So I already reviewed the final book in this series, Hero at the Fall, here, as I wanted to get a review out on release day. But I love this series so much, and had the pleasure of re-reading the first two books in order to read Hero. (Any excuse really!)
I’ll start with the synopsis for Rebel of the Sands
“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”
Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’.
Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.
Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.
But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…
An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.
5/5 Stars for all the books!
I just love that this series jumps right into the action, and that Amani is a flawed protagonist – she isn’t perfect. She’s quite selfish and I like that a lot. I also love that while the main character and technically the hero of the books, nothing depends on her – the revolution is up and running, she’s not too unique or special, and really it’s Ahmed’s story. Or possibly even Jin’s. And that’s awesome. It’s so unusual.
The first book is super fast paced, in my head there was loads more in dustwalk, and on rereading I couldn’t believe how quickly that part was over! 😂
And I love everything about the revelation. Ahmed is a really good prince, the demdji are all fab and Shazad is my favourite. I love that her and Amani just decide to be friends and there’s no stupid “women can’t be friends” BS.
As we move on to Traitor, we get to see and learn more about the rebellion, which I really like, but because of so much of the book taking place in the palace, the pace is a little slower. I think that really works here, because we get to learn so much.
And as much as I know I shouldn’t like him, I do enjoy the sultan’s character. He’s not evil per se, just very driven and willing to do whatever it takes to get to his goal.
And I like Amani’s development, even if sometimes I wanted to smack her a little for being stubborn or single minded!
Finally, into Hero, there’s not really much to say without spoilers, but I do love how it ends and that everyone gets some form of resolution. Yes it’s perhaps a little too tied up, but it’s nice 🙂
All in all, I love this series and highly recommend you check it out!