PUBLISHER: Viking Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 8th March 2016
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.
This book is told in the in the first person from the point of view of Amani. The writing is a swirling prose of descriptiveness that wraps the reader in the desert sands of Miraji.
Amani begins the book with many goals and aspirations; the most important is to get the hell out of dodge. The story follows her as she discovers herself, love and a cause worth fighting for. By the end of the book she is ready to fight for all she loves and she has some rather rude awakenings.
Love: Within the beautiful setting and breathtaking imagery induced through the prose, the idea of love yourself, for another and for a cause are all embedded.
Rebellion: On her journey Amani learns more about Jin and his background and becomes a part of a revolution fighting against the system.
Finding Yourself: At the commencement of the book Amani has a plan to get where she wants to go. This get thrown out the window when she meets Jin and gets thrown into a whirlwind of high energy action and magic.
A sweeping story through the desert and into a rebellion where you would swear you feel the sand against your skin.
This is a vivid story with beautiful prose and a firm plot. I was upset at the ending because it left me wanting more. For anyone who loves a great fantasy adventure stuffed to the end-pages with magic and romance in a time of revolution.
If you liked The Wrath and The Dawn give this one a go.
Keep Calm and Read On,