Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, reviewed by Natalie Kelly-Haigh. Thanks Natalie!
Meet Amani, the Blue Eyed Bandit. Her life seems to be closing in on her, trapping her into the hell she has always been planning to escape. Having only what she thought were her blue eyes from her father that she never knew, her mother was the only one she had. Her mother told her stories of a city, full of freedom and opportunities for them. A place where they could go and find Amani’s aunt. Instead her mother is killed when Amani is young, and Amani confides in teaching herself the skills in firing a gun up on the far and hidden sand dunes that surround her only reach of life. Only to come back later to the only place she has to call home; to the sexist, traditional and close minded people she hates.
Her desperate tries to get money to leave to the city her mother described, lead her to an arena with a gun and a scarf to mask the girl behind it. While shooting for money, her unusual blue eyes call on the title of the Blue Eyed Bandit. When all hope of leaving seems lost, the mysterious foreigner she shot with in the arena and hid in her shop, saves her. After brutally sacrificing a friend, she seizes her only chance at freedom, and rides across the empty sand dunes on a godly creature with a broken compass to guide the way.
When the last piece of hope she thought she knew turns out to be a lie, she follows her connection with the foreigner, running from pursuers and chasing a goal. However Amani doesn’t actually know, what that goal is…
The Rebel of the Sands is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read, the story so well told that it blesses those that read it. If you’re looking for a good book, this story has it all.