She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
SOURCE: ARC picked up at ALA
Amani – I loved her. SO MUCH. Her best quality? SURVIVAL. I love that for the first time in quite a while I’ve read a book where the female MC was out to save herself and CHOSE herself over others. Is that selfish? Partly, but you have to look after yourself before you can help others and Amani learned that at a young age. While some might see this as a flaw this is very much an asset in my book.
Jin – Perfect. He had the perfect balance of letting Amani do her thing while still being a friend and equal. I stress equal because REBEL gave me one of my favorite (I hope it made it into the final book, I’m sure it did – I will need to check) quotes:
“He made the world bigger.”
That is exactly what an equal partner should make you feel. That you can do anything together.
WOW. This was such an adventure! I loved all of the western, exotic, and magical aspects of this one and felt they complimented each other well. The characters were all strong, understandable, and anything but predictable. While we follow Amani and Jin on their journey we learn more about them and as the story progressed we delved more and more into the magic of their lands and I fell in love with all of it. The unique abilities that some have were extremely interesting and there was more than one instance when reading that I was surprised by the turn of events. I’m very much looking forward to the next installment of the story and felt the book read well and left you with a feeling of hope and satisfaction.
This one is definitely a keeper. Beautiful!