not to be questioned as a rebel but used as a Demdji. As Amani tries to spy on the enemy and plots her escape, Jin and the rebels are brewing a rescue plan. But the longer Amani stays in the palace, the more she questions if the Sultan is the tyrant she’s believed or just a ruler fighting foreigners for his country. As the rebellion swiftly spirals into war, Amani wonders whether she’s on the right side.
Traitor to the Throne is captivating, enchanting, and absolutely magical. This is one of those rare books twos that actually outshines the first book in its series.
It was an absolute delight to get to re-enter the world of Rebel of the Sands. I love the pacing and style of Hamilton’s writing, and the gorgeous desert setting of the story comes alive with beautiful descriptions and a wonderfully developed magic system.
The pacing of the story is just spot-on. This book is about 200 pages longer than the first book, but you would never know it while reading. The story itself is so immersive and addictive, that the pages absolute melt. One thing I love about book twos is that you usually get to delve further into character and world development, and this book certainly does that, but it balances all that additional detail with heart-pounding action and romance scenes that makes for one wildly entertaining read.
Amani is such a great character. She is smart and fierce and loyal, but she’s not perfect. She can be reckless and impulsive, and that tends to get her in a spot of trouble, but that balance of her admirable qualities with her flaws makes her so real and relatable and absolutely a character that readers will be cheering for.
Hamilton has created a very strong cast of supporting characters. They’re all so well-developed they absolutely come alive on the page. One of my favorites is, of course, Jin. He makes for such a great love interest, and his personality compliments Amani’s perfectly. Reading about the two of them is a delight. They are sure to be a favorite OTP of readers everywhere.
There are so many wonderful aspects of this story, but most importantly, this is such a wonderfully entertaining story that readers simply won’t want to end. If you haven’t jumped into this series just yet, now is the time!
Arabian Nights meets Mockingjay in a world unlike any you’ve ever seen before!
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still perform their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from. When the gunslinging girl meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she sees him as the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s part of the secret rebel movement plotting to overthrow the Sultan. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him . . . or that he’d help her unlock the truth about who–and what–she is. Debut author Alwyn Hamilton weaves this spellbinding story of treason, passion, and magic.
The breathless finale to the New York Times bestselling Rebel of the Sands series will have you on the edge of your seat until the dust from the final battle clears!
When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.
Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and lived between Canada, France, and Italy until the was three, when her family settled in the small French town of Beaune. She studied History of Art at King’s College, Cambridge, graduated in 2009, and lives in London.
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