Rebel of the Sands

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Rebel of the Sands

By Alwyn Hamilton

Viking Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780451477538, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

You will cheer for Amani the whole way as she escapes the bonds of oppression and finds her own power, and you will mark your calendar for the sequel. Rae Carson, bestselling author of the Fire & Thorns trilogy

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it's an unforgiving place, especially if you re poor, orphaned, or female.Amani Al Hiza is all three. She's a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she's destined to wind up wed or dead.
Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she's spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she d gallop away on mythical horse or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.
This startlingly original Middle-East-meets-Wild-West fantasyreveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally embracing her power.

About the Author
Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small townthere, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song fromBeauty and the Beastwere it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness forfantasy andcross-dressingheroines. She left France for CambridgeUniversityto study history of art at King s College, and then to London, where she became indentured to anauctionhouse. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves quite so often. Follow her @AlwynFJH."