Every Friday from now on, I will share my tips for a good weekend read. Sometimes a new book release, sometimes an oldie but goodie.
Starting off with the Rebel-series by Alwyn Hamilton - "Rebel of the Sands" and "Traitor to the Throne".
The Rebel-series is to be a YA trilogy, but so far only the first and the second instalments have been released.
If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, ”Rebel of the Sands” you’re up for a real treat! This is a story you will be drawn into and won’t want to put down until you’ve reached the end. It’s really a YA master piece – it’s fun, fast paced and with lovable characters.
Amani, an orphan tomboy, has always been “more gunpowder than girl” and know- as the ‘Blue-Eyed Bandit’. Her whole life, she’s been trying to leave Dustwalk, the unforgiving dead-end dessert town she’s grown up in, without success. Until she meets a stranger, Jin, in a sharpshooting competition. Taking her chance, she follows him on a dangerous journey through the deserts.
What’s special in this series is the mythology that Alwyn Hamilton weaves into the tale. The story is spiced with fairytale animals, like the ‘Buraqi’, a sand horse that can be turned into a real steed by a girl, ‘Nightmares’ that remains in the sands, coming out only at night to inject humans with venom that infects the mind and body, ‘Skinwalkers’ that shift their form from one victim to another, ‘Djinns’; men made of out of smokeless fir and others.
During the journey, Amani’s and Jin’s banter grows into love, but after rescuing a wounded Jin to a safe haven he’s pointed out, Amani finds out that Jin is not just an ordinary boy, but the brother of the rebelling Prince fighting to overthrow the Sultan. When Amani gets over the betrayal, she soon also finds out that she is a ‘Demdjii’ with supernatural powers and gets pulled into the uprising.
“Traitor to the Throne” follows the victory in the end of the first book, with the rebels continuing to gain power and hope to eventually defeat the Sultan. As the fight continues, Amani has to face betrayal and rely on her desert-girl’s instincts of cunning and espionage, to infiltrate the Sultan’s palace. This is a great sequel, continuing the adventurous story at a heart-pounding pace. I missed the love story between Amani and Jin somewhat though, as they spend most of the book separated, but that will most likely change in the exciting conclusion of the series. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the third book next year and hoping for a ‘happy ever after’!
Find out more about the books and the author Alwyn Hamilton here: rebelofthesands.co.uk
Hi! I'm Annie, a Swedish bookworm, YA addict and coffee lover, who writes romantic YA books in English. I'm the author of the Angelheart Saga series (First Came Forever and Forever Disguised).
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