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Rebel of the Sands ~ Alwyn Hamilton

January 21, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
320 pages
ISBN: 9780451477538
Source: Barnes and Noble

I have read a lot of faerie stories, lately.

With that said, I wasn’t sure what I would think of Rebel of the Sands which looks distinctly different from anything I’d had in my hands, recently.

The entire premise appears to be a desert escape mission with royalty and sand and heat. And, don’t get me wrong; there is a bit of Rey and Star Wars in the mist of the story. But that might just be from my fan-girl perspective.

Oh, but dear friends, it is so much more than that. There are gender-bending rebels, layers of espionage, hidden identities, blast-worthy get-aways, and, yes, to my little heart’s delight, there is magic.

You’ll have to wait a bit to get to the magic and it’s a bit of a plot twist that slowly creeps up over the length of the book, so that’s all the spoiling you’ll get from me.

I will say that the women are refreshingly real in that they are not glittering princesses, nor altruistic martyrs. In fact, each character in this somewhat short first story comes out complex and delightfully imperfect.

For a book that landed in my hands on a whim, Rebel of the Sands totally blew me away. What do they call that in Hollywood? A sleeper, I think. I wasn’t sure I would dig it but now I’m on the hunt for the second and third book in the series because I absolutely must keep reading.

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