Rebel of the Sands was tremendous fun! With a Wild West feel and an Arabian Nights setting I was very excited to dig into this debut novel. Amani is a wonderfully strong and interesting character. Stuck in a dead end town she dreams of escape. She is a skilled sharp shooter and quick on her feet. Both serve her well when she meets a young man on the run from the army. Full of adventure, this story pulled me along. An amazing debut, I can't wait to see what's coming next from this author.
— From Patti H.
The New York Times bestselling novel by the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Author of 2016, published in 15 countries
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 fantasy reveals 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.